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The south beaches of Skopelos, Greece

After a long-awaited journey, I have finally set foot on the charming Island of Skopelos, which served as the filming location for the iconic movie Mamma Mia!

The island is small and quiet, so there are limited things to do. However, it’s ideal for total relaxation at the beach or in the countryside. You can enjoy a day under the hot sun and have lunch at the seaside taverns in the afternoon. You can unwind at a lounge café-bar under the stars in the evenings.

The weather on Skopelos is typically Mediterranean, with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. The best time to visit for beach activities is from May to September, when the weather is warm and sunny.

Mamma Mia Movie, Cape Amarandos, Skopelos
Cape Amarandos

The west coast boasts the most popular beaches, with crystal-clear waters, fine white shingles and pebbles, stunning sunsets, well-organised lidos, bars, and tavernas. You can find more information here.

The beaches on the northeastern tip of the island are more rugged, less frequented, and usually have no facilities—they are more suited for those who like wilder surroundings and don’t mind walking a bit. You can also read about it here.

The south beaches vary from secluded coves surrounded by rugged cliffs to expansive stretches of soft sand kissed by crystal-clear waters. They are easily accessible, and most have amenities.

Cape Amarandos, Skopelos, Greece
Cape Amarandos

To help you plan your holidays in Skopelos, I have prepared separate articles about the villages and the west, north, and south coasts. They contain all the essential information about things to do on the island, the best beaches, and much more.

Here, I am going to discuss the southern beaches, and you can refer to this map here to get an idea of their locations.

Limnonari

This beach is one of Skopelos’ top beaches and was our favourite. We visited two days in a row. It has a mix of sand and shingle with crystal-clear waters. The water becomes deep quickly, and getting in involves walking on stones, so some people prefer to wear rubber sea shoes. There are a couple of good tavernas and lido facilities. Limnonari is excellent for swimming and snorkelling, as it’s sheltered.

Access: It’s relatively easy to reach by car, though the track to the access is via a steep, winding trail. Alternatively, you can walk about 1.5km along the seafront path from Agnondas.

Limnonari, Skopelos Island, Greece
Limnonari

Agnondas

A tranquil shingle beach nestled amidst lush pine trees that reach the water’s edge, creating a stunning green backdrop. This lovely little village boasts a quaint fishing harbour. It is renowned for inviting fresh seafood tavernas, offering visitors a delightful taste of local cuisine in a serene coastal setting. We just stoped there for a few pictures on our way back from Amarandos.

Agnondas, Skopelos, Greece
Agnondas

 

Cape Amarandos (Amarandos Cove)

Along with Agios Ioannis Kastri, Cape Amarandos has become the symbol of Skopelos, with photos of two lonely trees sticking out of a sea cliff. Some parts of the movie “Mamma Mia!” were filmed there. I simply love it! It is truly stunning and definitely a must-see location.

You can access Cape Amarandos via a 1km dirt road near Agnontas, suitable for all vehicle types. If you’re driving from Stafylos with a small car, it’s feasible but not recommended to the road’s rough and steep nature unless you are with a 4×4.

Once you’ve parked your car near the cape, a brief walk of less than 10 minutes through the trees awaits. If you’re without a vehicle, you can take a bus to Agnondas and then walk, but it’s a long journey on a gravel road.

Cape Amarandos, Mamma Mia Movie
Cape Amarandos

Stafylos

I really enjoy spending a few hours at this pebble beach in a relatively enclosed bay with clear, shallow waters. There’s a taverna, a beach bar serving snacks and cold drinks, and a lido that rents sun loungers and umbrellas. Parking space is limited.

Stafylos, Skopelos, Greece
Stafylos

Velanio

We didn’t visit the beach, but I’ve heard that Velanio is the only official nudist beach on the island. It is 5km southeast of Chora and is accessible on foot from Stafylos Beach or by boat.

Best way to get around the island

The island’s bus service is reliable and affordable, with regular routes to all major towns and beaches. Taxis are also available but expensive, especially during peak tourist season.

As I mentioned in my previous post, renting a car is the best way to explore the island. Using a rental comparison website such as Discover Cars is an excellent idea because it allows you to compare deals from different providers. You can filter your results by car type, specifications, and supplier to find the best option.

Skiathos or Skopelos Island?

One question I often get is whether I prefer Skiathos or Skopelos. My definite choice is Skopelos. Skiathos and Skopelos have unique attractions and charm, but my heart belongs to Skopelos. Its tranquil environment, stunning natural beauty, rich culture, delicious cuisine, and opportunities for adventure make it my preferred destination.

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