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The Beaches of Skopelos

Picture-perfect Skopelos is the greenest island in the Aegean as 80% of its area is covered in forest. Its main town, Chora, has a character of its own, courtesy of the large number of churches and monasteries, its distinctive architecture and charming narrow lanes. Its beaches are renowned for their unique combination of green forests with crystal-clear blue waters.

Renowned Beaches

One of the most popular beaches on the island, Stafylos is less than a 10-minute drive from the town of Skopelos (Chora). Situated on the south side of the island, it is the nearest beach from Chora. This enticing place of deep blue, crystal-clear waters is rarely touched by strong winds, making it ideal for families with children, but also for visitors looking for a good beach offering amenities to spend their day. Stafylos has a beach bar, sunbeds and umbrellas, as well as a lifeguard.
The landscape is idyllic with pines reaching all the way down to the crystal-clear water. Visitors who plan to get to the beach by bus need to walk about half a kilometre from the stop located on the main road.

Kastani is a famous and busy beach with a Hollywood vibe as its fabulous turquoise waters featured in the film “Mamma Mia”. This sun-drenched sandy beach is 21 km from Skopelos town and located right next to another of the island's renowned beaches, Milia. Although the final stretch of the road leading to the beach is not tarmacked, Kastani remains easily accessible by car and offers free parking for visitors.

If isolation and tranquility is what you are looking for, then Velanio is the beach for you. It is larger than both Stafylos and Kastani and can only be reached on foot via a small rocky path stretching beyond Stafylos. It's not a difficult route and definitely worth the effort. Velanio has a canteen on one side of the beach, while it is the only official nudist beach on the island, which, however, by no means excludes others from visiting. A highlight is the impressive cave on the edge of the beach where water softly flows from the rocks, signifying that baths once operated here, possibly in Roman times.

Milia is considered by many the best beach on Skopelos. Its view of the islet Dasia is mesmerising. The beach is divided in two by a series of rocks that seem to float on the crystal-clear waters, while the trees reach all the way down to the shore. Milia does provide amenities but it is not the ideal place for families owing to the rocky outcrops and strong winds.

Panormos is probably Skopelos’ richest beach in terms of amenities offered and is easily accessible by bus or car. Its abundance of amenities includes rooms to let, restaurants, a beach bar and a small supermarket. Panormos is known for its vast wind-protected pebble beach and the still-visible wall of the ancient Acropolis on the Paleokastro hill. It is 18 km from Chora.

Agios Ioannis
Stunning Agios Ioannis, also known as the “Meteora of the Sea,” is one of the most popular places in Skopelos. Located at Kastri, Agios Ioannis beach appeared on the big screen, in the musical “Mamma Mia”, which further enhanced its reputation. It is essentially comprised of two different beaches, side by side. One is easily accessible by car, while getting to the other requires a climb up the rocks or a swim. Also impressive is the small church perched high on the rock offering majestic views of the endless blue sea.

Andrines is, essentially, a series of very small coves that uniquely combine the beauty of the green trees with the coolness of the blue sea. According to legend, a female pirate, Andrina, attempted to conquer the island but when her fleet was defeated she fell into the sea and drowned.