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( 100 Miles Trip ) South Skiathos and South Skopelos

Duration: 8 Hours
From: Skiathos
To: Skopelos
Languages: English, Greek
Scale: 1 - 8 people
Tour size: 8
Categories: Day Trip
Day Trip (100 Miles) South Skiathos and South Skopelos

( 95 Miles Trip ) Starting from the port of Skiathos at 10.30 am and back at 19.30 pm. to visit the southern beaches of Skiathos and Skopelos with 5 or 6 stops. First stop at the island of Tsougria for swimming and morning coffee. Then a stop at the island of Dasia for swimming and to see the cave with the seals. After that, an optional stop at Loutraki and a visit to the picturesque village of Glossa, following a stop at the beach of Kastani and Milia (Mamma Mia). We continue our swimming stop at Skopelos Panormos for a swim and a snack, wine and a refreshment and then relaxation at around 13:00 o'clock. At 15:00 o'clock we stop at the small port of Agnondas for lunch ar the beautiful "coral" restauran where you can choose fresh lobster or fish directly from the two large aquariums or other food choices which are also available. (The visit to the restaurant is not included in the trip price). At 17.00 we go to the north side of Skopelos to the Church on the rock of Ag. Ioannis.(Mamma Mia) In the afternoon we stop at Lalaria and Kastro for another swim and photos (provided that the weather conditions will allow a stop there), and a final stop at Arko island for a swim, sunset, fruit and afternoon coffee or tea.


San John

Our Sporades luxury boat adventure takes us to the greenest island in Greece and the most populated island in the Sporades, the lovely Skopelos. One of the prettiest islands in the Aegean! The coastline here is dotted with dozens of beautiful beaches and secluded bays such as Panormos, Stafilos, Loutraki, and many others. Skopelos was even featured in the popular Mamma Mia movie back in 2008, which explains the growing number of tourists in the last 10 years. From the magnificent forest which covers over 50% of the island to an array of cozy restaurants and white-washed hillside homes, the island definitely has plenty to offer. Go on a guided tour through the steep streets of Skopelos Old Town, try the traditional plums, honey, and cheese pie! Enjoy kayaking, snorkeling on Panormos beach.

What do I need to bring?

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Today's breakfast includes a boat trip to the islands of Northern Sporades Pefkofyta, with coves, crystal clear waters, fishing villages.

Sunscreen, hat, towel, swimsuit and find your place on the boat to enjoy the most beautiful view.

You do not have to worry about ... the procedure: you have hired a Yacht with a captain who takes care of everything. 

  • Snorkel and mask - How else are you going to find your own Atlantis submerged among Greece’s many islands?
  • A copy of Homer’s Odyssey - Catch up on the adventures of the original island hopper as you follow in his mythical footsteps.
  • Sandals/flip flops - Exploring 9,000 miles of coastline and the country’s many secluded, sandy beaches is hot work.
  • Swimwear - Even if you can’t swim, you’ll need one to get the tan of a lifetime.
  • Sun protection - You’re almost guaranteed 13 hours of sunshine in midsummer so don’t forget to tan sensibly and always wear sunscreen. 

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  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • A maximum of 8 people per booking
  • Evidence of dive certification is required from all divers wishing to participate in a certified dive
  • Each traveler is allowed a maximum of 1 suitcase and 1 carry-on bag. Oversized or excessive luggage (e.g. surfboards, golf clubs or bikes) may have certain restrictions, please inquire with the operator prior to travel to confirm if your excess luggage is acceptable
  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
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  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
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  • All flight times are approximate and subject to change due to weather conditions and weight restrictions.
    Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation.
    Tour departs within walking distance of the cruise port

Mamma Mia! Living the dream on Skopelos

By James Brewer

The Aegean Island of Skopelos is a dream destination, one the one hand for fans of the supergroup Abba and on the other… for lovers of the quieter Greek holiday spots.

From May to September each year, tourists drive or are bussed to view the locations of the 2008 romantic comedy Mamma Mia! recalling the songs, I have a Dream and many other hits.

The 1 hr 48 minutes-long movie starring Amanda Seyfried, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan and Meryl Streep was filmed on Skópelos, the neighboring island Skiathos and in mainland Greece. On the soundtrack album, the musical arrangements included traditional Greek instruments, especially the bouzouki.

The film was a highly popular, if not a critical, success and is reported to have grossed $615m worldwide on a $52m budget.

The plot tells of a bride-to-be named Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) who without telling her mother invites three men to her forthcoming wedding, each of whom might be her father according to her mother’s diary of past romances.

Skópelos is the middle of the three Northern Sporades islands, a short ferry journey from the nearest airport on Skiathos. A mere 21 km long and at its widest, 8 km across, Skopelos is known to Greeks as the island of green on blue because of the dense pine forests that in places descend to the water. Some of its 108 km of beaches are only accessible by boat. Holidaymakers from the mainland love its largely unspoiled nature and the two main towns: the capital Skópelos (the starting point for the Mamma Mia! tour) in the south, and Glossa in the north.

Abba themes are pervasive, as are establishments and coaches piping the soundtrack to the film, all 16 songs of it. Most tours begin with a drive along the west coast, crossing to the magnificent site of Agios Ioannis Kastri church, known as the Mamma Mia wedding chapel, perched on an outcrop. Its name means Saint John on the Castle, which might indicate that there was a small castle there to protect the island from pirates and invaders.

The church has beautiful icons and other ecclesiastical artefacts to admire. Its impressive rock is accessed by a narrow path, and below, a small beach is packed in summer.

In the film, Sophie has her heart set on marrying there. Interior scenes were shot at Agion Panton, a tiny church in front of Panagitsa tou Pirgou at the edge of Skópelos Harbourt. The small hill in front of the chapel was used for the scene in which Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan perform the Abba hit The Winner Takes It All.

The real chapel is unlike its representation in the film, as the crew built a mock-up chapel around it. The fittest fans walk up the 199 steps to see an expansive view of the coasts of Skópelos and to Alonissos, another island in the Sporades group… and to enjoy a cooling sea breeze.

The church is 7 km east of Glossa which has cobbled streets adorned with colorful flowers, and from a hill 250 m high offers fresh stunning sea views. across to Skiathos, Evia and the Pelion peninsula, and spectacular sunsets.

Tourists are taken to an olive press near Glossa to hear about Skópelos virgin olive oil: the island has more than 200,000 olive trees, thanks to Minoan settlers from Crete who brought with them such trees and the vine long ago. Virgin olive oil is one of the most important products of the island.

Near the beach of Loutraki, the port of Glossa, is the Byzantine temple of Agios Nikolaos, which looks out to sea and is considered a protector of seafarers. The church was founded on a 7th century. Byzantine temple.

Next, on to the short Kastani beach, which amid lush surroundings is one of the best on the island and where Mamma Mia filming took place for 10 days. This beach, from where it is safe to swim, was the setting for the scene beside a tree-topped rock when Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper (as Sophie and her fiancé) sing Lay All Your Love On Me. Add to this Does Your Mother Know and I Have a Dream, and you have an Abba dream scenario. The wooden pier and the bar seen in the movie are gone but have been replaced by more sturdy facilities.

Guides tell how the small peninsula near the beach at Glisteri provided backgrounds during the movie and that it is where was sung Dancing Queen.

Then comes the opportunity for the customers for more swimming, or dining in a taverna, at the bay of Agnontas where the boat in the number Money Money Money was moored

A long-awaited sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again! was released in cinemas in July 2018, but for that all filming was in Croatia, on the island of Vis, even though it is set on a fictitious Greek island.

Authenticity sleuths studying the original movie might like to take a walk in the City of London. The scene where Brosnan’s character, Sam, rushes from down the escalators from his New York office to set off for the Greek Island was filmed at the Lloyd’s building in Lime Street.

Skopelos is fortunate that the distance from industry and major marine traffic has kept the seas surrounding it among the cleanest and clearest in Greece. There are both sandy beaches as at Kastani and pebble strands such as at Panormos (Glossa) A renovated network of kalderimi, stone-laid footpaths, is opening forests, mountains and valleys to hikers.

Skopelos Town is built in amphitheatrical shape, full of white houses with tiled roofs. That overhang meandering lanes with traditional, bougainvillea-decked wooden balconies. One of these houses is the former residence of Pavlos Nirvanas, the most renowned poet of Skopelos.

The capital is the successor to the first settlement Peparithos, according to myth built by Staphylos, one of the four sons of the god Dionysos and Ariadne. Whatever the reality, Peparithos grew to be an important naval power.

The Spartans, victors in the Peloponnesian war, replaced the democratic system of the island with an oligarchy. During Roman times, trade got back on track and in the 2nd century AD, Ptolemy was the first to refer to Peparithos as Skopelos, possibly in reference to the many reefs around the island.

After 1276, with the decline of the Byzantine fleet, the island became a refuge for pirates, who obliged local people to join them in brigandage and thus develop seafaring and shipbuilding skills. Shipbuilding survived until the mid-20th century era of steam power, thanks to abundant raw material from the pine forests.

The ruthless Lesbos-born pirate Barbarossa attacked the island and slaughtered men and women, forcing survivors to flee to Evia and the Greek mainland; and the island came under Ottoman domination until the Greek Revolution of 1821.

Unsurprisingly, Skopelos cannot accommodate an airport, so most visitors in summer arrive via Skiathos airport and take a ferry to Skopelos Town or Loutraki, the port of Glossa. Car ferries run on island routes throughout the year.

It takes a little patience to get there, but it is well worth the time spent… when all is said and done…



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  • Five island visits at Skiathos, Tsougria Dasia, Skopelos, Arko
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  •  Glass of Champagne
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  • Exquisite wines (extra)
  • Yoga on board (extra)
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