Where its rambunctious neighbour Skiáthos has given its all to tourism, Skópelos, with its more modest pebbly beaches, remains an oasis of blue green serenity – the lure for a new wave of upmarket tourists, because of (or in spite of!) its recent star turn in the film Mamma Mia!. It’s also exceptionally beautiful, with dramatic scenery, dense pine forests, plum orchards and two pretty towns, Skópelos and Glóssa. It is a lovely island for long walks, especially outside of the heatstroke months of July and August.
Known in antiquity as Peparethos, Skópelos was colonized by Prince Staphylos of Crete (who, according to some, was the son of Dionysos and Ariadne). This tradition of a Cretan foundation was given dramatic substance in 1927 when Staphylos’ Minoan tomb containing a sword (now in the Archaeology Museum in Athens) was discovered by the cove that has always borne his name.
Images by a1pha_gr, Giannis Arvanitakis, Herbert wie, John Karakatsanis, Jon Corelis, The photo editors