WITH LOVE FROM: Skopelos, Greece

An hours ferry ride from Skiathos you will find the tranquil respite of Skopelos Town. Home of Mamma Mia (the original, not the sequel) get ready for lush greenery, higgledy piggledy streets, butterflies everywhere and some of the most beautiful beaches this side of the world.
We had arranged for an apartment via Booking.com which ended up being a short 10 minute walk from the port just following the water’s edge. If anyone is looking for perfectly presented accommodation then seriously check out Olia Green Apartments the room was stunning with a huge rainfall shower room, mini kitchenette with hob and sink so we could cook up some basics, air conditioning (essential!) and most importantly a huge wrap around terrace overlooking the sea. In short it was my dream holiday home for those 5 days.

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For us the slow pace of Skopelos was exactly what was needed, with a gravel beach just outside the doors of the apartment it was easy to grab a sun-lounger and settle in with a book and some ice cold drinks from the corner shop. The town itself is nothing short of delightful. At the front, a line of restaurants and cafes but as soon as you step behind them a world of cobbled white streets, staircases, coloured shutters and mopeds. You can twist and twirl your way up the entire hill, and I’d recommend you do because those views are INSANE. You’ll find small spots to eat and drink around most corners and can take some shelter from the sun.

Whilst car hire is available we decided to make the most of the islands regular buses to explore. We picked out a day tour with Dolphin of Skopelos which included a stop by the iconic church used for Mamma Mia, swinging by an olive oil farm to learn how one of the islands most iconic industries works, and then two HEAVENLY beach breaks to take in lunch and some phenomenally blue waters. Put Kastani on your hit list right now!
I have to say it was once again brilliant value, working out at less that £25 each we had a fantastic friendly guide and it felt like we really saw the island but without rushing around.
The local bus system is also excellent and at 2.50Euros per ride its a bargain, when a friend recommended Panormos beach as an absolute MUST visit, we used it to hop around the coast and take in an entire day of sunbathing and beach bars and crystal clear turquoise waters.

Skopelos is honestly breathtaking, it’s easy to see why people flock to explore it and I’m so glad we took the extra time to relax into it. Whilst it’s not the place for big activities or a wild nightlife, you’ll find here something else, friendly locals, an incredible array of restaurants, and an escape from reality. A reminder that there’s more to life, a chance to get sand between your toes and to slooowww right down. The first chance I get, I’ll be back.

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