My trip to the places of Mamma Mia movie (May-July 2013)
We chose a charming Skopelos Island (Σκόπελος) because of its green nature and uncrowded beaches. The news, that Mamma Mia! movie was filmed there, turned to be a nice surprise for us and added a spark of glamour to our wonderful travel! The main place of interest for fans of the film and ABBA’s songs is Aghios Ioannis church (Άγιος Ιωάννης), which is also known as Mamma Mia chapel where they filmed the scene of Sky and Sophie’s wedding. The church is located in the north-western part of the island on the very top of an impressive lonely rock. Therefore in order to reach it you need to climb up more than a hundred narrow stone steps… A breathtaking view opening from it is worth it! I assume that native Greeks climb those steps with ease of body and courage in hearts! There is a beautiful sandy Aghios Ioannis beach (on the right of the steps to Mamma Mia church) with clear turquoise water. Such a real pleasure to swim there! There are many interesting rocks on the beach, we found layers of shale, hornstone and weathered limestone.
If you are going to Skopelos in May or early June, you have all chances to see these places enjoying their serenity and original beauty!
You should visit Ghlisteri beach (Γλυστέρι) if you go to the north of the island where the movie was also being shot. There is a tavern on the beach with noticeable artifacts and even a more noticeable arc. That arc was moved here from Villa Donna located above the beach after the filming. In that tavern you should try a special dish called ‘Black fish’, which is very delicious! You can also get to Ghilsteri beach by boat from Scopelos harbour. It can be a boat like the one in the picture.
However, this particular boat seems to be kind of an old-fashioned one
The film crew had been almost everywhere, so to follow their way we moved to the southern coast to visit Kastani beach (Καστάνη). This is a beautiful beach with king-size beds, a nice green lawn and a beach bar where you can try tasty sandwiches. At the same time, this is a disco beach which works fine for parties and high jinks. So if you are going to relax on the one of those beds take your earplugs with you! Meanwhile, nearby there is a relaxing, wide and fascinating Milia beach (Μηλιά) with the view of green Dhasia Island (Δασειά). The view on Dhasia covered with a dense forest is wonderful! Milia beach is one of the best beaches of Skopelos!
There is a small cape with two pine trees near Aghnondas beach which became a famous landmark of Skopelos Island after Mamma Mia movie. We saw it accidentally walking from Limnonari (Λιμνονάρι) to Aghnondas beach (Αγνώντας).
In fact, I would recommend you the southern coast of Skopelos Island since most of the best beaches are located there!
By the way, do you know that Skopelos is the greenest island of the Aegean Sea?
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