Glossa is the second largest village on Skopolos after Skopolos town itself – but don’t expect a bustling metropolis! Glossa has great views out over Skopolos and is known as the Balcony of the Aegean. Built about 300 metres above Loutraki Port, this is a sleepy little hamlet set around a small village square. There’sContinue reading “Glossa”
Mamma Mia we’re in for a climb with the next sight seeing stop . . . we’re heading to the tiny chapel of Agios Ioannis Kastri. Made famous for being the little church in the Abba inspired film Mamma Mia – it’s where the high octane matriarch Donna (played by the ever marvellous Meryl Streep)Continue reading “Agios Ioannis Kastri”
Panormos Beach is a wonderful sweep of pebbles leading into perfect waters. The term Panormos is ancient Greek, and was mentioned by Homer, meaning “sheltered harbor” or “sheltered moorage The large, bowl shaped bay consists of a long, fine pebbled beach, lots of small coves.
We’ve spent seven days on Skiathos so we’re now on the move to the next smaller island of Skopolos. The islands are well served by regular ferries so we’re onboard and off!
As with all Greek Islands, Skiathos has a lovely old capital town (chora) full of maze like alleys, colourful flowers and a plethora of cafes, shops and eateries. The harbour has a view of the Bourtzi fortress and an attractive tumble of white washed houses. We meander upwards to discover where the locals live asContinue reading “Skiathos town”
My favourite beach of the trip so far is Mandraki Elis beach. A white sandy sweep of sand. There’s a nice beach front restaurant where we snaffle some fries and soak up the view.
Aselinos beach is next in our sandy sights and its another corker – as per all of the Skiathos beaches so far. It is protected by the green mountain of Kounistra and is surrounded by verdant hills and pine forests that offer a unique natural setting.
We briefly stop off at the tiny Panagia Ikonistria monastery between beaches. Cared for by a tiny, old lady, it is full of icons, strong local coffee and cats – perfect! Hubby’s made another fuzzy feline friend!
Next on the Skiathos beach hitlist is another tiny wild one at Mikros Aselinos. Down a rickety set of steps to another windswept stretch of lovely sand.Mikros Aselinos or Small Aselinos is a petite sandy beach right next to the larger Megalos Aselinos beach on the north coast of Skiathos. There’s a lovely sand duneyContinue reading “Mikros Aselinos”
The Monastery of the Annunciation, commonly known as the Evangelistria Monastery, is a monastery dedicated to the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary which sits on a hillside some 4 km north of Skiathos town. The monastery was founded in 1794 by a group of Kollyvades monks, who had left the monastery of Mount Athos afterContinue reading “Panagia Evangelistria”