Some of the top Skopelos Beaches not to miss – part 1

Panormos Beach on the west side of Skopelos - Best Beaches of Skopelos

Beaches of Skopelos you shouldn't miss during your visit

Skopelos Island is the biggest of the Sporades islands in Greece, but still small, compared to some others in the country.

Despite its size, it has a spectacular shoreline and some fantastic beaches you should visit when you travel to Skopelos this summer. Although they are not renowned for their exotic atmosphere, Skopelos beaches are unmistakeably Mediterranean.

They are known for the transparent, crystal-clear waters, the emerald colours reflected from the pine trees and the dramatic scenery that only the Aegean Sea can so generously offer.

When I first got the idea to write an article about beaches on Skopelos, the phrase 'favourite beaches of Skopelos' kept dominating my thoughts. I then decided against this title, since my favourite beaches on Skopelos can be different from what you will end up liking.

For this exact reason, I split up the topic of 'Skopelos beaches' into a 3 part series: 'Best beaches of Skopelos not to miss - part 2', and 'The most secluded beaches of Skopelos - part 3'.

The diversity of Skopelos beaches will exceed your expectations.

Each beach around Skopelos island, each tiny cove, has its setting and character that makes it unique from all the others. Some are long and un-sheltered, while others are smaller and protected.

A deserted island or two in the distance can cut off strong currents and winds. Other beaches around Skopelos are sheltered by mountain hills, prohibiting strong winds and making swimming more ideal for those that are not very strong swimmers.

The west side of Skopelos is more sheltered than the east, which is pounded by strong northerly winds.

During the summer, however, there are many days with no wind at all, which makes it ideal for exploring some beaches on the east that are more off the beaten path.

So where do you go for a swim I hear you say?

Where do you go on a windy day to enjoy your day with your family?

Which beach has sand or pebbles, shallow or deep water?

How do you reach these beaches from Skopelos Country Villas?

The following, are some of the top beaches Skopelos has to offer. By the end of this post series, (it's divided into 3 parts), you will have a better understanding of:

Where to go depending on weather,

The route you need to take from Skopelos Country Villas and,
The type of beach.

Reaching the west side of Skopelos island from our properties is always a pleasure.

The drive will reward you with some of the most breathtaking sceneries Skopelos has to offer.

Make sure to check out the Scenic route of Skopelos in my Attractions page.

Hovolo Beach - by Elios town

Hovolo Beach is one of the best in Skopelos Island
Hovolo beach stretches for about 300 meters before this beautiful finish

It faces west, and it requires some walking in the water to reach the far end where you can enjoy some fine shingle and excellent snorkelling. Take care walking on the rocks as they can be quite slippery. It offers a very dramatic backdrop with a huge granite wall running the entire length of the beach.

Are you looking for other beaches and sightseeing not to miss while in Skopelos? Look no further than The Perfect 7 Day Itinerary For Skopelos Island

Access: Moderate
Although it's not one of the most accessible beaches, it is one of the most stunning in Skopelos. It is the first beach you will encounter after the descent from Delfi mountain. Turn left onto the main road and drive into Elios - Neo Klima seaside village and park your car to the far left. You can park your car at the far-left and next to the beach bar. Make sure you get all supplies from that beach bar, (water, snacks), as it will be hard to walk back after you reach the far-end just for a bottle of water.

Kastani Beach - the Mamma Mia scene

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Kastani Beach - the movie set of Mamma Mia.

Usually busy during high season, but never really crowded. It became known from the famous Mamma Mia movie beach scenes that were filmed here. The lounge bar has umbrellas to the front of the beach, but you can still lay your towel either to the far left or right. Crystal clear water makes ideal for some snorkelling and exploring around the left side. If you are into diving, you will discover some easy to climb rocks that you can dive from. A perfect spot to have a drink in the late afternoon and watch the sun go down.

Access: Easy
Very easy drive. Instead of turning right on the main road towards Elios-Neo Klima, head the opposite direction by turning left on to on-coming traffic. Continue driving on the main coastal road for about 5-10 minutes. You will see a road sign and a dirt road descending right off the main road. There is a big parking area at the bottom of the drive behind the beach.

Milia Beach - the Longest Stretch

Some of the top Skopelos Beaches not to miss - part 1
Beautiful Milia Beach as seen from Mt. Delfi scenic route.

Milia beach is the longest in Skopelos. No matter how busy it may get during peak season, you can still find a couple of square meters to lay your towel. As soon as you park your car and walk on the shingles, you will see Dasia island in the distance. The sight of this small, deserted island transforms the rest of the scenery into a picture-perfect Aegean landscape. This pine infested speck of land compliments the crystal blue sea and matches mainland Skopelos as if it is an Impressionist's painting.
If you enjoy snorkelling, try to stay in the middle, where some rocks divide the beach into two parts.
Some of the top Skopelos Beaches not to miss_part 1There are two beach bars on Milia beach. The first is located towards the end of the beach and a smaller, quieter one on the right side of the rocks. Milia is a perfect spot to watch a spectacular sunset and capture some great images.

Access: Very easy
Keep driving and go past Kastani beach. You will see the sign to Milia and the asphalted road immediately after. It is about half a kilometre from the main coastal road to reach the parking areas for this beach. The two parking areas can get very busy during the peak season, (mid-July through the end of August), making it therefore very hard to find a parking spot. I would, therefore, recommend parking higher up and close to the main road. This will mean that you will have some walking to do, but it is an asphalted road that is shaded in most parts.

Panormos Beach - the 'Heart of Skopelos'

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Panormos Bay from Mount Delfi. Skopelos is also known as 'The island with the big heart'.

A spectacular bay that is also the biggest in Skopelos. It is more like a coastal community here with a good choice of tavernas and café snack bars. You can pleasantly spend your day enjoying the long stretch of beach and lounging around in one of the cafés. I would recommend trying some excellent home-made food at Taverna Yiannis, offering you great views into the sheltered bay and the magnificent sunset.

Some of the top Skopelos Beaches not to miss_part 1It is ideal if you like swimming in the distance due to the lack of strong currents. The crystal-clear waters do get deep about 3-4 metres from the shore and children should not be left unsupervised.

Access: Very easy

Skopelos beaches located on the west side of the island are easily found. Just keep driving, and the road signs will prompt you where to turn and are pretty hard to miss. Panormos beach is just after Milia on your way from Delfi mountain.

On this 1st part of Skopelos beaches, we have explored some of the lovely shores in the west.

In the 2nd part of this article, we will continue roaming through the rest of the beaches on the west, sheltered side of Skopelos island. We will, however, take another, lovely detour and start exploring some more modest, but equally stunning beaches on the east.

Summary and Conclusion - Map of Directions

Access: Moderate
Parking: Adequate
Type of beach:  Rocks, pebbles, shingle
Good for: snorkelling
Beach amenities: None on this stretch of beach - see Elios village

Access: Easy
Parking: Adequate
Type of beach: Pebbles, shingle
Good for: Snorkelling, diving, (towards the rocks found on the left of beach)
Beach amenities: Loungers/Umbrellas, beach bar

Access: Easy
Parking: OK
Type of beach: Pebbles, shingle
Good for: Snorkelling, diving, (see rocks in the middle of the beach)
Beach amenities: Loungers/Umbrellas, beach bars, taverna

Access: Easy
Parking: Adequate
Type of beach: Pebbles, shingle
Good for: Snorkelling
Beach amenities: Loungers/Umbrellas, cafés, tavernas, (see John's Taverna)

These are the directions from Skopelos Country Villas to the beaches visitied in this article

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