Mamma Mia - Mum and Maria!

Diane Breton on 22 June 2022
Well where do I start with this picture perfect week away in one of my favourite countries!

My Daughter and I are huge fans of the Greek Islands and also love Mamma Mia so it felt right that our holiday destination was Skopelos for our Mum & Daughter holiday. We flew into the neighbouring island of Skiathos and then took a small boat across to Skopelos and onto the Ionia Hotel in Skopelos Town.

We arrived late at night and couldn't wait to open our blinds the next day to see the view and it didn't disappoint. We tucked into our breakfast full of fresh local produce before setting off to explore the resort, through little windy cobble roads, past typical white Greek buildings, blue shutters and doors, the odd cat and the sun beaming down - what more could we ask for. The harbour area is beautiful with the promenade lined with restaurants and tavernas with the buildings of the town rising up the hillside in true postcard style.

We wandered around not following a particular route just following the sights, smells and views... there are plenty of little shops selling local gifts, jewellery, and beauty products made from olive oil and honey.

A few days into our holiday we picked up our little hire car a micra we nick named "Milly" Milly was just perfect, we played ABBA songs and off we set on our road trip, there's not that many main roads on the island they are very winding with breath taking views. We visited Glysteri Beach, which is where Sophie and her fathers jump off the rocks after their sailing trip, Kastani Beach, Amarandos Cove, Agnontas, and not to mention the Chapel of Agios Ionnis where Sophie and Skys wedding took place. This little chapel is perched on the top of a rock overlooking the sea and is reached by just over 200 steps - all of these places we visited were just as we imagined and a little bit more - Oh how I wish we were back there in our happy place.

Maria and I love a good sunset and enjoy sea kayaking and booked on a sunset kayaking trip which was one of our favourite evenings, we paddled down the coast, stopped at a few little beaches and then sat out at sea with the sun setting around us - special lifelong memories were made that night.

Even if you are not fans of the film, Skopelos is a beautiful unspoilt and very traditional Greek Island and well worth a visit. It can be twinned up with other islands too so if you feel it could be too small for you, you could have a few nights there and the stay on Skiathos which is where you fly into - that's my plan for when I return!