Kalokairi, the island in the "Mamma Mia!" movie starring Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried, is actually Skopelos. Skopelos/Kalokairi is in the Aegean Sea off the coast of mainland Greece. It has no airport so visitors need to fly to Skiathos, where some other scenes in Mamma Mia were shot, then take about an hour-long ferry to Skopelos. Kalokairi is a made-up island name just used in the Mamma Mia movie and has nothing to do with Skopelos itself. In Greek, "Kalokairi" means "Summer" - so just about any Greek island could be called a "Summer" island. For more information on the Mamma Mia! movie locations, including where some of the stars lived and dined on Skopelos, go to Mamma Mia Movie LocationsSkopelos is part of the Sporades island group of Greece.
Why You Should Go to Skopelos:
Even if you don't love Mamma Mia, Skopelos is a relatively unspoiled island catering to British and Greek tourists. It's considered an "expensive" island by Greek standards, definitely not catering to the backpacker crowd. But it's definitely expecting a bit of a surge in tourists as it was the location for much of the movie "Mamma Mia!" which came out in July, 2008. Before it "became" Kalokairi, it was a favorite island for Greeks to visit for vacations. Looking for more information? Skopelos is sometimes spelled "Scopelos".
Where to Stay in Skopelos:
Where to Eat:
Food on Skopelos tends to feature plenty of fresh seafood traditionally prepared, but chicken pie is also popular. Orea Ellas s a typical seaside taverna.
Events in Skopelos
The patron saint of Skopelos, Agios Reginos, has a feast day on February 25th. There is also a photographic exhibit in July.
How to Get to Skopelos
The quickest way to Skopelos is by flying to Skiathos and then taking a short ferry ride to Skopelos itself. You can also drive up the coast from Athens on the fast, good National Highway - or down the coast from Thessaloniki - and then take a ferry to Skiathos from Agios Constatinos, and then go on to Skopelos. There are other ferry options available, especially in summer.More Quick Looks at Towns, Cities, and Islands in Greece: Cities and Towns of Greece
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