Agios Ioannis Beach

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Agios Ioannis Beach
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USGuy11
USA/Greece188 contributions
Aug 2012 • Solo
If you are going to do this right, you truly must get there before sunrise. The sun rises as a ball from the crook of the mountain opposite the church, and I'm told that later in the year it appears as if it's coming straight from the sea. So, I went to this holy site around 5:30AM 3X right before dawn and sat in darkness waiting for the sun to rise, and I was not disappointed. I'm not an overly religious person, but I felt a great tranquility being on this site, and for hours I was all by myself on the top of this rock with only God and my thoughts, and laying down on the bench and looking up at the sky, I did get a bit religious for a moment or two. Then more tourists startied arriving and so I left and came back 2 more mornings for the same thing. It was enlightening. The only complaint I had was that people would throw their plastic water bottles and other trash on the site and it was overflowing also from the one garbage can outside the church. I told myself that should I ever return and take holiday on Skopelos again, I would make it my personal project to keep this one part of Greece garbage free every morning as I watched the sun rise, as I felt really moved by this sacred site.
Written September 1, 2012
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Anastasia C
Glasgow, UK96 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
With the iconic Mama Mia chapel up the rocks and the picturesque, well hidden, little beach, Agios Ioannis is a must-see for Skopelos island. Having said that, it's not a place easily accessible for everybody. The little path going down to the beach is steep and at times slippery. The beach itself is small so don't keep your hopes high of finding a place to seat or even leave your stuff unless you visit it early in the morning or late afternoon. However, the little bar at the top of the hill offers some amenities (drinks, food, toilets, free parking space which is limited though) so you can definitely spend some time and rest there. My recommendation would be to visit the chapel, experience a quick swim in the crystal clear water (ideal for snorkelling!) of Agios Ioannis beach but move quickly to another beach to spend the rest of your day. The lack of shadow in an over-crowded 30m-long beach was an issue for me, I really wish I could stay longer! Recommended for the more adventurous type of travellers!
Written July 28, 2018
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Davide
Milan, Italy145 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
the beach is just next to the Mama Mia chapel
the view and the cliffs around it make this beach a jewel itself
downsides: it’s small, it gets shady early in the afternoon
Written September 7, 2018
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Nicolas C
Limassol City, Cyprus891 contributions
Aug 2020 • Friends
The beach is near the famous Mamma Mia Chapel so if you are visiting the Chapel, you can have check this beach out as well.

It is only 200 metres walk from the Chapel, on a small pedestrian path leading down to the beach.

Not too impressed by the quality of the waters or sand of the specific beach, but since I went to the Chapel, I had a dive in the sea before leaving. I would recommend other beaches in Skopelos island to spend your day though. This one is more like a dive and go beach.
Written August 7, 2020
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carlsberg7
Milton Keynes, England56 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
My wife and I have spent our wedding anniversary in various parts of Greece for many years. We sailed past this chapel a couple of years ago on a day trip from Skiathos. Being big Abba fans, I decided that this would be a nice place to renew our wedding vows on our 30th. This is what I organised for a surprise this year.
Really glad I chose this place, it is stunning in a fantastic location.
I could not have made my wife happier.
Remarkably few tourists there, although we were there quite late in the day.
Written October 2, 2016
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sotiris k
Athens, Greece74 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
You have to visit this place. The little church stands on the top of a big rock. You have to climb on the stairs but although that the stairs are close to the rocks the view is outstanding and breathtaking. Close to thw church there is a small beach were you can swim.
Written August 20, 2017
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martin b
Glossa, Greece37 contributions
Sep 2012 • Business
This is one of those special places which you come across rarely even on such a beautiful island such as Skopelos. The setting is sublime and there is a small beach nearby to cool down after your climb up to the church. Which isn't as long as some would have you believe.
The Kantina( small mobile kitchen) doesn't seem to get good reviews here but licences here to operate in each place are renewed often and someone else may be running it by next year!
If you are staying in the south of the island you can get a bus to Glossa or a boat to Loutraki(port of Glossa) and get a taxi to the Ayios Ioannis. But if you are visiting the area do take time for a stroll around the unspoiled typical Greek hill village of Glossa its like stepping back 30 years .
Written February 28, 2013
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Branimir N
Nis, Serbia50 contributions
Sep 2012 • Couples
It is worth visiting even if film Mamma Mia wasn't filmed there.
Unreal views and spectacular place to build a church!

It was worth Every step (thete is quite few of them before you climb to the top) we had to climb!

Be extra carefull driving to this site - road is very narrow
Written September 25, 2012
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FamilyTraveller5ofus
Sydney, Australia171 contributions
Jun 2011 • Family
Our family of 5 arrived on Skopelos by yacht and were moored at Loutraki, quite some distance from the Church. We hired a taxi to take us to the church on the other side of the island. The taxi driver was fantastic and said he would come back in 2 and a half hours and pick us up...and he did. We used the time to climb the stairs to the top of the outcrop and look inside the church, which is tiny (obviously the wedding scene was shot in a studio in Hollywood). It was spectacular though. All around the water is the most gorgeous turquoise and it was just stunning. We went to one of the little beaches (very pebbly) and just enjoyed being there. Whilst waiting for the taxi, we went to the one and only cafe for a drink. It was fantastic to see this movie location in real life.
Written May 21, 2012
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MumOutdoors
Thirsk, UK98 contributions
Aug 2019
We're not much bothered about Mamma Mia (although the children are) but nonetheless this is a very beautiful destination. Approach road is a bit hairy however it's worth the gritted teeth and clenched buttocks of those travelling in a car driven by a driver who has a fear of heights. We visited early evening thus avoiding the crowds and the parking issues and had the chapel almost to ourselves. The building surpassed my expectations (I don't remember the film) and was rather characterful. It was incredibly hot at the top and I literally melted (think I lost half a stone or maybe that was after the drive down). Views were of course amazing. The descent was a bit dodgy as it is incredibly steep - think ladder. Didn't like the concrete platform at the bottom - assume created for the film crew? Café was still open and we enjoyed sipping lemon tea and playing with the kittens whilst gazing up at the chapel. Beach didn't look up to much though although there seemed to be a number of visitors.
Written August 10, 2019
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