Hotel Selenunda is in Loutraki on the western side of the island. I referred to the port earlier as Loutraki/Glossa, since when I purchased a ferry ticket, my two choices were Glossa or Skopelos (Town). Glossa refers to the town on the mountain above Loutraki. At the end of this post, I'll leave you with a beautiful sunset picture. Another reason why I chose a hotel on the western side of the island.
But I had to post a photo of my private balcony and the cute little table with my snack for my first evening--sour cream and black pepper chips, along with a glass of a light, cool wine, Tsantali Makedonikos White. After all, it's Feast On It Friday; today, both a feast for the eyes and the palate!
When I walked into town (all of 5 minutes) to purchase groceries, including my snack, I also checked out the bus schedule, located in the cute little covered area at the bus stop. I chose the 9 a.m. bus for my first excursion on Monday, June 18th.
I decided to ride the full length of the bus route, to Skopelos Town. It took about an hour, and along the way, I marked off times to get to the various beaches that I had located on a map that the owner of Hotel Selenunda had given me.
I had already looked up restaurants on Trip Advisor before I left the hotel, and Molos came highly recommended, so when I wandered by and saw a cute little table right at the front, I took a seat. Good view with some highly needed shade after my walk to both ends of town--I love the sea! Overall I wasn't impressed with the restaurant. Read my Trip Advisor review, Was Expecting More!
I love the breathtaking blues of the Aegean Sea, and try to pick restaurants which offer a gorgeous view. I was traveling alone, since I wanted inspiration for the book that I started that summer in Greece. The story is set in Greece, and everywhere I turned in Skopelos, I had an awesome view. Milia Restaurant was no exception.
On Wednesday, June 20, I chose Panormos beach, and headed out a little bit later; chose the 11:30 a.m. bus. Once again--prompt! There was no long walk this time; the beach is very close to the road. I chose a lounge chair halfway between two groups of women on opposite ends of the long row of chairs.
Though not much to look at from the outside, Stafylos Restaurant has a Gorgeous View, which is also the name of my Trip Advisor review for this roomy restaurant that's just up the cement steps from the beach, but with a parking lot for those with cars! (Maybe my next visit to Skopelos, I'll take or rent a car!) I bought a large bottle of water for my climb back up the steep hill to the bus stop!
This location was featured in the movie Mamma Mia! But when I reached the top and went inside the chapel, I immediately realized, they did not use the interior for filming! One piece of advice, do not go at noon, like I did. It is not the prime time for climbing the 200 steps to reach the top. By the time I went up and down, I was dripping sweat, and was definitely ready for a dip at the beach, located via a small path behind the food stand. There were only 5 other people on this small beach, and again, I enjoyed the peace and quiet!
I had arranged for the taxi driver to come back in 3 hours, and he was prompt. I waited in the shade at the food stand, and enjoyed a can of iced tea! If you're depending on public transport when on Skopelos, be sure to Call a Cab (my Trip Advisor review title) and visit Agios Ioannis.
What's your favorite restaurant with a view of the sea?
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