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Daily Daydream: A Greek Island Off the Tourist Track

Fans of the movie Mama Mia may recognize the island of Skopelos as the filming location for many of the Greek scenes. However, the island is not as popular on the Greek island circuit as ones like Mykonos, and so this one remains well off the tourist track.

There are 123 churches on this small island, as well as a number of monasteries. Walk or hike along the cliffs to explore them all. When you’re ready for a dip, get a boat out to the waters that are part of the National Marine Park. Back on land, be sure to taste the locally produced cheese, fruit, and nuts here. Follow up dinner with a trip to a taverna, where you’re likely to hear traditional Greek music known as “rembetika.”

Where is it? In the western Aegean Sea. Fly to Athens International Airport (check prices) and connect to a ferry.

Who’s It For? Mama Mia fans, hikers, swimmers.

Where to Stay? At the Adrina Beach, where the main attraction is a sea-side saltwater pool.

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