Get married near the “Mama Mia” Church on Skopelos Island, Greece
When it comes to wedding venues, likes and dislikes are wide-ranging. Some people want a fancy hotel at an exotic setting in the South Pacific. Others are happy with a small church wedding in their hometown or a civil ceremony before a justice of the peace. Others still, want something different altogether.
Enter Isle Iza, a new destination wedding and film rental site on Skopelos Island near the village of Glossa. Run by Maria Dionysiou, an island native and film industry professional based out of New York, Isle Iza delivers a Hollywood grade film and still photo experience to document your event of a lifetime.
The setting is an intimate outdoor rooftop veranda with a panoramic view of the Aegean Sea, the nearby sister isles of Skiathos and Alonissos, and the rock formation of Ai Giannis jutting out of the sea caressing the church site from the movie Mama Mia! We had a chance to check it out while it was under construction during the summer of 2016. The view says it all!
Skopelos, Glossa, and Isle Iza offer much new and different when it comes to an alternative destination-wedding site.
Want a remote location that's still easy to get to? Check.
Want to get married at a place where you'll be around the locals and not a lot of commercial glitz and glamour? Check!
Want the beauty of the Greek Isles but without many tourists? Check.
The full-time population of Skopelos is around 5,500 people. During the tourist season, tourists alone can exceed 20,000. And the pluses on Skopelos go on and on.
Where is Skopelos Island?
Skopelos, Greece is part of the Emerald-Green island group known as the Northern Sporades Isles that are easterly off the coast of central Greece from the city of Volos in the Aegean Sea.
How To Get There
Fly direct to Skiathos and transfer to Skopelos by boat. Flights also leave daily from Athens for Skiathos. See www.aegeanair.com.
Boats large and small, including car ferries, visit Skopelos daily from Volos, Agios Konstantinos, and Mantoudi. You can reach these ports by car, bus or train. Skyros Ferries stem from Kymi on Evvoia. See: www.gtp.gr or https://hellenicseaways.gr for timetables.
Trains leave Athens to Agios Konstantinos on Evvoia or, from Thessaloniki to Volos. Trip time is about 2 1/2 hours for both and they are cheap, reliable and usually on time.
Rental Car Sources
Rentals for cars and four-wheel drive trucks are available at Skopelos Town, Neo Klima Elios, or at the port of Loutraki near Glossa. Motorbikes are available only from rental spots at Skopelos Town.
We had good luck with this rental source near Glossa.
Note: If a rental car vendor recommends a tiny car the size of a small refrigerator, like the Chevrolet Spark, heed the advice. The narrow, shoulderless, Skopelian roads make it difficult for most but very small cars to get around the island.
Hop off the Hellenic Seaways ferry from the nearby island of Skiathos at the port of Loutraki, and you can’t help but snag a view of the sunbaked, whitewashed homes clinging to the steep granite cliffs of Glossa (population 1,195) looming high above. From there, some of the best views of the island of Skopelos and nearby sister isles of Alonnisos and Skiathos present themselves. And unlike the drab brown surroundings of Athens and other areas in Greece, the blue-green-white contrast of this Northern Sporades Island snags all of your senses.
Grab a rental car, and take a narrow, two-lane, winding, shoulderless back road from Glossa for about 4-5 km and you'll run smack-dab into Isle Isa, a multilevel stark white stone villa overlooking the Aegean Sea.
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