You danced to the musical, you love the Greek food and soon you can enjoy the Mamma Mia! experience in central London. But really, you need to buy a home in Skopelos.

Bjorn Alvaeus has applied for planning permission to open a Mamma Mia-themed restaurant near Waterloo Station, of course, in central London.

The smash hit musical, all about living the good life on a Greek Island and set to the music of Abba (what’s not to love?) was born in London in 1999 and has been one of the most successful musicals and movies of all time. It captures the beauty of Greece, the wonder of brief holiday flings and the pleasures of long-term friendship, but for many of us the real star of the movie was the island of Skopelos, where it was filmed.

The whole bandwagon became a Greek-themed restaurant in Sweden last year, when it was launched by all four members of ABBA

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The whole bandwagon became a Greek-themed restaurant in Sweden last year, when it was launched by all four members of ABBA. Mamma Mia! The Party! combines a live performance of the musical while you eat Greek food within the fictional Greek tavern of the story. “One thing’s for sure: you can count on a Summer Night City…” says the website.

 

Skopelos town

 

Bjorn Alvaeus says he will create “a Greek island paradise with recreated tavern, courtyard, olive trees and fountain.” If you want to experience the real thing, you’ll need to go to Skopelos.
The island in the Sporades islands in the Western Aegean is famous for not having an airport, but is nevertheless quite easy to reach in summer via the airport on the nearby island of Skiathos. It feels that little bit extra special when you arrive in Skopelos by water taxi.

You can just about walk across Skopelos in a day, being around 25 kilometres long, and what a beautiful walk it would be, though the green hills among goats and sheep used to make local feta cheese, through plum orchards and almond trees, with the Mediterranean shimmering all around. Eagles, owls and great cormorants float on the thermals and strong sea breezes.

For property, Skopelos only has a population of around 5,000, so there is limited property available

With few beaches along its coastline, it is very good for boating, everything from kayaking to yachts. The Daily Telegraph described Skopelos as the perect Greek island, pointing out that despite the success of the movie, the island has not become over run with themed bars, but instead represents: “unspoilt island life; unpretentious food and accommodation; quiet beaches; walks through green, mountainous interiors; and a complete removal from the stresses of modern life.”

 

The church from Mamma Mia! in Skopelos

 

For property, Skopelos only has a population of around 5,000, so there is limited property available. You can expect to pay juts iunder €100,000 for a small home –either a one-bedroom apartment or maybe a small townhouse. A reasonable-sized house, perhaps with a courtyard garden will be closer to €200,000. For a villa with a more spacious garden you will need to up your budget to €300,000.

The main town is itself called Skopelos, but other villages include Glossa, near to which is the famous church from the musical, Agios Ioannis.

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