Sporades islands are geographically located between the Greek mainland and the Greek islands of North Eastern Aegean, almost in the center of the Aegean Sea. There are many scattered islands, thus the name Sporades – sporadic. The following four islands named Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonnisos and Skyros are the most important, they have a special character each and of course amazing nature.
Skiathos is famous for Koukounaries bay and its impressive exotic beach of Lalaria, accessible only by boat. Worth seeing the Medieval Castle of the island! The Town is the centre of activities, where visitors head in the evenings to enjoy a dinner a relaxing drink or for clubbing.
The green nature of Skopelos is breathtaking. Skopelos has its special architecture as shown in villages like Skopelos Town and Glossa. Nice beaches with crystal water are found all around the coastline of the island. Some famous beaches are Kastani (where the Mamma Mia movie was filmed) and Stafylos.
Alonissos is an authentic island mostly known for its incredible natural beauty and the amazing beaches. Chora is the most picturesque village in Alonissos island, located on top of a hill and offering a great view of the Aegean Sea.
Skyros is located in the center of the Aegean Sea. It is a place with vivid tradition and special character. Walk around the narrow streets of Chora, have a relaxing coffee and explore the Medieval Castle above the town. The most popular beach on the island is Molos, a long crystal coast with many tourist facilities.
At all main ports you can find
· Great anchorage: will protect you from bad weather
· Classic Greek taverns & restaurants: also in Steni Vala, Alonnisos for lobster
· Cafés, bars & clubs: No clubs on other islands but Skiathos
· Fresh water and electricity: you will have access at all main ports by buying a card
The islands have many beautiful bays that are great anchor spots, such as Koukounaries bay in Skiathos, Panormos bay in Skopelos, Planitis bay in Kyra Panagia islet and many more.
Don’t miss the national marine park of Alonnisos! The area is rich in marine life and is the habitat of the endangered species, the Mediterranean Monk Seal (Monachus Monachus), one of the rarest animals in Europe with only around 800 surviving worldwide.
The Sporades islands are an ideal area for sailing because the direction of the destinations is always from east to west and vice versa, and the wind is usually north. This means that sailing is usually beam reach rather than upwind.
For exploring this big Northern part of Greece, we have established a base tailor made for your needs at the island of Skiathos, the so called “small Mykonos”.
Sheltered and unspoiled anchorages, sandy white beaches, will offer you the pleasures of an unforgettable holiday. Within a distance of 50 miles you can sail up to the Chalkidiki peninsula. The Chalkidiki peninsula reaches down into the Northern Aegean, with three smaller peninsulas Kassandra, Sithonia, and Mount Athos.
On the green Sithonia you will delight in the peace and tranquility of small ports and beautiful anchorages. At Porto Carras, you will reach an extra modern marina, that offers you superb shore side relaxation. You can delight the spectacular views of the medieval monasteries of Mount Athos, that have been separated from the modern world.
These holy communities have no roads, electricity or telephones, females are still not allowed to enter the monasteries or even the area. Relax through sailing, fishing and swimming in the blue Aegean sea waters.