Greek Islands - Western Aegean Sea
Skiathos - Sporades Islands - Evia
The Sporades islands lie in the north west Aegean, near the peninsula of the south Pelion mountains. The closest mainland city is Volos, in the Pegasitic gulf, from where Jason began his legendary voyage in the Argo. Although Skiathos is one of the most popular holiday destinations in central or northern Greece, with the most famous beaches, the remaining Sporades islands (Skopelos, Alonissos and Skyros) are relatively unspoilt.
Evia is the island which lies parallel to mainland Greece. The inner route up the narrow gulf between Evia and the mainland is more frequently travelled by sailors coming up from Athens, there being sheltered waters and many safe harbours and anchorages. Along the east coast of Evia there are a few anchorages sheltered from the prevailing wind.
The Sporades Islands hug the east coast of central Greece. Beautiful white sandy beaches, unspoiled anchorages, ancient ruins and abundant sea life, will offer you a sense of exploration and independence. So, let the beauty of the islands, forests, beaches, villages, churches and castles take you on a journey back in time. Our base, which is about 15 minutes from Skiathos airport, is an ideal starting point, for a journey to explore the Sporades and the coast of northern Greece.
Sailing Level - Easy to Intermediate
The prevailing wind in the summer is the "Meltemi", blowing from the Northeast, Force 3-4, although occasionally in July and August wind blows stronger from a North-West direction with a force 4-6 and dies at the end of September.
One Week Itinerary from Skiathos
1st Day Skiathos Marina
2nd Day Skopelos Island
3rd Day Linaria (Skiros Island)
4th Day Paignio (Kira Panagia island)
5th Day Patitiri (Alonissos Island)
6th Day Koukounaries (Skiathos Island)
7th Day Skiathos Marina
8th Day Check-out
Two Week Itinerary from Skiathos
1st Day Skiathos Marina
2nd Day Skopelos
3rd Day Patitiri (Alonissos Island)
4th Day Linaria (Skiros Island)
5th Day Paignio (Kira Panagia)
6th Day Porto Koufo
7th Day Kalithea (Halkidiki)
8th Day Porto Carras (Halkidiki)
9th Day Zagora (Volos)
10th Day Trikeri (Volos)
11th Day Orei (Evia)
12th Day Glifa (Volos)
13th Day Koukounaries (Skiathos)
14th Day Skiathos
15th Day Check-out
Skiathos - Skopelos (18 nautical miles)
Skopelos - Skantzoura (18 nautical miles)
Skantzoura - Skiros (26 nautical miles)
Alonissos - Skiathos (22 nautical miles
Skiathos - Trikeri (30 nautical miles)
Trikeri - Volos (20 nautical miles)
Volos - Orei (30 nautical miles)
Orei - Skopelos (30 nautical miles)
Skiathos The most popular of the Sporades islands, Skiathos is famous for its golden beaches and lively night life. It has its own airport and is the marina base for the islands. Skiathos town has a huge variety of things to do and see. During the day, you could visit the museum home of Alexandros Papadiamantis, or explore the old fortress at Bourgi. In the evening there are tavernas, including a spectacular windmill restaurant at the top of the town with a view over the whole area. You could visit the ouzeris and try local seafood dishes. There are discos and clubs, bars, a cinema and weekly theatre performances or concerts at Bourgi.
Around the island there are no less than nine small islets which are easily accessible by boat. Tsougria, directly opposite the main harbour offers safe anchorage to boats and a small jetty. Or you could sail to Koukounaries, one of the most famous sandy pine beaches in Greece. You can hire cars and mopeds easily all over the island. At Kastro, an ancient walled town, you can visit the Church of Christ to see its icons and carved woodwork. You could also go snorkelling or scuba diving around the famous Blue Cave or ride ponies through the wooded hills. You will undoubtedly see dolphins and possibly even the endangered Monk Seal when you go sailing round these islands.
Skopelos The greenest of all the islands in Greece, Skopelos is also famous for its beaches and its natural beauty. There are a variety of beautiful locations for sailing stopovers. A number of ancient ruins cover the island including the grave of the first king of the island, Staphylos, the ruins of a Venetian fortress and a 9th century chapel at Agios Athanassios. You can also visit the church of Zoodohos Pigi, which is said to contain a miraculous icon painted by St. Luke the Evangelist.
Alonissos The quietest of the main islands, Alonissos is ideal for those who want to get away from it all - especially other visitors. Here you can visit Kokkinokastro to see the remains of an ancient city, possibly ancient Ikos, while at Ag. Petros there is a sunken Byzantine ship dating from 1200AD. The legendary cave of Odysseus' Cyclops can be seen at Gioura and at Psathoura, a small islet to the north of Piperi, there is a submerged ancient city. The rock's lighthouse is one of the brightest in the Aegean.
Skyros Further away from the other islands Skyros offers a combination of all of the above. The main port is at Linaria. The island has many lovely beaches and caves to explore. You can go underwater fishing or pony-trekking. In fact the island also boasts a unique species of wild pony that can only be found here. You can also see the remains of Byzantine cities and Venetian fortresses. The Monastery of St George, founded in 962, dominates the island. There is an archaelogical museum and a folklore museum. You can even visit the grave of the English war poet, Rupert Brooke. The local inhabitants often celebrate with folk dances in traditional costume and the shops and houses are full of beautiful handmade crafts and artwork.
Volos Volos is a main city (120,000 population) which stands at the foot of the Pelion mountain range. The waters of the gulf are sheltered and there are a number of spectacular stopping places and anchorages, including Milina, Paleo Trikeri and Ag.Kiriaki. Stroll along the seafront, visit the archaelogical museum or take a day trip out to the neolithic archealogical sites at Dimini, Sesklo and Nea Ancheallos . You could even hire a car or take a bus out to the famous rock built monasteries at Meteora. Or explore the villages and beaches of Pelion, home to the mythical centaurs, and renowned for their breathtaking beauty.
Direct flights to Skiathos, Skyros, Nea Ancheallos (Volos), Thessaloniki or Athens. Regular charter flights operate between May - late September direct to Skiathos and Skyros from most European cities, and from Athens, Olympic airways.
Ferries depart daily from Volos to Skiathos, Skopelos, Glossa, Alonissos, Skyros and from Ag. Konstantinos (166 km on the Athens - Lamia highway on the mainland). Direct connection to Ag.Konstantinos by bus from Athens.