Lying in the Aegean Sea, just off Greece’s east coast the Sporades archipelago is one of the Mediterranean’s lesser known island groups that has retained its unique beauty and authentic charm over centuries. Only four of the twenty four islands are inhabited, Skiathos and Skopelos are the most famous while Alonissos and Skyros keep a lower profile. The Sporades are the ultimate island-hopping sailing area, scattered – literally ‘sporadically’. Sail away from a backdrop of thick green pine forest and head out into the turquoise Aegean sea exploring secluded coves and pretty little beaches. Sail surrounded by incomparable natural beauty, breathtaking landscapes and idyllic coastlines and explore dazzling, whitewashed houses, chapels, churches, monasteries and labyrinthine streets in authentic towns full of life. Having provided the backdrop for the film Mama Mia there are still plenty of places you can reach only by yacht.
There’s no better way to see the northern Sporades islands than on a yacht charter holiday through the turquoise waters of this cluster of small islands located in the northwestern Aegean. Unfurl the sails and a light breeze carries you to remote islets, caves, beautiful bays and the pristine national park home to Monk Seals. The waters around the islands, particularly on the southern side offer a gentle sailing experience. As distances between the main cluster of islands are short you don’t have to sail for hours at a time if you don’t want to. More adventurous sailors can catch the exhilarating afternoon winds and see if the dolphins can keep up on your bow waves.
The weather in the Sporades Islands
There are few places in the world which offer a more perfect environment for summer sailing than the northern Sporades. Glorious summer sunshine, crystal-clear warm turquoise seas, golden beaches and a constant summer wind, you will have the perfect Greek island sailing holiday. During the summer months the weather is consistently warm both day and night. The Mediterranean climate brings warm weather to enjoy from May until October when you can expect long, sunny days, bright blue skies with very little chance of rain. Seasonal winds keep air fresh and are perfect for sailing.
A typical day
Enjoy breakfast onboard or in a waterfront cafe, spend the morning meandering around the emerald waters to a secluded bay or pretty traditional Greek village for lunch. Go for a swim, paddle board or snorkel or relax in the sun with a good book . Usually the wind develops by early afternoon and drop again at sunset so you can have a great sail to your evening destination with calm evenings with still, peaceful waters. Anchor off in a sheltered bay, enjoy a relaxing night in a small port or sip cocktails in one of the towns bursting with life.