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The Sporades Islands

The Sporades

Legend has it that the gods created the Sporades Islands by tossing colored pebbles into the Aegean Sea.

The myth is reflected in the name Sporades, which means ‘the scattered ones’, as well as in the colours of the verdant green hills, sapphire blue waters and sandy beaches.


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Alonissos, the lesser known Sporades island has an unassuming, relaxed charm dotted with quaint villages, small seaside towns, lush greenery and many beautiful little beaches to discover. The marine park with small islets surrounded by emerald water and rich in marine life is home to the endangered Mediterranean Monk Seal.


In the heart of the Sporades archipelago, Skiathos is known for its amazing beaches, lush pine forests, natural ambiance, cosmopolitan aura, and vivid nightlife, this idyllic Aegean island offers something for everyone. Fine your own paradise from over 60 stunning exotic beaches with white or golden, soft sand and crystal clear waters. Romantic waterfronts, medieval castles and fortresses, quaint villages and cosmopolitan towns await.


Skopelos is a picture-perfect island full of unspoilt charm and beaches that are out of this world! Only accessible by boat you can dive into the crystal clear waters, laze in peace under the sun, go snorkelling around the coves, wander around the cobbled streets of the pretty harbour town or little hilltop villages and discover why the choice of the stunning backdrop for the famous film Mama Mia!


Escape to Skyros, a beautiful and secluded island, an ideal place to get away and experience a relaxing and authentic Greek island experience. Peaceful hidden beaches and coves, fantastic landscapes and a welcoming little harbour port await.
Local Airports: Skiathos & Volos
   Transfer Time: 5  – 40 minutes
  Bases: Skiathos & Volos
  Flight Time from London: 3 ½ hours

What is it like to sail in the Sporades?

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.

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