Your sailing trip starts from Skiathos, an island situated to the east of Volos and north of Evia. Skiathos is a famous island with more than 50 beaches of a Caribbean color and an original forest! Koukounaries is rated among the best beaches of the world! Lalaria beach is accessible by your sailing boat and is absolutely stunning. The water is crystal clear with beautiful pebbles. Walking in Skiathos is also wonderful. A place of attraction is Kounistras Monastery in the hills behind Troulos. The green and mountainous interior catch the eye.
Sailing east, 11 nautical miles away from Skiathos, you will reach Skopelos. The combination of virgin pine forest along with the traditional architecture and the azure waters on golden coasts create a magical scenery! Take a trip through the rich history of the island with visits to the impressive Byzantine monasteries and – why not – arrange your wedding at the ‘Mamma Mia’ chapel, Ai Yiannis at Kastri. Enjoy swimming and sunbathing on golden beaches stretching along the island’s pine covered coastline.
Sailing into the Alonissos harbor you instantly sense the relaxing appeal of this island. The island is ideal for those who enjoy leisure walks surrounded by pine forests, olive groves and orchards. Blessed with rugged natural landscapes, and surrounded by small islands scattered around the archipelagos, Skiathos immediately present a special, more individual character. Upon stepping onto the port of Patitiri, you will be surprised by the genuine hospitality of the inhabitants. The island also plays host to the National Marine Park of Northern Sporades, a refuge for rare seabirds, dolphins and the Mediterranean monk seal, monachus monachus.
Skyros island has a unique character and tradition as it is less popular that the rest of the Sporades, which makes it a heavenly destination for those who love isolation and relaxation. Chora, the main town of Skyros, is one of the most picturesque settlements of the island and offers an incredible view of the vast Aegean Sea. The beaches are known for their turquoise waters and the fantastic landscape. Molos and Magazia are the most popular beaches, but – as Skyros is without question a sailing paradise – you will love sailing around Agios Fokas, Pefkos, Atsitsa, Aspous, Acherones, Kalamitsa or Theodokos. The close distance to the rest of the Sporades islands, offers the great chance for island hopping to the nearby Skopelos, Alonissos and Evia!
Skopelos, is the capital of the island group of Northern Sporades, and the second largest island in the group and the greenest island in Greece. Beautiful locations, enchanting coasts, caves, blue waters, pines, picturesque houses and chapels, lively neighborhoods, these are some of the images that the island of Skopelos offers unsparingly, and keep forever in your memory.
Skiáthos, the most cosmopolitan island in the Northern Sporades, is truly a paradise on earth. The island is known for its beautiful beaches including the highly acclaimed Koukounaries Beach and with over 60 of them along the the 45 km coastline, you’ll never have to go to the same one twice – unless of course you want to. In addition to its spectacular vistas, Skiathos has a rich history that has left its mark on the land.
The island is characterized by strong contrasts- you can find hills with pine trees, rocky mountain landscapes, idyllic remote seashores, beautiful bays, extended beaches, littoral caves and the Natura region in the south. The combination of mountain and sea, makes of Skyros an ideal destination for practising various sports such as hiking, beautiful paths, climbing, cycling and mountain biking.
On the western side of the Aegean, on the edge of the Sporades, you’ll find one of the less developed islands, Alonissos. It will captivate you with its unpretentious magic. Charming and pure, its lush, green landscape and pristine beaches with crystal-clear water make it the perfect destination for a relaxing holiday in Greece, filled with beautiful imagery. If you’re looking for a quiet vacation, ensconced in nature, you need look no further. Unspoiled and authentic, it discreetly lets the wind share its secrets.
Kyra-Panagia belongs to Megistis Lavras Monastery on Mount Athos. Today Kyra-Panagia, is the largest uninhabited island of the Northern Sporades. However, archaeological findings show that it was inhabited very early (6,000 B.C.) and it’s probable that this was ancient Alonissos. The monastery of Kyra Panagia can be found on the southeast of the island one of the biggest natural harbours of the Mediterranean Sea, Planitis bay, and an old olive oil press and windmill are the only other buildings that remain, perfect for a little peace and quiet.
The island is situated just east of Alonissos island. Although it is labeled as deserted or uninhabited there are few people living in a tiny settlement called Vasiliko. On the island are two safe harbours with the names Peristeri and Vasiliko. Peristera can be visited with small fishing boats and excursion boats from the island of Alonissos. Otherwise and the best option is to rent your sailing boat and visit the island. There are some very nice beaches on the island and the bay with the modern wreck, and there you can jump off the boat for a swim.