Skiathos is the most developed island in the Sproades. The island istself is quite mountainous and is covered with large trees giving it a unusually green appearance given the climate. It’s said that the island is home to 62 beaches which is pretty impressive given the island only has an area of 19 square miles.
Panormos means “every bay” as it’s protected from all sides. It’s fairly difficult to spot the entrance to the bay due to it being parallel with the bottom of Dhasis Island. The village within the bay is built on the site of an ancient town, some remains can still be seen on the beach.
The largest town on the Alonnisos is Patitiri and is also home to the largest harbour on the island. Until 1965 is was a relatively minor harbour which served the old town of Palia, but an earthquake made the old town uninhabitable meaning the whole town moved down the hill. It’s a good spot to visit if the Meltimi is strong as the harbour offers good shelter.
This small island is one of the many in the area which doesn’t support a permanent population apart from a few monks from a small monastery on the east coast. The island is part of the NMPANS nature reserve and is another place you might spot the Mediterranean Monk Seal.
Skopelos is the largest of the four main islands in the Sporades. It’s slightly bigger than Mykonos and significantly bigger than Santorini. The nearest inhabited islands are Skiathos to the west and Alonissos to the east. Due to a large number of natural springs the island is home to large olive groves, plum trees, almond and orange trees. The island is also famous in ancient history for the quality of its wine.
Koukounaries lies at the southwest end of Skiathos and is a large sandy bay. A forest reserve can be found behind the beach, beyond that you can find a lagoon which is connected to the sea by a small river which follows out into the little harbour. It’s a beautiful little spot which is worth exploring in your dinghy (an outboard would come in handy here).
Skiathos town is the largest settlement on the island. Most of the town is made up of whitewashed houses and cobbled streets. In some areas of the town you can find some more ancient remains but the islands isn’t steeped with history compared to some of its other Greek counterparts. A bustling water front is home to a large number of restaurants and bars and on occasion you can also find open air concerts happening.