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.
Orei is a lovely little Greek village which is well sheltered and also happens to be right next to a long sweeping beach. The village is surrounded by low lying and fertile fields meaning many of the locals are farmers. When visiting we recommend you visit the remains of the Venetian and Turkish castles. We’d recommend avoiding Mondays as flotillas turn around on that day meaning the harbour is busy.
The island of Trikeri is especially beautiful and remains almost unchanged, architecturally, since the turn of the century. A 30 minute walk will take you to the other side of the island. Given its size and its small population very few tourists visit it by anything other than boat. There are a number of small bays of which Pithos is one. Holding and shelter are both good here.
Mavri Petra is situated to the south east of the city of Volos. The small village is protected thanks to the island of Alatas which means shelter here is good. There are a small number of restaurants and cafes dotted along the beach. Alternatively this would be a good spot for a quiet overnight anchorage.
Volos is one of the largest cities in Greece. A combination of wealth and a long history have left their mark on the city making it home to numerous halls, churches, and mansions. Mount Pelion is located to the north of the city and the Pagasetic Gulf stretches off to the south giving the city a commanding position of the surrounding area. Picturesque restaurants are dotted along the waterfront along with a good selection of bars. Overall this city is well worth exploring.
Trikeri meaning three candles, represented by the lighthouses at the entrance to the Gulf of Volos. This small village is located on the east side of the entrance to the Gulf of Volos. The village itself has a couple of small tavernas and a lovely small shop where you can pick up a few basics to keep the fridge stocked. The main town quay is fairly exposed and can be affected by the wakes of passing ferries.
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).
Loutraki is another harbour which is more attractive than Skopelos but as a result does tend to get busy quite quickly so we would recommend that you get in early. It’s a small traditional village located on the north west coast of the island. Ferries and hydrofoils visit this little village on a regular basis, so make sure you keep an eye out for them as they enter/exit.
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.
Skyros has an air of the Cyclades about it. The largest town on the island (Skyros Town) has some amazing traditional architecture more commonly found in the Cyclades. The island itself has a bit of a north south divide with the north being the more green and fertile and the south seeming barren.
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.
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.
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.
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.