Best for: Off the beaten track sailing, natural beauty, wildlife, exciting sailing Look out for: remoteness, not suited to families with young children, exciting winds, open sea sailing
What to Expect
Situated north of Athens in the Aegean Sea, the Sporades Islands are renowned for sandy beaches, lively sailing, secluded bays and as the stunning backdrop to the movie 'Mamma Mia'. You will also find some of the most well preserved nature reserves and might even be lucky enough to spot the endangered Mediterranean Monk Seal.
Sporades Islands at a Glance
The Sporades are rugged, secluded and naturally beautiful. Strewn with golden sandy beaches and pretty fishing villages
Well suited to people wanting some more exciting winds, with the Meltemi prevalent throughout the summer months
Generally hot and dry, with temperatures ranging from early 20s in May / October, to the mid thirties in peak season
Sporades Islands Sailing Itineraries
From our base on Skiathos Island, you can sail this 24 island archipelago without fear of overcrowding - only four of the islands are permanently inhabited! Enjoy this seclusion on quiet anchorages, cooking your own meals under the stars and falling asleep to the sound of the sea lapping against your hull.
The only 'proper' towns in the Sporades double as ports - Skiathos town, Skopelos town, Patitiri on Alonissos and Linaria on Skyros. Away from these however there are many lovely fishing villages and secluded bays in which to anchor overnight. Our favourites include Glosa on Skopelos Island, which is accessed via Loutraki port, Agnondas -also on Skopelos, Steni Vala on Alonissos and Kastro on Skiathos. For a two week itinerary it is possible to also sail west from Skiathos into the Bay of Volos, which is a large sheltered mainland bay with several villages and the nice Trikeri Island.
This fourteen day itinerary in the Sporades Islands includes not only the archipelago itself, but also the Bay of Volos.
The predominant wind in the Sporades is the 'Meltemi, a north/north easterly wind that blows throughout the summer. During peak season the Meltemi blows around the Force 5-6 (fresh-strong winds), though early and later in the season it does die off. Early and late season, May and October, you'll find temperatures in the early to mid-twenties. During peak summer temperatures get up to the mid 30s.
How to get to Skiathos
Skiathos Island has the only airport in this area and is served by charter flights on Fridays only. Be aware that they do tend to be expensive, sometimes double that to Athens or Corfu. At the time of writing this, Thomas Cook and Thomson fly to Skiathos from London airports, Manchester, Newcastle and East Midlands.