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Sail the glorious Sporades Islands on an independent or crewed sailing holiday

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The Sporades Islands, a rugged beauty

Off the beaten track

The Sporades are rugged, secluded and naturally beautiful. Strewn with golden sandy beaches and pretty fishing villages, they have largely escaped mass tourism.

A natural wonder

This area is a stunning natural treasure for Greece. You'll sail from one beautiful island to the next, characterised by craggy shores, sandy beaches and Greece's only marine national park.

Advanced sailing conditions

This area is better suited to more experienced sailors as it can be a windy destination, with the stronger 'Meltemi' wind prevalent throughout the summer months

Authentic Greek Experience

The Sporades Islands offer a genuine Greek experience with little mass-tourism. The largest village has a population of just 6000 with more tiny villages dotting the island group.

Description

Why you will love sailing the Sporades Islands

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.

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 lovely Trikeri Island.

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Why you will love sailing the Sporades Islands

SAILING ITINERARIES

Sporades Islands Suggested Sailing Itineraries

1 Week - Skiathos Route (Tsagkrada)

Day 1 – Skiathos

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.

Day 2 – Panormos Bay (Skopelos Island)

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.

Day 3 – Patitiri (Alonnisos Island)

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.

Day 4 – Kyra Panagia

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.

Day 5 – Skopelos (Skopelos Island)

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.

Day 6 – Koukounaries (Skiathos Island)

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).

Day 7 – Skiathos Town (Skiathos Island)

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 island isn’t steeped with history compared to some of its other Greek counterparts. The bustling waterfront is home to a large number of restaurants and bars and on occasion you may find an open air concerts going on.

1 Week - Volos Route (Kira Panagia)

Day 1 - Mavri Petra (Mainland)

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.

Day 2 – Koukounaries (Skiathos Island)

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).

Day 3 - Tzortzi Bay (Alonnisos)

Nestled in a deep bay on the south coast of Alonissos island, in the heart of the Marine protected Archipelago, Tzortzi bay is a paradise for nature lovers looking to get away from it all. The pine wooded landscape protects well from strong winds making this a good anchorage with tranquil waters perfect for swimming and snorkelling! Why not take a walk up to the top of the gorge to catch stunning panoramic views?

Day 4 - Kyra Panagia

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 Sea

Day 5 - Skopelos (Skopelos Island)

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.

Day 6 - Paleo Trikeri (Palaio Trikeri Island)

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.

Day 7 - Volos (Mainland)

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.

Day 1 : Milna

Pool Party

A beautiful protected bay on the West side of Brac. This town has stunning restaurants and a picturesque marina. We will arrive around midday when you can explore the town and have lunch before heading to Olife Club for a poolside party.

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Day 1 : Milna

Pool Party

A beautiful protected bay on the West side of Brac. This town has stunning restaurants and a picturesque marina. We will arrive around midday when you can explore the town and have lunch before heading to Olife Club for a poolside party.

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Day 1 : Milna

Pool Party

A beautiful protected bay on the West side of Brac. This town has stunning restaurants and a picturesque marina. We will arrive around midday when you can explore the town and have lunch before heading to Olife Club for a poolside party.

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Wind Conditions

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.

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How to Get Here

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, Thomson fly to Skiathos from London airports, Manchester, Newcastle and East Midlands. There are direct flights to Volos with easyJet from London Gatwick on a Saturday, making this the most convenient option for flights to the Sporades Islands area.

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Our Bases

We have two bases in the Sporades Islands; Volos and Skiathos Island. Volos is served only by easyjet from London on Saturdays, and Skiathos is only served by jet2 from Leeds or London on Saturdays. Volos can be reached from Athens or Thessaloniki, albeit with a long transfer.

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Mooring Fees

There are no mooring fees in the Sporades region that we know of.

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Sailing Qualifications

To charter bareboat in Greece you are required to have a valid sailing qualification issued by a recognised authority (e.g. RYA, ASA, IYT, USSA). This qualification should not have any restriction on daylight hours or distance sailing from shore. If you have an RYA Day Skipper certificate or similar, for example, you should also obtain the International Certificate of Competence (ICC), which is accepted. RYA Yacht Master is, of course, accepted.

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Money and Currency

The currency in Greece is the Euro. There are plenty of cash machines and bureau de change on the islands so withdrawing money and changing alternative currencies is possible. We recommend you arrive with some local currency to cover the first couple of days of your holiday. Cards are accepted in supermarkets but most tavernas and tourist shops tend to prefer cash.

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Language

The national language of Greece is Greek! However, English is widely spoken and understood throughout, especially within the service industry, including taverna staff and taxi drivers. All Seamaster partners and crew speak English proficiently.

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