Sporades Luxury Yachting Guide

Combining verdant green scenery with turquoise seas and deep-blue skies, the Sporades Islands are as harmonious in colour as they are in nature. Offering a quieter, less-assuming but equally as spectacular alternative to the more well-known Greek Island groups, the Sporades make for a truly relaxing sunshine escape.

This proudly unpolished group of 11 lies just off the eastern shore of the Greek mainland, washed by some of Europe’s cleanest and deeply rich waters. Easily identifiable by their landscape rich in vegetation and mountainous terrain, the Sporades are the perfect sailing ground for spotting dolphins, whales, seals and turtles.

Only four of the Sporades are inhabited, and exploring the waters and individual characters of Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonnisos and Skyros by yacht presents countless opportunities to drop anchor at delightfully secluded bays.

The richly green island of Skiathos is home to over 60 fine beaches that make it the busiest and brightest of the Sporades. Although stretching for only 11 kilometres in length, Skiathos is big in atmosphere and entertainment.

The southeast coast is a lovely cruising ground, offering delightfully quiet beaches only accessible by boat and the fascinating ruins of the medieval walled town of Kastro. The major hub of Skiathos Town boasts a lovely seaside stretch of tavernas and seafood restaurants alongside relaxing bars that lure visitors ashore both day and night.

A short sail east brings the quieter island of Skopelos into view. The island is a scenic blend of rolling hills, sweeping plum trees, and dense pine forests which often descend right down to the gorgeous shoreline. An excellent island for walking, Skopelos is a delight to explore on foot, from the luscious interior to the charming streets and whitewashed buildings of Skopelos Town. Romantic, relaxed and riddled with stunning chapels, the island makes for the perfect escape.

Skyros is a fantastically authentic Greek island, where traditional cuisine is served in convivial tavernas and local craft shops offer excellently unique souvenirs. Skyros Town is a scenic mix of iconic whitewashed cottages and winding alleys surrounded by inviting beaches and topped by an intriguing Venetian hilltop fortress.

The most distant and lease populated of the Sporades is Alonissos, a wood-covered gem with a coastline simply brimming with wonderful marine life and peaceful beach hideaways.



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