Discover the Sporades islands
Guests who travel to central and northern Greece have the opportunity to visit the beautiful Sporades Islands. These islands are scattered in an archipelago along the east coast of Greece in the Aegean Sea. The group consists of more than twenty islands, but only four are inhabited: Alonnisos, Skiathos, Skopelos, and Skyros.
Surrounded by rich vegetation, they offer the visitor moments of relaxation and quiet away from the intense rhythms of everyday life. Skyros belongs to the Sporades and is located in the northeast of Evia. It is a beautiful island, with authentic character, natural beauties and excellent tourist organization ideal for enjoyable holidays of calm and relaxation.
The Sporades islands
The Sporades is a beautiful island complex in the northeastern part of the Aegean Sea and is also a part of the prefecture of Magnesia.
The islands attract a large number of tourists every year from around the world. The crystal clear blue waters of the Aegean Sea, the fantastic sea caves and the hot summer sun will make your holidays in the Sporades truly unforgettable.
The Sporades consist of Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos, and Skyros. In all of the above islands, there is dense vegetation which together with the blue sky and the sea creates a terrestrial natural paradise.
Alonissos offers unique moments of tranquility and is the refuge of the rare Mediterranean seal species “Monachus-Monachus”.
Skopelos is a traditional island with sandy beaches and crystal clear sea, surrounded by greenery, providing quiet and relaxing holidays as well as fun.
Skiathos is a cosmopolitan island with intense nightlife and endless sandy beaches. It is located in the western part of the Sporades and is one of the most popular destinations. It is easily accessible to those who are in the prefecture of Magnesia because it is connected by boat to the port of Volos.
The quietest holiday will take you to Skyros, which geographically belongs to Evia island. Nature’s friends can enjoy the sandy beaches of the island and the crystal clear seas and enjoy endless walks amongst the lush scenery of the island.
All the islands offer unique beauties, offer an appropriate stay and fun, but always retain their traditional character and customs of the place.
Alonissos is an island of unique ecological beauty and is also famous for its people’s hospitality and local cuisine. Wonderful beaches, an amazing water park, and many walking paths make Alonissos a destination for a quiet holiday, sophisticated and eco-friendly. The beautiful Alonissos belongs to the Sporades complex of islands and is one of the last ecological paradises of the Mediterranean. It is separated from Skopelos by the Alonissos Strait and from the islet of Pelagonisi, with the Pelagonisi Strait.
The National Marine Park of Alonissos was the first to be established in Greece in 1922. The park was created for the protection of the Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus-Monachus) and other rare species of fauna and flora found in the archipelago of the Northern Sporades.
Natural beauties, scenic landscapes, a combination of green and clean sea, religious and historical monuments, appropriate tourist infrastructure and intense nightlife. It is the closest island to the mainland and is located near the southern coasts of Pelion, Volos and Euboea island. The island is full of dense pine forests and olive groves that reach its shores.
The green island of Skiathos has approximately 70 beaches, among them the famous Koukounaries (in Greek ‘pine cones’) beach with its extremely fine sand, also known as Chrissi Ammos (‘golden sand’). Many of them are awarded the coveted ‘Blue Flag’ for their clear waters. It is the most cosmopolitan of the Sporades, with a lively atmosphere and busy nightlife. Its main town and port is simply known as Skiathos town.
Skopelos is one of the most beautiful islands of the Sporades, but also of the entire Aegean Sea. Covered in its largest part by forests of pine trees, Skopelos is the second largest of the Sporades. Popular but not overcrowded, the green Skopelos has the proper infrastructure and natural beauty to win you at first glance. Its colorful main town of unique traditional character (Chora), its many picturesque settlements and a variety of lacy beaches. The island offers a vibrant nightlife with a wide range of choices.
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The largest and southernmost island of the Sporades offers quiet holidays, rich tradition and untouched landscapes. Finally, the charming Skyros is another authentic Greek island where nature thrives, and the green of its lush vegetation is harmoniously married to the stunning blue of the Aegean all around. The landscape, where rocky and mountainous, is, typically for the Sporades, interspersed with little churches and chapels, villages and farmhouses. Such is the island’s southern part, where the unique Skyrian Pony Horses, the trademark of Skyros, used to live free and wild. Today they are a protected species. Skyros has a particular, contradictory charm. The island seems to have two completely different faces: half is green and the other half is wild and rocky.