Do you know where you can find a true sailing paradise? In the Aegean Sea, hidden from the swarms of tourists and still unknown to many sailors, is the Sporades archipelago. We invite you on a voyage through the most stunning locations places, which will satisfy lovers of ancient Greek history and the summer hit musical Mamma Mia!. Plus, there's great sailing, low prices, friendly locals and delicious food!
Where are the Sporades?
The Sporades are a charming group of islands scattered in the Aegean Sea (this name is generally used for the northern group of islands). It consists of about 135 mostly uninhabited islands and islets, which lie along the coast of Thessaly, north of the island of Euboea. The most important of these are Skyros, Skopelos and Skiathos. And perhaps you realised — these islands give us the word sporadic (meaning scattered or infrequent).
Sailing routes around the Sporades
Our route plan takes you through a glimmering ocean, lined with the most beautiful destinations. The distances between the islands are short and the southern coast of the islands is well protected from the Meltemi winds and its waves.
You can try out our 7-day route which will take you on a journey of about 150 NM but if you want to enjoy a larger slice of Greek tranquillity, go for our 14-day route.
You can start your cruise from the island of Skiathos or from the port of Milina east of the Pagasetic Gulf. The bay is shallow and has plenty of picturesque fishing harbours. And, according to myth, it is from here that Jason and the Argonauts set sail on their quest for the Golden Fleece.
Sporades — 7-day route — 150 NM
Skiathos — Arkos Island — Skopelos Panormos — Patitiri, Alonissos Island — Kokkinokastro, Alonnisos Island — Kira Island Panagia (Paigniou Bay) — Kira Island Panagia (Pelagos, Monastery Bay) — Skyros Linaria — Skantzoura Island (Skantzoura Bay with its sandy beaches in the south) — Skopelos Loutraki (trip to the Mamma Mia Chapel) — Skiathos
Sporades — 14-day route — 250 NM
Skiathos — Arkos Island — Skopelos Panormos — Alonissos Patitiri — Alonissos Kokkinokastro — Kira Panagia bay Paigniou — Kira Panagia bay Monastery — Kera Panagia bay Planitis — Gioura (a small bay with a pebble beach in the middle of the west coast) — Gioura sandy bay at Cape Kavos Pnigmenou — Psathoura island (a sandy bay in the south) — sailing around Piperi island with the opportunity to see Mediterranean seals — Skyros Linaria — Skiropoula islet in the southeast — Skatzoura (a mysterious beach in the south) — Skopelos Loutraki (a trip to the chapel of Mamma Mia) — Skiathos