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Sailing Itineraries in Greece - Sporades Islands
Destinations » Sporades Islands
The prevailing wind in the summer is the "Meltemi", blowing from the Northeast, Force 3-4, although occasionally in July and August wind blows stronger from a North-West direction with a force 4-6 and dies at the end of September.
The Sporades Islands hug the east coast of central Greece. Beautiful white sandy beaches, unspoiled anchorages, ancient ruins and abundant sea life, will offer you a sense of exploration and independence.So, let the beauty of the islands, forests, beaches, villages, churches and castles take you on a journey back in time. Our base, which is about 15 minutes from Skiathos airport, is an ideal starting point, for a journey to explore the Sporades and the coast of northern Greece.
Evia is the second largest island in Greece. The narrow channel that separates it from the mainland is only 40 meters wide. The waters here travel at speeds of up to 8 miles per hour, changing direction every 6 hours. The landscape in Evia is rich and varied with pristine inland villages and scenic mountain roads, gorgeous sandy beaches and steeping cliffs. The picturesque town of Kymi is built on a cliff 250m above the sea. The port of Kymi (Paralia Kymis), 4km downhill is the only natural harbor on the precipitous east coast. Set on the wide Karystian Bay below Mt Ohi (1398m) is Karystos, the most attractive of the southern Evia resorts.
North of Evia is the Sporades, a group of islands of dense vegetation and mountainous terrain. Its waters are teeming with fish, the seafood is remarkable: lobster, octopus, and huge prawns often baked with cheese and fresh tomatoes. They are situated across the port town of Volos on the eastern coast of mainland Greece. Positioned at the foot of Mt Pelion on the Pagasitic Gulf, Volos is a good base for enjoying the sea, the wooded slopes and green valleys that surround it.
With some 65 beaches to choose from, many of which are only accessible by boat, beach hopping on Skiathos can be a fulltime occupation. On the south coast the pine fringed, long and sandy Vromolimnos Beach, has been awarded an EU blue flag for cleanliness, while Koukounaries Beach, which is backed by pine trees and a lagoon and is touted as the best beach in Greece. Koukounaries is a horseshoe shaped beach lined with pine trees with golden sand. In back of the pines is a gorgeous lake Other beaches with thick pine forests and sand dunes are, Krassa (Banana Beach), Ag Elenis and Mandraki.
Lalaria, on the north coast, is a striking beach of pale gray pebbles, much featured in tourist brochures Sailing around the island you will find on the northport Galazia Spilia (blue cave) and nearby Skotoni Spilia (dark cave). When you become accustomed to the dark your eyes will behold a breathtaking spectacle. Opposite is Tsougria a very pretty little green island with pure white sand.
Skopelos' beaches are almost all on the sheltered southwest and west coasts. Limonari and Millia are considered the islands best. Agnontas is a leeward bay 8km out of Hora. Panoramos is the most beautiful bay on the island with a wonderful sandy beach and opposite a little green island. Milia is the largest and most beautiful sand beach on Skopelos opposite of which is the lush islet of Dasia. With your boat you can get to know the entire coastline, including deserted shores to the northeast and visiting Trypti cave will prove rewarding. Other beaches include, Chysi Mila, Kokkinocastro, and Tzorti Gialos, Leptos Gialos, which have pure white sand. Kokkinonsi a small island where finds from the Paleolithic period were discovered.
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