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Sporades – 11 days

There aren’t many nicer adventures than sailing Greek islands and there’s no more ideal place for sailing than Sporades islands

Sporades are Greek islands in the northwest part of the Aegean sea. Placed near the Pagasitikos gulf, below the beautiful Pilion mountain. They are blessed with unique beauty and an ambient of green landscapes and crystal blue water, perfect for sailing. Greek islands Sporades consist of three main islands and around 20 smaller ones.

The largest islands are Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonisos. We are offering you an 8 day cruise plan, during which we’ll visit some of the most beautiful beaches and hidden beauties of these islands.

Renting a yacht with a skipper is the right choice for an exciting adventure and joy that can be experienced when sailing the Greek islands. We promise you that the excitement and the pleasure of Sporades will be unforgettable and you’ll always be wanting to return to its charms.

This cruise plan is our proposition of how to arrange sailing, but of course it can be customized to suit your wishes and changes can be arranged with the skipper on board. Prices for this program can be seen on our page: Sailing Greece – prices.

draft of the Sporades 11 day cruising (sailing) route - all days

1. day: Volos – Trikeri

Volos - Trikeri - draft of the Sporades 11 day cruising (sailing) route - day 1
  • Volos – meeting the skipper, getting supplies of food and water, boarding the yacht before 16:00 and leaving Volos.
  • Short cruise to Trikeri, in Pagasitikos bay, swimming, sightseeing this beautiful fishing town, enjoying a romantic Greek tavern night, before bedtime.

2. day: Trikeri – Skiathos

Trikeri - Skiathos - draft of the Sporades 11 day cruising (sailing) route - day 2
  • Leaving Trikeri, in the morning, sailing for Skiathos.
  • Well before noon, arriving to Kukunario, on Skiathos island.
  • Rest and swimming on the sand beaches of this exclusive resort.
  • Before the evening, we sail towards the town of Skiathos, evening out exloring this mundane town.

3. day: Skiathos – Neo Klima (Skopelos)

Skiathos - Neo Klima (Skopelos) - draft of the Sporades 11 day cruising (sailing) route - day 3
  • Cruise around the beautiful Skiathos island. There is the Lalaria beach, depicted in the most beautiful postcards from Greece. Ancient 14th century town of Kastro – Byzantine culture legacy. The imposing Kastro fortress is placed at the cliff, as if it rises straight from the sea.
  • In the afternoon we sail towards Neo Klima, on Skopelos, sightseeing the typical Greek small town, then spending the night.

4. day: Neo Klima (Skopelos) – Skopelos (town)

Neo Klima (Skopelos) - Skopelos (town) - draft of the Sporades 11 day cruising (sailing) route - day 4
  • In the morning we explore Skopleos island’s western coast . Whole day of enjoying the beautiful bays of this Norther Sporades pearl. Beaches Milia and Kastani are the sights of the romantic scenes from the mega-popular film hit “Mamma Mia!” There are also the lovely bays of Panormos, Limnonari, Agnondas and Stafilos.
  • Departing for the town of Skopelos in the late afternoon. Its beauty charms everyone, with a breathtaking view of the marina from numerous taverns. Here we spend our fourth night.

5. day: Skopelos – Alonisos

Skopelos - Alonisos - draft of the Sporades 11 day cruising (sailing) route - day 5
  • In the morning we set sail towards Alonisos. This magical island hides fairytale like sand beaches and bays with colours ranging from golden to red.
  • Anchoring in Votsi and enjoying the beauty of this town.

6. day: Votsi (Alonisos) – Kyra Panagia

Votsi (Alonisos) - Kyra Panagia - draft of the Sporades 11 day cruising (sailing) route - day 6
  • After awakening, sails up for the Kyra Panagia island.
  • As the sun passes the zenith, Planitis bay should be welcoming us. Far from the civilization, united with the sea and the nature, we spend another night of our journey.

7. day: Planitis (Kyra Panagia) – Peristera (island)

Planitis (Kyra Panagia) - Peristera (island) - draft of the Sporades 11 day cruising (sailing) route - day 7
  • Kyra Panagia – an island of untouched nature. Bathing in the clearest waters, and pleasant surprises in discovering this hidden peral of the Aegean sea.
  • In the afternoon, we sail for Peristera and spend the night in one of the bays of this charming island.

8. day: Peristera – Skopelos

Peristera - Skopelos - draft of the Sporades 11 day cruising (sailing) route - day 8
  • Swimming and enjoying the numerous bays.
  • Sailing for Skopelos in the afternoon, to spend the night in the beautiful town of Skopelos.

9. day: Skopelos (town) – Panormos (bay – Skopelos)

Skopelos (town) - Panormos (bay - Skopelos) - draft of the Sporades 11 day cruising (sailing) route - day 9
  • Cruising along the Skopelos east coast, swimming in the exotic “Glisteri” bay, where the chapel depicted in “Mamma Mia!” film is placed. Taking some photos, then we fill the sales, while viewing nice churches built in the rocks of the picturesque island.
  • Spending the night in the green Panormos bay, on Skopelos’s western coast.

10. day: Skopelos – Skiathos – Trikeri

Skopelos - Skiathos - Trikeri - draft of the Sporades 11 day cruising (sailing) route - day 10
  • Sailing towards the Pagasitikos bay, stopping by the Kukunario beach on Skiathos, where we swim and enjoy the lovely sand beaches surrounded by pine forest.
  • As the night closes, we arrive to Trikeri, where we had spent our first night – for another magical evening in a Greek tavern.

11. day: Trikeri – Volos

Trikeri - Volos - draft of the Sporades 11 day cruising (sailing) route - day 11
  • Breakfast, packing, departing for Volos at 10:00.
  • Saying goodbye, and wishing for calm sea, until further adventures while sailing the Greek islands!

More details about the Greek islands of Sporades

East Skpelos and Alonisos are a part of the Greak sea national park, an area of rare biodiversity. Skopelos is the place where sea turtles are born, while Alonisos and the magical Planet island in the North are the residence of a rare Mediterranean otter Monachus-Monachus. All this makes the Sporades cruise even more exciting – with all its sea caves, beautiful bays, it awakens and exploring spirit and shows all the charms of sailing.

Kira Panagia island was named after Holy Mary, in Greek. Peace and beauty of this place are exceptional. A very popular docking site is near the Saint Peter’s rock, but all the other places on the island are also marvelous. You can make sailing excursions to the nearby rocks, or even sail to the northern bay of the island, with an impressive narrow entrance, and confirm to yourself how good the idea of renting a yacht with a skipper was. Rich nature, both above and below the sea level, will fill your free time, your memories and, above all, your soul.

Note: swimming, diving and making photos and sailing in Greece are allowed of course everywhere, except in parts that have special protection. They are allowed in all the areas of the sea national park Northern Sporades, except the western coast Kira Panagia, island Liour northeastern of Kira Panagia and island Piperi, east of Kira Panagia.

Charms that cruising the Greek islands of northern Aegean brings aren’t the only joys within your grasp. You must experience the gastronomic enjoyment of famous domestic pies and, if you enjoy fresh fish and sea food, you are at the perfect place, because tasty fish, masterfully prepared, is served in traditional Greek taverns.

From deep, clear waters, to small caves and endless sandy beaches, approachable only via sea, this sea national park offers you unforgettable moments of summer that only a cruise like this can provide. Greek islands of Sporades are blessed with lovely and calm weather during the entire year. Summers are hot and sunny, with meltemia (northern winds) in July and August to help sailors in their adventures.

Don’t miss the other important attractions of Sporades:

  • Skiathos: protected water reservation of Strofilia lake, colossal white rocks of Lalaria beach and unique beach Kukunario.
  • Skopelos: remains of ancient Roman baths in Loutraki, swimming the crystal blue waters and famous domestic pies and candy.
  • Skiros: home made china and wooden sculptures, Ahili bay, from where Achilles went to the Trojan war.
  • Alonisos: unique lonely beaches, tasty local specialities such as home made pies, stuffed squid, fried figs with honey, with the famous Mediterranean otters (Monachus Monachus) in the National park Alonisos.