How about visiting a lot of different islands in just one vacation trip? Island hopping is a common way of achieving it and some courageous travelers even visit them by choosing the classic way of ferry boats. However, we believe that the best choice for island hopping is sailing, as you are not in a hurry catching the next ferry and you arrange the program of your holidays according to your desires.
We definitely recommend the Sporades islands as a destination for island hopping. The main islands (Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos, Skyros) are relatively close to each other, while the weather conditions are most of the time calm, making your sailing trip easy and enjoyable. The characteristics of the islands are the green landscapes, the beautiful coastal towns, as well as the unique beaches with golden sand and emerald waters, surrounded by lush nature. Each of the islands have such distinct personalities that island hopping in the Sporades includes everything: enjoying nightlife in Skiathos, swimming in hidden beaches in Skopelos, discovering marine wildlife in Alonissos and relaxing in Skyros.
You can rent one of our boats and begin your journey from Volos, heading firstly to Skiathos, or directly from Skiathos. Skiathos is the most popular one of the Sporades Islands and it is even considered as the «Mykonos of the Northern Aegean». You may dance till dawn in the bars of the paved, small roads, while, if this is not your style, you can explore the unspoilt parts of the island through walking routes in nature. There are, also, plenty of wonderful beaches to swim in. The most famous are Koukounaries, a very clean beach, named after the pine forest next to it, and Lalaria, a unique beach, consisted of sea caves and wild rocks.
Next stop: Skopelos. Here was filmed the American film «Mamma mia» and you may visit all the astonishing landscapes shown in it. Skopelos town, with old churches and local shops, is really picturesque, while the island is mostly known for its beaches. There are some partly organized, such as Panormos, Milia, Stafilos, Hovolo, but there are also some hidden, unique bays, such as Agnontas, Agios Ioannis and Armenopetra. It is also possible to try snorkeling and kayaking in some of these beaches.
Continuing your trip, we suggest that you visit Alonissos. Although, it is a less famous and smaller destination, Alonissos is also less affected by tourism and remains very authentic. You can visit The National Marine Park of Alonissos Northern Sporades, the largest marine protected area in Europe. It is an area with big biodiversity, so dozens of species of fishes, birds and mammals, such as dolphins and of course seals Monachus – Monachus, live here. You will have the opportunity to take it easy and re-connect with nature.
In case you feel like continuing your trip and sailing a little further, it is possible to also reach Skyros. It is the remotest island of the Sporades, the only one located in the Aegean Sea and not inside the Pagasetic Gulf, which explains its different characteristics. Its beauty is wilder and its landscapes less green, but still charming. The town is built on a cliff, with a beautiful view of the Aegean Sea, and its houses are painted white, like in Cyclades. Here you can explore byzantine castles, monasteries and meet the beautiful ponies of Skyros, the trademark of the island.
Heading back to your check-out port, we are sure you are feeling full of experiences and having enjoyed all the spectrum of Sporades’ beauty. So, let’s… hop on Sporades!