If you enjoy sailing trips, Pagasetic Gulf and North Sporades is a destination you should considerate as your next. The main islands (Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos) are relatively close to each other, while the weather conditions are most of the time calm. So, your sailing trip is easy and enjoyable. Green landscapes meet emerald waters, composing a scenery of nature at its best.

National Marine Park of Alonissos Northern Sporades

You can easily suppose that this can be as much appealing to us, as also to other creatures. More specifically, Alonissos Island is included in The National Marine Park of Alonissos Northern Sporades. It is the largest marine protected area in Europe, with big biodiversity, so dozens of species live here. Fishes, birds and mammals, such as dolphins and of course seals Monachus – Monachus.

In case you plan to visit that region, please keep in mind to check the National Park’s website. Find out about its zones and the tickets that you should buy: https://tickets.alonissos-park.gr/checkout

MOm (Hellenic Society for the Study and Protection of the Monk seal)

You can easily snorkel and observe fish and seagrass beds. Or, if you’re lucky, you may meet some gulls, dolphins or seals as you sail. Especially, although seals are generally shy, some of them are curious and sociable . Enough to come around you and even… sleep on your SUP, as it has happened before! If you have interest in getting to know these creatures better, you may drop by the information center of MOm in the port of Patitiri.

After all, sailing in Sporades, is a unique adventure, which relaxes you and makes you connect with nature again.

REMEMBER: Although seals are extremely cute, we shall not forget that they are still a wild, endangered animal . We should avoid to pet or feed them, for their safety, but also, importantly, ours. We should keep our distance, children and dogs away.

Source: MOm
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