Meaning "the scattered islands", the Sporades group consists of 24 islands, four of which are permanently inhabited: Alonissos, Skiathos, Skopelos and Skyros. Skiathos and Skopelos are the most famous islands of the group, while Alonissos and Skyros are more tranquil. The Sporades islands are green and lush with many deep coves suitable for anchorage during your luxury charter yacht vacation.
The harbours of the Sporades are usually uncrowded and the islands generally unspoiled - a little off the beaten track for your crewed motor or sailing yacht. For sailing enthusiasts, the frequent "Meltemi" winds keep the sails billowed and the mast angled at full speeds.
The villages are surrounded by lush greenery and their traditional architecture, such as homes with one or two storeys, red-tiled roofs, narrow cobblestone paths and stone churches with tall bell towers, make visitors feel like they have stepped back in time.The Sporades islands are also renowned for their myriad beaches: small and large bays, sandy and pebbled, popular and secluded, accessible only by boat. Explore the routes of the pirates from centuries past, and marvel at sunken vessels which are visible to this day beneath the azure waters. Here is a little information about the most popular islands to visit while on a luxury charter:
Skiathos abounds in activities and entertainment. Known as the most cosmopolitan island in the Northern Sporades, it is a great blend of natural beauty, with lush pine forests and pretty beaches, plus a bustling social scene and night life that attracts visitors from all over the world. Despite the rapid growth in tourism, the island is still picturesque and blessed with more than 60 clean beaches, the most famous of which is Koukounariés, declared the third most beautiful beach in the Mediterranean. Nature lovers will be thrilled by the 25 197-km long, well signposted walking trails which pass through some of the most beautiful and unspoilt parts of the island.
Azure waters lapping golden sands, traditional Pelion architecture, rugged cliffs and more than half of its land mass covered in virgin pine forest make Skopelos unique among the Greek Islands. The island enjoyed international acclaim as the site of the hit movie "Mamma Mia", establishing it as a holiday destination for tourists from all over the world. Don't leave Skópelos without tasting the traditional Skópelos cheese pie, a spiral delicacy made of local goat cheese and pastry.
The quietest of the islands in the Sporades group Alonissos rises from the sea in a mountain of greenery with pine and olive trees, mastic and arbutus bushes, vineyards and fruit trees all tumbling into the deep blue waters. There is a relaxed feel about this island and here you get the chance to really experience the charm of the Greek islands before tourism became such a boom industry. When you step ashore off your luxury charter yacht you will find the little towns are unpretentious and the locals friendly and sociable.
The least famous but largest of the Sporades Skyros can seem like two islands with the south featuring a rocky shore with arid hills and the north rolling farmland and pine forests with delightful small bays with lush greenery and crystalline waters for your luxury charter yacht to anchor in. It has traditional white architecture, beautiful hiking trails and secluded beaches.
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