Sailing area : Sporades

Sailing area: Sporades

In the heart of the Aegean Sea, the Sporades are a true haven of peace. Comprising 11 islands, only 4 of which are inhabited (Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos and Skyros), the Sporades are perfect for a cruise in the sun and a complete change of scenery.

Sailing in the Sporades

The Aegean Sea is renowned for the Meltem, a specific wind that must not be underestimated. However, in the Sporades, this wind is not as strong as in the south. The climate there is favourable and the islands offer all the dream conditions for great sailing. Coolsailing offers you the chance to start your cruise in Volos, then to sail to Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos and, finally, Skyros.

Places to visit

Before embarking for your cruise, we recommend that you visit the town of Volos, in Thessalia. It is surrounded by the Pagasetic Gulf and continues as far as Mont Pelion. It is a charming warm town with very welcoming inhabitants who will greet you with Tsipouro, a local spirit, and mezze, a selection of Greek dishes served on several small plates. Volos beach is one of the most beautiful in Greece and is the meeting place for its inhabitants. In addition to being a place for relaxing, the beaches are also art galleries. Thus, on the way to Anavros beach, you will find an open-air sculpture park. End your day in one of the island's taverns and enjoy a coffee as you gaze at the sea before embarking for Skiathos.
When you arrive in Skiathos, you will find an island with very beautiful beaches that are among the most popular destinations in Greece. Its turquoise waters and fishing ports attract a large number of visitors. As you travel north of the island, you will find Kastro, the island's former capital now in ruins. It holds many treasures and offers a magnificent walk and a breathtaking view. Also, do not forget to tour the Evangelistria monastery which dates from the 18th century, It is also well worth the detour! Then, set sail for Mandraki, one of the wildest and most remote places on the island of Skiathos, with a white sand beach and crystal-clear water. It is the perfect spot for water-skiing, wakeboarding or swimming and enjoying the sunshine. Another place not to be missed: Banana, a beach popular with young people that offers many water sports in a magical setting. Then, pay a visit to Koukounaries, famous for being one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece with its fine sand and turquoise blue lagoon. Next, change scenery with Lalaria beach which is only accessible by boat. Located north of the island, this beach is dominated by cliffs, a stunning landscape!
Next, head to Skopelos! This small island with well-preserved traditions, pine forests and turquoise waters is considered by visitors to be the most beautiful island in the Sporades. Chora, its capital, has the advantage of being quiet by day with a lively, jazzy and sophisticated night life. It is also a rocky island that offers magnificent mountain landscapes! It is the ideal destination for combining walking, water sports and evenings out for an unforgettable stay!
After Skopelos, time for a stopover in Alonissos: It has a stunning seabed and is a protected nature reserve. It is a wild island protected from tourism where you be able to walk and admire the Mediterranean beauty of the dense pine, cedar, oak and arbutus forests. The southern part of Alonissos varies between small charming beaches and authentic bays for your greatest pleasure.
Finally, finish your cruise with a visit to Skyros, a hidden gem in the Sporades! It is an island where life is good and it is a perfect place for a quiet day. Specific feature: its northern coast is inhabited and luxuriant while its southern coast is deserted and arid. However, Skyros remains an enchanting island that is both wild and lively, protected from mass tourism and loyal to the traditions that have been handed down from generation to generation.
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Worth knowing/Advice

Island of Skopelos: a must-see Frequent short hops and stopovers Smooth sailing Wild coasts and marine sanctuaries for monk seals Smaller crowds than in other Greek destinations.  

The ports in this sailing area

Achillio, Chalkidiki, Loutraki, Skiathos - Loutraki, Skopelos, Volos ...


To sail in Greece you will need: A sailing licence A sailing resume To rent a large sailboat 2 Sailing licences are required

When to travel?

To be informed of the weather forecast, you can visit the Italian website LAMMA (vento e mare)


10-20 knots
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