The Sporades Islands are a lovely and archipelago along the east coast of Greece in the Aegean Sea. They consist of 24 islands, but only 4 of them are permanently inhabited: Skiathos, Skopelos, Skyros and Alonnisos.
|General Information||The Archipelago of the Sporades, a group of islands that are, etymologically speaking, "sporadic" or "scattered" outside of the central archipelago of the Cyclades, is located along the east coast of Greece. Four of them are permanently inhabited: the islands Alonnisos, Skiathos, Skopelos and Skyros, which are usually referred to the Thessalian or Northern Sporades, while the Thracian, the Western (islands of the Saronic Gulf), the Eastern (the islands near to the coast of Asia Minor) and the Southern Sporades (Dodecanese) refer to other island groups situated outside the "circle" around the holy island of Delos, the Cyclades. The archipelago is an ideal alternative destination in Greece, that still bare some uncrowded corners and hidden beauties in the middle of a dense vegetation, rocky landscapes, clear blue seas and magnificent sandy beaches. Nature lovers will enjoy Skiathos' walking routes through forests and olive groves and the idyllic sandy beaches of the island that attract a multitude of visitors from all over the world. Skopelos is the perfect destination for your family holiday, surrounded by pine forests, clear blue waters and great sandy beaches that leave you speechless. If you are looking for a total relax far from mass tourism, take a yoga lesson or a pony ride on the island of Skyros that hosts an "Institute of Holistic Studies" or meet the Mediterranean Monk Seal at the National Marine Park of Alonissos. Or maybe just start hopping from one island to the other by sailing on your private yacht through impressive landscapes and stunningly clear waters...|