The Sporades are in the northwest Aegean between the island of Evia and Mount Pelion. In the summer there are connections to Thessaloniki and The Cyclades but, if you are going from any other islands to the Sporades means going through the mainland.
The Sporades islands group lies off the eastern shore of mainland Greece and consists of 11 islands of which only 4 are inhabited. The four islands are Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonnisos and Skyros.
These Greek islands are characterized by dense vegetation and mountainous terrain and are well known for their blue and clean seas. Each of these islands has its own beauty and charm and has something unique to offer the visitor.
Alonissos is one of the most beautiful and authentic islands of the Sporades and is the ideal destination for those who are searching for peace and relaxation.
Skopelos is a traditional island with clear waters and sandy beaches and the island of Skyros will offer you quiet moments with a lot of sandy beaches, clear waters. For the lovers of walking, the island offers a choice of paths that pass through the stunning green scenery.
Sporades have been awarded the European Blue Flag, which confirm that they are among the cleanest waters and beaches in Europe. It is also one of the best sailing areas in the Aegean, with many protected coves and many islets to get away from it.
Greece is world known for its exciting nightlife. This can also be said about the Sporades and more especially about Skiathos Island. There is a large choice of bars and night clubs, offering a diverse and rich range of music and places.
The Northern Sporades is the correct name for what people usually call the Sporades and the yacht charter area. Skiathos and Skopelos are the main yacht charter bases in the Northern Sporades.
The less travelled Eastern Sporades refers to the yacht charter area that includes the islands of Lesbos, Limnos and Chios that run along the Turkish coastline.
Only the larger islands in the Northern Sporades sustain small populations, mostly of craftsmen, farmers and fishermen and only the bigger towns have harbours: Skiathos Town, Skopelos Town, Patitiri on Alonissos and Linaria on Skyros.
Also worth visiting are Glossa on Skopelos and Steni Vali on Alonissos. Some of the beaches on Skiathos and Skopelos are considered to be amongst the finest in the eastern Mediterranean which can be quite crowded in the middle of summer.