Sporades Islands – Legend has it that the gods created the Sporades Archipelago by throwing colored pebbles into the Aegean Sea. This myth is reflected in the name the Sporades, which means “scattered”. Located off the east coast of Greece, the Sporades archipelago includes four permanently inhabited islands, each offering visitors a unique travel experience. From bustling Skiathos with their beautiful beaches and active nightlife to the beautiful views of secluded Skyros, Sporades has something special to offer any visitor looking for a memorable holiday experience.
Find below Some of Beauty the Sporades Islands, Greece
Less developed than other islands in the Sporades archipelago, Alonissos offers an array of natural beauty. As the center of a National Marine Park, the protected waters around Alonissos are crystal clear. The pebbly beach at Megali Ammos is great for swimming, and although it is located close to the main port of the island of Patitiri, visitors still enjoy vacationing at this beach.
The island also has a Museum of Traditional Houses in Patitiri which showcases the domestic culture of the Alonissos island, and best of all, admission is free! There are also cruises on the island of Alonissos that offer trips to nearby islands, including Kyra Panagia, home to a recently restored 10th-century monastery.
Skopelos (Sporades Islands)
Skopelos is the most populous island in the Sporades, and locals are determined to ensure that the island’s growing popularity as a tourist destination doesn’t spoil its natural beauty. This determination was put to the test when the movie “Mamma Mia!” filmed in Skopelos in 2008, which showcased the island’s charm and appeal to a global audience. Despite the influx of new visitors, Skopelos remains one of the prettiest islands in the Aegean Sea, full of beautiful beaches, more than 350 churches and a number of cozy restaurants, minimalist bars and small hotels. The white houses on the hillside add to the appeal of a holiday in Skopelos.
Sporades Island is the closest island to mainland Greece, therefore, Skiathos is the most accessible island for visitors. With more than 50 beaches and a variety of hotels, restaurants, bars, clubs and hotels it is also the most popular vacation spot in Sporades.
Most people come to Skiathos for its beaches, and the stretches of sand that are sure to please every visitor. The beaches to the south have calm waters that make them perfect for swimming and water sports such as kayaking and paddleboarding.
The windswept banks on the north side of Skiathos are less crowded if you’re looking for a quiet getaway. The northern coast of Lalaria is close to some beautiful sea caves that are worth exploring, but these are only accessible by boat.
The southernmost island in the Sporades and also the largest, the location of the island of Skyros is in the Aegean Sea, which makes this island a naval base.
On the island of Skyros there are also more than 300 churches on the island, most of which are privately owned. While the island has many beautiful beaches, it lacks the luxury accommodations offered on other Greek islands. The island’s landscape is a mix of mountains, forests and farmland. With castles dating back to the 13th century, Bronze Age settlements, Byzantine monasteries and Venetian dungeons, exploring the island’s diverse and unique cultural history is part of the fun of a trip to Skyros.
So, those are the 4 islands that make up the beautiful Sporades Archipelago. How? Are you interested in visiting one of them?