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Sporades Islands

Lalaria Beach, Skiathos

The Sporades are in the northwest Aegean between the island of Evia and Mount Pelion. Known for beautiful beaches with amazing turquoise seas and rich vegetation, they can be reached by ferry or highspeed from Volos, except for Skyros which must be reached by Kimi in Evia. In the past there has been a ferry from Agios Konstantinos which may or may not be started again. There is also a ferry from Mantouda, Evia to Skopelos and Skiathos several times a week. In past summers there have been connections to Thessaloniki and the Cyclades. Generally going from any other islands to the Sporades means going through the mainland. Skiathos has an airport. If you want help with your Greek Island combination try my Create-an-Itinerary page. If you have any questions or can't decide what you want to do you can always e-mail me. You can find ferry schedules and book tickets at When you finish you can use this link or the link at the bottom of the page to return to Greek Island Synopsis Main Menu or visit another island chain. If you find this page useful please share it with your friends on Facebook.





Alonisos, Greece


Pine forests and beautiful seas, this island in the Sporades chain is popular with the type of travelers that don't want to see other travelers. The main town of Liadromia was damaged by an earthquake in 1965 and many of the locals moved closer to the sea, selling their houses to foreigners. Alonissos is home to the Mediterranean Monk Seal and has some stunning beaches and inlets. The island has a rich history and ancient as well as Byzantine ruins. Most people come here by ferry or highspeed from Ag Konstantinos or Volos.

Read the Guide to Alonissos

For Hotels contact Aegean Thesaurus Travel or search's Alonissos Page or visit Matt's Suggested Hotels in Alonissos.
You can find ferry schedules and book tickets at


Kokounares Beach, Skiathos


Sometimes called 'The Mykonos of the Sporades', Skiathos has fantastic beaches, among the best in Greece. Plenty of nightlife and lots of trees, forests and wildlife too. With many foreigners living here year round it's not a bad place to visit in the off-season. Though it is tougher to get to the Sporades than to the other Aegean islands because you have to take a bus or taxi to Agios Konstantinos and then take the ferry or high speed from there but there is an airport in Skiathos with international flights as well as daily flights from Athens.

See my Guide to Skiathos

For Hotels contact Aegean Thesaurus Travel or search's Skiathos Page
See also
Skiathos Villas and Holiday Homes and Matt's Suggested Hotels in Skiathos
You can find ferry schedules and book tickets at


Skopelos, beach


People claim Skopelos is the greenest island in the Aegean and they may be right. A nature lover's paradise, Skopelos is home to a great many forms of wildlife due to its extensive forests and beautiful coastline, including the monk seal or what the Greeks call Monachos-Monachos. The island, once a Cretan colony, has a number of archaeological sites plus some 360 churches, monasteries and convents. Though not as wild as nearby Skiathos, there is plenty of nightlife and the islanders take great pride in their cooking. If Skiathos sounds too much like Mykonos and you are looking for something a little quieter but no less beautiful come here. Yes, this is the island that Mamma Mia was filmed which has made it a sort of Mecca for fans of the movie but that is not a good reason to avoid it and you have to admit it was a good movie (yes I cried during the song Dancing Queen).

For more information See Skopelos: Mama Mia Island

For Hotels contact Aegean Thesaurus Travel or search's Skopelos Page and Matt's Suggested Hotels in Skopelos
You can find ferry schedules and book tickets at




Very green with a pine forest that covers much of the island, nice beaches and some interesting traditional villages and customs. Skyros is famous for their carnival celebration and the goat dancers which may date back to the ancient cult of Dionysios. The end of Carnival, or Apokreas, like Mardi Gras marks the beginning of lent so if you want to visit Skyros, figure out when Orthodox Easter takes place, count back 40 days and then go there the week before that. The ferry to Skyros leaves from Kimi in Evia. This is one of the most difficult islands to travel to thought that does not keep people from coming. The island is also home to the Skyros Institute of Holistic Studies which offers programs in alternative therapies, yoga and even windsurfing. Skyros is also the grave site of the English poet Rupert Brooke who died of the coast of Skyros in 1915 on a ship bound for Gallipoli.

See Skyros: The Wildest Carnival in Greece

For Hotels contact Aegean Thesaurus Travel or's Skyros Page and Matt's Suggested Hotels in Skyros
You can find ferry schedules and book tickets at


More Sporades Information

You can find hotels, villas, apartments and holiday homes on Matt's Hotels of Greece Sporades Page

One of the best ways to experience the Sporades is by sailboat, visiting coves and beaches that can't be reached by car. For more information see Sailing in Greece.

Greece Sail Cruises and Charters visits the Sporades Islands in their comfortable traditional wooden sailing yachts. Rent a cabin or the entire boat for you and your family and friends.

For a couple of very nice packages which feature Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos take a look at those offered by Aegean Thesaurus 14 Day Sporades Program. If you want to combine any of the Sporades Islands with islands in other chains try using my Create-an-itinerary form

To get to Agios Constantinos, Volos or Kimi for the ferry you can take the bus from Terminal B at at 260, Liossion St. They run just about every hour. You can also book a pre-arranged taxi from the airport with George the Famous Taxi Driver. He can also check the boat schedules for you so you will know if you need to rush or if you can take your time. Greece Travel Banner

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