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Yacht Rental Sporades Islands: 7-day Sailing Itinerary

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Volos, "the jewel of the Pagasetic Gulf", is one of the most attractive cities in Greece, as well as one of the country’s most prominent ports. Located in the center of mainland Greece's western coast, the wealth of the region and its long history have left their mark on the city’s architecture, which exudes confidence and grandeur.

From Volos, you can easily reach the beautiful green islands of the Sporades including Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos, and Skyros. Sheltered and unspoiled anchorages along with sandy white beaches are a common feature of all these islands.

The area is well known for the Alonissos National Marine Park. Dolphins, sea turtles, and one the most endangered species of seal, the Monachus-Monachus or Mediterranean Seal live there. If you are lucky you may encounter some of these most beautiful and friendliest marine creatures on your trip!

Embark on a captivating 7-day sailing adventure accompanied by pictures of Skipper Stelios Vlachos, expert of Sporades Islands, and other amazing Greek sailing itineraries. With each stop conveniently within a maximum of 4 - 5 hours of sailing distance, this itinerary offers the perfect balance of relaxation and discovery.

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When to visit the Sporades Islands 

The best time to visit the Sporades Islands for a sailing holiday is typically from late spring to early autumn, spanning from May to September. During this period, temperatures range from around 20°C (68°F) in May to highs of about 30°C (86°F) or more in July and August, making for warm and sunny sailing conditions.

The sea temperature also becomes increasingly inviting, ranging from around 20°C (68°F) in May to peak temperatures of about 25°C (77°F) or higher in August, perfect for swimming and snorkeling.

Additionally, the gentle winds prevalent during these months make navigating between the islands a breeze, ensuring a pleasant sailing experience amidst the stunning beauty of the Sporades archipelago.

Why are Sporades Islands perfect for a sailing holiday? 

The Sporades Islands offer an unparalleled sailing holiday experience for enthusiasts and adventurers alike. With their unique combination of serene landscapes, crystal-clear waters, and charming harbors, these islands provide the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable maritime adventure. Navigating through the Sporades archipelago allows sailors to explore a diverse range of destinations, from secluded bays and pristine beaches to lively seaside towns bustling with local culture.

The islands' proximity to each other makes for convenient island-hopping, while the gentle winds and calm seas of the Aegean Sea provide ideal conditions for sailing. Whether you prefer to bareboat and captain your vessel or opt for the convenience of renting a professional skipper through Sailogy, the Sporades Islands offer endless opportunities for relaxation, exploration, and discovery, making them an exceptional destination for a sailing holiday.

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Sailing Itinerary Around Sporades Islands

Day 1: Skiathos

Day 2: Skopelos

Day 3: Alonissos

Day 4: Kyra Panagia

Day 5: Trikeri

Day 6: Amaliapoli

Day 7: Volos


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Day 1 - Skiathos

  • Distance from Volos: Approximately 25 nautical miles

  • Travel Time: Around 4 -5 hours

Embark on your sailing adventure from Volos, sailing towards the vibrant island of Skiathos.

Considered the most cosmopolitan of the Sporades complex, Skiathos is probably one of the most preferred destinations in Greece.

The beaches are a must-see for any visitor, ranging from the bustling Koukounaries (included in several world best beaches lists) to the serene Banana Beach and Lalaria. All great to be discovered on board a private yacht! 

You’ll want to check out Bourtzi: a pine-wood islet with a Venetian 13th-century fortress. You can visit the café-restaurant on the top end and enjoy the breathtaking view, preferably during a sunset. We also suggest a stroll amongst the swirling roads of the city, with its charming stone-built alleys and blossom-red rooftops.

Skiathos is known for its nightlife; Papadiamanti Street is always lit and joyful, filled with cafés, bars, and restaurants. 

Nearby Islet of Tsougrias and Skiathos in the background - photo credits: Stelios Vlachos

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Day 2 - Skopelos

  • Distance from Skiathos: About 15 nautical miles

  • Travel Time: Approximately 3-4  hours

Continue your maritime journey to the picturesque island of Skopelos, the largest of the four main islands in the Sporades. The main ports are Skopelos, Loutraki (Glossa) and Klima (Elios). The island’s relaxing blue and green scenery includes a large number of natural springs, pine trees stretching out for the seashore, hidden coves, and winding paths through vast forests. This is the island where many scenes of the movie "Mamma Mia!" were filmed!

Skopelos town, located in a cove, is worth exploring. Lagstone streets with whitewashed stairs, ornate arches, bougainvillea, and pretty windowsills, all provide a scenic set. Have dinner in any of the numerous tavernas and restaurants (you might want to try the local “Skopelitiki” fried cheese pie). Occasionally, streets will bring you to a scenic terrace overlooking the harbor and Mount Palouki, or a little square in the shade of a plane tree.

Throughout the island, there are more than 360 to explore, which is amazing when you consider how small Skopelos is. A remarkable site is Agios Ioannis - once a Catholic Monastery- built at the tip of an impressive rock (be prepared to climb 110 steps!), which was also the setting for the movie’s wedding scene.

Having a coastline that is burrowed with snug little coves, Skopelos is an excellent destination for water sports like diving, kayaking, and snorkeling.

Agios Ioannis Chapel - photo credits: Stelios Vlachos

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Day 3 - Alonissos

  • Distance from Skopelos: Around 15 nautical miles

  • Travel Time: Approximately 3 - 4 hours

Being a rather quiet and intact destination, Alonnissos offers absolute relaxation for nature lovers. Its lush flora offers a great set for hiking, maybe to one of the most stunning spots on the island, the chapel of Agion Anargyron.

Alonnissos is home to a variety of wildlife, including the Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus), an endangered species, as well as other rare wildlife species. The Marine Park is the largest in the Mediterranean, and there are 14 spots where diving is allowed, where you can enjoy the incomparable natural beauty.

Hora, the main town, offers amazing sunset views; here, you can enjoy fresh fish and seafood in any local taverna.

Most beaches here have pebbles, but for a more intimate journey, you can reach various small beaches in the northern part of the coast that are only accessible by boat.

As for sightseeing, you should not miss the Old Village, Patitiri Village, Roussoum Yalos, Steni Vala, and Votsi, all picturesque villages located in small bays.

Kokkinokastro Beach in the front and Tzortzi Gialos Beach in the back - photo credits: Stelios Vlachos

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Day 4 - Kyra Panagia

  • Distance from Alonissos: Approximately 10 nautical miles

  • Travel Time: Around 2-3 hours

We set sail in the morning to Kyra Panagia (also called Pelagonissi), located in the southeast of Alonnissos. It is a small island with no permanent population, apart from a few monks in the monastery of Megisti Lavra.

It is part of the Alonnissos Marine Park, and as such part of the natural habitat of the famous endangered monk seal – if you’re lucky, you might spot one here as well. Enjoy a day of total relaxation and fun on board your private boat!

Planitis Bay on Kyra Panagia

Planitis Bay on Kyra Panagia - photo credits: Stelios Vlachos 

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Day 5 - Trikeri Island

  • Distance from Kyra Panagia: About 15 nautical miles

  • Travel Time: Approximately 3-4 hours

This island is one of Greece’s undiscovered gems. It is so small that you can see all of it within 2-3 hours of walking through hillsides covered in thyme and juniper to deserted beaches and coves. Only about 20 people live here full-time, there are no roads, and no cars – transport is on foot or by mule.

The island is also completely flat. Its highest peak is 129 meters, where the fortress-like Evangelistria Monastery is located.

The beaches are few but charming, with turquoise crystal-clear waters. Afetka, Hagia Sophia, and Prasini Ammos are all close to each other and worth visiting.

Evangelistria Monastery on Trikeri Island

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Day 6 - Amaliapoli and Return to Volos

  • Distance from Trikeri: Around 20 nautical miles

  • Travel Time: Approximately 4 - 5 hours

  • Distance from Amaliapoli: Approximately 15 nautical miles

  • Travel Time: Around 3 hours

We set sail to Amaliapoli, a charming little village inside the Pagasitikos Gulf that makes you feel as if you are on an island rather than on the mainland.

Amaliapoli welcomes you with its quaint charm and stunning coastal scenery. Explore the village, relax on its beautiful beaches, and savor the local cuisine at seaside tavernas. Moreover, the Underwater Shipwreck Museum Diving Park, one of the first of its kind in Greece, has recently been established, as well as a marine virtual reality center.

Conclude your sailing adventure with a leisurely sail back to Volos, just 3 hours away from Amaliapoli. 

Restaurants in Amaliapoli Port 
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Day 7 - Volos and Return to Charter

On your final day, take your time to disembark from your charter and return it at the requested time. If you have time before your departure, explore the town's historic sites before concluding your unique sailing itinerary through the Sporades Islands.

Part of the tourist port in Volos

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