Sporades Islands, located in the norhwestern Aegean Sea, are an ideal destination for Skippered or bareboat sailing yachts from Volos for charter.
The Sporades consist mainly of three islands: Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos, and about 20 islets or smaller islands. Skyros, located further south, is also included in the Sporades. The eastern Skopelos and Alonissos are part of the National Park of sea, an area of rare biodiversity. Skopelos is the birthplace of the loggerhead turtle while Alonissos - and the magical island 'Planet' in the north are the residence of the Monachus-Monachus seal.
Conditions in Sporades.
When you do bareboat sailing in Skiathos or anywhere else in Sporades throughout the summer, you need to know the wind force is softer in relation to the central Sea. Months with stronger winds (July - August) the intensity in the Sporades region does not exceed 4-5 Beaufort, offering ideal sailing conditions and relaxation. The southerly winds, which probably occur during the winter months come with more intensity and cause more problems. Moreover, the islands between them are within walking distance so it is not difficult to find protection in one of the many bays of the islands.
Renting a sailboat- Suggested Sailing Routes in Sporades
When you charter a sailing boat in Skiathos or you rent a sailboat in Volos, the area has a limited number of inlets for the night, especially on the south side. Lalaria North is beautiful, but it is open and is not recommended for the night, and even with calm. Similarly, the best side for anchorage in Skopelos is the southwest side (opposite Skiathos). Alonissos has beautiful bays on the east coast, above Patitiri and opposite the island of Peristera.