Sporades Islands Charter Itinerary
Spend a week exploring the Sporades Islands onboard a luxury yacht
Gentle breezes, crystal clear water and quaint coastal villages characterize the Sporades Islands. Here is a sample week long itinerary in this beautiful island group:
In the southern region of the Pagastic Gulf and at the tip of the Magnesia Peninsula lies the tiny fishing island of Trikeri. At just over a mile wide, hikers can take a scenic thirty minute walk from shore to shore. History buffs will enjoy the unique architecture, including the Byzantine Monastery, which reflects a century of history. Enjoy casual strolls on little pathways that lead through olive trees, juniper, and fragrant oleander as well as wild flowers.
Yacht charter guests particularly enjoy the many inlets, capes, and peninsulas along Skiathos’s coastline. While small in size, this Sporades Island offers a stunning landscape of pristine beaches contrasted by a wooded backdrop of pine trees. The popular beach at Koukounaries is typical of the beautiful island with a lagoon and the Stone Pine Forest. Take out the yacht’s water toys and explore the 27 miles of coastline as well as the over sixty sandy beaches of Skiathos.
Even after the filming of Mamma Mia in 2007, Skopelos still maintains an authentic Greek atmosphere, which many visitors feel epitomizes the culture and atmosphere of the country. The southwest coast offers several popular beaches that are accessible by tourists; however, yacht charter guests will enjoy the private beach areas that are inaccessible by land, due to the mountainous terrain. The capital is known as a Traditional Settlement of Outstanding Beauty and requires all new construction to reflect the traditional building style of the island. Therefore, the city, which is designed like an amphitheater surrounding the bay, maintains its historic charm.
The remote island of Alonissos is perfect for guests who want to escape to nature. The flora and fauna offer pine forests, olive groves, and orchards as well as the animals of the National Marine Park of Northern Sporades, which is a refuge for rare seabirds, dolphins, and the Mediterranean monk seal. The stunning harbor of Patitiri features a picturesque stone-paved waterfront. The old capital of Hora has a medieval castle with sweeping views of the sea along with stone houses, quaint courtyards, narrow streets, and ancient churches.
The island of Peristera is relatively uninhabited, with only thirty people living here according to the 2011 census. Next to the verdant island of its neighbor Alonissos, Peristera appears barren. The landscape consists mostly of low shrubs and guests will be sure to see goats grazing. However, the island still offers a lot for yacht charter guests, including secluded bays and beautiful sandy beaches where guests can sunbathe in solitude. Be sure to check out the remains of the island’s ancient castle and a shipwreck that recently was discovered by archeologists just off the coast.
Skyros, the largest island in the Northern Sporades, is home to the famous Mount Olympus. The northern portion of the island is forested, while the southern part is barren and rocky, with Mount Kochila dominating the landscape. The main village climbs the slopes of a steep hill and is punctuated with an impressive castle at the very top. The views from the castle, as well as the monastery of Aghios Georgios located just below, are absolutely stunning and well worth the climb through the winding, cobbled streets of the village.
Guests will find the beauty of Karystos romantic, particularly with its history in Greek mythology as the place where the romance between the two greatest gods, Zeus and Hera, began. Yacht charter guests can explore the well laid-out streets, squares, and beautiful neoclassical buildings as well as the scenic seafront with traditional outdoor cafes and lively taverns. Be sure to dine in one of the many fine establishments and indulge in the catch of the day or one of the many other delicious seafood meals for which Karystos is known.
As the capital of modern Greece, Athens is filled with both ancient and contemporary sites and activities. The city is still dominated by landmarks from the 5th century B.C., including the Parthenon. Situated around the Acropolis and Mount Lycabettus, ancient Athens was a center for the arts, learning, and philosophy. It is considered the birthplace of Western civilization and democracy and today is central to economic, financial, industrial, maritime, political and cultural life in Greece. Guests can visit the National Archaeological Museum, which offers a myriad of artifacts and antiquities which cover more than 5,000 years of history from late Neolithic Age to Roman Greece. Before returning home, enjoy the modern side of Athens with some shopping and a taste of the chic nightlife.