TRAVEL GUIDE TO SPORADES ISLANDS
The Sporades islands in Greece are geographically located between the mainland and the islands of North-Eastern Aegean, almost in the center of the Aegean Sea.
These four small islands have a special character each and an amazing nature. The most popular island much frequented by the youth is Skiathos, while Skopelos and Alonissos have a more family atmosphere but still gorgeous beaches.
The least known but equally beautiful island is Skyros, with a picturesque capital town, secluded beaches, and interesting sightseeing.
ABOUT THE SPORADES ISLANDS
The island group known as the Sporades consists of 4 large islands, Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos and Skyros, as well as several small and uninhabited islets.
It is located in the northern part of the Aegean Sea, southeast of Mount Pelion.
As for their popularity, Skiathos attracts the biggest number of visitors, followed by Skopelos. Alonissos and Skyros keep a lower profile. Most travelers get there during the summer, which is the best season to spend time at their exotic seashores.
Skiathos is mostly known for its long, sandy bays, many of which are organized. They have crystal clear waters and a few of them offer opportunities for diving and sailing. The island also offers totally unspoiled coves, while its picturesque villages are full of charming houses with tiled rooftops.
A few historic buildings and churches are among the island's main landmarks.
As for Skopelos, the most beautiful thing you are going to set your eyes on is nothing other than the island's beaches! The stunning seashores are secluded and unorganized. Most of them are covered with sand and shingle, while their surroundings involve dense nature, full of lush greenery. Only a few of these emerald-water seashores offer tourist facilities, including opportunities for diving and other watersports. The island also has a few monasteries and monuments worth visiting.
Alonissos is quite delopped in terms of tourism as well, with several accommodation facilities, including luxury villas in remote locations.
Similarly to its neighboring islands, its biggest highlight is its beaches that are usually shrigley, surrounded by vegetation and with clear turquoise waters. Some of them come with sunbeds, while others are completely unorganized.
In addition to its main town, Alonissos has a few other picturesque settlements and a Marine Park, frequented by seals among other animals.
Skyros is also full of unspoiled beaches with crystal clear waters, although the island's architecture might be the first thing to catch your attention.
Chora, its capital town, is built on a hill, below a Medieval Castle. It offers some of the most stunning views of the Aegean!
Monasteries, museums and other sights are among the must-see places during your stay on the island.
The best thing about Skyros is that it remains a true hidden gem, undiscovered by tourism.
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