Sporades Guide

The Sporades is a group of 24 islands located in the Aegean Sea, off the eastern coast of Greece. The four largest and most popular islands for tourists are Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos, and Skyros. Here are some highlights and tips for exploring the Sporades:

    Skiathos: Known for its beautiful beaches, Skiathos is a popular destination for sun and sand seekers. Some of the top beaches to visit include Koukounaries, Lalaria, and Banana Beach. The island also has a picturesque old town with narrow streets, traditional architecture, and a hilltop castle.

    Skopelos: With its lush green landscapes and charming villages, Skopelos is a great island for those seeking a more laid-back and authentic Greek experience. Highlights include the traditional village of Glossa, the Byzantine castle in the main town, and the Church of Agios Ioannis Kastri, which was featured in the movie "Mamma Mia!"

    Alonissos: A quieter and more secluded island, Alonissos is perfect for nature lovers and those who enjoy hiking and exploring. The island is home to the National Marine Park of Alonissos and Northern Sporades, which is a protected area for dolphins, seals, and other marine life.

    Skyros: The largest island in the Sporades, Skyros is known for its traditional villages, beautiful beaches, and hilltop castle. The island is also famous for its annual Carnival celebrations, which take place in February or March.

Overall, the Sporades offer a mix of natural beauty, traditional culture, and modern amenities, making them a great destination for a Greek island holiday. To get to the Sporades, visitors can take a ferry from the mainland port of Volos or from other nearby islands like Skiathos.

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