Wednesday, 6 September 2017

The Best Yachting Islands in Greece - Sporades

The Sporades are a cluster of eleven islands in the north Aegean of Greece which boast a myriad of easy moorings, crystalline bays and mesmerising landscapes. The four inhabited islands in the group; Skopelos, Skyros, Alonnisos and Skiathos, are prime hubs for yachting enthusiasts because of their picturesque charm, natural beauty and abundance of coastal coves. Reaching the area via the straits of Evia, the Sporades are also a great springboard from which to explore the northeastern territory of the Aegean with the largest marinas in the area; those of Aretsou in Thessaloniki, Porto Sani in Halkidiki and Porto Karras.

Ideal for yachting enthusiasts because of the playful Meltemi wind throughout the summer, the region provides challenging but exhilarating sailing conditions with sheltered seas on the southern island coasts. Skiathos is the main harbour from which to explore the waters surrounding the other islands while enjoying the stunning emerald sea and its inviting golden beaches. A popular destination for snorkellers and divers, the Sporades are also home to the endangered Mediterranean Monk Seal and the National Marine Park of Alonnisos.

The best kept Sporadic secrets for the ultimate yachting experience include the islet of Kyra Panagia or ‘Pelagos’, with its inhabitants of goats and a handful of monks. Two small inlets provide the perfect anchorage for a tranquil stay over. About eighteen nautical miles from Alonnisos lies the southerly island of Skantzoura, a paradise for those seeking aquamarine coves and complete escapism. Peristeri, also known as Aspro or Xero, is a dry, uninhabited islet with a safe harbour for mooring once you have explored its exquisite little bays and beaches.

Enjoying lovely warm summers and temperatures reaching up to 35°C in July and August, the Sporades in Greece are also ideal for cruising in May or October, when the average temperature ranges from 23-25°C. In fact, the region is a superb destination for all seasons!

There is no better way to explore the astonishing Greece islands than on a private yacht charter. Royalty Yachts offer a great selection of private luxury yachts for charter as Greece is such a popular destination. Options include motor yachts, catamarans and sailing yachts that will surpass all your expectations.

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