Four major islands make up the Sporades in the Aegean Sea: Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos, and Skyros. Skiathos is known for its castles; its rocks damaged King Xerxes’ ship in the Persian Wars. It is a forested island, with many inlets and beaches and is the home habitat of the Mediterranean Monk seal. Enjoy the beach at Koukounadies or, for the daring, the famous nudist Banana beach. Sail to the small ports and unspoiled bays on the Gulf of Volos. Venture further north the Mount Athos, home to medieval monasteries, or relax shore side at the modern marina in Porto Carras. Skiathos shot to fame in recent years when it acted as the set for the movie “Mamma Mia.”

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Sailing conditions

The sailing in the Sporades and Chalkidiki Peninsula is extremely easy, as the Meltemi does not blow as strong as it does further south. The prevailing wind usually blows from the north east, but occasionally in July and August a stronger wind blows from the north west. During the summer months it rarely rains and the temperature sits at a nice 20-30 degrees Celsius.

Getting there

There are direct charter flights from the UK to Skiathos typically on a Friday, or you can fly into Athens and transfer to the islands.

From Athens there are 3 ways of getting to the islands:
1. Domestic flight with Athens Airways to Skiathos (approx. 30 min/65 Euro) www.athensairways.com
2. Bus from Athens Centre to Agios Konstantinos (approx. 2:15 hours/18 Euro) and then hydrofoil to Skiathos
3. Private transfer from Athens airport/city centre – Ag. Konstantinos. You may choose between a taxi or mini-bus transfer depending on the size of your party. The pick-up can be from the airport or city centre and takes you directly to the boat departure port of Agios Konstantinos (taxi: approx. 2 hours/210 Euro for 4 people) (mini-bus: approx 2 hours/available for 10-17 persons). Another advantage to these private transfers is that your boat tickets can be pre-reserved to Skiathos (approx.2:15 hours/48 Euro).
The prices above are approximate and per person for adults.

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