The Sporades are ultimate island-hopping territory. Scattered – literally ‘sporadically’ – off Greece’s eastern coast, you can sail away from a backdrop of thick green pine forest and head out on the open seas, keeping your eyes peeled for the next secluded cove to come into sight.
Sporades Islands holiday highlights
Only four of the islands are inhabited, but you can take a ferry to many other islands for total escapism. The best known of the Sporades is Skiathos (it’s the most easily accessible as it has an airport), which sure packs a lot into its small size. There are a whopping 65 beaches here and they’re some of the best in the Aegean; deep swathes of golden sand fringed by clear waters. Skiathos Town has plenty of traditional tavernas and cool cocktail bars lining its vibrant waterfront, while inland there are hilltop monasteries and pine-clad trails leading far into the forest.
The largest of the Sporades, Skopelos is hot right now thanks to the 2008 rom-com Mamma Mia, which was filmed on the island. Stars of the cast stayed at Skopelos Village Hotel and all around this lush island there are reminders of the movie’s famous scenes. Alonissos is the third island we’ve chosen in the Sporades. This rugged green island is largely undeveloped and super chilled – you won’t find any late-night parties here. A stay on Alonissos is all about getting away from it all and being immersed in nature; the island is part of the National Marine Park of Alonissos, which protects flora and fauna including wild olive and juniper trees, the monk seal and various species of dolphin.