The Sporades Islands, located in the Aegean Sea off the east coast of Greece, are a captivating collection of 24 isles, four of which are inhabited. With scattered stretches of lush pine-covered slopes, azure waters, and scenic anchorages, any sailor can find beauty and pleasure here in this protected Marine Park environment.
We have hand-picked some of the most picturesque anchorages to provide shelter in the Sporades Islands. You can view all 62 anchorages of the region via the Keeano app using the “Coast View” feature.
Each anchorage offers something unique, from endless snorkeling opportunities or watersports to tranquil villages brimming with character. Therefore, sailing on the Sporades Islands is the ideal way to explore their hidden gems.
So get out there and enjoy a carefree adventure beneath the Mediterranean sun!
1. Platanias Anchorage- Skiathos Island
Skiathos Island is one of the most popular sailing destinations in the world, and if you’re looking for a safe anchorage, then Platanias is your best bet.
Located just around the corner from Skiathos town, this well-protected bay offers plenty of shelter during the summer meltemi but is exposed to southerly winds (avoid autumn).
Quaint tavernas and cafes are also available close by and are ideal places to grab a bite to eat or relax with a beer after a long day out on the water.
Even if you encounter many boats, you can sail southwest to the island of Tsougria. There you will find smaller and quieter anchorages of Sporades Islands with the help of Coast View.
2. Agios Ioannis anchorage- Skopelos island
Agios Ioannis anchorage on Skopelos Island is a sailor’s paradise. This stunning anchorage makes an ideal stopover even during the windiest days with its crystal-clear water, and interesting vegetation. Its close proximity to Skopelos town ensures easy access to supplies, restaurants, and charming boutiques.
The icon-filled Greek Orthodox Church of Saint John sits proudly on the waterfront, providing some extra serenity for weary boaties. If you want a more active experience, there are many snorkeling and water sports locations, as well as nearby hiking trails leading to beautiful views.
Simply put: Agios Ioannis is a must-visit destination for all keen sailors looking to explore its unique beauty.
3. Tzortzi Bay- Alonnisos Island
Tzortzi Bay on the island of Alonnisos is quite simply one of the best anchorages around Sporades Islands, making it an ideal destination for boaters. The sheltered bay boasts crystal clear water, fascinating local wildlife, as well as white sandy beaches and dramatic sea inlets.
The bay itself offers plenty of protection from wind and waves. On top of that, Tzortzi Bay’s scenic surroundings make it the perfect spot to relax while watching the sunset. A moment that is guaranteed to take anyone’s breath away!
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4. St.Peter anchorage – Kyra Panagia Islet
The islet of Kyra Panagia, located northeast of Alonissos, is famous for its two safe, natural bays: St. Peter to the southwest and Planet to the north. Without a doubt, this picturesque islet is a renowned destination for visitors seeking a tranquil escape, and stunning views of the Aegean Sea.
Agios Petros (St. Peter) is an impressive anchorage known for its crystal clear waters, sheltered bays and breathtaking views of the coast. It is well protected from northerly winds and is affected only by westerly and southwesterly winds. Entering the wide entrance, which is shielded by the small island of Fagrou, the large bay opens in front of you. Within it are four smaller bays that lead to stunning pebbled beaches.
Likewise don’t miss exploring the nearby Planet anchorage to savor the untouched natural beauty all around you!
5. Kolimpada anchorage- Skyros Island
Kolimpada anchorage on Skyros island is a must-see destination for all sailing and beach enthusiasts. Situated within the Aegean Sea, it’s one of the most stunning beaches you’ll ever visit.
Pine woodlands, cypresses and olive groves combine to make a heavenly ambience. Snorkeling and listening to the sounds of waves crashing on the shoreline are surely ideal activities on this sandy beach.
Sailors can anchor in its depths to enjoy some ultimate tranquility and incredible views. So make sure you add it to your list of must-do destinations!
If you prefer to sail during the day or spend the night under the stars, the Sporades is an idyllic destination to which many experienced sailors return again and again.
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