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The Sporades


Day 1

Agios Konstantinos - Trikeri (33 miles)

Day 2

Trikeri - Skiathos (30 miles)

Day 3

Skiathos - Skopelos (19 miles)

Day 4

Skopelos - Alonissos (6 miles)

Day 5

Alonissos - Peristera - Kyra Panagia (18 miles)

Day 6

Kyra Panagia - Skiros (37miles)

Day 7

Skiros - Karistos (68 miles)

Day 8

Karistos - Athens (32 miles)

AGIOS KONSTANTINOS: Agios Konstantinos is a port located on mainland Greece that connects with the Sporades Islands via hydrofoil and ferryboats. A small town were one can taste Greek appetizers with some ouzo.

TRIKERI: Trikeri, the lovely mansion filled village at the tip of the Magnesia peninsula is perched high up on a crag overlooking the channels to Evia and Skiathos. Down below is the port of Trikeri where you will find many fishing boats and slips for dragging boats out of the water for their yearly service.

SKIATHOS: is the smallest of the Sporades islands, eight miles long and six miles wide, and lies closest to the Greek mainland, six miles away. For such a tiny island Skiathos has a great deal to offer, despite being only around four miles by seven, it boast between 60-70 fine sandy beaches and coves, many of which are wonderfully tranquil as well as sublimely beautiful.

Skiathos Town (Chora) is the chief place and indeed the island's only real town, where almost all the permanent inhabitants of the island live. It was built in 1830 on two low-lying hills, when after the War of Independence people left the town located at Kastro and settled near the harbor.

Kastro, the fortified pirate-proof medieval capital of the island, is perhaps the most interesting site in Skiathos. The Greeks made a castle during the 15th century to take refuge from marauding pirates. It has been historically proven that when the Venetians took possession of the island for the second time in 1453, the only town on the island was inside the Kastro. It seems likely that the Kastro was built in the mid-14th century, when the Saracens and other pirates roamed the seas and often landed on the islands and ravaged them.

Most of the beaches on the south coast become very busy in July and August. However, you will always find them to have beautiful, clear water, with wonderful swimming and snorkeling. Koukounaries has wonderful fine sand and warm shallow water. Behind the beach are beautiful, shady pine trees where one can lie in the heat of the day.

For peace and quiet prefer the beaches of Xerxes, Elias and Agistri on the Mandraki peninsula, which is on the northwest corner of Skiathos. On Xerxes you can get fried squid or fish, sandwiches and drinks, whilst on Elias they serve excellent fried fish, omelettes, salads and usually a warm dish of the day.

Aghia Eleni beach is not too busy and there is nearly always a cool breeze blowing there. Just before Aghia Eleni lies the hidden beach of Krifos Ammoudia. Remotely secluded and does have a "funky" taverna on the beach.

Asellinos beach on the north side is an impressive beach where one can revel in the waves after a northerly blow. The sea can have a nasty undertow when there are big waves so please be careful. Micro Asellinos is a small and peaceful beach, which is never crowded. A small taverna offers snacks. Two remote, secluded and pebbly beaches are Nikotsara and Megiyalo Neither beach has any refreshments available and they are therefore, virtually deserted.

Vromolimnos is a very popular beach with a taverna at the right-hand end that also incorporates one of the nicest beach bars on the island. It is particularly recommended for its water-skiing in the late afternoon because the sea becomes mirror-smooth.

Lalaria, next to Kastro, is a fascinating beach with big egg-shaped pebbles, which have been smoothed and bleached by the waves. Water there has an amazing vivid shade of aquamarine because of the highly reflective pebbles and marble that coat the sea bottom. The only way to get there is by boat.

In Skiathos town there are several tavernas on the waterfront. 'Kampoureli' is a very pleasant place. Try their fried feta (white goat's cheese). At 'Carnayio', grilled fish is well prepared and graciously served. Taverna 'Limanakia' serves delicious food in a comfortable environment.

'Le Bistrot', above and to the west of Trion Ierarchon Square, is a friendly restaurant with continental cuisine. Taverna 'Stamatis' has delicious kalamarakia (fried baby squid) and excellent salads. One of the best-known eateries is taverna 'Asprolithos', at the corner of Mavroghiali and Korai Street. It serves fresh fish and the best saganaki (fried cheese). 'Polikratis', at the end of Papadiamanti St, has live Greek music. Try grilled lamb cooked on their "special" barbecue. 'Mouria' taverna, located off Papadiamandi St, behind the National Bank, is a popular place. The owners claim that Papadiamantis (Greece's most popular 19th century writer) would often visit to have a glass, or a few, of his favourite moschato wine. Now you have the opportunity to taste this locally produced wine.

If you're interested in conversation, go to the 'Mythos' bar, right on the harbour or 'Jimmy's' bar, at the port, which is for all ages.

The 'Adagio' music bar, on Evangelistrias St, has classical music and jazz and is one of the most civilised. 'Admiral Benbo' pub on Politechniou St. plays classic Sixties soul. Other action places on Politechniou St. include 'Downtown', with live jazz and folk and 'Borzoi', very popular, which plays some Greek music.

On the far western end of the port there are some of the most popular loud clubs. 'Remezzo', is noisy, sociable and fun. Other bars on the waterfront worth trying are 'Kahlua' and 'Kavos'.

Later at night, discos take over. One of the loudest, and therefore most popular, all-night discos is 'Scorpio'. You can have a wild time at 'La Piscine Club', on Evangelistrias St. 'BBC', on the waterfront, is probably the best disco in town, features rave and other fast-paced music and rocks till dawn.

SKOPELOS: is one of the most beautiful Aegean islands. It has two main towns. The capital and chief port, also named Skopelos, is a complex and delightful cobblestone maze stacked up against a hillside. The best way to arrive is by the sea, slowly revealing the town as the boat pulls into the harbour. The houses are jammed together along narrow and oddly curving alleys, their windows capriciously placed and their balconies awash in flowers. The waterfront is lined with tavernas, cafes, tourist offices and boutiques. A stroll to the top of the town brings you to the oddly whitewashed ruins of the Venetian castle.

Glossa is the island's second town, a winding three kilometres up the hill from Loutraki which happens to be a small port with a thin pebble beach. It is another whitewashed delight and considerably quieter than the capital.

The rest of the island is rich in vegetation, with wind-swept pines growing down to secluded coves wide beaches and terraced cliffs. The most popular beaches are all on the sheltered southwest coast.

Limnonari beach, "Limni" means "lake", acquired its name because the beach always has calm waters. We will not make comments pertaining to the colour of the sea, see for your self. On the first meters of the beach there are some rocks that lessen as you move towards the middle of the beach.

In the picturesque small port of Agnontas (8 km far away from Skopelos) stop for a dip in the magical waters and then enjoy your selves in the one of the restaurants.

Panormos beach/bay is located 18 km from Skopelos. One will be surprised how fast the water deepens. From Panormos the sunset is amazing. In Skopelos you will find well-prepared food in tasteful restaurants, such as 'Klimataria', where you have to try their speciality "Rofos Stifado". You definitely have to book a table to eat at the outstanding 'Terpsi' restaurant where you can try the unique chicken with a secret recipe for its stuffing and sauce. And don't miss the walnut cake or the traditional sweet "of the spoon" which is made of the famous juicy yellow Skopelitan plums. Also try the Skopelitan cheese pie.

Restaurant 'Adonis', located at the harbour, is a family-style restaurant that offers a huge menu of authentic Greek food.

'Mythos' bar is a must for the nightlife. Situated on the waterfront, 100 meters from the harbour, enjoy a spectacular view of the bay and the town while sipping on a unique 'Mythos' cocktail. You will have fun in the unique "rembetika clubs" (Greek live music) of Skopelos. 'Babalo' is simply amazing and when in Kastro try 'Panselinos'.

Skopelos offers nightlife for all tastes. For those who know, the nightly trip starts with a drink in the amazing bars and tasteful cafeterias. Many associate the island with jazz, and there are quite a lot of venues with a jazz music theme.

ALONISSOS: is one of the friendliest and least touristy islands in Greece. It is an island for the energetic, particularly for walking, hiking, swimming and snorkelling. The population, mostly farmers and fishermen, live almost exclusively in the fertile southern part of the island. In 1965 a violent earthquake destroyed the hilltop capital of Alonissos town (now called Old Alonissos or Chora). The entire population abandoned their homes and moved to the previously unimportant anchorage of Patitiri.

Near Alonissos there are many smaller islands: Kira Panagia with a monastery, Gioura with the cave of Cyclops, and the sheltered Piperi, Pappous, Peristera and Skantzoura. The Mediterranean monk seals as a shelter chose these islands. Between these islands there is a National Marine Park to protect the species.

The 'Paraport' taverna, at the top of old Alonissos village, has delicious food and probably the best view of the entire island.

The huge stone beach sweeps seaward to create a dramatic headland at Agios Dimitrios. Located on the beach you will find an attractive beach bar built mainly out of driftwood, which serves cold refreshments.

Fine sand makes a rare appearance at Chrisi Milia where pines sweep right down to the seashore. Once there, a lovely beach awaits with soft sand gently sloping into a clear turquoise sea and rocky pools at the far end to explore.

Megali Ammos and Agalou Lakka are small virgin beaches, facing the West Coast of Alonissos, ideal for the nature lovers.

PERISTERA: Peristera, the scarcely inhabited islet, was once joined to Alonissos and is graced with some nice sandy beaches usually relatively unpopulated. It consists of secluded bays sheltered from the "meltemi" (northern) wind, and sparkling white houses perched on the hilltops. One will find the remains of an ancient castle here. A tavern operates on the main beach providing refreshments and seafood. An ancient wreck was recently discovered, just off the island, by archaeologists.

KYRIA PANAGIA: Kyra Panagia, also known as Pelagos or Pelagonisi is hilly with two deep bays. To the east one may find the restored Monastery of the Blessed Virgin. One may find fantastic beaches for sunbathing and relaxing in the warm Mediterranean sun. The island offers spots of unrivaled beauty and crystal clear waters.

SKYROS: Some geologists claim that Skyros is made up of three islands that were joined together. There is some evidence that this may be true as there are many differences in the geographical features in various parts of the island. In the north it is thickly forested, in the south bare and rocky and in the center of Skyros there is a channel 3 kilometers wide

The capital of the island is Skyros, which is also called Chora by the locals. It is situated to the northeast and on the eastern side of mount Olympus. It is 10 kilometers from Linaria, the main port of the island situated in the center of the western coast. The town of Skyros is built amphitheatrically on the slopes of a hill under the shadow of a medieval castle and the Byzantine monastery of Saint George of Skyros. It is a typical island city with Aegean - style architecture with its own particular color.

In Chora, there are a few interesting museums: an archaeological as well as a historical and folkloric.

The tourist resort of Aspous lies between the town and Linaria. Near Linaria there are the beaches of Kalamitsa, Acherounes and Pefkos. Particularly interesting is the landscape on the northern part of the island where you will find the Skyrian mount Olympus and the pine forested beaches. There are also the beaches of Molos and Para Kambos. It would be even more adventurous to tour the southern part of the island where its highest mountain Kochila is really impressive. In this area, it is dry and rocky. It is also worth going to Tris Boukes, a large natural harbor, the entrance of which is fenced by the small islands of Plati and Sarakino. At Tris Boukes one can find the grave of the English poet Rupert Brooke who died here on his way from Kalipoli. On touring the island the visitor will come across the famous Skyrian rare breed of ponies.

Located in the main village we recommend the taverna 'Glaros' for a light lunch or an evening meal. The 'Mylos' cafˇ/music bar, the only one of its kind on the island, located on the rocks overlooking the sea will offer the visitor unforgettable entertainment. One will find the 'Mylos' cafˇ in Lino on the road towards Chora.

KARYSTOS: Karystos has known great glory at different times, from the prehistoric period. It took its name, from the son of the historic-mythical Centaur Heron, the heroic Karystos, who was the ruler of this place and gave it its name.

According to mythology, the romance between the two greatest gods of ancient Greece, Zeus and Hera, was created on the top of mountain Ochi (1389m) above Karystos. In the ancient times, Karystos developed trade, shipping and science, art and sports as well. The famous athlete Glaukos who was a winner at the Olympic Games of 520 B.C. in boxing was a Karystian. Famous are the Karystian marbles (Marmor Karystium) known as Cipollino and the Pillars that were made of them are still decorating ancient monuments in Athens, Rome, Instanbul and other places. Many people came through Karystos: Persians, Romans, Venetians, Franks, Turks, and the monuments that have been saved can give evidence of their crossing.

Each place of South Evia offers different interests. In distance of 3-4 kilometres from Karystos there are picturesque villages into all green slopes and ravines on foot of Ochi mountain. These villages are Kalivia, Lala, Aetos, Mili, Paleochora, Grambias, Mekounida, Nikasi, villages with plentiful waters, many trees, beautiful gardens, old lord's houses and excellent view. The Castle of Western Europe, "Castello Rosso", built in the 13th century, the most powerful of its period. The charming place of Agia Triada, a valley with two small churches under enormous plane trees, has crystal clear waters. 100 meters Northeast from the country chapels there is a sensational cave. Do visit the the Byzantine church of Agion Taxiarchon in Kalivia.

If you attempt to go up to Ochi mountain you will see: At the position of Kylindroi, north of Mili village on altitude of 600 meters, an ancient quarry with 8 big pillars, mountain shelter on altitude of about 1200 meters and Southeast of the shelter a big chestnut forest. "Drakospito" is an ancient structure with enormous flat stones on the top of Ochi Mountain.

Still further south, the road follows the foothills of Mt. Ochi, whose summit has an altitude of 1398 M, and leads to Karistos, a town with a very ancient history, said to have been built by the Dryopes.

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