Sporades flotilla holidays

The Sporades flotilla holidays centre on the islands of Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos and Krya Panagia. There’s brisk sailing around the islands and westward in to the Gulf of Volos. This is more difficult flotilla sailing than some Greece flotillas so some previous experience is recommended.

The ports are mainly small traditional towns and sleepy fishing villages. The exceptions are the hoiliday towns of Skiathos, Skopelos and to a lesser extent, Patitiri. There are a number of smaller uninhabited islands to explore, such as Yioura and Peristeri. In the Gulf of Volos, the Sporades flotillas visit a number of lovely stops on the Pelion flotilla route. These are rarely visited by international tourists because of their inaccessibility.

Sporades flotilla holidays offer a number of excellent beaches. Around Kyria Panangia and Yioura is a designated nature reserve. This is the breeding ground of the rare Monk Seals. Look out for them.

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View the Pelion flotilla - 1 week
  • Pelion flotilla – 1 week

    About the Pelion Flotilla

    The Pelion flotilla takes in the mountainous scenery surrounding the Gulf of Oreoi and the Pagasetic Gulf. It runs with a Friday start to suit the UK charter flights.

    Quick Choices - Sporades Flotillas
    Difficulty:ModerateBase: LoutrakiAirport: Skiathos
    Flights from:Gatwick, Stansted, London City, Bristol, Bournemouth, Birmingham, East Midlands, Manchester
    Qualifications:to sail yourself: minimum RYA Day Skipper Practical or ICC
    Other options:Skippers available

    The flotilla sails from Loutraki on Skopelos, the first island east of Skiathos. The flotilla heads west, in to the Gulf of Oreoi, before turning north towards Volos

    The route takes in the island of Skiathos and the tiny Paleo Trikeri. The other stops are a mixture of fishing villages and small tourist towns. Not that the area is overwhelmed by holiday-makers. It’s not one of the more accessible areas, unless you have a yacht!

    Sailing conditions are excellent. Despite being surrounded by land much of the time, winds of F2-5 are common.

    2020 Dates and Route Map
    FlotillaMayJuneJulyAugustSeptember
    Pelion22nd5th 19th3rd 17th 31st14th 28th11th 25th
    View the Pelion flotilla on a map

    See About the maps for Key and more information. You can see photos of the area in the Sporades gallery. For what’s included see Flotilla inclusions and options.

    Itinerary

    DayMilesDestination 
    Average17Note: you will do more miles than this!
    1: Fri0Check in.
    • Loutraki / Glossa As ferry ports go, Loutraki must be one of the prettiest in Greece. It’s a popular stop for yachtsmen and holiday makers from Skiathos seeking a more Greek experience. Some, distracted by the beach, miss the real attraction; the village of Glossa which sits on the hill overlooking the harbour. Here, amongst the narrow alleys ... Read more
    2: Sat11
    • Koukounaries The large bay at Koukounares is ringed by a beautiful sandy beach which stretches about 1km around the bay. Hidden by the pines behind the beach is a lagoon. The other side of the lagoon is the holiday town of Koukounares. The beach is regarded as the best on Skiathos. The area is a designated nature ... Read more
    3: Sun21
    • Paleo Trikeri Paleo Trikeri is a tiny island, just a mile long. It’s a place that few tourists reach. The island is covered with olive trees, juniper, oleander and wild flowers, criss-crossed with tracks. There are no roads. Paleo (Old) Trikeri is believed to have been inhabited since the Stone Age. The inhabitants fled to the mainland in post ... Read more
    4: Mon9
    • Amaliapolis / Nea Mitzela Amaliapolis is a Greek holiday village. Other than visiting charter yachts and flotillas, it sees few foreign visitors. As most Greeks holiday in August, the rest of the time it’s surprisingly quiet and the locals will give you a warm welcome. Amaliapolis was named after Queen Amalia, the first queen of the modern Greek state, in the 1840s. It lies ... Read more
    5: Tue18
    • Oreoi / Orei Oreoi, on the north end of the island of Evia was was an important shipping centre. The remains of the Acropolis that overlooked the harbour can still be seen. In the main square, is a large marble bull, dating from Hellenistic times which some fishermen caught in 1965. These days, other than a few yacht charters ... Read more
    6: Wed10Free sailing. Why not try:
    • Pigadi / Pegadi (Ptelou Bay) Pigadi is a small fishing village and is the harbour for the slightly larger settlement inland at Pteleos. There are a number of sandy beaches nearby, the nearest just east of the harbour. Like many places in the area, foreign visitors are largely limited to visiting bareboat and flotilla yachts. It’s more of a Greek ... Read more
    Or:
    • Achillion / Achilleion / Ahilio Achillion is one of the larger and newer villages on the west side of the Gulf of Volos. The long seafront is lined with tavernas, bars, mini markets and holiday accommodation. Other than bareboat charter yachts and the odd flotilla, most visitors are Greeks. There’s a small beach if you fancy a swim, though there ... Read more
    7: Thu30
    • Loutraki / Glossa As ferry ports go, Loutraki must be one of the prettiest in Greece. It’s a popular stop for yachtsmen and holiday makers from Skiathos seeking a more Greek experience. Some, distracted by the beach, miss the real attraction; the village of Glossa which sits on the hill overlooking the harbour. Here, amongst the narrow alleys ... Read more
    8: Fri0Disembark
    All routes may be subject to change for weather and operational reasons. Your Lead Crew will keep you advised during the week. Flotilla names may differ from those used by the operator.

    More about the Pelion Flotilla

    There is a good selection of 2 and 3 cabin yachts on the Pelion flotilla. However, larger yachts are in short supply so if you need as bigger yacht, book early. There are literally one or two catamarans so if you want two hulls you will need to be very quick off the mark. You will probably need to get in about a year ahead!

    The nearest airport is Skiathos, served by flights from a good number of UK airports. The flotilla price includes transfers between Skiathos airport and the yacht base at Loutraki.

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View the Sporades flotilla - 1 week
  • Sporades flotilla – 1 week

    About the Sporades Flotilla

    The Sporades flotilla visits the beautiful islands of Skopelos, Alonissos and Kira Panagia. There’s the option to visit Skiathos or Peristera too.

    Quick Choices - Sporades Flotillas
    Difficulty:ModerateBase: LoutrakiAirport: Skiathos
    Flights from:Gatwick, Stansted, London City, Bristol, Bournemouth, Birmingham, East Midlands, Manchester
    Qualifications:to sail yourself: minimum RYA Day Skipper Practical or ICC
    Other options:Skippers available

    The area is renowned for it’s small whitewashed villages and sandy beaches. It shot to fame as the location for the filming of the Abba inspired Mamma Mia.

    Though a popular holiday area, the crowds thin the further away from Skiathos you go. And the advantage of being on a yacht is you will reach the quiet places where the ferries don’t go.

    The sailing is generally excellent, with good winds. This is one of the most popular flotillas and often one of the first to sell out, so book early.

    2020 Dates and Route Map
    FlotillaMayJuneJulyAugustSeptember
    Sporades15th 29th12th 26th10th 24th7th 21st4th 18th
    View the Sporades flotilla on a map

    See About the maps for Key and more information. You can see photos of the area in the Sporades gallery. For what’s included see Flotilla inclusions and options.

    Sporades Flotilla Itinerary

    DayMilesDestination 
    1: Fri0Check in.
    • Loutraki / Glossa As ferry ports go, Loutraki must be one of the prettiest in Greece. It’s a popular stop for yachtsmen and holiday makers from Skiathos seeking a more Greek experience. Some, distracted by the beach, miss the real attraction; the village of Glossa which sits on the hill overlooking the harbour. Here, amongst the narrow alleys ... Read more
    2: Sat18
    • Patitiri Patitiri means wine press, relating to the time when the island of Alonissos was a major grape growing centre. A blight wiped out the wine trade, but all is not lost; if you’re visiting in June, do try the locally grown apricots. The village was once just the harbour for the island’s capital, Chora, a couple ... Read more
    3: Sun19
    • Kyra Panagia / Pelagos Krya Panagia was settled in ancient times but the only remaining inhabitants are a few people who maintain the churches and monastery. They share the island with several herds of goats, cows and the odd horse. However, the island is better known as home to one of the few remaining Monk Seal colonies and is now ... Read more
    4: Mon14
    • Steni Vala Steni Vala is a small fishing village, half way up the east side of the island of Alonissos. I really like this place though I’m not sure why, but I’m not alone to judge from the number of bareboat yachts and flotillas that visit. The harbour boasts 3 tavernas, a couple of cafes and a supermarket ... Read more
    5: Tue12
    • Skopelos Town The whitewashed walls and terracotta roofs of Skopelos ring the large semi-circular bay. Tavernas, cafes, up market boutiques and jewellers ring the quay. Behind this, it’s a world of steps and flowered alleys as you make your way up the hill. There’s little traffic as there’s not much room for roads! Skopelos is Skiathos’s posh sister. It’s much ... Read more
    6: Wed15Free sailing. Why not try:
    • Skiathos Town Skiathos is an international holiday resort popular with everyone from chic Italians to backpackers, all drawn by the huge number of stunning beaches. The town is the only major settlement on the island but provides all a holidaymaker needs, from ice creams and sun cream to mini markets, bars and restaurants. It’s all done in ... Read more
    Or:
    • Agnondas Bay / Agnontas Agnondas is a pine fringed bay with one of Skopelos’ better beaches. After a cooling swim, you can dine on fresh fish on the beach. The bay is named after an Olympic winner from 596BC who landed here when returning home. Agnondas also serves as the backup ferry port when conditions are too rough for the ... Read more
    7: Thu5
    • Loutraki / Glossa As ferry ports go, Loutraki must be one of the prettiest in Greece. It’s a popular stop for yachtsmen and holiday makers from Skiathos seeking a more Greek experience. Some, distracted by the beach, miss the real attraction; the village of Glossa which sits on the hill overlooking the harbour. Here, amongst the narrow alleys ... Read more
    8: Fri0Check out and depart
    Average14Note: you will do more miles than this!
    All routes may be subject to change for weather and operational reasons. Your Lead Crew will keep you advised during the week. Flotilla names may differ from those used by the operator.

    More about the Sporades Flotilla

    Unusually, the Sporades flotilla is a Friday start to suit the UK charter flights in to the nearest airport, Skiathos. Prices include your transfer between Skiathos Airport and the yacht base at Loutraki.

    There is a good choice of 2 and 3 cabin yachts. However, bigger yachts are in short supply, likewise catamarans. So if you need as larger yacht, book early.

    This is an intermediate level flotilla, ideal for those with a couple of flotillas under their belt. However, winds can reach up to force 4/5 as you pass between the islands so for those newly qualified I would recommend either a Peloponnese / Saronic Gulf flotilla, or an Ionian flotilla.

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View the Loutraki flotilla - 2 weeks
  • Loutraki flotilla – 2 weeks

    Route

    Difficulty: Moderate        Departs: Fridays from Loutraki

    Nearest airport: Skiathos

    Direct flights from: Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle

    Operates: Alternate Fridays from May to September.

    2020 Dates and Route Map
    FlotillaMayJuneJulyAugustSeptember
    Loutraki - 2 weeks22nd5th 19th3rd 17th 31st14th 28th11th
    View the Loutraki flotilla on a map

    See About the maps for Key and more information. You can see photos of the area in the Sporades gallery. For what’s included see Flotilla inclusions and options.

    Itinerary

    DayMilesDestination 
    Average16Note: you will do more miles than this!
    1: Fri0Check in.
    • Loutraki / Glossa As ferry ports go, Loutraki must be one of the prettiest in Greece. It’s a popular stop for yachtsmen and holiday makers from Skiathos seeking a more Greek experience. Some, distracted by the beach, miss the real attraction; the village of Glossa which sits on the hill overlooking the harbour. Here, amongst the narrow alleys ... Read more
    2: Sat11
    • Koukounaries The large bay at Koukounares is ringed by a beautiful sandy beach which stretches about 1km around the bay. Hidden by the pines behind the beach is a lagoon. The other side of the lagoon is the holiday town of Koukounares. The beach is regarded as the best on Skiathos. The area is a designated nature ... Read more
    3: Sun21
    • Paleo Trikeri Paleo Trikeri is a tiny island, just a mile long. It’s a place that few tourists reach. The island is covered with olive trees, juniper, oleander and wild flowers, criss-crossed with tracks. There are no roads. Paleo (Old) Trikeri is believed to have been inhabited since the Stone Age. The inhabitants fled to the mainland in post ... Read more
    4: Mon9
    • Amaliapolis / Nea Mitzela Amaliapolis is a Greek holiday village. Other than visiting charter yachts and flotillas, it sees few foreign visitors. As most Greeks holiday in August, the rest of the time it’s surprisingly quiet and the locals will give you a warm welcome. Amaliapolis was named after Queen Amalia, the first queen of the modern Greek state, in the 1840s. It lies ... Read more
    5: Tue18
    • Oreoi / Orei Oreoi, on the north end of the island of Evia was was an important shipping centre. The remains of the Acropolis that overlooked the harbour can still be seen. In the main square, is a large marble bull, dating from Hellenistic times which some fishermen caught in 1965. These days, other than a few yacht charters ... Read more
    6: Wed20Free sailing. Why not try:
    • Milina / Vathudi Bay Milina was once a fishing and sponge diving centre, but is now unashamedly an international tourist resort, albeit fairly small scale. During the day, there are plenty of activities for both the energetic and the less so, from watersports to monasteries. Come the evening, those wanting a bit of night life will not be disappointed, ... Read more
    Or:
    • Volos Volos was home to Jason and the Argonauts who sailed from here to find the Golden Fleece. Steeped in history with several archaeological sites nearby, bareboat charter and flotilla visitors will today find a modern but attractive city. The sea front is a traffic free promenade lined with cafes, pastry shops, bars and restaurants. It’s ... Read more
    7: Thu15Free sailing. Why not try:
    • Pigadi / Pegadi (Ptelou Bay) Pigadi is a small fishing village and is the harbour for the slightly larger settlement inland at Pteleos. There are a number of sandy beaches nearby, the nearest just east of the harbour. Like many places in the area, foreign visitors are largely limited to visiting bareboat and flotilla yachts. It’s more of a Greek ... Read more
    Or:
    • Tzasteni Tzasteni is one of the prettiest bays in the Pelion. It must also be one of the most photographed. There are a couple of tiny pebbled beaches, somewhat lacking in shade. A handful of houses and a collection of olive trees line the bay. There are no facilities here, not a single restaurant, bar or shop in ... Read more
    8: Fri32Free sailing. Why not try:
    • Agnondas Bay / Agnontas Agnondas is a pine fringed bay with one of Skopelos’ better beaches. After a cooling swim, you can dine on fresh fish on the beach. The bay is named after an Olympic winner from 596BC who landed here when returning home. Agnondas also serves as the backup ferry port when conditions are too rough for the ... Read more
    Or:
    • Panormos Bay Panormos is a large pine ringed bay on the west side of Skopelos. The fine pebble beach is popular and lined with sun shades during the day. Your yacht charter will at least give you te chance to see it without the covering of bodies, once the crowds head home. The bay is in fact two. ... Read more
    9: Sat11
    • Patitiri Patitiri means wine press, relating to the time when the island of Alonissos was a major grape growing centre. A blight wiped out the wine trade, but all is not lost; if you’re visiting in June, do try the locally grown apricots. The village was once just the harbour for the island’s capital, Chora, a couple ... Read more
    10: Sun19
    • Kyra Panagia / Pelagos Krya Panagia was settled in ancient times but the only remaining inhabitants are a few people who maintain the churches and monastery. They share the island with several herds of goats, cows and the odd horse. However, the island is better known as home to one of the few remaining Monk Seal colonies and is now ... Read more
    11: Mon14
    • Steni Vala Steni Vala is a small fishing village, half way up the east side of the island of Alonissos. I really like this place though I’m not sure why, but I’m not alone to judge from the number of bareboat yachts and flotillas that visit. The harbour boasts 3 tavernas, a couple of cafes and a supermarket ... Read more
    12: Tue12
    • Skopelos Town The whitewashed walls and terracotta roofs of Skopelos ring the large semi-circular bay. Tavernas, cafes, up market boutiques and jewellers ring the quay. Behind this, it’s a world of steps and flowered alleys as you make your way up the hill. There’s little traffic as there’s not much room for roads! Skopelos is Skiathos’s posh sister. It’s much ... Read more
    13: Wed15Free sailing. Why not try:
    • Skiathos Town Skiathos is an international holiday resort popular with everyone from chic Italians to backpackers, all drawn by the huge number of stunning beaches. The town is the only major settlement on the island but provides all a holidaymaker needs, from ice creams and sun cream to mini markets, bars and restaurants. It’s all done in ... Read more
    Or:
    • Votsi Votsi is a small bay about a mile north of Patitiri. It’s mainly used by fishermen but there is room for a few charter yachts with lines ashore. There are a couple of tavernas ashore but otherwise it’s main attraction is the peace and quiet compared to the bays further south. If the tavernas don’t take ... Read more
    14: Thu5
    • Loutraki / Glossa As ferry ports go, Loutraki must be one of the prettiest in Greece. It’s a popular stop for yachtsmen and holiday makers from Skiathos seeking a more Greek experience. Some, distracted by the beach, miss the real attraction; the village of Glossa which sits on the hill overlooking the harbour. Here, amongst the narrow alleys ... Read more
    15: Fri0Disembark
    All routes may be subject to change for weather and operational reasons. Your Lead Crew will keep you advised during the week. Flotilla names may differ from those used by the operator.

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View the Skiathos flotilla - 2 weeks
  • Skiathos flotilla – 2 weeks

    Route

    Difficulty: Moderate        Departs: Fridays from Loutraki

    Nearest airport: Skiathos

    Direct flights from: Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle

    Operates: Alternate Fridays from May to September.

    2020 Dates and Route Map
    FlotillaMayJuneJulyAugustSeptember
    Skiathos - 2 weeks15th 29th12th 26th10th 24th7th 21st4th 18th
    View the Skiathos flotilla on a map

    See About the maps for Key and more information. You can see photos of the area in the Sporades gallery. For what’s included see Flotilla inclusions and options.

    Itinerary

    DayMilesDestination 
    Average16Note: you will do more miles than this!
    1: Fri0Check in.
    • Loutraki / Glossa As ferry ports go, Loutraki must be one of the prettiest in Greece. It’s a popular stop for yachtsmen and holiday makers from Skiathos seeking a more Greek experience. Some, distracted by the beach, miss the real attraction; the village of Glossa which sits on the hill overlooking the harbour. Here, amongst the narrow alleys ... Read more
    2: Sat18
    • Patitiri Patitiri means wine press, relating to the time when the island of Alonissos was a major grape growing centre. A blight wiped out the wine trade, but all is not lost; if you’re visiting in June, do try the locally grown apricots. The village was once just the harbour for the island’s capital, Chora, a couple ... Read more
    3: Sun19
    • Kyra Panagia / Pelagos Krya Panagia was settled in ancient times but the only remaining inhabitants are a few people who maintain the churches and monastery. They share the island with several herds of goats, cows and the odd horse. However, the island is better known as home to one of the few remaining Monk Seal colonies and is now ... Read more
    4: Mon14
    • Steni Vala Steni Vala is a small fishing village, half way up the east side of the island of Alonissos. I really like this place though I’m not sure why, but I’m not alone to judge from the number of bareboat yachts and flotillas that visit. The harbour boasts 3 tavernas, a couple of cafes and a supermarket ... Read more
    5: Tue12
    • Skopelos Town The whitewashed walls and terracotta roofs of Skopelos ring the large semi-circular bay. Tavernas, cafes, up market boutiques and jewellers ring the quay. Behind this, it’s a world of steps and flowered alleys as you make your way up the hill. There’s little traffic as there’s not much room for roads! Skopelos is Skiathos’s posh sister. It’s much ... Read more
    6: Wed12Free sailing. Why not try:
    • Peristeri / Nisos Peristera This island, just east of Alonissos offers a number of excellent sandy beaches. Peristeri is often described as uninhabited but there are in fact a few holiday homes and some fishermen’s refuges. The island is a bit drier than Alonissos, lacking the lush vegetation. There are a number of anchorages available to charter yachts. Many are ... Read more
    Or:
    • Panormos Bay Panormos is a large pine ringed bay on the west side of Skopelos. The fine pebble beach is popular and lined with sun shades during the day. Your yacht charter will at least give you te chance to see it without the covering of bodies, once the crowds head home. The bay is in fact two. ... Read more
    7: Thu14Free sailing. Why not try:
    • Skiathos Town Skiathos is an international holiday resort popular with everyone from chic Italians to backpackers, all drawn by the huge number of stunning beaches. The town is the only major settlement on the island but provides all a holidaymaker needs, from ice creams and sun cream to mini markets, bars and restaurants. It’s all done in ... Read more
    Or:
    • Votsi Votsi is a small bay about a mile north of Patitiri. It’s mainly used by fishermen but there is room for a few charter yachts with lines ashore. There are a couple of tavernas ashore but otherwise it’s main attraction is the peace and quiet compared to the bays further south. If the tavernas don’t take ... Read more
    8: Fri12Free sailing. Why not try:
    • Agnondas Bay / Agnontas Agnondas is a pine fringed bay with one of Skopelos’ better beaches. After a cooling swim, you can dine on fresh fish on the beach. The bay is named after an Olympic winner from 596BC who landed here when returning home. Agnondas also serves as the backup ferry port when conditions are too rough for the ... Read more
    Or:
    • Panormos Bay Panormos is a large pine ringed bay on the west side of Skopelos. The fine pebble beach is popular and lined with sun shades during the day. Your yacht charter will at least give you te chance to see it without the covering of bodies, once the crowds head home. The bay is in fact two. ... Read more
    9: Sat15
    • Koukounaries The large bay at Koukounares is ringed by a beautiful sandy beach which stretches about 1km around the bay. Hidden by the pines behind the beach is a lagoon. The other side of the lagoon is the holiday town of Koukounares. The beach is regarded as the best on Skiathos. The area is a designated nature ... Read more
    10: Sun21
    • Paleo Trikeri Paleo Trikeri is a tiny island, just a mile long. It’s a place that few tourists reach. The island is covered with olive trees, juniper, oleander and wild flowers, criss-crossed with tracks. There are no roads. Paleo (Old) Trikeri is believed to have been inhabited since the Stone Age. The inhabitants fled to the mainland in post ... Read more
    11: Mon9
    • Amaliapolis / Nea Mitzela Amaliapolis is a Greek holiday village. Other than visiting charter yachts and flotillas, it sees few foreign visitors. As most Greeks holiday in August, the rest of the time it’s surprisingly quiet and the locals will give you a warm welcome. Amaliapolis was named after Queen Amalia, the first queen of the modern Greek state, in the 1840s. It lies ... Read more
    12: Tue18
    • Oreoi / Orei Oreoi, on the north end of the island of Evia was was an important shipping centre. The remains of the Acropolis that overlooked the harbour can still be seen. In the main square, is a large marble bull, dating from Hellenistic times which some fishermen caught in 1965. These days, other than a few yacht charters ... Read more
    13: Wed10Free sailing. Why not try:
    • Pigadi / Pegadi (Ptelou Bay) Pigadi is a small fishing village and is the harbour for the slightly larger settlement inland at Pteleos. There are a number of sandy beaches nearby, the nearest just east of the harbour. Like many places in the area, foreign visitors are largely limited to visiting bareboat and flotilla yachts. It’s more of a Greek ... Read more
    Or:
    • Achillion / Achilleion / Ahilio Achillion is one of the larger and newer villages on the west side of the Gulf of Volos. The long seafront is lined with tavernas, bars, mini markets and holiday accommodation. Other than bareboat charter yachts and the odd flotilla, most visitors are Greeks. There’s a small beach if you fancy a swim, though there ... Read more
    14: Thu30
    • Loutraki / Glossa As ferry ports go, Loutraki must be one of the prettiest in Greece. It’s a popular stop for yachtsmen and holiday makers from Skiathos seeking a more Greek experience. Some, distracted by the beach, miss the real attraction; the village of Glossa which sits on the hill overlooking the harbour. Here, amongst the narrow alleys ... Read more
    15: Fri0Disembark
    All routes may be subject to change for weather and operational reasons. Your Lead Crew will keep you advised during the week. Flotilla names may differ from those used by the operator.

Close the flotilla above