Sporades. Like small forests emerging from the sea, Scopelos, Skiathos, Allonissos, Skiros: pine-covered islands of indescribable tranquility and beauty and a marine park in the crystalline waters of Allonissos. Easily reached by ferry or hydrofoil (quite frequent sailings), these islands are a favourite destination among thousands of holidaymakers. Superb beaches, sometimes with pines reaching right down to the waterfront. Vibrant nightlife on Skiathos, quiet holidays on Skopelos, unexplored beauty on Skyros, a sea park for the endangered Mediterranean seal in the waters of Allonissos. Relaxing holidays under the sun, diving into emerald green seas and abundant fresh tasty fish provided by local fishermen.
In the middle of the Aegean Sea, opposite the magical Pelio lies the verdant island of Skathos.
Skiathos is a thickly wooded, idyllic island. A fine blend of the cosmopolitan and the picturesque. Amphitheatrically built gleaming white houses with red tiled roofs, steep rocky shores, golden sand beaches, planes, pines, and walnut trees, amazing sunsets and a rich biotope of rare migrating birds are some of the features of the cosmopolitan island.
Either you like populous beaches or you prefer remote, virginal, quiet shores, the island of Skopelos will not fail to fascinate you. So will Hora, one of the most picturesque towns in the Aegean despite its recent tourist development.
The ancient name of the island was Peparithos after the son of Ariadne and Dionysus. Allegedly, one of the first settlers on the island was Stafilos who introduced vine growing.
The island was named Skopelos in the Hellenistic period. Following the Roman domination, the island was used as an exile place in the Byzantine period. In 1204, the Ventians seized the island until it was taken by the Byzantines again. A new Venetian period followed (1453-1538). The notorious Barbarossa massacred all the inhabitants in 1538. The island was deserted for years and only in the 17th and 18th century did it manage to gradually reorganize. It was an important centre of the Revolution in 1821 and was finally liberated in 1832.
Alonissos is a thickly wooded island with a plethora of superb beaches and many caves. Ideal destination for relaxing holidays and scuba diving.
The uninhabited islets in the area along with the caves on the rocky coasts are habitat of the endangered Mediterranean Seal Monachus-Monachus, which lay its eggs on an extended zone around the isalnd
The little islets near Alonissos are: Kira Panagia, Yioura, Katafito Piperi, Papous, Peristera and Skatzoura.