The Sporades Islands hug the east coast of central Greece. Beautiful white sandy beaches, unspoiled anchorages, ancient ruins and a bundant sealife, will offer you a sense of exploration and independence. So, let the beauty of the islands, forests, beaches, villages, churches and castles take you on a journey back in time. Sporades are a group of islands and only 3 of them (the biggest ones) are habited, Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos. They are alsonamed North Sporades as Dodecanese used to be named South Sporades. They belong to the prefecture of Magnesia which is part of the Periphery of Thessaly. All of islands are known for their beauty, green nature and their amazing beaches and much enjoyed during Greece yacht charter holidays.
In the summer the prevailing wind is the “Meltemi” coming from the NW-W like in the Cyclades islands and the open Aegean Sea. It begins to blow in mid June, powers-up from end July to early September and weakens off in October. The usual force of the North winds is 4-6 in Beaufort scale and may on occasion reach force 7 or more rarely 8. It does not blow everyday, but may do so without break for 3 to 4 days and less times 5 – 6 days.
When the “Meltemi” suffles at full strength, mainly in July and August, attention should be drawn: The gusts off the leeward side of the islands are considerably stronger than those in the open sea or the windward side of the islands – because of the funneling phenomenon of the wind above the hills and small mounts of the Greek islands in the vicinity.
The region is beautiful throughout the year. Depending on your sailing preferences, the months of late April, May, June, September and October are ideal months for a relaxing time sailing or cruising on a yacht charter in the Greek Islands.