Following years of badgering from our lovely regular sailors, for a flotilla in the Sporades Islands of Greece, we were thrilled to launch this new route during 2012. It has proven so popular that in 2016 we launched our second flotilla in the area! The combination of gin clear water and good wind seems to be proving rather irresistable - we can't think why!?
The Sporades Islands lie to the North of Athens, in the Aegean Sea. Amongst other things, they are famous for the regular summer meltemi winds and as the setting for the 2008 ‘Mamma Mia’ movie. The area is also home to the National Marine Park of Alonissos and the endangered Mediterranean Monk Seal.
A TOP TIP: Certain dates on our Sporades Flotilla tend to get fully booked, up to a year in advance, so if you are looking to sail in this area be sure to plan ahead and get in touch with plenty of time!
With the stunning clarity of the water and the beautiful bays in the more remote islands that lie further east, a feature of this route is spending the occasional night away from it all. These nights are spent anchored in uninhabited, sheltered bays, with just the twinkle of starlight above you. The only sound is of water lapping on the beach and the tinkle of bells from wandering goats! This is a most satisfying and relaxing way to enjoy these outer islands.
The wind in the Sporades during our sailing season is generally from the north or north east and is known as the ‘meltemi’. It can be a lively wind at times and so this route is aimed at our more experienced flotilla sailors. The combination of the stronger winds and the flat seas on the leeward side of the islands offers perfect conditions...