Aerial photograph of the Sporades Islands
The view from the monastry on Kyra Panagia
Anchored below the Mamma Mia church

Two Week Sporades Islands Flotilla

Two Week Sporades
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A brilliant escape...

Our Sporades flotillas have been a huge success from day one, and have proven to be an excellent flotilla route for our keener sailors. The unbeatable combination of gin clear water, great wind and beautiful beaches is proving timeless!

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.

Where do we visit?

This route starts and finishes in the village of Orei on Evia Island.  You might visit the Gulf of Volos, before heading east, to the islands of Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos, Kyra Panayia, Peristeri and Skantzoura, depending on the direction of the wind.  This flotilla route retains our normal balance of larger villages, with their hustle and bustle, and smaller settlements with just one or two tavernas.  

With the stunning clarity of the water and the beautiful bays in the more remote islands that lie further east, our favourite feature of this route is spending the occasional night cooking aboard, rather than dining ashore.  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.  

What's the wind like?

The regular summer Meltemis (strong wind) mean that this route is best for keener sailors and for those who have a few flotillas under their belt. 

Typical Itinerary & Highlights

Days 1 - 3, Joining the flotilla in Orei

From Athens we transfer you to Arkitsa in the North Evia Gulf where the coach will drive onto the ferry for a delightful 45 minute crossing to Evia Island and on to our base in Orei Town.  Your yacht and our team await you there, as does a drop of cold refreshment!

  • Amalioupolis Sporades Islands
  • Sunset in Orei, Sporades Islands 2 Orei, Evia Island
  • Trikeri, Sporades Agia Kiriaki

Days 4 - 7, Peaceful nights at anchor

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 cooking aboard, rather than dining ashore.  

This will not be every night and most of the time you will be tied to a quay, with a taverna in easy reach. However, these nights spent anchored in uninhabited, sheltered bays, with just the twinkle of starlight above you are something quite special.  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.  Those of you who have yet to experience an evening at anchor and dining in the cockpit by candlelight will savour the silence.

  • The view from Steni Vala, Sporades Steni Vala
  • Briefing on the beach in the Sporades Kyra Panagia Bay
  • Patitiri Bay Patitiri

Days 8 - 13, Skopelos, Alonissos & Skiathos

Another advantage of this flotilla is having the flexibility to spend time ashore soaking up the culture, history and wonderful views that the hills have to offer. The beaches on the south side of Skopelos have the finest white sand you will find anywhere!  And the village of Loutraki is a treat.

The spectacular Church of St John’s (better known as the church nestled precariously on a rocky outcrop in the Mamma Mia movie), has been an instant hit, especially with the teens.  The once abandoned Old Town of Alonissos, high up in the hills, has proved quite an attraction and Kastro (fortified village on Skiathos Island), is an interesting place to spend a couple of hours.

 

  • Bay on Skiathos Island Skiathos Island
  • Skopelos Town, Sporades Skopelos Island
  • Loutraki Harbour from above Loutraki
  • Patitiri Bay Patitiri

Days 14 - 15, Returning to Orei

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 invigorating sailing for everyone.

After two weeks of exhilarating sailing it is time to head back in to Orei with one final day's sail. The lead crew will arrange a final night dinner where you will be able to enjoy the company of your fellow sailors and new found friends one last time (...until next year of course!)

  • Sunset in Orei, Sporades Islands 2 Orei, Evia Island

 

What's Included

  • Return flights
  • Transfers
  • Diesel
  • Village harbour fees
  • Linen & Towels
  • Dinghy
  • Harbour Guide
  • Starter Pack
  • Full Financial Protection

  • What's not Included

    - Yacht Security Waiver (£40-£160)
    - Food & Drink
    - Personal Holiday Insurance
    - Child Discount -£50 per week
    - Infants travel for just £50

One Week Optional Extras

  • Manchester Flights £25
  • Brimingham Flights £25
  • Bristol Flights £25
  • Heathrow Flights £35
  • SUP (paddleboard) £85
  • Dinghy Outboard £50
  • Cruising Chute
  • Holiday Insurance

Two Week Optional Extras

  • Manchester Flights £25
  • Birmingham Flights £25
  • Bristol Flights £25
  • Heathrow Flights £35
  • SUP (paddleboard) £145
  • Dinghy Outboard £75
  • Cruising Chute
  • Holiday Insurance

Quick Yacht Price Search - For prices simply select party size and date

Below is an indication of the yachts that will sail on this flotilla. Please call us on 020 8459 8787 to check live availability.

Beneteau 331

From: £565 pp

Launched in: 2002/03
Sleeps: 6 (great for 4)

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Beneteau 361

From: £595 pp

Launched in: 2003
Sleeps: 8 (great for 4)

Beneteau 361 Yacht Layout Enquire

NEW Beneteau 35

From: £695 pp

Launched in: 2016 - 17
Sleeps: 8 (great for 4)

Beneteau 35 Deck Plan Enquire

Beneteau 323

From: £755 pp

Launched in: 2008
Sleeps: 6 (great for 4)

Beneteau 323 Yacht Layout Enquire

NEW Beneteau 45

From: £795 pp

Launched in: 2015 - 17
Sleeps: 8 (great for 6)

Beneteau 45 yacht layout 2015 Enquire

Beneteau 38

From: £795 pp

Launched in: 2014 - 17
Sleeps: 8 (great for 6)

Beneteau 38 Yacht Layout Enquire

Share-a-Yacht

From: £815 pp

Launched in: 2003
Sleeps: 4

Beneteau 361 Yacht Layout Enquire

Our Shore to Sail holidays are a combination of a one or two week flotilla sailing holiday with another relaxing week or two ashore.

These holidays will appeal to those who enjoy sailing but have family or friends who are not quite so enthusiastic about sailing - a compromise can now be made!

Most people opt for a week of sailing followed by a week of winding down on shore. However it is entirely up to you to do what you want to do (and when!)

Choose from studios or apartments beside the sea at the Iris Hotel, Stena, near Nidri, or opt for one of our carefully selected boutique hotels. The San Nicolas Resort Hotel is now available in nearby Roudha Bay, or really pamper yourself at the Salvator Villas and Spa Hotel in Parga, which also has a selection of two-bedroom villas with private pools.

  • Pool at the Salvator Hotel

    Salvator Spa Hotel & Villas

    We have no doubt at all that our flotilla sailing gang will really score a few points with the non sailors of the family by bringing them here! The combination of one of our yachts and a room here is about as good as it gets!

    For 20 years, our flotillas have been enjoying the wonderful food from the 'Castello Restaurant' in Parga. Spiros and his six sons have now expanded their programme in Parga with a fabulous boutique complex of rooms, apartments and villas called the Salva…

  • Relaxing by the pool at the Iris

    Iris Hotel & Apartments

    The Iris Hotel is one of our accommodation options in the South Ionian, ideally suited for a shore based week before or after one of our Lefkas or Ithaka flotillas, or one of our two week flotillas which finishes in the South Ionian.

    A 'beside the sea' base for your shore based week on Lefkas …

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Locations

  • Sporades Islands

  • Orei, Evia Island

  • Agia Kiriaki

  • Steni Vala

  • Kyra Panagia Bay

  • Patitiri

  • Skiathos Island

  • Skopelos Island

  • Loutraki

  • Patitiri

  • Orei, Evia Island

 

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