Volos Sailing Itinerary
The Sporades consist of 24 islands in the Aegean Sea. Four of these islands are entirely free of human residents – you’ll only find gorgeous scenery and empty beaches.
Much of the area is considered a national park, and guests are encouraged to explore the area while leaving things preserved behind them. The largest and most populated island is Skopelos, which has several villages and an opportunity to experience island life on a Volos sailing itinerary.
The archipelago is also home to several historical sites, which you can witness on a Volos sailing itinerary. Once the home of neolithic peoples to members of the Ottoman Empire, you’ll find sunken cities, ruins, and almost-forgotten monasteries ready to visit and discover.
The Sporades offer a bit of adventure and a chance to rest from modern life. This is a slightly more challenging Volos sailing itinerary for those with a few sailing trips already under their belt (Level 3).
Our Volos sailing itinerary begins in Volos. Volos has a small international airport Nea Anchialos International Airport, which has seasonal flights to Vienna, Munich, Stuttgart, London Gatwick, Amsterdam, and Paris-Orly during the summer months. The airport is located a 40-minutes drive from Volos port.
Mooring on a Volos sailing itinerary can be a challenge due to the lack of established marinas. We suggest looking over the itinerary and knowing which locations allow sailors to anchor their boats overnight. Larger, more populated islands like Skopelos will have berths available, but many of the suggested islands on this trip will require the crew to anchor offshore.
The weather in the Volos sailing itinerary is almost always temperate. Averaging about 28°C during the day in July, it’s unlikely you will run into bad weather. Swimming is a highly-recommended activity to cool down on hot days, though the heat will feel less oppressive on the water. For beach-lovers, this is a prime location.
Volos to Trikeri Island 18NM
Dubbed one of the most attractive cities in Greece. The seafront is filled with small family-run restaurants, beautiful architecture, museums and is the most important corner of the city.
Mostly filled with fishing boats and yachts, this area is a beautiful part of the city and the perfect place to begin your Volos sailing itinerary.
This small island is located 18NM from Volos. Trikeri Island has crystal clear waters, pine trees and is a safe bay for anchoring overnight.
This island is around 4.5 km squared, and cars are not allowed on the island, but the island has over 75,000 olive trees and citrus trees. On our Volos sailing itinerary, you can visit the bays of Pelion and the small port of Agia Kiriaki.
Trikeri Island to Koukounaries (Skiathos)
Located on the island of Skiathos, Koukounaries is one of the bigger towns on the island of Skiathos. In Greek, Koukounaries translates to pine trees, which the island is famous for. Koukounaries has one of the best beaches on the island and maybe even the whole of the country.
Koukounaries (Skiathos) to Tzortzi Bay (Alonissos)
Tzortzi SSE Alonissos
It wouldn’t be a Volos sailing itinerary without visiting one of the pristine, white-sand beaches, Tzortzi Gialos beach. Often void of tourists, it’s a paradise for those looking to enjoy an afternoon lunch in the Grecian sunlight.
There is one taverna located here, and guests are encouraged to lounge on the beach and work on their tans. The sand is made of small, white pebbles and the coast remains in the sun most of the day.
This is an excellent place to start on your Volos sailing itinerary for a taste of living on the islands.
Alonissos to Kira Panagia Island 14NM
History lives on the island of Kira Panagia, which was given to the Athonite order of the Greek Orthodox church by the Byzantine Emperor Nikephoros II Phokas.
The beaches here are almost entirely free of visitors and offers a short walk to the local church where you can see some traditional architecture.
You’ll be resting here for the night, where you can savour the rocky cliffs around you and the stunning water. After a quick visit to the church, take a moment to admire the white beaches with a combination of sand and small stones.
Kira Panagia to Skopelos 32NM
It is slightly larger than Mykonos and Santorini. It also has a less-touristy feel and plenty of delicious places to eat. According to legend, the island was founded by the Greek god of grapes, Staphylos, and there is a vibrant wine culture here to prove it.
Skopelos was conquered by several empires throughout its history, giving it a unique feel and several dishes worth trying.
Skopelos to Agia Kiriaki 28NM
Agia Kiriaki is located on the furthest point of the Pelion peninsula that lies on the south side, close to Volos. This small town has a dock and promenade with a small number of restaurants and taverns to explore and visit on the final night of your Volos sailing itinerary.
This area is hidden due to its location on the inner side of the Pelion peninsula, giving it beautiful calm waters, with secluded beaches and an abundance of places to relax.
Agia Kiriaki to Volos 21NM
The final day of our Volos sailing itinerary brings us back to the city and port of Volos, on the mainland. Here you can conduct the last checks on your boat and check out after a great week on your Volos sailing itinerary.
Suppose your flight doesn’t leave until the following day or evening. In that case, you can spend time exploring and discovering what Volos has to offer, including exploring the port area, visiting an archaeological site Sesklo or Dimini, hiking Mount Pelion, or just relaxing on Alikes beach.
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