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The Sporades Islands
The Sporades Islands in the north-west Aegean are the perfect destination for hikers and nature lovers. Cram packed with wildlife, their craggy landscape dense with lush, green vegetation, they are an ideal destination for alternative and independent travel. Rather than sticking to the tourist hotspots on Skopelos made famous by the film, “Mamma Mia” or the beach party scene on Skiathos, why not consider island hopping and walking on the path less travelled by? There are many wonderful hiking trails, wildlife spots and historical sights to explore which are best seen by avoiding mass tourist options and heading out to discover these wonderful islands for yourself. Here are just some of the exciting options that await the more adventurous traveller on the four islands of the Sporades archipelago:
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The Weather is pleasant from 20c-32c
The Sporades Islands Map (Highlighted RED)
Skiathos is the busiest and most cosmopolitan island of the group and the tourist industry here has grown exponentially over the last few years. But more away from the crowded beaches and party hotspots where young people rock the night away and you will find the heart and soul of this breathtakingly beautiful island. There are more than sixty pristine and picturesque beaches on Skiathos and a whole range of wonderful rambling trails threading their way through the rich pine forests. There are 25 trails, each nearly 200km long, which are well sign-posted and take you to the most beautiful, tranquil and unspoiled sections of the island – inland and along the coasts. It is easy to find a spot of unique beauty away from the gathering hoards.
This is a relaxing island, perfect for wildlife lovers. Stroll around this quiet and stunningly picturesque island, which hosts the National Marine Park of the Northern Sporades. Here you will find an unspoiled and pristine environment which plays host to throngs of rare seabirds, dolphins and monk seals. This island historically has had great fame as a wine producing region and was one of the first islands of the Aegean to be settled by humans and has a long and rich cultural heritage. Those with an interest in mythology will also note with interest this island's links to the legend of Jason and the Argonauts. The pristine beaches, beauty spots and havens for wildlife-watching are too numerous to name.
Made famous by the popular film, “Mamma Mia”, Skopelos' verdant greenery, historic settlements and beautiful beaches have become far more known by international tourists. But in spite of the increased numbers of international visitors, the island has retained a laid back and traditional, authentic island feel. Again, Skopelos' virgin pine forests are perfect for gentle hikes.
This island swirls with mythology and legend. Its wild, compelling scenery sweeps down with more dense pine forests which stretch towards beautiful sandy beaches and serene bays. Explore sea caves, try water sports, and hike from one beautiful historic settlement to another.
The Sporades are perhaps the perfect combination of relaxation and recreation for the more active traveller. As in mythology, they are the perfect stop-off for any would be adventurer.
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