Taking the ferry to the Sporades island group is a typical ferry island hopping trip in Greece. With natural green environment and fantastic beaches, all the islands of Sporades have something unique to offer to visitors. Taking the ferry to Skiathos, and then continue to Skopelos and Alonissos, sounds like a perfect holiday plan for tourists to Greece.
Ferry to Skiathos
The first stop to this island hopping trip is certainly Skiathos, the most famous destination of the Sporades group. Skiathos is particularly famous for the golden crystal beaches on the southern side, all surrounded by pine tree forests and usually organized with sun beds, umbrellas, water sports and beach bars.
Koukounaries, Banana, Troulos, Agia Paraskevi and Vromolimnos are only few of the gorgeous beaches in southern Skiathos, lined up with hotels and traditional taverns. Beaches on the northern side of Skiathos are less popular and great for naturists. As Skiathos is also famous for its vivid nightlife, it gets popular as a youth destination.
Ferry to Skiathos: The ferry to Skiathos departs from two ports in central Greece, from Volos and Agios Konstantinos. The ferry to Skiathos from Volos departs about 5-6 times per day and arrives in Skiathos port in about 2 and half hours (normal ferry) or 1 and half hour (flying cat). The ferry to Skiathos from Agios Konstantinos is slower and takes about 3 hours. After Skiathos, this ferry continues to Skopelos and Alonissos.
Skopelos island is the second stop in this island hopping ferry trip. It also has fantastic beaches, a combination of sandy and pebbled coasts. The green forests of Skopelos are crossed by lovely hiking paths that lead to spots with breathtaking view, abandoned monasteries and secret beaches.
Stafylos, Panormos, Hovolo and Elios are among the most beautiful beaches in Skopelos, while tourists should not miss a visit to the chapel of Saint John in Kastri, where the wedding scenes of Mamma Mia movie (2008) were shot.
Ferry to Skopelos: The ferry to Skopelos also departs from the ports of Volos and Agios Konstantinos in central Greece. As the island has two ports, Glossa port on the north and Skopelos Town on the south, make sure that your ferry to Skopelos arrives at your preferred port. This ferry first stops in Skiathos, then continues to Skopelos and finally arrives in Alonissos.
Far from busy Skiathos and developing Skopelos, Alonissos island keeps its calm and discreet atmosphere. It receives fewer visitors than the other two Sporades islands. Distinguishing for the secluded beaches, the blue green water and the cozy villages, Alonissos has wonderful green forests crossed by mountain trails. In fact, a multi-terrain hiking race takes places in Alonissos every summer with much international participation.
Ferry to Alonissos: The ferry to Alonissos usually has fewer daily itineraries than the ferry to Skiathos and Skopelos. There are usually 2-3 ferries to Alonissos per day from Volos and 2 ferries from Agios Konstantinos. There ferries pass by Skiathos and Skopelos, before arriving in Alonissos.