Sporades Honeymoon Guide

Enjoy a day trip to one of the nearby islands or stay longer to explore picturesque villages and relax on the less-crowded beaches of Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonossis and Skyros.

Scenic Skopelos offers lush pine forests and idyllic unspoiled beaches framed by rugged cliffs and was featured in the hit movie, Mamma Mia. Quiet and less-developed Alonissos is home to a National Marine Park and is covered in vineyards and fruit trees.

Nearby Skyros has best succeeded in retaining its traditional culture.

Island hopping is easy in the Aegean Sea: a choice of inexpensive (but relatively slow) ferries, high-speed (but noisy) hydrofoils and smooth and quiet catamarans connect all the islands.


Escape the high-season crowds that overwhelm the more popular of the Greek Islands by heading to tranquil Alonissos for a quiet honeymoon or romantic getaway.

Also known as Alonnisos or Alonisos, this small and authentic Greek isle is renowned for its rugged, unspoiled natural beauty, gorgeous beaches and pristine clear waters, which are considered to be the cleanest in the Aegean Sea.

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With its long picture-perfect golden beaches fringed by lush pine forests, fascinating medieval sites, energetic nightlife and huge choice of accommodation, cosmopolitan Skiathos boasts all the ingredients you need for the perfect Greek Island honeymoon holiday.

Skiathos is blessed with more than 60 white- and golden-sand beaches that are recognised as some of the best beaches in Greece and the Aegean Sea.

The sheltered south coast beaches are typically framed by sweet-smelling pine trees and deep blue crystalline waters, while the north coast beaches are more rugged, indented with steep cliffs, pine forests and caves.

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Covered in pine and oak forests, fruit trees and olive groves, the ruggedly scenic island of Skopelos is one of the greenest islands in the Aegean Sea.

Picture-perfect coves lie beneath terraced cliffs and are fringed with wide golden-sand and white-pebble beaches that shelve into crystalline water.

Renowned as one of the most attractive port towns in Greece, Skopelos Town (Chora) is characterised by traditional architecture, steep staircases, bubbling fountains, stone-built mansions and tiny white chapels.

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The largest of the Sporades, Skyros offers a taste of authentic Greek island life on one of the least-spoiled islands in the Aegean Sea – perfect for a honeymoon or romantic getaway.

In the north of the island, discover a lush green landscape of unspoiled natural beauty scattered with pine forests and secluded golden-sand beaches.

The southern half of the island is mainly rugged. Skyros is easily explored by car or on foot along a network of hiking trails.

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Best time to visit the Sporades

The best time to visit the Sporades is from June to mid-September when the sky is sunny and temperatures average a warm 23°C (73°F).

The summer months of July and August average 26°C (78°F), reaching highs of 29°C (84°F), but are perhaps best avoided as large crowds of European and Greek holidaymakers swamp the Sporades islands during the European summer holidays.

Mid-season (May, September and October) offers reasonable hotel prices and generally less crowds.

The Sporades enjoys a Mediterranean climate with long, hot and dry summers with mild, wet winters.

More information about the Sporades weather see Skopelos weather

Getting to the Sporades

The Sporades island group is located in the Aegean Sea, southeast of the Pelion Peninsula in northern Greece.

The island group is comprised of Skopelos, Skiros, Alonnissos and Skiathes, plus a number of smaller islands. Skiathos is the most visited of the Sporades Islands and is one of Greece’s premier resorts.

The most convenient route to the Sporades is by air to either Skiathos International Airport (JSI), located about 4.5km (2.7mi) from Skiathos Town, or Skyros Island National Airport (SKU), located about 13km (8mi) northwest of Skyros Town.

The Sporades islands offer a frequent ferry, catamaran and hydrofoil services to and from Alonissos, Skiathos, Skopelos and Skyros, as well as to Volos, Agios Konstantinos and Thessaloniki on the mainland.

By hydrofoil, Alonissos is 1 hour 20 minutess from Skiathos and 2 hours 30 minutes from Agios Konstantinos. By ferry, Alonissos is 4 hours hours from Volos and Agios Konstantinos (a 3-hour bus ride from Athens).

By hydrofoil, Skopelos is 55 minutes from Skiathos or 1 hour 7 minutes by ferry, and around 2 hour 45 minutes from Volos on the Greek mainland.

Latest update: Sporades Honeymoon Guide: 26 April, 2022