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An online cruising guide for yachts sailing around the Northern Sporades.

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The Northern Sporades - For details click on a name or an areaAbout this image
The Northern Sporades - For details click on a name or an area

The North Sporades, or simply the Sporades (Σποράδες), group of islands is maybe the second most popular cruising area in the Aegean after the Cyclades. Their name comes from the the greek word σπόρος (seed) because they seem to be scattered like seeds across the NW Aegean.

Unlike the Cyclades cruising conditions here are less demanding with milder winds and seas. Also, unlike the barren Cyclades the Sporades are green and lush with many deep coves suitable for anchorage.


1062 Nisoi Voríoi Sporades
2048 Skyros island
G25 Northern Sporades and North Nisos Evvoia
G26 Nisos Evvoia
54348 Vorios Evoikos Kolpos and Notios Evoikos Kolpos
54350 Nisoi Vorioi Sporadhes
54352 Plans in theAegean Sea: Nisos Skyros
31 North Evoikos to Kavala Gulf
33 Cape Sounion to Lesvos I.
74 Corinth to Skopelos Island
331 Sporades to Ay. Efstratios

See also Aegean Sea.


The best times to cruise in the North Sporades are in the late Spring, May and June, and in the early autumn, September and October. You are less likely to encounter strong meltemi winds and also all the anchorages are less crowded. Other than the weather-wise unpredictable winter months, the worse time to be cruising the North Sporades is during the month of August. In August all the harbors and anchorages, even the most remote, will be crowded as this is the prime vacation time in Greece and the rest of the EU.

Sources for weather information: See also Aegean Sea.

Currents & Tides

Both currents and tides are weak here.

See also Aegean Sea.



See Aegean Sea.


Navigation is straight forward.

Islands in the Group

  • Alonnisos Alonnisos /wiki/Alonnisos Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
  • PelagosPelagos/wiki/Pelagos Anchorage icon – anchorage |
  • SkantzouraSkantzoura/wiki/Skyros Anchorage icon – anchorage |
  • Skiathos Skiathos /wiki/Skiathos Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
  • Skopelos Skopelos /wiki/Skopelos Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
  • Skyros Skyros /wiki/Skyros Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Key to symbols: |Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage ||

Things to do Ashore

See individual islands.


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)



  • Alexandros Papadiamantis, Tales from a Greek Island (English translation), The Johns Hopkins University Press, ISBN ISBN 0801848466
  • Alexandros Papadiamantis, The Murderess (English translation), Natl Book Network, ISBN ISBN 0906495725

See also Aegean Sea.


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