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About Sporades

Skiáthos, Skopelos, Alonissos and Skyros are the four islands of the Sporades group, with its large green neighbour Evia often included but not officially a member. These aren’t your classic Greek Islands of rocky cliffs and sugar-cube villages, but fertile, heavily forested islands with hills which roll down to some of the Aegean’s beast beaches. Beautiful beach views are on offer at some of the best places to stay in the Sporades Islands, as are peace and quiet, some wonderful walking opportunities and plenty of sunshine.

Where to stay - which island?

  • Sun-drenched and lush, Skiáthos was the first of the islands to be developed in the 1960s, and is surrounded by a ring of lovely beaches and a clear-as-crystal turquoise sea. The north coast of Skiáthos is less accessible than the south, which is where you’ll find more of the island’s resorts, but if you’re here to hike, or to find a quiet secluded spot, then the north, with its olive groves and plunging bays, is for you.
  • Skopelos is large, green, peaceful and probably more beautiful than the other Sporades Islands. With impressive cliffs on one side of the island and sheltered bays and sand-and-pebble coves on the other. There are two mountains over 500m and an interior rich with vineyards, olive groves and plum and almond orchards. If this picture in words isn’t clear enough you could always check out the movie Mama Mia! which was filmed here.
  • In the middle of a marine park and surrounded by a group of uninhabited smaller islands, Alonissos is one of the group’s least visited islands. You’re right to wonder why though - despite its small size, it has got beautiful beaches, with the cleanest, clearest waters and some of the best hiking routes in the Sporades.
  • Green, rolling Skyros is the largest island in the Sporades group, known for its birdlife, its beautiful rocky coast and for its wild horses: Achilles was said to have ridden one into Troy. Greek mythology aside the island today is popular with the alternative arts, and health and wellness crowd.

What Not To Miss

  • Be sure to visit Skiathos's Il Kastro, the ruins of what was once the Byzantine capital of the island. Located on the island's high point far from the hustle and bustle, you can marvel at the breathtaking views all around once you reach the top, and meander through the narrow ancient pathways which are still intact.
  • If you're staying in Skopelos, visit the Vakratsa Mansion Museum. Housed in a beautiful 18th century villa, its exhibits range from the weird to the wonderful and certainly won't bore any visitor!
  • Set off on a boat trip around Alonissos's Marine Park and enjoy the beautiful surrounds. You might even see some dolphins if you're lucky!
  • Put on your hiking boots and set out to explore the verdant terrain ending up with a swim in a tranquil cove.

A stunning collection of islands that brim with character and charm, use our guide to the best places to stay in the Sporades and start to plan your island hopping adventure.

The best places to stay in the Sporades


  • The Bourtzi Boutique Hotel, bang in the centre of Skiáthos Town, has 38 simple contemporary rooms in a fantastic location with easy access to the beach. There’s also a pool and a lively bar.
  • For something special try the Aegean Suites, a five star property nestled in amongst the olive groves of Skiáthos, boasting a lush garden with sea views. The decor is neutral and beautifully cool, it’s possible to book a room with a private hot tub and there’s gourmet cuisine available in the evenings.
  • Set amongst lovely grounds, the boutique Mandraki Village Hotel boasts spacious and well-lit accommodation as well as a gourmet restaurant upstairs. A top all-round spot.


  • Skopelos’ Adrina Resort is a stunning (affordable) five-star resort with 38 rooms and a seaside location. The decor is plush, there’s an atmospheric beach restaurant, a deluxe spa and a huge garden.
  • The Skopelos Village Hotel is in a prime, waterfront spot just a short distance from the centre of Skopelos Village. Its 48 rooms and apartments are unfussy and chic, and some have wonderful views. Friendly, charming and reasonably priced, this is a perfect spot for a relaxing short break - it’s great for families too.


  • Armonia Rooms boasts charming minimalist accommodation with breathtaking vistas of the Aegean Sea. Some rooms even have their own private mini-pools! A lovely getaway.
  • The 13 bright, contemporary rooms and suites of Alonissos’ Ikion Eco Hotel all have their own balcony with views of the mountains or the ocean. Close to 13 beaches, with the nearest just 150m away.
  • Hotel Yalis is a great spot for families or groups. It offers comfortable, unfussy suites just a short distance away from the beach.


  • The 32 room Nefeli Hotel has a chic, modern aesthetic, which is slightly at odds with its sleepy, historic surrounds in the hilltop town of Skyros, but makes for a comfortable, stylish stay. There’s a great poolside restaurant and a children’s pool.

For a private apartment or villa

  • For those in search of self catering properties, explore the options at our online partner, Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Skiáthos is the only island with a commercial airport, Skiáthos International Airport, but it’s an easy ferry-hop from there to the other islands in the group.
  • The best time to visit the Sporades Islands is from May to October, when the weather is at its finest - with an average temperature of 29°C in July and August.
  • If you're looking to hire a car, visit our online partner Rentalcars.

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Best Hotels in Sporades

  • Mystery Skiathos Skiathos, Skiáthos 10 rooms from £102

    Families  -  The Grand Villa & Deluxe Suite are ideal for families (or groups); they can comfortably accommodate up to 6 people.
    Local exploring  -  This is a great base for not only enjoying Skiathos's beaches, but also exploring the island as a whole
    Restaurant  -  Mystery Pool restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and serves lovely Mediterranean cuisine and Greek Classics
    Sights nearby  -  There are more than 50 churches and monasteries to explore on the island plus the Bourtzi Fortress in Skiathos Town
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    A chic family friendly hotel just outside the bustle of Skiathos Town. Smart accommodations are spacious and well appointed with luxury touches as standard, and all come with private balcony and a view, some with private outdoor hot tub. Pool side bar and restaurant. A quiet haven and great value. See More

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  • Hotel Yalis Alonissos 20 rooms from £60

    Great walks  -  Alonnissos has a wonderful coastline that is really well suited to coastal walks.
    Fishing  -  Take a fishing trip out into the Aegean for a day.
    Local markets  -  Browse the local market of Botsis.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor salt water pool
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    Overlooking the Aegean Sea, Hotel Yalis is a charming holiday destination. Offering simple, comfortable self-contained suites and apartments, it's well suited for families or small groups. Just a stone's throw from a great beach, this hotel's views will always have you coming back for more. See More

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  • Mandraki Village Hotel Skiáthos 40 rooms from £65

    Beach Life  -  Situated within walking distance of half a dozen beaches.
    Diving  -  Explore under the sea during a scuba diving lesson.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
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    A boutique property nestled amidst a lush garden and just a few minutes walk from a number of beaches. Spacious rooms are light and airy with soft hues, patterned fabrics and crisp white linen. The upstairs gourmet restaurant pulls a crowd on its own. A tranquil base while you explore the island See More

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  • Armonia Rooms Alonissos from £61

    Writing a novel  -  Steeped in myth, history and gorgeous landscape: boat trips to uninhabited island of Homer's cyclops'
    Back to Nature  -  A refuge for rare seabirds and dolphins, surrounded by olive groves and rugged mountains
    Local exploring  -  Local fishing villages like Patitiri, medieval castles and Homeric islands
    Total relaxation  -  Mini pools, hydromassage baths and crystal clear waters
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    Light and tranquil private rooms with breathtaking views of the island and the sea, beautifully furnished with nuanced minimalist design. Communal pool while some rooms have private mini-pools. A place to lose yourself. See More

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  • Ikion Eco Hotel Patitiri, Alonissos 13 rooms from £64

    Beach Life  -  With 13 beaches nearby, and some of the clearest seawater in the world, Alonissos is the perfect beach destination.
    Families  -  A warm and welcoming well priced hotel, with family suites only 150 yards from Roussoum Gialos beach.
    Diving  -  Alonisssos is home to the largest natural marine park in the Mediterranean, and the ideal place for diving.
    Sights nearby  -  You can explore the deserted islands off the coast, or the picturesque towns within Alonissos itself.
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    The Ikion's contemporary decor and bright rooms provide the ideal place from which to explore Alonissos. All rooms feature a balcony with sea or mountain views plus the hotel is 150m from the nearest beach. Breakfast is served in the garden and restaurants and shops are within a short walk. See More

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  • Ammos Hotel Skyros Skyros 21 rooms from £80

    Beach Life  -  Just steps from the beach and with many other coastline haunts nearby
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Archaeological Site of Palamari and the Venetian Castle in Skyros Town which overlooks the Aegean
    Great walks  -  Take long hikes through the island's beautiful landscapes
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor swimming pool
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    A tranquil seaside hotel in a picturesque whitewashed hamlet. The walled pool surrounded by cabanas is the hub; delicious, quirky Greek food is served here and on the pretty restaurant terrace, while immaculate white guestrooms are stylishly minimal and fresh. Ideal for a sun-soaked seaside retreat! See More

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  • Nefeli Hotel Skyros 32 rooms from £93

    Restaurant  -  Many of the dishes are created from ingredients grown on the property's own farm
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the beautiful, quaint streets of the hilltop town of Skyros.
    Swimming Pool  -  Sea water outdoor pool and children's pool
    Local markets  -  Explore the local market of Skyros.
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    A hotel with a chic, modern aesthetic that is slightly at odds with its sleepy, historic surroundings in Skyros. With sleek, comfortable rooms and a delightful poolside restaurant, it's the perfect place to unwind on a trip to the island of Skyros. A great place to stay for a romantic break. See More

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  • Infinity 180 Luxury Suites Milia, Alonissos 3 rooms from £104

    Hideaway  -  With just three suites, a secluded location and great facilities onsite, book this hotel for an unplugged hideaway holiday
    Romantic Break  -  Set against the beautiful backdrop of a pine forest and the sea, book this hotel for your next romantic getaway
    Beach Life  -  Set on the coast on the picturesque island of Alonnisos, book this hotel for a peaceful beach break
    Sights nearby  -  Discover the narrow streets and stone-built houses of the old town of Alonissos and visit monuments like the medieval castle
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    Recommended by  -  I Escape

    This hotel is nestled among pine trees on the coast of the Greek island of Alonissos. The stylish and discreet suites, named after native trees, bring the natural landscape inside with an earthy palette and sit-out terraces with sea views. Check into the outdoor safari spa for total relaxation. See More

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  • Skopelos Village Hotel Skopelos 48 rooms from £128

    Weddings  -  Enjoy a beautiful reception by the sea and let the hotel's experienced team cater for the rest of your needs-a splendid choice
    Total relaxation  -  Forget about your worries- spend your days on the beach, followed by a massage and a sunset meal for two
    Sights nearby  -  The beautiful hilltop Venetian castle is a must see as well as the remains of the Roman baths in Loutraki
    Great walks  -  Wander along the beaches of Skopelos to fully appreciate your tranquil surroundings
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    Skopelos Village Hotel enjoys a waterfront location just a short distance from the centre of town. Unfussy chic apartment style accommodation, offering wonderful views. Relax with a drink while the kids enjoy the playground! A friendly and charming stay. See More

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  • Adrina Resort Skopelos 38 rooms from £130

    Romantic Break  -  The beautiful seaside setting and pampering luxury suites make it the perfect intimate getaway for two.
    Great walks  -  Wake up early and head off along the beautiful walking routes that litter the surrounding coastline.
    Sights nearby  -  Nine miles from both Skiathos Castle and Papadiamantis' House.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels

    A stunning five-star resort that makes the most of it's sublime seaside location. Singularly focused on providing luxury and relaxation, the hotel offers plush rooms, an atmospheric beachfront restaurant, a deluxe spa and 17,000 metres squared of garden. A coastal wonder. See More

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  • Bourtzi Boutique Hotel Skiathos, Skiáthos 38 rooms from £138

    Sights nearby  -  Located in the heart of Skiathos town close to the harbour
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
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    A simply decorated contemporary hotel in the town centre with easy access to the beach. Modern no frills rooms in white and pastel colours with private balconies. Pool and lively bar. A great base for a beach holiday. See More

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  • Elivi Skiathos Skiáthos 104 rooms from £155

    Total relaxation  -  With its top-notch spa facilities, choice of pools, and proximity to the beach this is a great choice for a relaxing break
    Romantic Break  -  The discrete private villas and suites are great for couples on a romantic hideaway
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the island's many pretty churches, the 14th century castle, the Bourtzi and the house of writer Alexandrus Papadiamantis
    Great walks  -  Lots of beautiful coastal walks that can be combined with snorkeling and diving
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    Recommended by  -  I Escape

    A stylish resort on a pine headland with wrap-around views and stunning beaches on its doorstep. Choose between understated and elegant hotel rooms, suites or villas in muted fresh tones, with hip artworks and pools galore. Expect to be delighted by its two fabulous restaurants and indulgent spa! See More

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  • Aegean Suites Megali Ammos, Skiáthos from £337

    Private Hot Tub  -  Book a Charming suite or Heaven suite for your private outdoor hot tub
    Spa  -  You can use the spa facilities at the Skiathos Princess Hotel
    Restaurant  -  Gourmet fine dining and more relaxed poolside restaurant
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool with sea views
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    A 5-star hotel nestled among olive trees and gardens with sea views, just outside Skathos Town. Rooms are beautifully cool, all neutral hues with a smattering of subtle pastel shades. A light lunch can be had poolside and there's gourmet cuisine by night. Luxury beach chic moments from the action. See More

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