6 Day Greece Charter Itinerary - Skiathos to Piperi
Sporadic Bliss – A Short Trip In The Northern Sporades
Ideal for Winter Season
The Greek Islands are undoubtedly one of the most popular island getaways when it comes to cultural and historical points of interest. But they are also known for having some staggering levels of natural beauty. A short trip around the northern Sporade islands will prove that there is much more to Greece than temples and olive oil. Starting and finishing on the lovely island of Skiathos there is much to see so stock up on supplies and let your crew whisk you away to somewhere beautiful.
- Day 1
Meet up with your luxury charter yacht in the port of Skiathos and settle in to your temporary home away from home.
Familiarise yourself with the layout of your chosen vessel and enjoy a refreshing glass of champagne before heading back ashore to do a little exploring before raising anchor. Strolling around the streets filled with white washed buildings there are plenty of small cafes to visit if you want to try some authentic Greek food. If you enjoy seeing some culture, make a stop at some of the stunning churches like the Evangelistria Monastery which had a role in the Greek war of independence.
In addition to the quaint eateries and nods to the past, Skiathos has an exciting night scene including an open air cinema which often airs the Abba infused Mamma Mia. Have a dance in some of the clubs or head to a cocktail bar to toast your latest luxury charter yacht adventure.
- Day 2
Kyra-Panaghia, Psathoura and Skantzoura
On your first full day in the Sporadic islands drift away from the mainland and see some of the smaller gems if these waters.
The islets of Kyra-Panaghia, Psathoura and Skantzoura are all part of a bigger picture, otherwise known as a National Marine Park. This particular area is protected, making it illegal to remove anything from the islets and the waters. But you can still explore and take plenty of photographs both above and below the water’s surface.
The instigation of the marine park was mainly aroused as this area became a breeding ground for the rare monk seal. If you are very lucky you may get a sight of some of these endangered creatures, amidst many other species of marine life. Snorkel through the waters for the best views of these creatures before drying off on one of the virtually empty beaches along the pretty coastlines.
- Day 3
Situated on the northern edge of Skiathos, this beach is a pretty sight away form the hustle and bustle of mainstream tourists.
Consisting largely of white pebbles, Lalaria is different to many other Greek beaches but it has no lack in quality. The almost perfect roundness of the white pebbles on the beach give an amazing look to the beach and the dramatic rock formations make it look even moree incredible. There isn’t a huge amount to do here but there is plenty of space on the water’s surface to bring out your water sports equipment.
If you still have time after flying across the waves there are a couple of small uninhabited islands called Tsougria and Arkos just off the coast. Offering even more peace and quiet, the serenity of these two uninhabited islands give you the feeling of seclusion while still being in touching distance of civilisation. Enjoy a Greek feast onboard your luxury charter yacht to finish your day.
- Day 4
The islet of Dasia is next on your list of destinations as you arrive at Skopelos.
This pretty area has a lot to offer so Dasia is the natural place to start. Despite the islet being largely undeveloped this pretty place features many sea caves which are ideal for explorers and those interested in the history of pirates. Put on your diving gear to see the caves below the water’s surface and also make a visit to some of the intriguing shipwrecks on the seabed.
Back to the surface, your next stop of the day is to see the bays of Panormos and Stafylos. These bays are a great stop for lunch with plenty of stunning spots for a picnic. Pine trees are sprinkled everywhere and some are so close that they almost meet the waterline. Take some photographs of these lovely bays as you prepare to move back to civilsation in the main town of Chora.
Built into the nooks and crannies of the Skopelos harbour, Chora has many quaint family run businesses and some great places to eat and drink. A visit to Greece wouldn’t be complete without a taste of the locally produced raki or ouzo so indulge in some tasty cocktails in a bar on the dockside before returning to your luxury charter yacht for the rest of the night.
- Day 5
Cruising northwards from Skopelos the next destination to visit is Alonissos.
This visually pleasing island features numerous bays of solitude and pure natural beauty. The bays of Alonissos have their own characteristic charm so it’s worth making the time to visit more than one during your day here. Notable bays worth visiting include Spartines, Votsi and Georgi Gialos. Spend the morning in the bays followed by a filling beach barbeque before hopping back onto your luxury charter yacht to continue exploring the rest of the island.
Chartering around the coast of Alonissos you may well be joined by some dolphins as they play with the vessel. Trying to get photographs may be tricky as they move with speed so grab your video recorder and capture the moment to enjoy forever. You may even get lucky as some dolphins may feel like showing off.
Arriving in the area of Kokkinokastro it becomes evident that you are in a zone of the marine national park. The area is in pristine condition and is as nature intended. Explore the land to find some interesting views and see the stunning beauty of the island which saw its first glimpse of habitation as far back as 100,000 BC.
- Day 6
On your last day on board your luxury charter yacht you will spend most of the day on your vessel.
Chartering through a marine national park entails certain regulations, one of which you will be presented with today. The island of Piperi comes with a notice saying you cannot be closer than 3 natical miles from the shore of the island. This is due to some very special wildlife on the island who cannot be disturbed.
Using your binoculars and other gadgets you may be able to spot some falcons flying around the island, who have nests on the island itself. In addition to the falcons there are also monk seals who use the caves to deliver their pups and also some sea turtles.
Continue onwards passed Piperi onto a quieter islet nearby to stop off for some sun time and a delicious meal to end your journey through the Sporadic Islands.
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*All distances are approximate