Once in Volos, you can take a short trip to the nearby Sporades islands: the cosmopolitan Skiathos, the green covered Skopelos and the serene Alonnisos, departing from the local port.
The most crowded among the Sporades islands and the closest to the mainland is Skiathos, which is a classic vacation option for those seeking to combine the green natural surroundings with amazing beaches and intense nightlife on and off the beach. The birthplace and homeplace of the great Greek author Alexandros Papadiamantis is endowed with a superb nature and is famous for having some of the most wonderful and bustling beaches not only in the Sporades complex but all across the Aegean Sea.
Skopelos is one of the most beautiful islands in the Sporades complex due to the fact that combines perfectly the green of the nature and the clear blue of the sea. It became worldwide famous as the setting of the box office hit “Mamma Mia”. Skopelos is an island that has to offer its visitors a vast number of exquisite experiences and yet manages to keep a low profile, avoiding the mass tourist influx of Skiathos.
Alonnisos is considered to be one of the last remaining natural havens in the Mediterranean. Your first encounter with the island will be as you step out from the boat on its port, also known as Patitiri. Old Alonissos –also known as Old Village– just a few minutes’ drive from the port, will be your second stop and definitely your favourite place on the island. The labyrinthine alleys, the traditional architecture, the grapevines and the colourful flowers make up a marvelous setting. But the one thing that makes Alonnisos stand out from the rest of the Greek islands is the Natural Marine Park of Alonnisos and the North Sporades Islands, the biggest of its kind in Europe and the first to be established in Greece.