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Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos and Skiros
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Skiathos

(Volos, 41 nautical miles.) Planted with olive groves and pine trees, Skiathos is a popular tourist destination, thanks to its indented coast with numerous sandy coves. Skiathos Town, was built in 1830 on two low hills. The seafront is lined with seafood restaurants and cafes, and there is a good marina. Many hotels, villas and private rooms provide seasonal accommodation, and the town’s bars and discos ensure a vibrant nightlife through summer. Boat trips take tourists around the island to visit the ruins of the medieval walled town of Kastro on the south coast, the Blue Cave, and the pebble beach of Lalaria. From Skiathos Town, a good road follows the southern coast with its numerous bays, to arrive at the renowned pine grove beach of Koukounaries.

There is an airport, providing daily flights to and from Athens all year round.

Skopelos

(Volos, 58 nautical miles.) The island has golden sands, small bays and slopes covered with pine forests, olive groves and plum trees (prunes are a local speciality). Not as busy as Skiathos, it is known for its traditional architecture and tiny white chapels. The chief settlement, Skopelos Town, is made up of narrow cobbled streets, whitewashed houses and the Venetian Kastro (fortress). The island has a number of beaches, both of sand and pebble, and shallow waters safe for children.

There is an airport, providing daily flights to and from Athens during summer.

Alonissos

(Volos, 62 nautical miles.) The most distant and least populated island of the Sporades, the hills of Alonissos is covered with unspoilt woods. There are limited tourist facilities – some small hotels and private rooms to let. With only 10km of roads, the best way of getting about is by motorboat, sharing the fare. There are numerous good beaches, but as the coast has been declared a Marine Conservation Park, building development is forbidden.

Skiros

(Kimi, 25 nautical miles; Piraeus ,118 nautical miles.) The largest of the Sporades, Skiros lies far out from Volos and is most easily accessed from Kimi. Tourist facilities are not very developed, although there are some beautiful sand beaches, good taverns serving authentic seafood and local cheeses, and interesting craft shops. The chief settlement, Skiros Town (also known as Horio), is made up of whitewashed cottages and narrow winding alleys, crowned by the hilltop Venetian Kastro (fortress). The Folklore Museum gives a brilliant presentation of local handicrafts, and includes a reconstruction of a traditional house. Close to the town lies the large sand beach of Magazia.

This cluster of 12 (dodeca) islands lies on the east of Peloponnese, closer to Turkey than to mainland Greece. All the islands can be reached by ferry from Piraeus, and the distance between them are fairly small, so visitors can easily hop from one to another, swapping the relative sophistication of Rhodes and Kos for the calmer and simpler life on Tilos or Astipalaia.