Azure waters lapping the edges of rugged cliffs. Hiking trails crossing forests and olive groves. Charming towns offering insights into local life. The Sporades islands of Alonissos and Skopelos are perfect for an off-beat and authentic adventure. And you can win a trip there for two in 2020 or 2021, courtesy of Sunvil. Here’s what to expect...
Alonissos oozes authenticity, from the fishing harbour of Votsi, where boats bob and locals cast their rods, to the small settlement of Hora – also called Old Alonissos, which is guarded by a medieval castle. From Hora, you can take the path to the Church of Ágioi Anargyroi to take a walk through a shaded and pine-scented forest.
Be sure to get out on the water, too, by snorkelling in a secluded bay or taking a boat trip. Alonissos and the rugged outcrops around it make up the National Marine Park of the Northern Sporades, a protected area where you can see rare seabirds, dolphins and Mediterranean monk seals.
When evening comes, climb up to the Old Alonissos town for a sunset view of the verdant hills melting into the orange-hued sea. Finish your day with dinner in a traditional Greek taverna.
Still a working fishing island in touch with its traditions, Skopelos allows you to experience the real Greece. Walk the narrow streets of Skopelos Town to weave between the mulberry trees lining the waterfront, admire over a hundred tiny chapels and sip on a drink in one of the colourful bars.
Switch to two wheels to get further afield on the old donkey tracks that emboss the mountains. Alternatively, kayak over the transparent water, jumping overboard to snorkel.
Climb to the clifftop church of Agios Ioannis Kastri – from the film Mamma Mia to savour a last look at the island of Skopelos.
With 50 years of experience and trips to over 57 Greek islands, Sunvil’s knowledge of Greece is unrivalled. You can rely on them to plan your trip and get you beneath the skin of Greece by immersing you in its local life and culture.
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