In the past few years, Volos has grown steadily from a small base with a few professional charter yachts, to a major sailing hub for the Sporades islands, the gulf of Volos (Pagasitikos) and the northern part of Evia, the second largest island in Greece. The nearby airport at Anchealos now brings in charter flights from many European cities throughout the summer, including flights from Gatwick with Easyjet. An hour after your plane lands you can be boarding your yacht in Volos harbour. From there you can sail to beautiful anchorages in the clear, calm waters of the gulf within a few hours, such as Milina, Horto, Kottes in the south east of the gulf, or the small island of Paleo Trikeri, with two fabulous tavernas, or the idyllic fishing village of Aghia Kyriaki at the mouth of the gulf. Or you could explore the western side of the gulf, visiting Almiros, Anchealos and Amaliapolis. Only a short sail further as you leave the gulf and head out into the Aegean, you could spend your first night on the northern shores of Evia at a quite lively town called ‘Orei’. From there, whether you are sailing for one week or longer, you can sail east into the Sporades islands, the most famous of which is Skiathos, with her beautiful beaches; Skopelos, covered in churches and pine trees and still one of the most beautiful islands in Greece and then on towards Alonissos and the northern islands of the marine park, a protected area where you may catch a glimpse of dolphins, turtles and the endangered Mediterranean Monk Seal.
One of the advantages of sailing from Volos is that each boat has its permanent mooring, with electricity and water on the quay, and there is so much to see and do in Volos itself.
Being on the mainland, Volos is easy to get to, and it's only a day-sail away from the islands. The area became especially popular after the release of the film/musical ‘Mamma Mia’ which was filmed around these islands. There's also plenty of opportunity to get off the beaten track, visiting uninhabited islands or isolated anchorages and spend the night under the stars, sail through a marine nature reserve or visit a remote monastery. Charter a boat here and you’ll soon be telling all your friends about the places you discovered!
The city is a major commercial port of mainland Greece in the Aegean sea (after Piraeus and Thessaloniki), with connection by ferry and hydrofoil to the nearby Sporades Islands, which include Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos. The island of Skyros also belongs to the group although it is further south and east, hence the name ‘Sporadic’ islands.
Ferries and flying dolphins operate daily connecting Volos to Magnesia islands, Sporades (Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos). Moreover, many cruise ships use the port of Volos as a destination. During the summers of 2015 and 2016, more than 100 cruises arrived in Volos, carrying more than 100.000 visitors.
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