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Sporades Islands

These islands are located off the eastern coast of Greece in the Aegean Sea. The group consists of 24 islands, of which five are inhabited: Skyros, Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos and Peristera.

These Greek islands are characterized by dense vegetation and mountainous terrain and are world known as some of the bluest and cleanest seas one will ever come across and experience.

Each of these has its own beauty and charm and has something unique to offer the visitor.


All of the major islands are accessible by a dependable ferry service from mainland ports, and some of them can be reached by air.
Skyros is the southernmost and lesser-known Sporades island. At 209 km² it is the largest of the Sporades, and has a population of about 3,000 (in 2003). Skyros is one of the municipalities that are not part of any provinces in Greece. As with the other Sporades Islands, Skyros is also an island that is rich in vegetation and natural beauty. There are several interesting and picturesque villages and towns around the island, though not as many as the other Sporades islands. Skyros is  a very unspoilt island,  and famous for their carnival celebration and the goat dancers which may date back to the ancient cult of Dionysios.

Skiathos
is the westernmost island in the Northern Sporades group of islands. The Municipality of Skíathos includes the islands of Tsougria and Tsougriaki, and of the islets of Maragos, Arkos, Troulonisi and Aspronisi.

The major settlement on the island is the town of Skiathos, while other settlements are Χanemos, Kalyvia, Troulos, and Koukounaries. Despite its small size (under 50 km²), Skiathos is a popular tourist destination.




The town of Skiathos and the airport are located at the northern part of the island's eastern side. Tsougria and all other main islets are located a few kilometres off the eastern coast, and are visible from the town.
Skopelos is the largest of several islands which comprise the Northern Sporades island group and is part of the Prefecture of Magnesias in the Periphery of Thessaly.

Skopelos is also the name of the main port and the municipal center of the island. The other communities of the island are Glossa  and Neo Klima (Elios).





Skopelos and its neighbour Skiathos were the filming locations of the 2008 film Mamma Mia.

The wedding procession was filmed at the Agios Ioannis Chapel near Glossa.









After Skiathos and Skopelos Alonissos is the third member of the Northern Sporades. Alonissos is also the name of a village on the island, as well as the municipality that encompasses the island and the village.

The village of Alonissos is located on the southern part of the island. It is locally known as Chora. The main port of the island is located in the southeast and is called Patitiri.




The Municipality of Alonissos includes the other islands of Adelfoi, Gioura, Kyra Panagia (Pelagos), Peristera, Piperi, Psathoura and Skantzoura.

Peristera
is administratively part of the municipality of Alonissos  and is also directly east of the island of Alonissos.

The 1991 census read three inhabitants, making it one of the smallest municipal district in the Northern Sporades. The tiny settlement became abandoned in the mid to late-1990s. The 2001 census reported a population of five inhabitants.