Shaped like Poseidon’s trident and sticking out into the Aegean Sea, Halkidiki is a treat for visitors. Lush green forests that reach right down to the beach; golden sunlight reflected in the turquoise waters; a traditional style with a rich gastronomic and cultural heritage. Endless coves, unique natural beauty, ancient monuments and a host of other unexplored treasures all add their own rich touch to the unique canvas that is Halkidiki.
Halkidiki is a great place to sail, especially if you are new to sailing. The unique geography and predictable weather patterns of the peninsula ensure near-ideal sailing conditions for most days. And while there are literally hundreds of beaches and spots that are easily reachable by anyone, there are still many extremely interesting spots that are only accessible by boat.
The Sporades are a complex of 11 islands in the Northwestern part of the Aegean Sea. Four of them (Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos and Skyros) are inhabited. The main features of the archipelago are its dense vegetation, rocky terrain and blue waters. Its also one of the few remaining natural habitat of the endangered Mediterranean Monk Seal (monachus monachus). There are several beaches in the Sporades that are considered some of the best in the Mediterranean.
The Sporades were the setting for the 2008 movie “Mamma Mia”.
The Sporades are a great place for those that want to experience “proper” open sea sailing. The area is known for its “meltemi”, a northwest wind, which clears the skies, cools the hot summer days, at least a little bit, and is perfect for sailing under.