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Βόρειες Σποράδες
Aegean Sea with island groups labeled.gif
Island Chain: Sporades
Total Isles: 24
Greece Greece
Periphery: Thessaly
Prefecture: Magnesia

The (Northern) Sporades (Greek: Βόρειες Σποράδες)[1] are an archipelago along the east coast of Greece, northeast of the island of Euboea,[2] in the Aegean Sea. It consists of 24 islands, of which five are inhabited: Alonissos, Skiathos, Skopelos, Peristera and Skyros.[2]

Administratively, the islands are split between the Greek peripheries of Thessaly (most islands) and Central Greece (Skyros).



  1. ^ Sporades signifies "scattered"; compare "sporadic".
  2. ^ a b "Skyros - Britannica Concise" (description), Britannica Concise, 2006, webpage: EB-Skyrosnotes "including Skiathos, Skopelos, Skyros, and Alonnisos."

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  1. ^ Sporades signifies "scattered"; compare "sporadic".
  2. ^ a b "Skyros - Britannica Concise" (description), Britannica Concise, 2006, webpage: EB-Skyrosnotes "including Skiathos, Skopelos, Skyros, and Alonnisos."


  • "Skyros - Britannica Concise" (description), Britannica Concise, 2006, webpage: EB-Skyros.

Coordinates: 39°7′N 23°43′E / 39.117°N 23.717°E / 39.117; 23.717


Travel guide

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From Wikitravel

Europe : Greece : Greek Islands : Sporades Islands

The Sporades Islands have a quite different atmosphere from the travel-poster Greece of the Cyclades: instead of bare rugged hills topped with dazzling cubistic villages, the Sporades are fertile and heavily wooded, with pine-forested mountains sloping down to some of the best beaches in the Aegean, and the local architecture is more characteristic of Northern Greece, with less whitewashing and more stone roofs. Skiathos is the best known and easiest to get to; accordingly it is the most crowded, with throngs of visitors arriving all summer. Skopelos, while just as attractive, is less touristed outside of July and August, while Alonnisos is much quieter.


Major islands:

Get in

From Athens you can buy a combined bus/ferry ticket which will take you overland to the port of Agios Constantinos, where you can transfer to a boat to all three Sporades islands. If you have your own car, you can also drive to Agios Constantinos and take a car ferry from there, but bear in mind that not all scheduled boats carry cars, so you'll need to verify in advance which ones do. There are also some boats to the Sporades from the mainland port of Volos and from Kimi on the island of Evvia.

Only Skiathos has a commercial airport, but once you get there you'll find frequent boats to the other Sporades.

Get out

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1911 encyclopedia

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From LoveToKnow 1911

SPORADES (Gr. 17ropa&Es, from air€ip€u', to sow), the islands scattered about the Greek Archipelago, as distinguished from the Cyclades, which are grouped round Delos, and from the islands attached, as it were, to the mainlands of Europe and Asia. Ancient and modern writers differ as to the list of the Sporades (see Bursian, Griechenland, ii. 348 seq.). The Doric Sporades - Melos, Pholegandros, Sikinos, Thera, Anaphe, Astropalia and Cos - were by some considered a southern cluster of the Cyclades. In modern times the name Sporades is more especially applied to two groups - the northern Sporades, which lie north-east of Negropont (Euboea), Skiathos, Skopelos and Ikos being included in the department of Magnesia and Scyros in that of Euboea; and the southern Sporades, lying off the south-west of Asia Minor, being included in the Turkish vilayet of the "Islands of the White Sea." The northern, which have altogether an area of 180 sq. m. and a population of 12,250 (1896), comprise Skiathos (pop. 2790), Ikos (pop. 653), Skopelos (pop. 5295), Pelagonisi, Giura, Pipari and Scyros (pop. 3512), with the adjacent islets. Skiathos is a beautifully wooded and picturesque island; the town stands on a declivity surrounding an excellent harbour. The larger island of Skopelos is also well wooded. Almost every householder in both islands is the owner, joint owner or skipper of a sailing ship. The southern Sporades are as follows: Ica'ria, Patmos, Leros, Calymnus, Astropalia (Astypalaea or Stampalia), Cos (Stanko), Nisyros, Tilos or Episcopi, Syme, Khalki, Rhodes, Crete and many smaller isles. Icaria (pop. about 8000) derives its name from the legend of Icarus. The forests which it once possessed have been destroyed by the inhabitants for the manufacture of charcoal. Leros (pop. about 3000) was in ancient times a seat of the worship of Artemis. Calymnus (pop. about 7000) was once covered by forests - (Ovid, A.A. ii. 81, "Silvis umbrosa Calymne"), which have disappeared. Nisyros (pop. about 2500) possesses hot sulphur springs.

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  1. An archipelago in the Aegean Sea.


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