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Skiathos Yacht Charter Guide - Sporades islands
In 480 BC, the fleet of the Persian King Xerxes was damaged on the rocks off Skiathos while he was on his way to fight King Leonidas of Sparta and his 300 soldiers; Leonidas and his men later beat the Persians at Thermopylae. Over a thousand years later, in 1807, the first Greek flag was created and hung on the island’s Evangelistria monastery. Subsequently, many leaders of the Greek Independence war were sworn in at that very spot.
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Port of Skiathos , 37002 Skiathos , Greece
Daily 09:00 - 17:00 Saturdays all day
Place of embarkation
How to get at base
Skiathos Airport is located 2,5 km from our base.
Ferry: Ferries and hydrofoils are arriving from Agios Konstantinos, Volos or
Thessaloniki at the port, 100m from our base.
Taxi: You can find easily taxis at Skiathos Airport. The drive costs approximately € 10.
Local Bus: The bus covers a distance of 14 km. It starts from the harbour and its final destination is Koukounaries.
The link leads to corfu base map and you can get directions to our offices and other useful information
General Infrastructure of the base
Provisions: Not applicable in Skiathos base
Parking Area: The Marina of Skiathos has a free parking area.
Bank Transactions: In Skiathos you could find several banks. Banks are open between 08:00 - 13:30 Monday – Friday and they all provide ATMs. Also, in the Marina you could find a 24 hour cash machine.
Fuel: Upon delivery of the boat, the fuel tanks will be full.
Electricity: The piers in Skiathos Marina are not equipped with 220 V.
Refundable insurance can be in the form of Cash, Visa or Mastercard. Non refundable insurance payable in cash.
Nearby Super Markets
There is no need to pre arrange transfer because of the short distances.
The marina of Skiathos is next to the harbour (walking distance).
The airport is only five minutes with a car. You can find a taxi in the airport upon your arrival.
Port authority SKIATHOS , NORTH SPORADES , GREECE
37002 SKIATHOS , NORTH SPORADES , GREECE
Tel.: +30 24270 22017 , Fax: +30 24270 23720
E-mail: [email protected] , URL: http://www.hcg.gr/node/216
You should always try to get a weather forecast before heading out from land, especially if going more than several miles from shore, as it is difficult to tell at a glance what winds will appear, due to large land masses, mountains and other geographical features. You can use your radio, Navtex or contact the Port Police who receive weather faxes several times a day for the area.
A forecast in Greek and English is given for all Greek waters at 0600, 1000, 1600, 2200 GMT. Add two hours for local time. Gale warnings are given at the beginning of the broadcast and a special security warning on Ch 16 gives all the VHF frequencies for different areas.
General shore stations are as follows:
* Corfu (Kerkira) Ch 02
* Cephalonia Ch 27
* Petalidhi (Kalamata) Ch 83
* Kithera Ch 85
* Perama (Pireaus) Ch 86
* Saronic Ch 25
* Salamis Ch 23
* Siros Ch 04
* Parnis (Khalki) Ch 25
* Pilio (Volos) Ch 60
* Sfendarni (Thessaloniki) Ch 23
* Thasos Ch 85
* Limnos Ch 82
* Lesvos Ch 01
* Khios Ch 85
* Rodhos (Rhodes) Ch 63
* Knossos (Kriti - Crete) Ch 83
* Sitia (Kriti - Crete) Ch 85
The law in Greece is that the captain must posses a valid sailing license the co-skipper, if no sailing license is available must fill out a declartion stating they have knowledge to sail. (Please see attached declaration). VHF license is not required to charter a yacht in Greece
Local - navigation taxes
VAT in Greece is at 24%. There are no local navigation taxes.
Skiathos Health Center
Type: Public Service
Skiathos Marina is located next to the central port of the town of Skiathos, the marina serves the increased demand driven by the great number of tourists that visit the island, especially during the summer months. At a distance of only 2km. from the island's airport and heliport, Skiathos Marina is situated literally at the centre of this cosmopolitan pine-covered island.
Water Electricity Telephone* Communication facilities Peripheral street lighting Waste and bilge disposal Fuel Boat & motor maintenance and repair* Fully equipped fire extinguishing system Medical services* Launderettes & ironing facilities* Kitchen - dish washing facilities* Showers – W.C* Car parking Taxi service* Car rental* Postal service* Bank - atm* Restaurant - bar* Supermarket* Shopping center* News stand* Apparel shops* Nautical equipment store* Slipway
Note: * These services are available in the town of Skiathos
BOURTZI HOTEL - http://www.hotelbourtzi.gr/
THYMI'S HOME - http://www.thymishome.gr/el/
HOTEL MELTEMI - http://www.meltemiskiathos.com/
MARLTON HOTEL - http://www.hotelmarlton.com/
IFIGENIE HOTEL - http://www.ifigeniahotel.gr/
Mouria Tavern - Skiathos town - Tel. +30 24270 23069
EN PLO- http://www.enploskiathos.com/, Tel. +30 24270 24433
COS ALTRO, Skiathos town - Tel. +30 24270 21431
HELLINIKON RESTAURANT, Skiathos Town - Tel. +30 6981176206Pick a seaside taverna and enjoy freshly caught fish, a Greek salad and a refreshing beer with a view of the flowing waves. Or, if more international fare is tickling your fancy, then head towards one of the upscale hotel’s restaurants and enjoy it poolside. The point is that you can eat whatever your heart desires.
7 Days Skia/Skia
Day 1 Skopelos - 20 NM
Day 2 Alonisos - 7 NM
Day 3 Kira Panagia - 27 NM
Day 4 Zagora(Volos)-47 NM
Day 5 Koukounaries - 6NM
Day 6 Skiathos - NM
14 Days Skia/Skia
Day 1 Skopelos - 20 NM
Day 2 Alonisos - 7 NM
Day 3 Skiros - 37 NM
Day 4 Kira Panagia - 40 NM
Day 5 Porto Koufo - 40 NM
Day 6 Kalithea - 23 NM
Day 7 Porto Karras - 22 NM
Day 8 Zagora (Volos) 48 NM
Day 9 Trikeri(Volos) - 6 NM
Day 10 Orei (Evia) 18 NM
Day 11 Glifa (Volos) 6 NM
Day 12 Koukounaries - 24NM
Day 13 Skiathos - 6 NM
ALONISOS - A hill wooded island. The old capital of Alonisos is deserted after an earthquake in 1965. The population relocated to Votsi and Patitri.
Places to moor
• Ormos Mourtia – An open bay located SW of Alonisos and offering fair shelter from the meltemi. Mooring is in the bay. There is no fuel or water available. If the weather is unstable it is far safe to moor in the harbor of Patitri
• Patitiri – Well sheltered from the meltemi and a good area to stock up. Mooring is stern or bow to, fuel & water are available at the quay. A short trip to the old village of Alonisos is nice and about a 30 minute walk. In general the harbor is very picturesque as it is surrounded by cliffs and pine trees and remains unspoiled.
• Votsi - North of Patitri offers a good shelter from prevailing winds. Mooring is best off the small quay which is located to the east. There is limited fuel, a water truck can be arranged but this is of course if you find to moor on the quay.
• Ormos Tzorti - A cove offering good shelter from the meltemi and a nice place for swimming. Anchor where ever possible and in rough weather take a long line ashore. The beaches are with fine sand and pine trees.
• Steni Vala - This cove offers good shelter from the meltemi but is exposed to SW winds. There is a small quay but not recommend as the depth is one meter. There are small quaint taverns on shore.
• Ormos Firakos - This bay is not recommend to spend the night as it is very exposed to the weather, but if it is a calm day it is recommend for a swim and lunch.
GLIFA – Has a short pier which is used by the car ferry. You can anchor off the village or in the cove located to the east. Fuel, water and provisions are available in the village
KHALKIS - Is the capital of Evia . All facilities are available but please consult your Greek waters Pilot as there is a bridge which connects to the mainland and apart from the currents that you must be careful of you must also check to see when the bridge is up.
KIRA PANAGIA - This large bay located on the SW corner of Pelagos offers good shelter from the meltemi You can drop anchor in the cove on the NW side or behind the islet in the middle of the bay. You also have the choice to anchor in the cove on the East side but due to the bottom is made up of mostly weed and sand it does not offer good holding.
OREI – During ancient time Orei was of great importance as a maritime city. You can still see the remains of the Acropolis which once guarded the harbor from enemies. Orei is part of the coast and is rich in vegetation. There is mole to tie on and offers good shelter from the weather. The meltemi does not blow in this area. There is water at the mole as well as fuel via mini tanker. There are several markets for provisioning as well as tavernas to enjoy a meal.
PORTO KARRA - This marina offers good shelter from the prevailing weather. We recommend that you do not tie on the W side as the depth there are only 2 M opposed to the rest of the marina which are 5 M. There is water, electricity and fuel on the quay. There are a few restaurants for eating out and provisions are available at Nea Marmarars.
SKIATHOS - Green, soft and idyllic, Skiathos has some 70 sandy inlets, several bays and three harbors. Around the island there are no less than nine smaller islands. An island hopper's dream! The principle town is also called Skiathos and was built in 1830 on two low hills. It is the hub of the island where you can find some flavourful tavernas. Beaches abound, one special beach, Koukounaries (which means "pine grove") stretches in golden sand for a thousand meters, Most of the beach is shaded by pines and shrubs. An ancient walled town from the 16th century, called the Kastro, protected a whole village, whose residents when threatened would move to the impregnable rock which rises above Skiathos. A drawbridge was their only link to the rest of their island.
Places to moor
• Skiathos Main Harbor - You should moor on the northern part of the quay in the new harbor. The harbor it self offers good shelter from the meltemi. You may also anchor at the head of the bay. There is water available on the quay and fuel is available. There is also good shopping for provisioning as well as several tavernas to eat out at.
• Koukounaries – Is a small harbor located on the SW corner of Skiathos. The harbor offer excellent shelter . The beach is renowned as being the best in the Aegean with its fine white sand and pine trees.
SKIROS – The largest island of the northern Sporades. Ancient Skiros was ruled by King Lykomedes. He was the king that killed Thesus, the king of Athens, by throwing him off a cliff. Achilles was sent by his mother to keep him away from the Trojan Wars where it was prophesied he would die, but Odysseus discovered his identity and lured him away ,and to his death. In general nowadays, Skiros makes for a pleasant setting and is generally untouched by the tourists.
Places to moor
• Ag. Fokas - This bay lies North and offers good shelter from the meltemi. It is deserted so there are no facilities.
• Limin Linaria – This is the main harbor for Skiros. There is a quay which you can moor on the South side. The harbor offers good shelter from the meltemi but is open to N and NW winds. Water and fuel are available at the quay. There are some provisioning. Take a visit to Chora which is located just above the harbor.
SKOPELOS – An island rich in vegetation. It’s silver pine extend over its slopes. The land here is very fertile. The island was once used to send exiled dissident Byzantines from Constantinople. In 1538 Barbarossa slaughtered the entire population. Nowadays the island is prosperous and inhabited.
Places to moor
• Glossa – There is a quay on the north or if you find room on the mole to moor onto. The harbor offers good shelter from the meltemi. Most provisions are available and there are several tavernas on the waterfront. Take a walk to the town of Loutraki which is located above Glossa. The view is remarkable.
• Ormos Panoromos- This large bay is very deep, you should anchor in the NE corner or in the South corner. There are several tavernas located on the beach.
• Ormos Agnondas - This is a popular spot in the summer. You should anchor in the bay a take a line ashore. There are several tavernas and bars ashore.
• Ormos Stafilos – This bay is located on the South coast. It is of archeological significance as recently evidence of a Cretan settlement have been discovered. This makes it the most northerly Minoan civilization discovered so far. You should anchor in the NE corner of the bay. It does offer good shelter from the meltemi but is exposed to southerly winds.
• Limin Skopelos - Tie on the North quay which offer fairly good shelter from the meltemi. Water and fuel are available at the quay. Provisioning is available and there are several tavernas on the waterfront.
TRIKERI – A deep bay which runs SW into the Trikeri peninsula. If the whether is calm then anchor in the village of Kortis. The area offers a fantastic scenery under steep slopes.