The Northern Sporades consists of 24 islands, only four of which are inhabited; Alonnisos, Skiathos, Skopelos, and Skyros.
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.
During the months of July and August the meltemi winds prevail averaging 4 to 6 beaufort. Usually it is not windy every day but to be safe it is best to start sailing as early as possible in the morning in order to avoid rough seas as the wind starts to pick up in the early afternoon and dies out towards the early evening.
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