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Enjoy fresh breezes, unspoilt harbours and fine sandy beaches on a sailing holiday from Skiathos exploring the beautiful Sporades islands.

The Sporades islands of Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos, together with the more sheltered Gulf of Volos, offer excellent sailing among very pretty islands. This attractive sailing holiday destination will suit sailors who relish the challenge of fresh sailing winds and the charm of exploring quieter islands and harbours off the beaten track.

A sailing holiday is the perfect way to explore this beautiful group of islands, completely unspoilt by tourism. Start your bareboat yacht charter in Skiathos harbour, just 5 minutes from the airport. The town has a maze of cobbled streets divided by the Bourtzi, once a Venetian fortress, now a cultural centre with great views. There’s a lively nightlife with shops, bars and restaurants around the harbour.

As you sail westwards from Skiathos to the islands of Skopelos and Alonissos or eastwards into the Gulf of Volos the pace of life becomes quieter and more tranquil. You’ll discover picturesque fishing harbours, deserted anchorages and lovely sandy beaches. There is a limited number of charter yachts in this area so you’ll find the harbours uncrowded.


Skiathos Yacht Charter

  • Overview

    Steni Vala


    Skiathos Old Town




    Mamma Mia church!

    Sailing holidays from Skiathos

    • Flights to Skiathos on Fridays from many regional airports
    • Small selection of yachts so contact us early!
    • Average distances of 15nm/day
    • Level 2 sailing
    • Average summer temperatures of 26-30 degrees
    • Average winds force 4-5
    • Great for Greek charm without the crowds
    • Most charters start and finish on Fridays to fit with flights from the UK
    • Flotilla option
  • 1 Wk Itinerary

    Suggested 1 week sailing itinerary from Skiathos

    DAY 1 : Skiathos

    Skiathos harbour is just a few minutes from the airport. Whitewashed houses up the steep slopes of the harbour make this a very picturesque place to start your holiday. Tavernas, restaurants and busy bars fill the bustling narrow streets.

    DAY 2 : Skopelos (10nm)

    Panormos is a beautiful bay for lunch. Overnight at Skopelos Town.

    DAY 3 : Patitiri, Alonissos (14nm)

    A very attractive harbour with plenty of waterfront tavernas and cafes.

    DAY 4 : Peristeri (15nm)

    An uninhabited island but full of legend, including the Cyclops Cave at Yioura.

    DAY 5 : Steni Vala, Alonissos (18nm)

    A picture-postcard fishing village with a nice beach. Great fish restaurants at the harbour.

    DAY 6 : Koukounaries, Skiathos (27nm)

    One of the best beaches in Greece. Waterskiing and fun rides on offer at the beach.

    DAY 7 : Skiathos (6nm)

    Skiathos 1 week sailing holiday itinerary

  • Sailing Journal

    Our experience

    Sun Odyssey 419, 1 week in July 2018 from Skiathos

    Supplied by Hannah Rattew, Nautilus Yachting

    Day 1

    Day 1 - Skiathos Town

    After a civilised afternoon departure from London Gatwick I landed on Skiathos Island’s famously “short and narrow” runway just as the sun was setting. Skiathos Town is a lively and busy starting port with picturesque white fronted shops and restaurants offering a very warm and classic “Greek welcome”. The floating pontoon where most charter yachts are located is very basic, with no onshore facilities and intermittent shore power (no A/Cs!). It is also little challenging to board with luggage and doesn’t offer a particularly “stable” first night as winds can pick up in the middle of the night and funnel through the hills into the bay. Not the starting destination for those new to sailing or who like their luxuries!
    Day 2

    Day 2 - Skiathos to Patitiri, Alonissos (25nm)

    Provisioning can be easily achieved at the SPA supermarket, a 5-minute walk up the hill from the harbour. It is well-stocked and they offer free delivery to the boat. After a comprehensive and detailed briefing we set sail for a lunch stop on Skopelos Island, anchoring off Stafilos Beach (15nm). Once out in the islands you begin to realise why this is such a popular area for sailors, with reliable winds, perfect distances between stops and not at all crowded with other sailing and day trip vessels! In the late afternoon we motored around to Alonissos Island anchoring in the bay of Patitiri harbour (10nm). There were a few spaces on the quay, but we chose to use the outboard for peace & quiet as the Wolrd Cup was showing in the town! There are a good choice of shops and restaurants along the attractive waterfront in this laid-back but bustling capital of Alonissos.
    Day 3

    Day 3 - Patitiri to Steni Vala (9nm)

    For lunch we found a perfect, almost deserted spot on the southern tip of Peristera island (5nm). We could have stayed there all night but were drawn to Steni Vala (4nm) with the prospect of good food! This beautiful, small town has space for several yachts along the quay if care is taken due to rapidly shallowing water under your rudder and debris at the harbour wall. It is recommended to go “bows-to” but we made it “stern-to” with a very long boarding plank. There are a few restaurants and some quaint café bars plus two mini-markets. Steni Vala is well equipped for its size and attracts many visitors but retains its charm. Power and water is not provided on the quay but can be purchased via very long extension cable from a couple of the restaurants. It can get quite full when the flotillas visit but there is possibility to anchor just outside the town to the south, or even off the beach if calm.
    Day 4

    Day 4 - Steni Vala to Kira Panagia (12nm)

    After a lazy morning in Steni vala we had a great uwpwind sail in the channel between Alonissos and Peristera tacking all the way to Kira Panagia. Overnight we anchored in one of the smaller bays on the south of the island and put two lines ashore. It is very well protected from the usual North Easterlies. I hiked up the hill to look over the entire bay and out at the islands visited so far. This uninhabited island is deserted except for the goats! We could only see one other boat, far on the other side of the bay and felt we had complete privacy. It is very peaceful with no mobile signal (one of the last places on earth?!) and more stars than you would see in an entire year at home!
    Day 5

    Day 5 - Panagia to Linaria, Skyros (37nm)

    We left early (07.00) for the long passage to Skyros, which we started under engine and finished under sail with the wind picking up in the open sea between Skantouza and Skyros. We arrived early afternoon to some of the best harbour services I have experienced in Greece! We had not pre-booked but were greeted on arrival and were assisted into a berth with lazy lines, electricity, water and Wifi at €25/night. We swam in the bay below the Kabos bar, and experienced the “disco shower” before getting a taxi up to the Island’s main town (€30/return). We wandered through the narrow shopping streets, and enjoyed a rooftop sundowner before dinner.
    Day 6

    Day 6 - Linaria, Skyros

    We decided to stay put and hire a car from the port (€50/day) to explore the island, starting with a swim under Skyros town at Molos Beach, followed by lunch on the exposed northern shore. The afternoon finished with a drive through the hills before heading back to Linaria for a cheeky Gyros!
    Day 7

    Day 7 - Skyros to Skopelos Town (43nm)

    Leaving early again to head back toward the main Sporades islands we started off under engine but sailed the majority of the way to Skantzoura (25nm). This is a perfect lunch stop with several suitable anchorages. The pilot book does say overnights are possible but there is less shelter from swells. After a rather too relaxed lunch we motored into the setting sun to reach Skopelos town before dark. This harbour has a huge sea wall to protect yachts from the prevailing winds and waves with space for many charter yachts, so arriving at 7.00pm was no issue. Skopelos Town is a busy and lively tourist destination with an extensive amount of restaurants, bars and shops but still retaining plenty of charm with the white washed buildings, narrow back-streets and hidden squares.
    Day 7

    Day 8 - Skopelos to Skiathos (18nm)

    Taking full advantage of the fantastic bakery on the waterfront for breakfast we balanced this out with a steep walk up through the town to the chapel and a view of the harbour. Wanting to make the most of our last day on board we then motored around the windward side of the island to the “Mamma Mia” church! You can anchor off here for lunch but it is a very hazardous approach with several rocks just under the surface so caution should be taken even on a day when the water is clear. If there is any wind at all then stopping here is not recommended. The steps up to the hill and the church itself get extremely busy with tourists arriving by bus so we chose to enjoy the view from the yacht as the water here is lovely. We left with plenty of time for a final leisurely sail back to Skiathos and returned our yacht to the pontoon. After check-out was completed we disembarked that evening in favour of a hotel for the last two nights exploring Skiathos island.
    Day 7

    Day 9 - Skiathos

    As flights back to the UK aren’t available daily we stayed on for a day in Skiathos with a car to explore the island. The North coast is not recommended for yachts but there are some great sights to see. The hike is well worth it to see Old Kastro, an abandoned village on a rocky outcrop which the entire population of Skiathios retreated to live on in the 14th century to escape pirates! Inland the Monastero di Panagio is a beautiful peaceful refuge where they infuse their own olive oil and ferment their own liqueurs. At the south of the island where the majority of the hotels and resorts are, there is a choice of long sandy beaches; Koukounaries, Troulos, Kolios and Banana Beach!
  • Sailing Conditions

    Sailing conditions in Skiathos

    Weather conditions in the Sporades are very favourable for a sailing holiday from Skiathos. Afternoon breezes Force 3-5 from the north-east give good sailing from mid-morning to early evening. In July and August the meltemi can bring stronger winds Force 5-6, but all the islands have good shelter. Summer temperatures reach 27-29ºC.

    We have rated this destination a 'Level 2' (levels info) and you will need an ICC qualification for bareboat charters from Skiathos.

    For those wanting more support or who are looking for more of a social holiday then why not take a look at our Sporades flotilla holidays.

    You can see all of the bases we offer in Greece along with the level ratings here so that you can find the most suitable destination for you. If you are at all unsure about a destination then please get in touch and our sales team will be more than happy to make their recommendations for you.

  • Getting There

    Getting There

    Flights to Skiathos

    Thomson have flights to Skiathos from Luton, Gatwick, Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester on Fridays.


    The transfer time from Skiathos airport to the harbour is only 5 minutes so it usually works out better to simply jump in a taxi when you arrive. 

"Just a quick note to say how much we enjoyed the flotilla. Everything worked perfectly, Odysseus were brilliant, the guys on the lead boat - Jack and Davide - were top class, great fun and really made the experience brilliant. So all in all my experience couldn’t have been better. You are running a really great operation and would recommend you very strongly."

Corfu Flotilla 2019 - P.N.

Skiathos Yacht Charter prices

Yachts from Skiathos Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

2023 Prices, extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.

Yacht details 01 Jan-22 Apr22 Apr-20 May20 May-17 Jun17 Jun-29 Jul29 Jul-19 Aug19 Aug-16 Sep16-30 Sep30 Sep-14 Oct14 Oct-31 Dec
Model / layout Year Cabins WC
Sun Odyssey 349201831157120002429285532572855242920001571
Sun Odyssey 410202032244831143781445350764453378131142448

Yachts from Skiathos Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

2023 Prices, extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.

Yacht details 01 Jan-22 Apr22 Apr-20 May20 May-17 Jun17 Jun-29 Jul29 Jul-19 Aug19 Aug-16 Sep16-30 Sep30 Sep-14 Oct14 Oct-31 Dec
Model / layout Year Cabins WC
Sun Odyssey 490 4 cabins202044358145525524650374106503552445523581
Sun Odyssey 469201544289533714095482154954821409533712895

Yachts from Skiathos Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

2023 Prices, extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.

Yacht details 01 Jan-22 Apr22 Apr-20 May20 May-17 Jun17 Jun-29 Jul29 Jul-19 Aug19 Aug-16 Sep16-30 Sep30 Sep-14 Oct14 Oct-31 Dec
Model / layout Year Cabins WC
Lagoon 40202144400050866181726787247267618150864000
Lagoon 46/12202344 (4 internal + 1 WC in each bow)598176109248108761304810876924876105981


Fleet 1 from Skiathos

FREE outboard


Extras payable on embarkation:


Refundable deposit €2000 - €5000 OR Non refundable insurance on request
End cleaning - Monohull 32-35ft € 90, 36-42ft € 130, 43-48ft € 170, 49ft € 210, 50ft and over € 250

End cleaning - Catamaran 38-40ft € 210, 41-46ft € 260, 47ft and over € 300

Fuel used (fill up on return)
OPTIONAL EXTRAS (i.e. SUP, WIFI etc) available on request.

SKIPPER: €1330/week + food and drink + own cabin


Prices may be subject to change.

Sailing Qualifications

To skipper a bareboat charter or flotilla yacht, you need to hold a practical sailing certificate equivalent to RYA Day Skipper Practical qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC). For charters in Greece, you must now have the ICC certificate. You must also be assisted by at least one competent crew member over the age of 18.

For charters in Croatia, Malta and the Canaries, at least one member of the crew or the skipper will also need a VHF licence.

RYA qualifications can be obtained by RYA sailing schools in the UK or alternatively choose from one of our overseas centres in Gibraltar, Greece or Turkey.

For Seychelles the local authorities require an ICC for the skipper of a bareboat or flotilla yacht charter.

For Caribbean and Tropical charters, formal qualifications are not compulsory, however, you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew. A brief sailing resume should be provided to outline your experience.

If you don't hold the relevant qualifications then why not add a skipper?

Sailing Levels

Level 1

Winds force 2-3 (4-11 Knots)combined with generally shorter distances. Good for beginner or intermediate sailors. Line-of-sight navigation but basic knowledge of charts and ability to plot your position required.

Level 2

Winds force 3-5 (7-21 Knots) with approximately 15-20nm per day. Intermediate experience required. Predominately line of sight navigation but an understanding of how to sail in open water.

Level 3

Winds force 4-6 (11-27 Knots) with mileage of approximately 20nm+ per day. Ideal for experienced skippers looking to venture out to new destinations. Day skipper standard but with experienced crew would be recommended.