The Sporades, for hiking and nature
The islands of Skiathos and Skopelos are far more lush and fertile than other regions.
Skiathos’ vast pine forests fall right down to its beaches, with walking trails weaving through the green to reach the blue. Koukounaries Beach draws the sunbathers; Banana Beach draws the naturists. Skiathos is also full of secluded beaches only accessible via boat, like Lalaria Beach.
Skopelos is home to one of Greece’s most heralded churches, Agios Ioannis, which rests atop a 100-meter tall rock. Visitors game enough to scramble up the stairs are rewarded with panoramic views and a glimpse of the nearby island Alonissos.