The Aegean Sea is one of the world's most famous and picturesque sailing destinations. Miles of coast and volcanic landscape characterise the area connecting the Saronic and Argolic Gulfs, which is studded with distinctive islands.
The Sporades islands lie in the north west Aegean, near the peninsula of the south Pelion mountains. The closest mainland city is Volos, in the Pegasitic gulf. Although Skiathos is one of the most popular holiday destinations in central or northern Greece, with the most famous beaches, the remaining Sporades islands (Skopelos, Alonissos and Skyros) are relatively unspoilt. Evia is the island which lies parallel to mainland Greece. The inner route up the narrow gulf between Evia and the mainland is more frequently travelled by sailors coming up from Athens, there being sheltered waters and many safe harbours and anchorages. Along the east coast of Evia there are a few anchorages sheltered from the prevailing wind.
Gialtra Bay is the ideal starting point for sailing the Aegean coast of Greece. The Sporades are acknowledged to be one of the best cruising areas in Europe. With abundant sunshine, crystal clear waters, continuous blue skies, good anchorages and friendly people, this coast offers many diversities. There are many unspoiled areas rich in natural beauty and in costal settlements and villages.
Wind and Sailing Conditions for yacht holidays from Evia - Gialtra Bay to Skiathos and the Sporades islands; Sailing Level - Easy to Intermediate
The prevailing wind in Evia and Northern Sporades during the summer is the well known Meltemi, which blows from the NE. In spring and autumn the wind is again predominantly from the North (NE - NW) but there are regular winds from the South as well. However, there are a number of local variations to the overall weather pattern. In the Trikeri and Orei Channels the wind is funneled into the channel so that it blows from the E-ENE. In the gulf of Volos (Pagasitikos Gulf), a NW wind, Force 2-5, often blows down the valley at the head of the gulf in the spring and autumn. There may also be southerlies, which can also blow in the summer
An interactiv Map of Gialtra Bay

Volume II, Part 1: Evvoia, Sporades, Northern mainland - 2nd new updated edition Published 2007 The retail price of each volume is 90 €. Each volume contains all the charts together with navigational information as well as port and bay plans for the area it covers.

chart from Eagle Ray
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