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Our Wakes: 2021

Eubee and the Sporades islands: (July & August 2021)
After having visited several islands of the Cyclades we had to move north towards the Sporades   located North East of  Eubee island. This group of islands is relatively well protected against the  Meltemi so it is a nice place to be in the months of July and August. The mountains on Eubee  island deflect the meltemi and it is not too much of a problem to move towards the north.  Unfortunately, in August , the high temperatures  triggered forest fires and a very significant  part of Eubee has been destroyed by the flames. The corridor between the mainland and the  island varies between 8 and 16 kilometers, but in the middle, there is only 45 meters between the  mainland and the island.   At this narrow point a bridge connect the 2 sides.This is also the place were you can find thecity   of Chalcis.  For boats passing under the  Chalcis bridge it is a little adventure. Most of the time  threre is a very strong current. When the tide reverses there is only a slack tide of approx.10  minutes, afterwards the current starts again. Prior to passing the bridge, the captain needs to go  to the coast guard and first pay a fee of 35 Euro. The coast guard will add your boat on a list of  boats that will pass under the bridge that night. Between 9:00pm  and 3:00 am the coastguard  will open the bridge and give via VHF the greenlight to pass under the bridge. Priority is given to  commercial vessels followed by pleasure boats to sail under the bridge from North to South  followed then by vessel passing from South to North. The cars on both sides of the bridge are  stopped for approximatively 45 minutes.  When all the boats have passed under the bridge,  the  operator closes it again until the next day. A lot of people come to see the spectacle of the boats  passing under the bridge and wave at the passing vessels giving this crossing a kind of festive  mood. Unfortunately, it is apparently impossible to predict the currents with any degree   of accuracy. There is even a legend according to which the great philosopher Aristotle tried to  solve this problem. He failed to solve the problem and was so upset that he jumpedn in 322 BC,  into the waters and drowned. Once you have passed under the bridge, the rest of the trip to the  Sporades is quite easy. On the  North West side of Eube there is the small town of Loutra  Edipsos known for his thermal springs. The arhitecture of the city is special as you have a lot of  Hotels of the 19 century that still today welcome people who wants to enjoy a cure of thermal  waters. Some of the springs are accesible to everybody as they are located along the coast and  little pools have been arranged if you wish to enjoy the hot water. After three days of sailing, we  arrived near Skiatos, the first island in the Sporades. We decided to skip Skiatos as the harbor  is always full of charter boats. We continued to the nearby island of Skopelos. This island has a  big harbor and is well know because the movie Mama-Mia was filmed there (in the movie, the  island was renamed Kalokairi). The major focus of visitors is the wedding chapel. From there, you  have a very beautiful view of the surrounding seas. We have visited the island by renting a  motorbike and discovered that there were several beautiful beaches and creeks. The island is  also proud to say that it is one of the greenest islands of the region as it has never had a forest  fire. If you are in the harbor, you will see that the city consists of numerous white houses that  cover the slopes. The streets are very narrow and the only way to visit the city is on foot.  However, while you climb you will enjoy a nice view. Skopelos is very well connected with the  other islands and the mainland as several big ferries come here every day. A few miles from  Skopelos there is the island of Alonissos. One of the main attractions of Alonissos was a seal  that visited the harbor frequently   and loved to jump on the zodiacs or paddleboards that were in the water to sunbathe. Like all  celebrity, he also enjoyed long photo sessions much to the delight of the visitors. Unfortunately,  we were amongst the last to encounter the seal as we learned a few days later that he had been  killed with a speargun. Likely a fisherman did not like to see his nets being damaged by the seal,  so he decided to solve definitely the problem. Luckily nearby Alonissos there is a nature reserve  that is closed to all visitors. In the centre of the reserve you have the island of Piperi home to  a  colony of 33 seals that live happily and are well protected.The old village, of Alonissos is  definitely worth the visit. There are numerous restaurants from where you can enjoy a superb  view of the islands in the area. The sunset can be very beautiful, so I strongly advise you to visit  it at around sunset as you won’t regret it.If you sail further to the east, there are plenty of  places where you can drop the anchor and have a very quiet night. In the morning you will hear  the goats roam about the islands. Those anchorages are so isolated that you have no cell phone  connection. Some will appreciate this, while others will be desperate for a signal and ask the  captain how long he plans to stay there. Some charter boats do not come here because there will  always be a passenger on board who will complain about being disconnected from the world. After  a few days of enjoying those anchorages, we decided to move Northwards towards Chalkidiki   region not far away of Thesaloniki
Chalkis bridge & current Loutraki harbor  on Skopelos Skopelos harbor Church of Ma-ma mia movie Skopelos Patitiri harbor (Alonissos) View from old Alonissos Top of this Page Previous Page Next Page