The emerald islands of the Aegean

skyrian horses by Archway Andres

Photo by Archway Andres

Sporades islands are the ideal alternative destinations and offer a variety of activities. In Skiathos follow the footsteps of Papadiamantis selecting one or more of the hiking trails of the island. In Skyros, let your kids ride the famous ponies of the island, that live on mount Kohilas on its south. In Alonnisos, visit the cave of Cyclops in Gioura, a tiny island said to be the cave of Cyclops Polyphemus. Also, in Skopelos, visit Drakontoschisma, where according to tradition a dragon fell and killed himself centuries ago, after Saint Reginos, the patron of the island, chased him to protect the islanders.