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Moreover, on Skopelos island Glossa (via Loutraki port) and on Alonissos island Steni Vala port are also well worth visiting, especially to look for good tavernas in the typically narrow winding streets. But also near the popular beaches on Skiathos and Skopelos you will find lots of tourists in the season, yet as a rule the tavernas and bars tend to be twice as expensive and half as good as in the traditional places.
Indeed, five or six beaches on Skiathos and Skopelos are considered the best in the eastern Mediterranean and near the ports these beaches can be crowded, however if you have your own yacht there are an abundance of stunning bays to drop anchor where you will be all by yourself. If fact the Northern Sporades are as famous for the beautiful scenery and beaches as for the amount of secluded anchorages and wildlife, hence ideal for yacht charter holidays. For this sailing area the ultimate charter base is the marina in Skiathos port, which even seems to have its own airstrip (planes landing will nearly touch your mast).
The charts should not be
used for navigational purposes.
The NMPANS is divided in two larger zones (A & B) plus an important core zone (C), with varying degrees of protection.
Zone A consists of Pelagos (Kira Panayia), Yioura, Piperi, Psathoura and Skantzoura, and several smaller islets as well as the surrounding waters.
Zone C - the Core zone of the NMPANS - is situated largely within Zone A and focuses on the uninhabited island of Piperi and a three nautical mile marine area around it. All human activities in the core zone, except scientific research with special permit, are prohibited. Special protection measures have also been taken for Yioura, where yachts and tourists should keep a distance of 400 metres. The remainder of zone A has fewer restrictions and is basically open to tourism and to small-scale coastal professional fisheries, but is prohibited for certain cargo-vessels.
Zone B includes the only inhabited island of the NMPANS, Alonnissos (Alonisos, Allonisos), several smaller islands and the marine area around them. Apart from regulations on special fishing techniques, most activities are permitted in this zone.
Greek Waters Pilot
Edition 11th (August 2011) - Rod Heikell
A yachtsman's guide to the entire area from the Ionian Islands to the Aegean, Rhodes and Crete and includes details of over 450 harbours in a single volume.
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