This wonderful sailing area will suit more experienced crews who relish the challenge of fresh sailing winds and quieter, off-the-beaten-track anchorages. From our base in Loutraki on the idyllic holiday island of Skopelos, the Pelion Route ventures west into the sheltered Gulf of Volos, in the shadow of the Pelion peninsula and blessed with safe anchorages and timeless fishing villages. We visit sleepy Paleo Trikeri and historic Pegadi, from where Achilles set to sail for Troy. Our route back takes us to Koukounaries, famed for one of the Mediterranean’s best beaches. Our Sporades Route heads east from Skiathos and explores outlying islands such as Alonissos, with its scenic harbours at Patitiri and Steni Vala. We head for the uninhabited islands of Peristeri, Xero or, weather permitting, Pelagos – also known as Kyra Panaghia, with its single resident and herds of wild goats.