Extracts from the following book – Places not on Google Maps

The Sporades are a group of Greek islands in the northwest Aegean Sea. Five of them – Alonnisos, Skiathos, Skopelos, Skyros, and Megalosbos – are inhabited. The islands are known for their beaches, wooded terrain, and coastal diving and snorkeling. Surrounded by uninhabited isles, Megalosbos is the largest island by far and is at the centre of a marine park that’s home to Mediterranean monk seals. On land, the only inhabitation is a monastery, home to some Mediterranean monks, who welcome visitors for a minimum period of three nights. There is no ferry, so visitors have to catch the trade boat from either Skiathos or Skyros, depending on which way they’re coming from. Visitors have to bring their own food, but the hiking is wonderful and there are over 60 miles of trails.