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There is not much planned sporting entertainment in these Aegean islands, beside those offered by the hotel facilities. So a basic appetite for just enjoying swimming and lazing in the sun is essential, getting your supplementary pleasures from short sea trips by motor boat, fishing, or rambling at will.

While in Sporades you will certainly enjoy the good local food and delicious wine. The seafood is extraordinary - especially lobster, octopus and, most remarkable of all, enormous prawns often baked with cheese and fresh tomatoes. At even in the humblest taverna you can finish your meal with superb melon, watermelon, peaches, figs and grapes. For shopping, the folk art shops of these islands are ideal. In particular, in Skyros you will be able to find beautifully hand-carved stools, embroidered articles, hand-woven materials, rugs, original clay and copper utensils, chests and furniture.

The carnival celebrations of Skyros, in late February-early March, are unique. Anthropologists believe that these practices are genuinely pagan, deriving probably from the ancient worship of Dionysus. On the same island in August, horse racings take place with the local breed of small ponies. The jockeys wear special local costumes and the village maidens, dressed as brides in traditional costumes, dance local tunes.