Sailing in Greece
With its history and culture, combined with a stunning selection of beautiful Greek islands with picturesque harbors, whitewashed houses and small churches, surrounded by a never ending canvas of blue and turquoise seas, Greece is the ultimate destination for sailing holidays.
There are so many magical locations you can visit that you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding which islands you want to visit when sailing the blue Greek waters of the Ionian and Aegean seas. Each island has its own beauty and charm, and offers travelers an opportunity to enjoy a travel experience that is unlike any other anywhere in the world.
The Aegean sea is filled with popular islands such as Santorini, Mykonos, Paros and Naxos in the Cyclades, and Rhodes, Kos, Karpathos and Kalymnos in the Dodecanese. The variety and size of the islands can you visit range from huge to very small. The small Cyclades island are a group of very small sized islands including Koufonisia, Iraklia and Donousa that offer the visitors the chance to experience an authentic Greek island experience as mass tourism hasn’t made an impact on these destinations and the islands are virtually unchanged from 100 years ago.
In the Ionian sea on the west side of Greece are islands such as Corfu, Zakynthos and Kefalonia which you can sail around and enjoy the stunning blue and turquoise waters, as well as some of the most beautiful beaches in Greece.
If you are planning on visiting Athens for a holiday, then you can easily enjoy a day or two of sailing around the nearby islands in the Saronic Gulf. These islands include Aegina, Hydra, Poros and Spetses, and there are a number of sailing companies providing sailing holidays to these islands from some of the marinas in Athens such as Alimos.
There is nothing quite like stepping on a sailing boat and beginning your journey on the water and setting sail to your destination. During the afternoons you can peacefully sail along the crystal clear waters and even stop at some of the remote and isolated beaches that are accessible only by sea. In the evening you can moor your sailing boat at one of the many harbors or marinas and head to a restaurant or café bar for a meal or something to drink. The next day you can set sail again heading to a different destination.
Island hopping around the Greek islands is something that travelers have been doing for many years now, as there are frequent ferry boats connecting them. However, being able to island hop with your sailing boat takes this experience to a whole new level, and is something that everyone should try and experience if they are able to.
If you are planning on visiting Santorini there are a number of companies offering a great selection of sailing holidays and excursions where you can experience the island from a completely new level, as well as take a trip to some of the other nearby islands.
At Santorini Speed Sailing you will find a great selection of different sailing tours and excursions, including the popular Caldera sunset cruise and the morning sailing cruise. They also offer sailing on their unique trimaran boat, that provides you with the ultimate sailing experience in the Aegean. Visit www.santorinispeedsailing.com or call ( + 30 ) 22860 82812 for more information.
Also based in Santorini is Nereids Boat Tours, who offer a great selection of sailing tours around the island as well as others in the Cyclades. In addition to their selection of standard sailing holidays and tours, you can also request a completely customized tour to fit your exact requirements. Contact them on ( + 30 ) 6982 060470 or visit www.nereidsboattours.com for further details.
If you are visiting the east region of Greece such as Pelion, Volos or Lamia, then you can enjoy some wonderful sailing holidays and tours around the islands of the Sporades including Skiathos and Skopelos. Stavento Sailing offer a great selection of sailing holidays in this extremely beautiful part of Greece and have a number of very interesting sailing tours to locations along the east coast of Greece. They can also arrange a mythical wedding for you at the cave of Peleus. Head over to www.staventosailing.com or call ( + 30 ) 6981 109464 for additional information.
If you are planning on sailing around the island of Evia in your own boat, then remember to check out Livaditis Boat Parking if you ever need to moor your boat or if it requires any painting of servicing work. They are located in the town of Limni in North Evia and can be reached on ( + 30 ) 22270 31640 or by visiting their webpage.
Whichever part of Greece you plan to sail to, you can be sure of a number of things such as stunning locations, great weather, crystal clear waters and the chance to make lots of beautiful and very happy memories to take back home with you.