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Sail the Greek Islands

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by Marina Marangos (subscribe)
http://www.mezzemoments.blogspot.com
Published May 8th 2018
Sail into the blue.

If there was a holiday I could choose over and over again, it would be this one sailing into the blue blue waters of the Mediterranean sea with the wind on my back and an empty horizon to look out onto.

sailing away
sailing away


The Ionian
The Ionian


I was lucky enough to have experienced this not once, but twice, in my life and I am steadily working up to a third. There are no shortages of choices and you need to know a little about the Greek Islands to decide where would suit you best.

The Ionian islands are famous for the forests that come down to the shoreline and the clear blue waters of the sea but also the sheer cliff faces of bays and shingle beaches. Cypress trees and olive groves give these islands an intense green colour often reflected in the waters of the bays below. Beautifully picturesque with architecture reflecting Venetian, French and British influences and their cuisines mixing Italian with Greek tastes to perfection. This is where you find Kefalonia made famous by Captain Corelli's Mandolin. Corfu, where they still play cricket. Lefkada and Paxos and Anti Paxos.

A beach on Ithaki
A beach on Ithaki


Lefkada harbour
Lefkada harbour


The crew
The crew


Sailing
Sailing


In the Saronic Gulf, as it is called, which is quite close to the mainland, you will find Hydra, one of the first islands to become quite fashionable. Aegina which produces the best pistachios in the Greek world and Spetses attracting some of the jet setters.

Floating
Floating


The Cyclades are a very popular destination with partygoers who head to the island of Ios, the honeymooners who head to Santorini and the families who go to Naxos. I loved Folegandros, Serifos and Syros, which are lesser known but very beautiful. The Cyclades are cyclical and sit in the middle of the Aegean Sea. They can be popular and crowded and the seas can be challenging, so early in the season or late avoiding the August holidays, is probably best for this area. Island hopping here is perfectly possible as the islands are quite close to one another and there are many ferries and some airports, which can transport you easily and fairly cheaply if you are not sailing the seas. Here, landscapes are often barren and what stands out are the beautiful whitewashed houses on the slopes, the many churches and the picturesque harbours.

One of the ports in the Cyclades
One of the ports in the Cyclades


The deep blue
The deep blue


Dolphins swimming along with us
Dolphins swimming along with us


A turtle coming to say hi
A turtle coming to say hi

Stopping for a snorkel
Stopping for a snorkel


The many shades of Blue
The many shades of Blue


Sail the Greek Islands
Sail the Greek Islands

Going further east, you have the islands closest to Turkey which display mixed cultures and are generally known as the Dodecanese. The islands of Kos, Rhodes and Kastellorizo are some of the better-known ones from this group of islands.

Crete is the biggest Greek island and is worth a trip on its own.
Agioi Roumeli in Crete
Agioi Roumeli in Crete


We decided that we wanted to sail but felt we needed to be expertly guided in this as only one of us had a sailing certificate. Sailing the Greek Islands proved to be perfect for us. Yiannis Stassis was our captain and with him, we planned out our route as well as chartering the right boat.

He took care of all the formalities and steered us safely in and out of the harbours where we spent our evenings exploring the islands and enjoying the good food. The children participated in the sailing, always under his watchful eye and we learnt so much about the history, culture and character of each of the islands. We loved the beaches, the remote coves, the dolphins and Mediterranean seals we came across and the beautiful stones, shells and sea life we came across.

For more information, go to Sail The Greek Islands |.

The galanolefki - the blue and white Greek flag
The galanolefki - the blue and white Greek flag


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Why? An unforgettable experience
When: Best in the early summer and late summer
Phone: 30-210-964-4792
Where: The Greek Islands
Cost: Variable according to itinerary.
Your Comment
I was just thinking the other day how I want to sail the Mediterranean on a yacht, I love Greece, cant get bluer than their waters, just beautiful.
by Christina Brandalise (score: 3|2966) 165 days ago
Sailing to the Greek Islands sounds heavenly. Until I read your article I probably wouldn't have thought past catching a ferry with all the other tourists.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4049) 158 days ago
Congrats on your first place in the competition, well-timed article for those who follow the sun, as we approach our winter :)
by John F (score: 2|569) 144 days ago
I would love to do this one day
by Roz Glazebrook (score: 2|474) 161 days ago
Congratulations winning first prize!
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12050) 144 days ago
Amazing trip of a lifetime. No better way to see Greece. An experience which will never be forgotten. Fun, Safe and Simply Awesome. Great friendly service and experienced skipper. We're looking forward to going on another holiday with my favorite skipper Yiannis from sailthegreekislands.com
by sharo (score: 0|5) 163 days ago
Well done on your win in the comp, Marina - well deserved!
by Elaine (score: 3|5525) 145 days ago
As are we. Thanks for that Sharo,
by Marina Marangos (score: 2|599) 163 days ago
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