One of the reasons to visit Greece for your summer holidays is because Greece is one of the greatest sailing hubs in the Mediterranean Sea. Thousands of islands counting for up to a 20% of the total land area in Greece and a 9000 mile coastline could offer unlimited gems to explore, hidden bays and marinas that would need many sailing trips to thoroughly experience.
Here are 4 destinations which are worth visiting:
1. The Cyclades Islands
The Cyclades offer a mixture of amazing sailing conditions, great wind and exciting nightlife on the famous islands of Mykonos, Santorini, Mylos, Syros, Ios and Naxos. Famous destinations where sailors all over the world love to spend their sailing holidays. Be prepared that Aegean Sea is the most challenging and you need to be experienced or hire a skipper for your sailing trip.
2. The Ionian Sea
The islands of Corfu, Lefkada and Zakynthos are the most famous sailing destinations of the Ionian Sea. Majestic beaches, beautiful sunsets and sapphire waters wait those who plan to sail the Ionian waters. Do not forget to visit the island of Ithaca, the home of Odysseus and to try the famous local cuisine and drinks in the island of Corfu.
3. The Saronic Gulf
Argosaronic Islands such Spetses, Poros and Hydra are famous destinations for the sailors that want to venture out from the Ionian Sea. Most of these islands are recommended for a stop during your sailing trip, for example the island of Hydra, where famous authors such as Cohen, Jensen and Tunstr?m used to live. The winds are not that strong in the Saronic Gulf compared to the Aegean Sea.
4. The Sporades Islands
Sheltered anchorages and safe waters prevail in the sailing area of Sporades. The islands of Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos and Skyros offer sunny beaches and ideal conditions for a sailing trip. You can always get your boat or yacht from the Volos port, located only some hours away from Athens and Thessaloniki.