Sailing in the Greek Islands
Greece Travel Secrets lists four of the best destinations if you want to go sailing in the Greek islands.
Sailing in the Greek Islands
One of the first and greatest stories ever published, The Odyssey, tells among other things of
an epic sea journey as Odysseus made his way home from the Siege of Troy. He
sailed through the Greek Islands of the Aegean to his home on Ithaca, in the
Ionian Islands, a journey which took him ten years. But even if you don’t have
ten years to spare, you can still enjoy what is one of the greatest Greek
experiences - sailing around the islands.
From the humble village fisherman to the great shipping
dynasties like the Onassis family, the Greeks have always had a special
affinity with the sea, and there’s no better way to understand the feeling than
to get out on the water yourself, whether you rent a boat for a few hours, a
few days, or spend your entire holiday afloat on a boat.
On Kos in the Dodecanese islands you can rent boats at the harbour in Kos Town or in any of
the main resorts like Kardamaina. From Kos Town, it’s only 10 nautical miles to
Bodrum in Turkey – just remember to take your passport. The same distance due
south of Kardamaina is the volcanic island of Nisyros, and there’s nothing
more exhilarating than sailing from one island and seeing the next appear on
the horizon, a world different from the one you just left.
In the Old Town of Rhodes
The Colossus of Rhodes is thought to have straddled the harbour
entrance here in Rhodes Town on the island of Rhodes, also in the Dodecanese, but for us the harbour on the smaller island of Symi is the most
beautiful in Greece. It’s almost 25 nautical miles away, and you’ll pass the
Turkish coast on the way, but you sail into a gorgeous horseshoe harbour with
pretty pastel-coloured houses filling the hilly slopes all around. It’s a sight
you’ll never forget, especially if you arrive at night, sailing your own boat.
Corfu Evening Sky
Corfu in the Ionian islands is the best choice of all.
Several UK holiday companies such as Sunvil offer sailing
holidays in the Ionian, where you can learn to sail even if you’ve never sailed
before. You could also join a flotilla holiday and be as active or as inactive
as you like. It’s got some of the best windsurfing spots in Greece too, and the
winds here can really test your skills as they change throughout the day.
The Mountains of Crete
Crete is the largest Greek island and you’d have to sail a long way out to sea to
lose sight of Crete’s magnificent mountains, but why sail away when it has over
600 miles of coastline just waiting to be explored? There’s a definite feeling
of adventure if you sail south to the little island of Gavdos, the most
southerly point in Europe. Don’t miss it – your next stop is 140 nautical miles
away in Libya!
More general pages about Greece.
How to choose which Greek island from six of the most popular, Crete, Corfu, Rhodes, Kos, Kefalonia and Zakynthos.
The ten biggest cities in Greece start with Athens and Thessaloniki, followed by Patras and several suburbs of Athens which are Greek cities in their own right.
This beginner's guide to Greek architecture explains how to tell your Ionic from your Doric columns, and what to look for in temples and Byzantine churches.
Weddings in Greece and the Greek islands can be luxury or cheap, are easy to arrange from the UK or USA in Santorini, Mykonos, and Rhodes.
Practical information on travelling around Greece by plane, by ferry, by bus, by train and by driving, including car rental, parking and other driving advice.
Top Ten Things to Do in Greece include seeing the Acropolis and Parthenon, visiting the National Archaeological Museum and ancient sites like Knossos on Crete.
The Top Ten Biggest Greek Islands, the largest in size, are listed by Greece Travel Secrets and include Crete, Evia, Lesbos and Rhodes.
The Greece Travel Secrets guide to tipping in Greece from two Greece travel experts, including when to tip, what to tip and when not to tip.
The nomads of Greece are the Vlachs, nomadic shepherds whose capital is Metsovo in the Pindus Mountains, and the Sarakatsani, shepherds in Macedonia and Thrace.
The home of the Greek Gods was the top of Mount Olympus, and among the better-known Gods and Goddesses in the Greek pantheon were Zeus, Poseidon and Aphrodite.
The ten best places to visit in Greece include Athens, Thessaloniki, the Greek islands of Crete, Mykonos and Santorini, and sites like Epidavros and Delphi.
Greece Travel Secrets chooses six of the best beaches in Greece including beaches on Corfu, Santorini, Crete, Lefkas, Kefalonia and on the Peloponnese.
This quick guide to Greece gives advice on choosing the best Greek destination for your holiday, whether in the Greek islands or the mainland.
Luxury Weddings in Greece, including venues such as a boutique hotel with deluxe spa on Santorini, can be booked through Ionian Weddings.
Greek music is the sound of the bouzouki and tunes like Zorba the Greek and Never on Sunday are heard everywhere, while rembetika is called the blues of Greece.
Greece Travel Secrets Greek Ferry Guide page uses an extract from the Aferry Greece website with advice on island-hopping, buying tickets online and timetables.
Greece for beginners is an introduction to Greece and the Greek islands by way of a memoir by travel writer Mike Gerrard about discovering Greek kindness.
Greece at a glance is a potted guide to the Greek currency, language, weather, health requirements and other information to help you plan a trip to Greece.
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