Why sail in Greece?

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Greece is well known for its ancient history, its civilization, its stunning light, its clear water, its variety of sailing areas, its endless natural beauty and of course its hospitable people. Taking all the above into consideration together with the biggest charter fleet worldwide, we have the ideal location for a yacht charter or simply a sailing paradise on earth.

 Each island offers a different experience from the impressive whitewashed houses of the Cyclades Islands to the exquisite natural beauty of the Ionian Islands and to the special character of the Dodecanese Greek islands. 
Greece is the sailing destination no one should miss.

Top 7 Reasons to Choose Greece for your Sailing Charter

·         Quality of the Greek waters

·         Abundant Adventures in a wide-ranging scene

·         Summertime at its best, endless sunshine & blue sky

·         Marine life and underwater magnificence

·         Greece has the bigger charter fleet in the world

·         Greek hospitality, mentality, food, and service

#1 Quality of the Greek water
Greece had the top position in seven consecutive years for the highest standard of swimming water between the countries tested (UK, Ireland, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Greece). In 2008 and 2009 Greece was second and on 2014 it managed to pick a 97% approval on its' water quality. The famous "blue flag" was awarded to numerous beaches, without considering the beauty and the crystal waters all of the smaller Greek islands and islets, inlets, coves and sea caves that can only be accessed by boat.

#2 Abundant Adventures in a wide-ranging scene
With more than 2,900 islands and islets and rocks, 1,431 beaches, endless blue seas and over 3,700 km of coastline Greece is THE sailing destination. There is no doubt Greece offers plentiful possibilities in yacht charter.

There are five areas in Greece with different sailing conditions that can cater every taste, every level of competence, no matter if the crew is a family that looks for a safe, quite and relaxed holiday or a party of friends in the hunt for night life and fun, or hardcore sailors in search for real wind or naturists seeking seclusion and untouched beauty. 

#3 Summertime at its best, endless sunshine & blue sky
Out of 365 days a year, Greece's sunshine and blue skies are well above 250 days.
December and January are the months with typical rain and cold, followed by partially cloudy spring days with rising temperatures. Lately, a few tropical rain showers (lasting from just a few hours to one day) in August or September are expected and most times are all welcomed as a chill from the high temperatures.


#4 Marine life and underwater magnificence
The Greek Dolphin -painted on many antiquities- is a symbol of peace and prosperity to the Greek people. It is an amazing sailing experience to sail with Greek Dolphins since they love to play with sailboats and especially with catamarans as they really enjoy swimming in between the two hulls directly under the net. Not by coincidence, too many people are proud of the exciting moments they lived and the amazing photos they shot with the dolphin near their bow and with the sea turtles and seals, they swamped with.

The largest concentrated population (up to 800 sea turtles each year) of the Careta-Careta Sea Turtles can be found on the shores of Laganas Bay of Zakynthos (Zante) island in the Ionian Sea from June through August. The beach has been designated from the Greek Ministry of Environment as an environmentally controlled area.

Sailing holidays in the Greek islands should not add any more weight to the clogged natural life.  

#5 Greece has the bigger charter fleet in the world.
Although no official survey has been carried out recently, it is a common secret that Greece operates the largest number of yachts for charter compared to all other countries on earth. Bareboat, fully crewed, yachts with skipper, speedboats, luxury motor yachts for private yacht charters, sailing yachts, catamarans, self sail motor boats, sailboats, motorsailers, flotillas, cabin charters - they are all offered from over 15 charter bases in Greece. Most vessels in Greece belong to the bareboat category since bareboat charters are the most popular, efficient and economic way for sailing holidays. Luxury yacht charters are also a strong point of the tourism in Greece since many new crewed motor yachts have been introduced for sailing holidays in Greece from 2006 to 2010.  

#6 Greek hospitality, mentality, food and service 
Even though the profit is the main purpose of every business in the tourism industry and despite Greece is a quite old tourist destination, the Greek hospitality still retains its very good reputation. Nice and warm people will assist you in most cases; will invite you to join their wedding celebration party as if you were a relative of the family and will generally treat you as a friend. The Greek wines, fresh fish, vegetables and the unique Greek cuisine (lately discovered as the most complete, balanced and healthy nutrition diet) are some of the stronger motivations for anybody to select Greece for sailing holidays.  (we got help and copied things from www.easysailing.gr  .

 

Sailing Cruise in the Ionian Islands

Corfu - the green Greek island with a sense of Italy
This Greek island during long time belonged to Italians and in Kerkira town this is visible by a naked eye: Venetian labyrinth of streets, garlands from laundry ropes somewhere above head and coffee smell coming out from every open door.
If there is time before departure, on the way from the airport to the port one may look into the temple of Saint Spiridon the Primifuntian – one of the most significant Christian Saint.
The temple of Saint Just Warrior Fiodor Ushakov – the Russian naval commander who played the important role in liberation of the island and its further to Greece – is across the square from this temple.

PAXOS - ANTIPAXI

Paxos– the most careless island
Paxos is the smallest Ionian island.It is a paradise on earth with turquoise waters surrounded by green nature. And although their real color is creamy-champagne they got their name because of unusual color of water.

Antipaksi
Antipaksi is absolutely tiny island and  it is really a blessed place, it is real paradise for anyone looking for rest and solitude. The island is known with its famous beaches among which Vutumi with turquoise waters is considered to be the most beautiful in the world. And we shall go there!

LEFKAS - KEFALONIA

Lefkas –
 At abundance of rocks and mountainous landscape of one side of the island is completed with splendid wide sandy beaches from the other side. Itis the perfect island to explore with a sailing boat and enjoy the beauty of the scenery.
 

Top 5 beaches in Corfu

By Anthie Parisi

 

Corfu is an island with such a distinct elegance and cosmopolitan feeling. It is an island that combines the wild nature scenery for the travelers and the luxurious beaches for the more demanding. The following are a selection of the most distinct beaches of the island that only locals can recommend.

Issos beach

This beach has Scenery that reminds dessert. Huge sand dunes and crystalline waters is what you will see. The sand is soft and golden and the waters are azure and shallow. The beach is ideal for windsurf and kite surf. You will see many sport lovers having their equipment on the beach and doing sports. The beach is not crowded and it does not have many bars and restaurants on the shore. It is like a small paradise.

Logas beach

The ultimate “sunset beach” on an island not short of contenders, fringed by sculpted reddish cliffs which culminate in Corfu’s northwestern point, Cape Drástis. They cramp the strand severely, and make for chilly morning shade, but all is forgiven after noon as one gazes out to the Diapóndia islets.

 

Barbati beach

Barbati is a pebbly beach for the ones that dislike sand. Barbati is considered a cosmopolitan beach but also offers the visitor the calm and relaxation he deserves. The blue azure waters, the white sunbeds and the many green trees create the ideal summery place to be

 

Rovinia beach

In the area of Palaiokastritsa there is a beach that only lately became well known to the visitors and it is called Rovinia beach. You can go either by car or by boat. Between two huge rocks is this small, virgin beach with deep blue waters and trees on the two sides. If you visit that beach make sure you have water and food supplies since there are no shops nearby.

 Agios Gordios beach

The beach of Agios Gordios is a beautiful long sandy beach which has also private areas for nudists and to those who enjoy privacy. Even though this beach is one of the most crowded during high season, I would recommend a visitor to choose spots either on the far left or on the far right of the beach. On the right you can find sand and no trees while on the left you can find a small bay surrounded by big rocks.