experience - Sailing the Greek Islands

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Whether you are an accomplished sailor, want to hire a skipper, or join a group of like-minded travellers, a sailing trip through the Greek islands is one you will never forget.


Most charters begin on the coast of Athens, and the distance between islands is so short that even non-sailors needn’t worry about long hours at sea. From the port of Lavrion it is just under two hours before you are on the island of Kea.

The yacht harbour of Vourkari has several fish tavernas (restaurants), cafés, clubs, and shops, while the capital of the island, Ioulida, is on the top of a mountain with a view all the way to Cape Sounion and is closed to automobile traffic. A walk through the town will lead you to the stone path that takes you to the 6th-century stone lion that the island is known for.

Two hours later you are on the island of Kythnos in the small port of Loutra, famous for its healing hot mineral baths. It is another short journey to
the island of Serifos, known for its beautiful beaches and impressive capital perched on a mountain overlooking the port. From here Sifnos beckons, just an hour away, known for having the best cooks in Greece. Many charters spend a couple of nights here to explore the island, either by boat or with rented motorbikes.

From Sifnos you can continue on with the western Cyclades and see the amazing coast of the mineral-rich island of Milos with its strange rock formations and spectacular beaches, or you can cut back towards Paros, known for its nightlife and windsurfing. From Paros it is a short sail to Syros,
the capital of the Cyclades, with its cosmopolitan city of Hermoupolis. If you have more than a week, you can island-hop from Paros to Naxos, then the island of Ios, all the way to Santorini.

Instead of sailing back to Athens, you can end your trip here and explore Santorini, staying at one of the impressive cliff-side hotels and watching the sunset, before taking the high-speed ferry or flying back to Athens.



Athens, Greece
Distance: 2,973 km
Flight Time: 5 hours, 5 minutes
Frequency: 3 flights a day

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