Why Greek Islands are a must for yachts
Jean Anderson: December 2012
Why Greek Islands are a must for yachts.
There are many of us who enjoy cruising around on dry land in our cars or on bikes, experiencing open roads. But how often have we been stuck in traffic jams? They seem to be the norm these days, whether in a city or in the countryside, spoiling that well earned and sorely needed break. It is no wonder that many of us are recognizing that taking a yacht offers much needed peace and quiet.
As we cruise the oceans and watch the altering landscape of the coastline, we can experience the sheer delights of the ever-changing colours and scenery and the warm, calming wind brushing against our face.
There is no better place on Earth to delight in the freedom of sailing in a broads boat hire yacht than around the Greek Islands. With more than 3,000 inhabited islands to discover, you will be able to return time and again, each visit being different from the last.
Dropping anchor at any time and in any bay or harbour is one of the advantages of visiting the Greek Islands by broad boat hire yacht and no other country is able to offer such a vast variety of big to small islands than Greece. Anyone who has already experienced broads boat hire on the Norfolk Broads will find that sailing around the Greek Islands is such a contrast.
Just take time and consider taking a yacht and sailing past a little cove tucked away on one of the many stunningly beautiful Ionian Islands such as Kefalonia, Ithaka, Lefkada, Meganisi, Corfu or Paxos with breathtaking views from the sea of the beautiful tiny villages scattered with their brilliant white houses or churches set upon hillocks. The next alluring Greek Islands has to be the 200 Cyclades Islands, such as Kea, Mykonos, Santorini, Skiathos, Skopelos or Tinos.
The Sporades, Northern Sporades and Dodecanese are another set of islands that are in the southeast Aegean. The most popular islands in these groups are Skiathos, Rhodes, Symi, Kos, Kalymnos, Samos and Leros, although there are others.
As twenty percent of Greece is covered by islands, it is no wonder that so many enthusiastic yacht people choose Greece as a sailing holiday destination. Taking a charter yacht gives access to vast areas with a coastline spanning more than 15,000 kilometres.
One can come back again and again and never get bored. Sailing around the Greek Islands can be enjoyed over many months as the sailing season begins in March and ends normally around mid-October. It's possible to enjoy this wonderful sailing experience that Greece offers over more months than in other parts of the world.
There are literally thousands of islands to see and each one is unique. Some are lush and green whilst others are bare and barren. Because of the diversity of each island, no yacht person will be disappointed when sailing around Greece and it explains why Greek Islands are so popular with people wanting to take sailing holidays.
Jean Anderson is an experienced travel writer with a passion for sailing. She has regularly taken her family on a bareboat charter yacht to a variety of destinations including the Greek Islands. Jean also enjoys exploring exotic locations with her ever-patient husband and her two sons.