Category — Greece Yacht Charter
Greece Yacht Charter
Greek Yacht Charters has several charters but one of my favorites is a bareboat sailing adventure in the Ionians Islands, which are among the most beautiful in Greece because of the beautiful Ionian Sea, named after the Greek nymph Io.
The Ionian Islands are Among the Most Beautiful in the Mediterranean
The Islands are typical of the Med, rugged, hilly and wooded. The main islands are; Corfu, Paxos, Lefkas, Ithaca, Meganisi, Ithaca, Kefalonia, and Zakynthos. We anchor along beautiful beaches and secluded coves or tie up next to the small intimate taverna in the city quay of the many friendly towns and villages. The history of this area, the architecture and the look and feel is primarily Italian compared to the rest of Greece. Venetian forts are everywhere; we constantly wondered how Venice had the time to build so many forts! The Venetian influence is reflected in the numerous churches and monasteries, ranging from humble to grand. The countryside also includes the traditional whitewashed homes with colorfully painted doors and trim that is so prevalent in the rest of Greece.
You are Reminded of the History of Greece Everywhere
The Ionian Islands are home the fabled Ithaca known for its fearless ruler, Odysseus (Ulysses), hero of the Trojan War and Homer’s epic poem the Odyssey. Rent a moped in the village and take the trip up to where legend said his palace existed. You will see the cave where he hid and you can image his return from his 10 eventful years of travel after the Trojan War.
The waters are well protected, making flat seas typical but there was a good wind every day we sailed. We loved the village tavernas where water was plentiful to fill up the boat and the food was great! My favorite past time in Greece is always a Greek salad and a glass of wine, sitting at the local restaurant along the city quay watching other boats tackle their Mediterranean mooring. We even took to the habit of filling up our wine jugs daily with the local Retsina out of the huge barrel inside the taverna. Provisioning your boat in any of these countries is part of the fun of sailing there. We spent almost a day looking for basil so a good translation book is a must, but make sure you have one that includes the names of the common herbs and foods you love!
The Dodecanese Islands lie off the eastern edge of the Aegean Sea adjacent to the coast of Turkey. This is a major yachting center, the isle of Kos is one of the largest in the group of these 14 islands. The majority of these islands are the summit...read more
Spend a few days in Corfu; it is more like Venice than Greece. The Ionian Islands, which Corfu is part of, was the only part of Greece not to come under Ottoman occupation. They became Venetian in 1386 then French then Russian then British. ...read more
No matter where we go sailing we always have to do some land travel in the host country, either before of after the trip. We want to see it all and there are so many of the sites and important culture of the country that is not along the coasts...read more
The Ionian Islands are home the fabled Ithaca known for its fearless ruler, Odysseus (Ulysses), hero of the Trojan War and Homer’s epic poem the Odyssey. The waters are well protected, making flat seas typical but there was a good win...read more