Greece

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Greece is a country in southeastern Europe consisting of 2 mainland peninsulas and thousands of islands throughout the Aegean and Ionian seas. Greece is also known for its beaches, from the black sands of Santorini to the party resorts of Mykonos. And offers a good introduction for new sailors via the many offered flotilla sailing holidays.




"Greece (Greek: Ελλάδα), officially the Hellenic Republic (Greek: Ελληνική Δημοκρατία), historically also known as Hellas, is a country located in Southeast Europe. Its population is approximately 10.7 million as of 2018; Athens, the nation's capital, is its largest city, followed by Thessaloniki.

Situated on the southern tip of the Balkan Peninsula, Greece is located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa. It shares land borders with Albania to the northwest, North Macedonia and Bulgaria to the north, and Turkey to the northeast. The Aegean Sea lies to the east of the mainland, the Ionian Sea to the west, the Cretan Sea and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. Greece has the longest coastline on the Mediterranean Basin and the 11th longest coastline in the world at 13,676 km (8,498 mi) in length, featuring many islands, of which 227 are inhabited. Eighty percent of Greece is mountainous, with Mount Olympus being the highest peak at 2,918 metres (9,573 ft). The country consists of nine traditional geographic regions: Macedonia, Central Greece, the Peloponnese, Thessaly, Epirus, the Aegean Islands (including the Dodecanese and Cyclades), Thrace, Crete, and the Ionian Islands.

Greece is considered the cradle of Western civilisation, being the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, Western literature, historiography, political science, major scientific and mathematical principles, Western drama and the Olympic Games. From the eighth century B.C., the Greeks were organised into various independent city-states, known as poleis (singular polis), which spanned the entire Mediterranean region and the Black Sea. Philip of Macedon united most of the Greek mainland in the fourth century BC, with his son Alexander the Great rapidly conquering much of the ancient world, from the eastern Mediterranean to India. Greece was annexed by Rome in the second century B.C., becoming an integral part of the Roman Empire and its successor, the Byzantine Empire, which adopted the Greek language and culture. The Greek Orthodox Church, which emerged in the first century A.D., helped shape modern Greek identity and transmitted Greek traditions to the wider Orthodox World. After falling under Ottoman dominion in the mid-15th century, Greece emerged as a modern nation state in 1830 following a war of independence. The country's rich historical legacy is reflected in part by its 18 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Greece is a unitary parliamentary republic and developed country with an advanced high-income economy, a high quality of life, and a very high standard of living. Its economy is the largest in the Balkans, where it is an important regional investor. A founding member of the United Nations, Greece was the tenth member to join the European Communities (precursor to the European Union) and has been part of the Eurozone since 2001. It is also a member of numerous other international institutions, including the Council of Europe, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), and the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF). Greece's unique cultural heritage, large tourism industry, prominent shipping sector and geostrategic importance classify it as a middle power." Wikipedia






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Poros

We arrived here after travelling through the corinthian canal and we struggled to find a mooring new the town. We walked into town and it is very pretty fishing village that livens up at night.

Nafpaktos

Navi Paxtos tonight. a bit tight but a lovely small harbour.

Kiato

Not a pleasant harbour.

Kiriacoulis Sailing

We rented a sailing boat with Kiriacoulis in the south of France. The boat was in a poor shape, and many parts had to be replaced (upon our demand) at check in. We had an issue at see on day 4 (Genoa topped broke due to over usage!) and maintenance / support of the crew was poor (actually inexistant). Following our trip, no one dares or cares providing an answer to our complaints... avoid this company by any means! In 15 years of charting with other companies I’ve never had such a bad experience

Frikes

moored in inside face side on to mole. Lots of hull water slap noise in nigh due to Westerlies coming down the valley. Seems there is no good place to tie up in westerlies as all affected. ate at Remenzzo , very good, would recommend highly.

Kioni

best place we stayed in a week of cruising. moored on town key ( right side of harbor). Quiet and good protection. get there by 1-2 pm or you will not get a place but can shore line / anchor later. Ate at Lizzys ,on raised terrace . Worth a visit. ( also Mills is a good place to eat)

Lefkas Marina

marina is large, and with good facilities ( although fuel and supermarkets are expensive). If you can shop in town to provision. Lots of bars with free wifi in marina. good-ish showers (50 cents from marina office for token). -ve: many people coming and going on change over days all night long with wheeled cabin bags on walkways= not much sleep. Also marina frees are steep

Sunsail Yacht Charter

chartered bare boat a J36. old but reliable boat. Staff well organised , friendly, no issues. Would use again

Syvota

moored in mid sept in front of Liotrivis bar ( noisy way past midnight) , first on left as you enter port. Free but no services. 5 mins walk to main restaurant area. Recommend Yiannis Family Cafe Stifado to die for. -ve is smell. definite smell of sewage from the bay. very crowded port but pretty





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Top facilities

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Sunsail Yacht Charter
1 . Sunsail Yacht Charter

Sunsail have been at the forefront of sailing vacations for over forty years. Since our very first Flotilla set sail from Aegina in the Saronic Gulf in 1974, we've expanded to destinations across t...

Skorpios Charter Ltd
2 . Skorpios Charter Ltd

The German-Greek family business has been based on Lefkada (also known as Lefkas) since 1986, and has an excellent reputation in the sailing community.Herbert Lerchl, the director and driving force...

Kiriacoulis Sailing
3 . Kiriacoulis Sailing

KIRIACOULIS GROUP of companies has appeared in the horizon of Yachting and Tourist activities in 1980, under the leadership of Mr. Stavros KIRIACOULIS as President of the board of Directors. The ba...

Kefalonia Sailing
4 . Kefalonia Sailing

We are a family business which consists of my husband, Dionisis, and me, Evgenia. Dionisis is responsible for the vessel maintenance and I help him with the rest. We run this business since 2004. E...

Sailing Cruises
5 . Sailing Cruises

Sailing holidays with skipper. The sailing holiday is more fun and relaxing if you rely on the experience of a skipper who makes available to his guests his technical and personal knowledge to ensu...

EY Sailing
6 . EY Sailing

At EYsailing we organize authentic, interactive, experiential and cultural sailing trips in the Ionian Sea and in the Corinthian Gulf. During these interactive sailing trips, our guests share feeli...

More Yachting
7 . More Yachting

More Yachting operates its own fleet of sailboats with exclusive bases in Lefkas & Zakynthos and enjoys an impeccable reputation for quality and professionalism. Having a privilege to run our own f...

Delphi Sails
8 . Delphi Sails

Delphi Sails is a Maritime Company for Pleasure Yachts. Delphi Sails is based in Galaxidi near the archaeological site of Delphi which is one of the most important one in Greece. Find and book the...

Ikarian Cruises
9 . Ikarian Cruises

On our sailing cruises you can head for the big and busy islands or explore the small isolated ones. Visit the beautiful old historical towns like Aigina, Spetses or Hydra with their amazing archit...

Greek Sun Yachts
10 . Greek Sun Yachts

For maximum relaxing time on the boat, you can hire a skippered boat and feel free to enjoy a beautiful careless cruise. Our mission is to make each cruise a unique travel experience for you. Feel ...

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Top Marinas, Harbours and Anchorages

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Gerolimnionas Cove
1 . Gerolimnionas Cove

The east facing cove on the southern end of Kalamos island around the abandoned Kefali village may provide some good anchorage in suitable conditions.

Vathy Quay
2 . Vathy Quay

The village of Vathi offers some mooring for visiting yachts and easy access to local taverna's and shops.

Kioni Quay
3 . Kioni Quay

The quay is found on the northern shore of a narrowing bay. Shore side mooring options are available for yachts looking for access to taverna's and shops.

Foki Cove
4 . Foki Cove

This popular cove is south of Fiskardho and has a beach head.

Lefkas Marina
5 . Lefkas Marina

One of the four marinas operated by Med Marinas. This large marina is a short distance from Preveza airport and is home to many agencies in the area serving both the North and South Ionian.

Abelike Bay
6 . Abelike Bay

This pretty bay offers some natural shelter and a taverna on the southern head. Most yachts drop anchor and secure sterns to shore.

One House Cove
7 . One House Cove

A beautiful sandy cove on the eastern side of Atokos island has a single house. A popular stop for flotilla's between Ithaki and Kastos islands.

Odyseas Marina
8 . Odyseas Marina

This marina to the west of the cove offers shoreside mooring for visiting yachts and is a short walk to the village. Odyseas Marina is the premier marina facility for yachts within the Ionian Sea i...

Polis Cove
9 . Polis Cove

This busy cove on the western coast of Ithaca has a tiny harbour for local boats a beach and a cave.

Ithaki Dockyard
10 . Ithaki Dockyard

A small dockyard with lifting equipment and some dry berths.

Lygia Harbour
11 . Lygia Harbour

A small harbour formed of a long outer breakwater with an inner landslide quay and jetty. The harbour has no facilities and a single taverna. Further taverna's are round to the south on the beach.

Skhoinos Southern Cove
12 . Skhoinos Southern Cove

The head of the southern side of the cove has a sandy beach.

Odyssea Cove
13 . Odyssea Cove

A beautiful wooded cove a short distance south of Ammoudia on the Greek mainland overlooking Paxos island.

Skhoinos Northern Cove
14 . Skhoinos Northern Cove

The northern side of the cove is prettier than the south and has a small quay and a tiny beach.

Ammoudia Quay
15 . Ammoudia Quay

The quay is found on the southern side of the cove a short distance up the mouth of the river Acheron.

Remandha Cove
16 . Remandha Cove

This cove on the eastern shore of Ithaca island has a double head, the southern of the two provides more shelter and a sandy beach (Filiatro).

Sarakiniko Cove
17 . Sarakiniko Cove

This cove on the eastern shore of Ithaca is a short hop overland from Ithaki (Vathy), the cove itself narrows considerably and then has a double beach head.

Kaminia Cove
18 . Kaminia Cove

This cove just to the north of the Pera Pigadi islet may offer some anchorage and is headed by a pretty white sandy beach.

Agia Kyriaki Bay
19 . Agia Kyriaki Bay

A very pretty wooded bay with a sandy beach head with a couple of nice taverna's. An idyllic spot for overnight anchorage in the right conditions.

Pera Pigadhi Cove
20 . Pera Pigadhi Cove

The series of small coves just south of the islet offers stunning beaches (Galaros, Pera Pigadhi) and possible anchorage.

Parga Jetty
21 . Parga Jetty

The jetty in front of the town provides ferry services to Taxi but also offers opportunities for mooring and good access to the busy town.

Andreaou Cove
22 . Andreaou Cove

This cove is the most southern on Ithaca island, it is reasonably sheltered and has a beautiful remote white beach only accessible by sea.

Valtos Harbour
23 . Valtos Harbour

This small harbour is found on the western side of the the sandy beach bay adjacent to Parga. It is home to local fishing craft and may have a single space on the end of the quay for a visiting yacht.

Lagkadi Beach Cove
24 . Lagkadi Beach Cove

This small cove on the south-western tip of Ithaca island is set in an idyllic spot for a short stop.

Sarakiniko Cove
25 . Sarakiniko Cove

The rocky entrance to this stunning isolated wooded cove gives way to a beautiful sandy beach and a couple of taverna's.

Arillas Jetty
26 . Arillas Jetty

A small jetty hidden behind a short breakwater offers a few spaces for visiting yachts to visit this hillside beach cove.

Syvota Harbour
27 . Syvota Harbour

A sturdy concrete harbour hidden behind a couple of wooded islets providing natural protection from the sea. The harbour has few facilities but offers easy access to the town's numerous bars and ta...

Atoko Southern Cove
28 . Atoko Southern Cove

This cove is on the south-western side of the island, and offers two opposing shores that may offer shelter depending on the prevailing wind direction.

Emelisse Cove
29 . Emelisse Cove

This cove is north of Fiskardho and offers a popular busy beach.

Fiskardho Cove
30 . Fiskardho Cove

The northern shore of the cove offers anchor and shore line mooring often occupied by flotilla's.

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Top Towns

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Fiskardo
1 . Fiskardo
(Kefalonia Island )

Fiskardo is a very pretty and colourful fishy village on the north western tip of Kefalonia island overlooking Ithaca island.

Vasiliki
2 . Vasiliki
(Lefkada Island )

A small ferry village in the south western side of Lefkadas island.

Kioni
3 . Kioni
(Ithaca Island )

Kioni is a beautiful and popular coastal village with several waterside shops and restaurants.

Vathi
4 . Vathi
(Meganisi Island )

Vathi is a tiny village on the north coast of the Greek island of Meganisi. Pretty chapels and friendly tavernas border the harbour, where ferries deposit daytrippers from nearby Lefkas and locals ...

Lefkada
5 . Lefkada
(Lefkada Island )

Lefkada is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea, connected to the mainland by a causeway. West coast beaches like Porto Katsiki and Egremni feature sheer cliffs and turquoise waters. The east coast is ...

Gaios
6 . Gaios
(Paxos Island )

The main town on the eastern shore of the small island of Paxis is hidden and sheltered by the tiny islet Nikolaos.

Antipaxos
7 . Antipaxos
(Antipaxos Island )

A small town in the centre of this tiny island south of Paxos island.

Nydri
8 . Nydri
(Lefkada Island )

Nydri is a town and a community on the eastern coast of the island of Lefkada, Greece. It is part of the municipal unit Ellomenos. The community includes the small village Rachi. The Greek National...

Kalamos
9 . Kalamos
(Kalamos Island )

Kalamos is a remote and beautiful island with Port Kalamos being the isle╠вcувs primary settlement. In the tiny village a harbor of Episkopi, located on the north side, is home to a ruined mo...

Spartokhorion
10 . Spartokhorion
(Meganisi Island )

Also known as Spartochori, this pretty small town is on the northern coast of Meganisi island overlooking the pretty bay below.

Kassiopi
11 . Kassiopi
(Corfu Island )

This strategically placed historic town is between a bay and a cove split by a peninsula on the northern coast of Corfu.

Asos
12 . Asos
(Kefalonia Island )

This small village is on the north-western coast of Kefalonia island at the neck of the island and a small outcrop.

Galatas
13 . Galatas

Galatas is on the mainland overlooking Poros island and the town of Poros.

Mesolongi
14 . Mesolongi
(Oxeia Island )

Mesolongi (also Missolonghi) is a town in Western Greece accessed via the Southern Ionian near the entrance of the Gulf of Patras.

Agia Effimia
15 . Agia Effimia
(Kefalonia Island )

Also known as 'Ayios Eufimia' this pretty town situated in a natural bay on the western coast of Kefalonia looks over Ithaca island.

Galaxidhion
16 . Galaxidhion

A pretty historic town providing natural safe-harbour for visiting craft.

Trizonia
17 . Trizonia
(Trizonia Island )

A small town on the island of Trizonia providing natural safe-harbour.

Frikes
18 . Frikes
(Ithaca Island )

This small fishing village is found on the north western coast of Ithaca island.

Perdhika
19 . Perdhika
(Aegina Island )

Also known as Perdika. A town overlooking the barren Moni island on the south western tip of the island of Aegina.

Nafpaktos
20 . Nafpaktos

A large town in the bay and valley to the northern shore of the entrance to the Gulf of Corinth.

Poros
21 . Poros

Poros is a small town on the Poros island in the southern part of the Saronic Gulf overlooking the mainland town of Galatas.

Preveza
22 . Preveza

This large town is on the west coast of the Greek mainland on the northern side of a channel into the Ambracian Gulf.

Syvota
23 . Syvota
(Lefkada Island )

Sivota is one of the most beautiful bays in Lefkada, located 32 km south of the capital town. The settlement lies around a blue crystalline cove amidst verdant hills and lush green forests overlook...

Palaia Epidavros
24 . Palaia Epidavros

The large town is built around a natural bay between two capes (Kleftis and Giannouzaina) and is home to a ferry route and a pretty quayside.

Methana
25 . Methana

A small (and only) town on the Methanon peninsula with a ferry link to Poros and a long pretty tree lined quayside.

Ermioni
26 . Ermioni

Ermioni is pretty town to the west of the Achladitsas bay built on the Kastri Cape and home to the ferry to Pireas.

Aegina
27 . Aegina
(Aegina Island )

Also known as Egina. A large bustling town on the western side of the island home to a large ferry port and a marina.

Agia Marina
28 . Agia Marina
(Leros Island )

Agia Marina saddles the land between two bays. To the north the ferry terminal and to the south the Panteli beach and harbour. The picturesque greek town is home to a assortment of taverna's and ba...

Palairos
29 . Palairos

This ancient and coastal city on the north-western coast of the southern Ionian bay.

Gouvia
30 . Gouvia
(Corfu Island )

This large town on the western coast of Corfu is in the middle of a large bay north-west of Corfu town overlooking the mainland.

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