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Greece is a large country in south eastern Europe consisting of two mainland peninsulas and thousands of islands throughout the Aegean and Ionian seas. Greece is known for its beautiful 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, romanized: Elláda, [eˈlaða]), officially the Hellenic Republic, is a country in Southeast Europe. It is situated on the southern tip of the Balkans, and is located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa. Greece 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, and the Sea of Crete and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. Greece has the longest coastline on the Mediterranean Basin, featuring thousands of islands. The country consists of nine traditional geographic regions, and has a population of approximately 10.7 million. Athens is the nation's capital and largest city, followed by Thessaloniki.

Greece is considered the cradle of Western civilization, being the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, Western literature, historiography, political science, major scientific and mathematical principles, theatre and the Olympic Games. From the eighth century BC, the Greeks were organised into various independent city-states, known as poleis (singular polis), which spanned the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. Philip II of Macedon united most of present-day Greece in the fourth century BC, with his son Alexander the Great rapidly conquering much of the ancient world, from the eastern Mediterranean to India. The subsequent Hellenistic period saw the height of Greek culture and influence in antiquity. Greece was annexed by Rome in the second century BC, becoming an integral part of the Roman Empire and its continuation, the Byzantine Empire, which was culturally and linguistically predominantly Greek. The Greek Orthodox Church, which emerged in the first century AD, helped shape modern Greek identity and transmitted Greek traditions to the wider Orthodox world. After falling under Ottoman rule 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 a developed country, with an advanced high-income economy, and a high quality of life, ranking 32nd in the Human Development Index. Its economy is among 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, NATO, the OECD, the WTO, and the OSCE. Greece's unique cultural heritage, large tourism industry, prominent shipping sector and geostrategic importance classify it as a middle power." Wikipedia






Latest Reviews

Ornos
3.6

A large popular anchorage around a Beachy cove with posh beach bars.

Platys Gialos
3.4

A crowded beach resort with sun loungers at €120 for two. But if you anchor you can watch the bucket and spade brigade from the pleasure of your teak deck.

Ermoupolis Harbour
4.3

A pretty lively quayside with a row of taverna's, coffee shops and bars. Town rides up the hillside to two peaks with a church on the top of each.

Mikinos Old Harbour
3.6

A pretty harbour (no anchoring or mooring for visiting craft, use new harbour and seabus to old harbour) with a parade of taverna's that are generally expensive. Short walk into Mykonos's little Venice and the pretty windy narrow streets filled with bustling shops and bars.

Mikinos New Harbour
2.8

The new harbour is pretty basic, a couple of nearby shops across the road, and a dusty gravel parking lot around the two pontoons. A very good taverna up the road and a regular seabus into central Mykonos provide some distraction.

Mykonos
4.2

We walked into Mykonos old town from a wonderful hotel 15min walk away with spectacular views. The town was bustling with music, bars and eateries twisted into the narrow windy corridor streets. A touch expensive but certainly worth a visit.

Kiriacoulis Sailing
1.8

Horrible, horrible. I saw bad reviews before I booked and figured only people who have bad experiences leave reviews. The boats are old and poorly maintained. Let me tell you: the sail TORE IN HALF during our trip. I asked to speak to the Athens manager and he hung up on me when I asked him to help us out. Truly awful. Avoid at all costs.

Kiriacoulis Sailing
1.2

Its a trap. We rented two boats in Mykonos. Neither of them was operational. In one damaged engine cooling. In the second, the sail is stuck. If it weren't for an experienced skipper, we would have gone to sea. There, the engine would seize, and the sail, pulled on the capstan, would surely break off. The company would have asked for money for the "damaged" yachts. After a report we waited 3 days for reactions from the company. We finally flew to Athens ourselfs. No more.

Plati Gialos Harbour
3.4

Plenty tavernas along thin beach strip but a little commercial.





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Top facilities

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Sunsail Yacht Charter
1 . Sunsail Yacht Charter
3.9

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
3.7

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
2.3

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...

Nisos Yacht Charter
4 . Nisos Yacht Charter
1.3

Nisos Yacht Charter Ltd is a British family owned operation offering premium sailing holidays & the highest level of service on a modern fleet of yachts from Jeanneau, Bavaria and Legend from 32ft ...

Kefalonia Sailing
5 . Kefalonia Sailing
0.0

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
6 . Sailing Cruises
0.0

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
7 . EY Sailing
0.0

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
8 . More Yachting
0.0

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
9 . Delphi Sails
0.0

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
10 . Ikarian Cruises
0.0

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...

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Top Marinas, Harbours and Anchorages

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Gerolimnionas Cove
1 . Gerolimnionas Cove
3.8

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
3.8

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

Kioni Quay
3 . Kioni Quay
3.8

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
3.8

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

Lefkas Marina
5 . Lefkas Marina
3.8

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
3.8

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

Kamares Quay
7 . Kamares Quay
3.6

Zea Marina
8 . Zea Marina
3.4

Cheronissos Bay
9 . Cheronissos Bay
3.3

One House Cove
10 . One House Cove
3.2

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
11 . Odyseas Marina
3.2

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
12 . Polis Cove
3.1

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

Plati Gialos Harbour
13 . Plati Gialos Harbour
3.0

Agia Pelagia Harbour
14 . Agia Pelagia Harbour
2.8

A large harbour (in relative terms for this side of the island) provides shelter behind a breakwater and the natural Pelegias Cape. Inside the harbour there is a single pontoon and quayside mooring.

Tristoma Bay
15 . Tristoma Bay
2.8

Vasiliki Harbour
16 . Vasiliki Harbour
2.8

The inner harbour provides some good shore-side mooring for visiting yachts access to local restaurants and shops.

Ithaki Dockyard
17 . Ithaki Dockyard
0.0

A small dockyard with lifting equipment and some dry berths.

Lygia Harbour
18 . Lygia Harbour
0.0

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.

Akti Idras Harbour
19 . Akti Idras Harbour
0.0

Skhoinos Southern Cove
20 . Skhoinos Southern Cove
0.0

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

Odyssea Cove
21 . Odyssea Cove
0.0

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

Poros Quay
22 . Poros Quay
0.0

Skhoinos Northern Cove
23 . Skhoinos Northern Cove
0.0

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

Galatas Quay
24 . Galatas Quay
0.0

Ammoudia Quay
25 . Ammoudia Quay
0.0

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

Methana Harbour
26 . Methana Harbour
0.0

Remandha Cove
27 . Remandha Cove
0.0

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).

Methana Quay
28 . Methana Quay
0.0

Sarakiniko Cove
29 . Sarakiniko Cove
0.0

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.

Skala Harbour
30 . Skala Harbour
0.0

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Top Towns

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Gaios
1 . Gaios
(Paxos Island )
5.0

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

Antipaxos
2 . Antipaxos
(Antipaxos Island )
5.0

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

Varvara
3 . Varvara
(Zakynthos Island )
5.0

A small village a short distance from the coast on the north-easterm shore of Zakynthos island.

Kalamos
4 . Kalamos
(Kalamos Island )
5.0

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...

Fiskardo
5 . Fiskardo
(Kefalonia Island )
5.0

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

Spartokhorion
6 . Spartokhorion
(Meganisi Island )
5.0

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

Asos
7 . Asos
(Kefalonia Island )
5.0

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

Mesolongi
8 . Mesolongi
(Oxeia Island )
4.9

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

Agia Effimia
9 . Agia Effimia
(Kefalonia Island )
4.9

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

Corfu
10 . Corfu
(Corfu Island )
4.8

The main and historic town of Corfu island is found on the mid-eastern coastline of the island.

Vasiliki
11 . Vasiliki
(Lefkada Island )
4.8

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

Kioni
12 . Kioni
(Ithaca Island )
4.8

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

Nydri
13 . Nydri
(Lefkada Island )
4.7

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...

Agkonas
14 . Agkonas
(Kefalonia Island )
4.6

This town is a short distance inland on the north-western coast of Kefalonia.

Poros
15 . Poros
4.5

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

Vathi
16 . Vathi
(Meganisi Island )
4.5

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 ...

Kassiopi
17 . Kassiopi
(Corfu Island )
4.3

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

Lefkada
18 . Lefkada
(Lefkada Island )
4.3

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 ...

Piraeus
19 . Piraeus
4.3

Piraeus is a suburb and the main port of Athens.

Preveza
20 . Preveza
3.9

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

Frikes
21 . Frikes
(Ithaca Island )
3.9

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

Palaiokastritsa
22 . Palaiokastritsa
(Corfu Island )
3.8

This town on the north-western coast of Corfu island is spread around the weaving coastline of the coves and is home to the Paleokastritsa Monastery.

Galatas
23 . Galatas
3.7

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

Galaxidhion
24 . Galaxidhion
3.7

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

Trizonia
25 . Trizonia
(Trizonia Island )
3.7

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

Monemvasia
26 . Monemvasia
3.6

A popular historic town originating high up on the island fortress but now largely on the mainland. Home to a small silted port and marina to the south of the island.

Sami
27 . Sami
(Kefalonia Island )
3.6

This ferry town east of Karavomylos is at the base of a large bay.

Aegina
28 . Aegina
(Aegina Island )
3.6

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

Syvota
29 . Syvota
(Lefkada Island )
3.6

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...

Kamarai
30 . Kamarai
(Sifnos Island )
3.6

A popular town in a stunning sandy blue water bay on the western coast of the island. The northern side of the bay is quieter and offers a couple of tavernas, while the southern side has a queue of...

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