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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, Ellada, [eˈlaða]), officially the Hellenic Republic, known also 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 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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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...

Dream Yacht Charter
4 . Dream Yacht Charter

When Loic Bonnet started Dream Yacht Charter in the Seychelles in 2001 it was with only 6 yachts. Through Mr. Bonnet's dynamic leadership the company has grown and expanded to locations throughout ...

Dream Yacht Charter
5 . Dream Yacht Charter

When Loic Bonnet started Dream Yacht Charter in the Seychelles in 2001 it was with only 6 yachts. Through Mr. Bonnet's dynamic leadership the company has grown and expanded to locations throughout ...

Sunsail Yacht Charter
6 . 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...

Sunsail Yacht Charter
7 . 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...

Istion Yachting Lefkas
8 . Istion Yachting Lefkas

Istion yachting was founded by Ioannis Kourounis in 1992. Our main charter bases are in Athens and the islands of Kos in the Dodecanese and Lefkada (Lefkas) in the Ionian. With our experience and n...

The Moorings
9 . The Moorings

Today, after more than 45 years at sea, The Moorings has established its reputation as the world's premier yacht charter company. Our award-winning charter fleet now includes more than 400 yachts i...

The Moorings
10 . The Moorings

Today, after more than 45 years at sea, The Moorings has established its reputation as the world's premier yacht charter company. Our award-winning charter fleet now includes more than 400 yachts i...

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Top Marinas, Harbours and Anchorages

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Vathy Quay
1 . Vathy Quay

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

Kioni Quay
2 . 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.

Gerolimnionas Cove
3 . 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.

Lefkas
4 . Lefkas

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
5 . 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.

Foki Cove
6 . Foki Cove

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

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
8 . Odyseas

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.

Levkas
10 . Levkas

Also called the 'Port of Lefkada', this quayside shelter north of the marina follows the main road around to the canal which leads to the northern Ionian.

Nidri Quay
11 . Nidri Quay

This lively tourist town offers a long quay for day trip boats a ferry and some options for visiting yachts to moor up.

Syvota Quay
12 . Syvota Quay

This quays to the west of the long curved cove provide shore-side mooring and access to this pretty village on the south of Lefkada island.

Vasiliki
13 . Vasiliki

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

Spartakhori Quay
14 . Spartakhori Quay

The quay is found to the west of the bay and provides moorings and basic provisions for visiting yachts.

Agrios Quay
15 . Agrios Quay

The jetty and quay on the eastern side of the bay provides some shoreside mooring for visiting yachts and guests of the Taverna.

Atheni Quay
16 . Atheni Quay

Atheni bay has a long quay on the south western shore offering laid mooring and access to the single taverna.

Frikes
17 . Frikes

The harbour benefits from a ferry breakwater providing additional shelter for boats moored up inside the bay.

Ithaki Quay
18 . Ithaki Quay

The quay is found on the southern shore of the long cove and provides shore-side mooring for visiting yachts and access to local taverna's and shops.

Aetos Bay
19 . Aetos Bay

This pretty bay is found at the head of he gulf of Molou to the west of Ithaki on the southern part of Ithaca island.

Pergiali Quay
20 . Pergiali Quay

This long quay has a jetty at each end and is found north of Nydri and is home to a yacht charter company.

Vliho Quay
21 . Vliho Quay

This small Quay and jetty is home to a charter company.

Palairos
22 . Palairos

The large harbour of Palairos hosts many local boats and yachts providing shoreside mooring and access to nearby shops and taverna's.

Vounaki Hotel
23 . Vounaki Hotel

A large hotel based marina south of Palairos.

Argostoli Quay
24 . Argostoli Quay

The town quay on the western coast of the bay offers some shelter for shore-side mooring and access to the town.

Argostoli
25 . Argostoli

An abandoned marina started many years ago.

Lixouri
26 . Lixouri

A basic marina north of the main harbour has four pontoons and may provide some shelter for visiting yachts.

Fiskardho Quay
27 . Fiskardho Quay

The quay on the southern side provides good shore side mooring for visiting yachts. The northern shore may offer some shelter for boats anchored with a line ashore.

Ayios Eufimia Quay
28 . Ayios Eufimia Quay

The long quay on the northern shore is sheltered by the large break-water and provides good access to nearby shops and taverna's.

Sami
29 . Sami

The harbour is found behind the ferry terminal and quay and jetty provide good options for mooring and easy access to the local town.

Sami Harbour West
30 . Sami Harbour West

This harbour to the west of the town provides some shoreside mooring for visiting yachts and is sheltered behind a long breakwater.

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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.

Asos
11 . 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.

Kassiopi
12 . 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.

Agia Effimia
13 . 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.

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.

Galaxidhion
15 . Galaxidhion

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

Trizonia
16 . Trizonia
(Trizonia Island )

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

Galatas
17 . Galatas

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

Frikes
18 . Frikes
(Ithaca Island )

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

Poros
19 . Poros

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

Nafpaktos
20 . Nafpaktos

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

Perdhika
21 . Perdhika
(Aegina Island )

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

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...

Palairos
24 . Palairos

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

Gouvia
25 . 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.

Palaia Epidavros
26 . 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
27 . Methana

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

Ermioni
28 . 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
29 . 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
30 . 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...

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