Updated: Jul 29, 2019
Every year Greece is voted to be among the top ten sailing destinations in the world and acclaimed to be the greatest sailing hub in the Mediterranean Sea. If you have been to Greece and you have seen the unique beauty of this amazing country, this rating won’t come to you as a surprise and you probably have hundreds of reasons in mind why this is the case. However, for those of you, who haven’t visited yet, have a look at some of the reasons below:
Thousands of islands
You could probably sail around the Greek islands for your entire life and still not see them all. Featuring over 6,000 islands and islets, Greece belongs to the top-10 countries with the most islands in the world. Each island is truly unique and offers its very own unique landscape and style. Whereas a lush green vegetation can be found on islands in the Ionian sea and the Saronic Gulf, a unique barren and volcanic scenery with dramatic coves can be found on the Cyclades and the Dodecanese Islands.
Mild climate all year round
Greece has one of the mildest climates in the world. In fact, most places in Greece get sunshine on 300 days per year and heavy rains and storms are very rare. Although most sailors visit Greece in spring and summer, there is a unique phenomenon called “Alkyonides” that offers perfect sailing conditions with temperatures reaching up to 20 degree even in the middle of January (typically between January 16th and January 31st).
Perfect Sailing Conditions for all types of sailors
As diverse as its islands are the sailing conditions in Greece:
The Argo Saronic Gulf offers the perfect sailing conditions for novice sailors or sailors that are simply looking for a more relaxed experience. It is a well-protected area that lies in relative close proximity to Athens and is predominately sheltered from the strong “Meltemi” wind that affects most of the other island groups in Greece.
The Cyclades Island Group on the other hand offers a challenge even to more experienced sailors, especially in July and August, when the “Meltemi” wind blows with forces of up to 7-8 BFT in this region.
The Dodecanese islands off the Turkish coast as well as the Ionian Islands in the Northwest offer a sort of compromise – not quite as windy but sill untamed and authentic.
Untouched nature that is only reachable by boat
Only 227 of more than 6,000 islands are inhabited. The rest of the island are completely untouched with mesmerizing nature and beaches that can only be reached by boat. Those islands typically lie in close proximity to more alive and inhabited islands. As such, one can easily explore them during the day, while anchoring in save harbors at night.
Richest history in the world
One cannot describe Greece without referring to its rich history. It is commonly regarded as the cradle of modern civilization, being the birthplace of modern democracy and some of the greatest minds in history like Aristotle, Plato and Socrates. Important archaeological findings can be found throughout the country. First and foremost of course is the Acropolis in Athens. However, other impressive sites can be found in other parts of Greece, such as the Sanctuary of Delphi, Ancient Olympia, The Sacred Island of Delos, the Minoan Palace of Knossos and the ancient theater of Epidavros, to just name a few.
Greek hospitality is as old as the legacies of Greek civilization. It is cherished and carefully tended throughout history as a precious gem. No matter which region of Greece you visit, the quality of this gem is obvious as Greek hospitality is truly profound. Greeks love their guests and will always give you the warm feeling of "being welcomed".
Greece is famous for its healthy and incredible tasty cuisine that uses locally produced products, such as virgin olive oil, fresh fruits & vegetables, dairy products, wine and of course fresh fish. These products are the basis of the "Mediterranean diet", which is rich in protein and low in saturated fats and has been linked to longevity by several studies! One of the best aspects of sailing and island hopping in Greece is that you have the chance to taste the amazing food variations that the different islands or island groups have to offer.