Greece is and has always been a top sailing destination. It has many natural diverse settings and attractions that apply to all kinds of visitors, from backpack travelers to luxury-seeking tourists. Besides the unparallel physical beauties in the mainland, Greece has a remarkable total of islands and islets which are so varied in size, style, location and setting that they can offer virtually all kinds of holiday you wish. From absolute tranquility and isolation to 24 hours partying, it’s all there!
Greek islands are amongst the most popular globally and they keep charming more and more visitors every year. Except for their variable natural beauties, they are renowned for their magnificent Mediterranean climate and the fact that the sun is clear, bright and hot for almost half the year. No wonder why Greek islands are always favored by tourists and visitors and they are always top ranking in traveler magazines.
The islands are grouped in clusters based on their location. Each group consists of the main islands, several smaller islets -some of which are inhabited while some other are uninhabited, and of uninhabited rocks which are ideal for tours and excursions. There is the Saronic Islands group which is the closest to Athens and it includes Aegina, Hydra, Poros, Spetses, Salamina along with the smaller islets and rocks. On the western side of Greek mainland you may find the Ionian islands group which includes Corfu, Ithaki, Cephalonia, Lefkada, Zakynthos, Paxi and Kythira.
The Cyclades complex is a large and quite dense group which is right at the center of the Aegean Sea and it is a highly popular as it includes worldwide famous islands. Mykonos, Santorini, Paros, Ios, Naxos, Antiparos, Amorgos, Folegandros, Serifos, Sifnos, Milos, Kimolos, Tinos, Donoussa, Schinoussa and Koufonissia are the main islands of the complex while several islets and smaller islands are also inclusive. Very close to Cyclades, you may find another tight group of islands called Sporades; it includes Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos and Skyros along with several smaller ones.
North Aegean islands composite, which is situated close to the west coast of Turkey contains Chios, Ikaria, Samos, Lesvos, Lemnos, Agios Efstratios and Fournoi. Dodecannese compound on the other hand is large and rather loose. It is situated on the eastern side of Greece in between Turkey and Crete and it contains Rhodes, Kos, Kasos, Karpathos, Kastelorizo, Pserimos, Leros, Patmos, Nisyros, Tilos, Lipsi, Kalymnos, Astypalaia and Agathonisi and other smaller ones.
All the island’s groups and vicinity locations constitute the perfect scenic for your holiday as you may find various points of interest and amenities to fulfill your needs and desires. The distances within a group are so small that they encourage daily trips and excursion tours or even island hopping as the latest trends call.
There are frequent transportation means if you like to visit several islands in a short time. Even better, you can charter a yacht and do the island hopping of your choice. There are many professionals and companies that will not only provide you with a yacht but also with crew if needed. Furthermore, they will assist in drafting a route for you based on your preferences.
Sailing in Greece is very popular and lately more and more favor it. First of all the Greek islands are an ideal setting as there are many and diverse; you will certainly find the ones that appeal to you. Then there is the sense of freedom, flexibility and independence, which are significant especially when you are on holiday. And last but not least, you get to see many unique places that cannot be accessible any other way.