Top destinations for relaxing flotilla sailing in Greece

Wednesday, 14 September 2011 4:37 PM

Finding the perfect relaxing getaway can often seem tricky, but for a real sense of freedom and tranquillity, why not consider a yacht charter in the Mediterranean? An excellent way to spend some quality time with your loved ones, this kind of break allows you to visit suntrap destinations like Greece.

Indeed, flotilla sailing in Greece is particularly well-suited to holidaymakers seeking a relaxing trip, with its sunny climes and excellent sailing conditions giving you the chance to admire the gorgeous scenery and stop-off at a variety of exciting, beautiful places.

Of course, as well as benefitting from the nation's typical warm welcomes and great weather, by choosing flotilla sailing holidays you can enjoy a more sociable getaway, with fun-filled events such as barbecues and punch parties allowing you to socialise with like-minded people.

If you think a bareboat charter in Greece might be the holiday for you, you're likely to be wondering where exactly you can sail to. There is a wide variety of incredible destinations to stop off at, all offering their own unique attractions and activities. Indeed, you might find it difficult to choose where to go! But to give you a little inspiration, three of the best are listed below.

Boasting relaxing, line-of-sight sailing and some fabulous destinations, Kefalonia is a wonderful choice for couples and families looking to unwind. The sailing here is simple, with short routes suitable for inexperienced sailors.

What's more, this location is perfect for those looking for an authentic taste of Greece in some of the Ionian's top spots. There are a variety of magical places to visit, such as Lake Meganissi, which is home to fascinating loggerhead turtles and traditional tavernas.

Alternatively, if you're eager to discover some local history you can head to Fiscardo, a gorgeous town that plays host to an old Venetian lighthouse and Norman church ruins. As you explore this delightful little place, you might get the feeling that you've been here before - having featured in the film Captain Corelli's Mandolin, the locale is likely to seem familiar to you if you've seen the movie.

The village of Spartahori is another great spot to explore if you're interested in history, as stepping into this destination is like going back in time. Wandering through the streets, you'll get a sense of what Greece was like in bygone years.

While you're here, you'll have the chance to visit secluded coves for a spot of snorkelling or swimming, while there are also exciting sea caves to venture into.

Also boasting easy cruising and line-of-sight navigation, Vounaki offers the ultimate in relaxing flotilla holidays. Surrounded by stunning scenery, you'll enjoy simple sailing on gentle waters while having plenty of opportunities to socialise.

Among the places you can visit here is Levkas Town, which possesses a traditional feel and a rich culture. Here you can discover the Santa Maura fort, which dates back to the 13th century, as well as tuck into great food and drink.

Parga is another excellent place to include on your itinerary, with its charming 14th century Venetian castle and great beaches. Water sports fans may be particularly inclined to come here, as the local bays offer a variety of activities including paragliding and jet skiing.

What's more, if you choose a Vounaki sailing holiday you'll be able to indulge in a tasty barbecue with your fellow flotilla sailors on your penultimate evening at sea.

Situated in the Saronic Gulf, Epidavros is an excellent choice for those seeking sailing that's a little more challenging, while still being relaxing. Boasting fascinating historic sites, picturesque harbours and fantastic tavernas, this destination is also ideal for those eager to discover something of the region's past.

A visit to the famous amphitheatre is an absolute must, and those travelling during the high season may well find they are lucky enough to time their trip with a performance in this spectacular ancient venue.

Another great place to visit is Patitiri Alonissos, which could be a particular draw for travellers keen to get active. Here you can explore this incredibly picturesque ideal via its vast array of walking routes, or simply take advantage of the excellent swimming and snorkelling conditions.

If you're itching for a little peace, quiet and seclusion, however, head over to the unpopulated island of Peristiri, which is the perfect place to spend a relaxing, tranquil afternoon.

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