Sailing Holiday – A Pattern of Islands

Pagasitic Gulf, Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonnisos, Skyros & Evia

Sail and Shore Holiday 11 Daysnational_marine_park_sporades

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Proposed itinerary

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Day 1  Arrive Volos. Travel to Makrynitsa. Only a few miles outside Volos but seemingly another world away, the ancient fortified town of Makrynitsa is one of the treasures of this region. In this, the so-called Balcony of the Pelion, stone-built mansions hang from impossibly high crags, with spectacular views across the Pagasitic Gulf to the high Pindos mountains beyond. In summer, the woods are full of the sound of nightgales, while mountain streams fill the gurgling marble fountains with cool clear water. Overnight Makrynitsa.

 Trikeri Island

Day 2. Join sailing yacht Nereida in Volos. We sail to the tiny islet of Trikeri, where time stands still. There are no cars on the island, and transport is by mule or on  foot. Above the little port, with its charming waterside restaurants ,stands an ancient monastery and we spend the night in the vaulted cells giving onto the first floor cloisters. monastery_trikeri_cloisters (2)

 Skiathos

Day 3 We leave the Pagasitic Gulf for the first time and head across the open sea to the lively holiday island of Skiathos, with its picturesque town scrambling up the hills behind the harbour. Overnight Skiathos

 Alonissos

Day 4 Sail to Alonnisos. Set in a national marine park, famous for its wildlife and its clear turquoise seas, this is an island of extraordinary beauty. We spend two days here exploring the archipelago of islands that make up the national marine park. Overnight Alonnisos

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Day 5 Sailing around Alonissos and its outlying islands. We hope to catch a glimpse of the endangered Mediterranean monk seal and Eleonora’s falcon which nests on isolated rocky crags. We also occasionally see turtles in the seas between here and Skyros.

Skyros

Days 6 ,7, 8 Remote Skyros is well off the beaten tourist trail. Hard to get to, unless you have your own yacht, it is regarded by many as one of the most beautiful of the Greek islands. We spend three days here exploring this beautiful and almost unknown island.

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Skopelos

Day 9 Sail to Skopelos, made famous by the film Mamma Mia. Skopelos is one of the greenest of the Greek islands, and the scent of the pine forests wafts across the waves on the breeze as we approach. Overnight Skopelos

Oreoi

Day 10 Sail to the island of Evia to the charming fishing village of Oreoi, with its long sandy beach and its wonderful range of sea-front eateries.

Volos

Day 11 Return to the Pagasitic Gulf to Volos. Cruise ends Volos.

Cruise price varies slightly according to season and how many we are catering for. Contact us to discuss your exact requirements

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What to bring on a Sailing Cruise

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Please travel light as there is limited storage space on the boat. Please, no suitcases – they take up huge amounts of space. Bring sport-type bags which squash down easily.

You will need:

  • Shorts and t-shirts.
  • A light long-sleeved shirt and long trousers are useful protection against the sun.
  • A sun hat and sun glasses.
  • A sweat shirt/light jumper.
  • In spring and autumn you will want a windproof jacket.
  • No shoes allowed on the boat. Flip flops are useful as you can slip them on and off easily. You don’t need waterproof shoes.
  • Swimming things.
  • Sunscreen. We also recommend getting a lip sunscreen.
  • Prescription medicines.
  • We do not recommend you bring laptops, kindles etc. Electronics and the sea don’t go well together. If you absolutely must stay connected, please note that you cannot recharge on the boat so you will have to wait until evening. You may need a continental plug adaptor.

Warning

Stuff that falls in the sea goes straight to the bottom in seconds. This includes valuable items, such as mobile phones, watches, designer sunglasses and cameras. If you decide to bring such items with you please make sure they are properly insured. Hats and sunglasses are lost overboard almost every time we sail – you might like to get yourself a string that goes round your neck. drowned_mobile

 

What’s the weather like in Greece?

This is probably the question we get asked more than any other. Greece probably has the best climate in the world but that doesn’t mean that it never rains – that’s reserved for the Sahara.

Spring starts in early February and by March the weather is generally warm and sunny but breezy. Spring flowers are at their best from March to May. The sea is quite cold at this time of year. The Pagasitic (the area round the Pelion) is warm enough for swimming year round – The Aegean is noticeably colder.Spring flowers Pelion Greece

Temperatures slowly rise to an August average around 38C, with cooler evenings in the islands. The sea temperature at this time of year is in the high 20’s.

September and October are cooler – temperatures in the high 20’s- lower 30’s with the occasional rain day. The sea remains warm throughout the autumn.Milina in February

 

 

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