Borrow a Boat In Greece
Land of figs and honey. One of the most popular cruising regions in the Mediterranean – and for good reason! With ~6000 islands and islets (~200 of them inhabited) to explore, the variety of the archipelagos is second to none. From the larger Ionian islands in the West with their verdant landscapes, to the picturesque ports and sandy beaches of the Sporades, the wind conditions can be as diverse as the islands themselves. Generally, the Ionian enjoy the lightest winds whilst the Cyclades experience the “meltimi”- a wind that averages force 6 and above in summer and strong enough to blow tables over- an exhilarating adventure for the very experienced sailor! The Cyclades boast over 200 islands and may be divided into the Greater and Lesser Cyclades groups. They have the archetypal white cuboid architecture with blue domed roofs found in ubiquitous tourist brochures. The Dodecanese also experience strong winds, but being in close proximity to Turkey, enjoy a longer sunny season and look more barren as a result. However they are picturesque in their own right and boast a wealth of ancient ruins to explore. The Saronic islands are closely accessible to Athens and are therefore popular with tourists and locals alike. Lighter winds there make them perfect for families although there is still chance of a blow in mid summer! Crete is a standout island of its own, worth dedicating at least a week or two to explore its rich Minoan culture and museums as well as beautiful ports and beaches.