I have been visiting Greece on and off since I was very little but it has only been in the past 8 years that I would spend time there on the regular. There is something magical and authentic about this country that keeps on drawing me back like a magnet.
I absolutely love all other Mediterranean countries as well but Greece, esp. the Greek islands remain the dearest to me. There are about 6000 islands in the country and over 220 are inhabited. We certainly are bombarded on social media with all the mainstream locations but people at large have no idea how much more this sector has to offer!
Little did I know as well until my Sailweek Greece trip…
Last year I had the coolest opportunity to participate on a 1 week sailboat trip on the Saronic Sea with the Sailweek team and my fellow travel blogger, themacarongirltravels. I had never been on such an adventure and I had no idea what all those (at least to me) unknown destnations in the area had in store for me.
At first I was little sceptical for never hearing of the Saronic Sea or of its islands but one thing I knew, it couldn’t possibly be as bad since I would be sailing around in my favourite Mediterranean country, would be at my favourite medium, i.e the sea and would do all this along with a blogger friend, in summer time. So hey, why not set sail!
We obviously did all the necessary paperwork and logistics in advance, the team was very informative in the preceding months and they made well sure that we would be totally prepared by the time of our arrival.
Please do follow the advice of packing lightly! There isn’t much space on a sailboat and you need to share it with 8 other people, so take only the real necessary items you would take on a vacation otherwise you will have to constantly stumble over your stuff as I did. But do take many bikinis and a good sunscreen and a lot less shoes you would think you need…
But we were not the only yacht to take on this adventure, there were 2 other sailboats sharing this trip with us under the aegis of Sailweek Greece thus we set sail for our island hopping adventure as a big happy family of 3 boats.
Our first stop was only a few hours away from Athens. Once we set foot on the boat, the skipper guided us through and informed us of all the vital data we had to know to coexist in peace and harmony during that coming week. That took as little as 10 minutes and afterwards the yacht was ready to be taken over by 8 lively girls. Right after we settled in our cabins we changed into our bikinis and started soaking in as much sun on the deck as we possibly could until our arrival to Agistri.
So we took some shots and then rushed back to the port, not to miss our ride or the amazing brekkie prepared by our skipper.
We arrived to Hydra during the day so we did what normal sailing crowd would do: eat, swim, get some sun and have some fun on repeat. The less brave ones went for paddle boarding, the more brave ones also had a chance to try paddle skiing which wasn’t much of a challenge for a seasoned kite surfer as myself nonetheless it was the most fun. Later in the afternoon we changed into our clothes, put some make-up on and took a water taxi to explore the heart of the island. We tried everything Hydra could offer from donkey riding thru boutique hopping to front row sunset watching from a hill-side restaurant while sipping virgin Pina colada. This island truly represented what a bit fancier but authentic side of Greece was all about. You couldn’t t help but picking the holiday vibes up.
While some stayed around the boat and enjoyed their daytime out in the sun, others opted for laying out on the beaches nearby or exploring the location on foot. The island is rather big as opposed to the rest we had been to, regardless cars are not allowed, scooters are. They have cute little pebble beaches with crystal blue waters and only a few locals around, excellent seafood and Greek restaurants all alongside the picturesque road leading to the center and some really pretty mansions up on the hills. When you enter the island you get the feeling of a distant, secluded place and you feel as if you had just dropped into an old-time movie, esp. when you see the horse-drawn carriages cruising by. My favourite moment was to find another beautiful flower tree this time in light-pink color and to swim at one of the small beaches with practically noone around.
Back to Athens
What was great about this whole trip that although there were many mutual activities and plenty of options to try new things out, you were never obliged to do anything and felt free to do whatever you felt like doing the most at any given moment. There were some basic rules to follow but other than that it was very much like a super cool class excursion without teachers. I also learnt a lot about sailing, steered a sailboat, learned how to tie sailing knots and had to opportunity to discover new spots on this planet that I know 100 sure if it hadn’t been for Sailweek Greece I would never discovered on my own and that Im very grateful for.
if you manage to get your friends on board as well and go thru these experiences together, not to mention to gather up as many as to fill the whole yacht (8 people altogether) and have it all for yourselves, I guarantee you it will be an experience of a lifetime!
I hope you enjoyed my little résumé, this trip was definitely a bucket list item of mine I had not even been aware of. If you like adventures and a bit tired of the all too popular places and want to explore some hidden gems in Greece, this trip is definitely for you!