Sunshine, infinite blue skies and crystal clear water; this is what we woke up to for seven blissful days while sailing the Greek Islands in August.
We started planning this trip at the beginning of the year so it was with much excitement that we boarded yet another early morning flight and made our way to the marina in Athens where our yachts were departing. The plan was seven days of sailing, swimming, eating and partying our way around some of the Greek Islands.
We booked our trip with Medsailors, a NZ run company that organises week-long sailing holidays to Croatia, Greece and Turkey. Last year, six of us sailed around Croatia with them and had the most amazing time. It was the perfect mix of exploring, sailing and going out. This year we had no hesitation booking with Medsailors again and recruiting another 14 friends from all over the world to fill two yachts and sail around Greece with us.
The route covered some of the smaller (but still incredibly beautiful) Greek Islands. First was the taverna-lined town of Perdika, then Ermioni which sits on the mainland of Greece, the Greek ‘Riviera’ town of Spetses, beautiful Hydra, Poros where we spent an afternoon doing water sports before a fun night out on the town, and then Agistri for a toga party and our final night of celebrations before heading back to Athens.
Spending a week living and sleeping onboard a yacht with 10 others was quite a different experience but we all embraced boat life and ended up really enjoying it. The yacht we had was relatively spacious with five cabins (three double beds and two sets of bunks) and three bathrooms. It’s not luxury living but it was comfortable and quite refreshing to be away from the internet, social media and the hustle and bustle of London. The great thing about Medsailors is that breakfast and lunch is included every day and, thankfully, the food was pretty good. Over the course of the trip we had things like scrambled eggs and bacon, French toast, pancakes, fresh bread smothered with our friend from last year – Mr Choc (a delicious nutella-like spread), chorizo pasta, Greek salad, dips and garlic bread. Everything was fresh, tasty and prepared every day on board by our lovely skippers, Anna and Andy. Medsailors organised a few group dinners but the other nights we were left to explore the towns and source out the best places for fresh seafood and delicious Greek delights.
With a group of twenty friends, it was always going to be a memorable trip but this was something else. The beauty and charisma of the towns we visited, the never-ending blue skies and seas, the sunsets that stretched into sunrises, the endless days swimming and sailing, the balmy summer evenings, the people watching, the refreshing dips in the ocean and the good vibes all contributed to make this a completely unforgettable experience.
It went by far too quickly but there were so many highlights, including watching a whole pod of dolphins playing and diving in the ocean next to our boat as we sailed to Perdika; cliff jumping; ‘surfing’ behind the boat in the middle of the ocean; witnessing a double sunset in Hydra; dancing on the bar at a club in Poros and spending hours reading, tanning, chatting and napping on the deck of our boat. We experienced all of this surrounded by some incredibly beautiful backdrops and an amazing group of people.
Micu and I managed to take more than 2,000 photos and videos over the course of the week so I’ve picked just a few from each day to give you an idea of our Greek Island adventure. We’ve already decided to take on Turkey next year!
Day one: Athens to Perdika
Day two: Ermioni
Day three: Spetses
Day four: Hydra
Day five: Poros
Day six: Agistri
Day seven: back to Athens
Photos by Micu and I.
© 2014 Fiona Tregeagle.