Sailing in Greece: 40 shades of blue paradise with Meltemi winds

The Greek National Tourism Organisation in Belgium-Luxembourg, in collaboration with the yacht charter companies Sail Aegean, Greek Sails and Cata Sailing organised a presentation on sailing holidays in Greece.
The event took place on Wednesday 21st November 2012 in Brussels in the Greek Embassy, and was attended by Belgian journalists, travel agents and tour operators, as well as sailing lovers and members of sailing clubs.
Greece is an ideal choice for nautical tourism and sailing holidays, taking into consideration the naval tradition it has had since antiquity and its principal role in the shipping industry. In a recent survey, Greece was considered by the public as the first international destination for nautical tourism.

Sailing offers the opportunity to explore areas untouched by mass tourism, dive in warm waters and swim in clear seas. Sailing allows travelers to create their own itinerary, to experience a different kind of holiday, whether they are experienced or non-experienced sailors, or even a family with young children.
And where is the best sailing? In the country where there are more than 6000 islands and islets -227 inhabited ones-, 1183 beaches and myriad fascinating mainland locations to discover. Today, 20 marinas with 7042 docking places offer a friendly and safe shelter to rest, making island hopping so easy and as trendy as ever.
The Pagasitikos Gulf and the Sporades, one of Greece’s best island groups, provide a variety of short-distance trips from the port of Volos, which has direct flights with Belgium, as Christina Bletsas, representing Sail Aegean, explained. Sailing to the cosmopolitan island of Skiathos, which has some of the best beaches in the Aegean, or to Skopelos, the greenest island in Greece, known from the Mamma Mia movie, or diving to the sea caves of Alonissos, next to the Monk seals in the largest European marine park, are a few of the Sail Aegean skippers’ tips.

Continuing on to the Saronikos Gulf and the islands around Athens, Cecile Geeurickx, representing Greek Sails, always proposes Poros to her guests as a starting point for their holidays. “Sailing is a fun way of getting together with friends or colleagues and it can even be a great team-building experience or an incentive trip!”. Poros also hosts the charter yacht show every year, from 5th to 9th May for 2013, taking advantage of the sunny spring weather in Greece at that time.
At the end of the itinerary, sailors cannot miss Lefkada, off the Greek west coast in the Ionian Sea. Lefkada’s marina, one of the most modern marinas of the Mediterranean, is the base of Cata Sailing. “Sailing with a catamaran is really a combination of a luxury stay on board and a good time” mentioned the owner of Cata Sailing, Daisy De Troetsel. The 24 small islands around the area, visited by VIP celebrities, along with Skorpios (Onassis’ island), offer the traveler exquisite experiences, tailored-made services and many stories to tell.
Participants in the event had the chance to taste Greek “mezes” prepared by Saveurs de Grèce and Greek wine kindly offered by the Domain Skouras, as well as to win a 15% discount on a sailing charter reservation, giving them the opportunity to sail their dream in Greece next year!