Festiva Sailing Vacations | Greece

Beautiful, sunny Greece. In this region of the Mediterranean, not only will you find great sailing, snorkeling and sunbathing on beautiful beaches, you’ll also experience remarkable ancient temples and have the opportunity to take historic sightseeing tours and enjoy fantastic dining in the many quaint Greek island communities. On your first night in the beautiful city of Athens, you will enjoy a one night stay at a four star hotel. You also have the option to receive passes for an Athens city tour on Saturday morning. Once it’s time begin your seven day sailing vacation with us, you’ll depart from the town of Lavrion, a popular gateway to the Cyclades Islands and the Aegean Sea, and only a 30 minute shuttle ride from the Athens airport.

Greece. Cape Sounion - Ruins of an ancient Greek temple of Poseidon after sunset

Greece. Cape Sounion – Ruins of an ancient Greek temple of Poseidon after sunset

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Kythnos is primal Greece- a rocky, barren, natural island with many beautiful anchorages and ports to explore via sailboat, and two hot springs famous for their healing powers. You won’t find much nightlife on Kythnos, it’s more about the beauty of the 65 secluded beaches, many of them accessible only by boat. Sunbathers and swimmers will rejoice at the sight of famous Kolona, a crescent-shaped isthmus of fine sand connecting the islet of Ayios Loukas to Kýthnos. The island is also covered in colorful flowers in the early months of the sailing season.

Syros

More beautiful beaches, religious Greek history, and some interesting cuisine are what you’ll find on hilly Syros, which lies halfway between Kithnos and Mykonos. Its central location makes it the principal center of administration, commerce and fisheries in the Cyclades. The capital, Ermoúpoli, has been called “Manchester of Greece” and its vast history is exhibited in the industrial museum. Visitors to the island can tantalize their taste buds with halva pie, made with thyme honey and roasted almonds, sugary loukoúmi, fennel sausages and the San Mihalis spicy cheese. Get to dancing at the internationally-acclaimed Cyclades Music Festival, the Classical Music Festival, Ermoupólia and Musical May.

Mykonos

According to Greek mythology, Mykonos was formed from the petrified bodies of giants killed by Hercules. Whether you believe it or not, the stunning beauty of Mykonos can’t be denied. Whitewashed houses dot the bare hillsides and beach options range from full service to more secluded on the north end of the island. One of the most cosmopolitan islands in Greece, tourists can indulge in the vast numbers of bars and nightclubs. The “Island of Winds” also attracts windsurfers and sailors, and divers love the crystal clear waters. For food, try some local specialties such as kopanistí, a soft cheese seasoned with pepper.

Serifos

Calm and serene, Serifos speaks to the traveler’s inner senses. A large variety of beaches await, and hiking, climbing, mountain biking and diving are popular outdoor activities. View the town of Chora, built imposingly on the rocks above, as you pull into the harbor. Colorful traditional Greek restaurant, GreeceVisitors will find bars and cafes in the town’s narrow, ancient streets. Check out the main port of Livaldi to sample some pastries, cafes, and fish tavernas.

Cape Sounion

Cape Sounion is located 43 miles south of Athens, at the southernmost tip of the Attica peninsula in Greece. It is noted as the site of ruins of the ancient Greek temple of Poseidon, the god of the sea in classical mythology. According to Greek mythology, Cape Sounion is the spot where Aegeus, king of Athens, leapt to his death off the cliff, thus giving his name to the Aegean Sea. Enjoy a beautiful sea sunset while exploring the historic ruins.

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About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for RTX Traveler Magazine, based in Asheville, NC. In his spare time he enjoys photography, astronomy, hiking, hanging out with his family and dog, and of course, traveling! His favorite RTX spots to visit are Orange Beach, Alabama, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, but he's visiting new places all the time. .

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