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Sailing around the Greek Islands: a photo essay

December 22, 2010 | Greek Islands, Travel | 11 Comments
Yacht in the Greek Islands

It’s fair to say that of all the places I’ve been the Ionian Greek Islands have to be some of the most beautiful on earth.  Mountainous islands that climb straight out of the Mediterranean Sea.  A bright blue ocean that no picture can do justice to.  Clear sunny days for weeks on end.  Fresh seafood, lamb and vegetables served up from humble tavernas that rival the best restaurant food in the world.  Oh, and the small matter of sailing a yacht from port to port with half a dozen close friends, sharing incredible memories and cold beers in equal measure every day.  It’s just a stunning little part of the planet.  If you’re looking for travel inspiration over the holiday period, these photos might help a bit…

Clear waters and towering cliffs

The water in One House Bay was up to thirty metres deep, but you’d honestly have no idea.  From the deck of the yacht it was easy to see the sea bottom and the schools of fish ducking and darting in the filtered sunlight.  Apparently the house belongs to a local fisherman and isn’t used terribly often.  I have a feeling that if the place was mine it’d be quite a struggle to leave…

spartahori

Porto Spilia taverna, nestled at the bottom of the hill below Spatahori township, is owned by two brothers that between them manage to moor dozens of boats a week, serve up hundreds of meals and keep the supply of cold Mythos flowing to anyone that needs it.  It’s perhaps no surprise that as a result I’ve been there three times.  Other than the taverna, a few boats and a church or two there’s not much else around the bay other than great views and pebbled beaches – just the way we liked it.

greek-islands-buildings

Sailing past the small town of Vathy you can’t help but notice the dozens of brightly coloured buildings stacked seemingly one on top of the other all the way up the rugged cliff face.  With yachts tacking backwards and forwards in the bay and the cooling breeze offsetting the heat of the midday sun, it was a beautifully idyllic scene.

captain-correlli

I must admit that I’d never read the book ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’ nor seen the movie before heading to the Greek Islands.  As a result this little bay and pier didn’t have too much of an impact on me – it just seemed like a nice place to stop for lunch and enjoy the snorkelling.  Apparently though this jetty was built specifically for the film and is quite recognisable from it.  Who knew?

Assos

Tucked away at the tip of a peninsula on the island of Kefalonia, the village of Assos is dominated by the ruins of a 16th century Venetian castle that overlooks the town.  The walk up the track to the castle entrance is hard work in the Greek summer heat, but the views from the top make it all worth while.  The colourful buildings of a charming little village surround a sheltered bay, while sunseekers enjoy cocktails around the small slice of beach.  There’s worse places to spend a day ashore.

View of crashed cars

After hiring scooters we headed for the hills of Ithaca.  Zipping along the mountaintops, ducking and weaving between the random goats in the middle of the road, we came across this gorgeous vista.  Picturesque villages, vibrant blue ocean, craggy mountains … and a rusted out car wreck.  I guess that’s what happens when you take your eyes off the road to admire the view for too long.

These were just a few of the (far too) many photos that I took from land and sea in the Ionian.  Just looking at them brings a happy smile to my face, so I hope you enjoyed them too!

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11 Comments

  1. Reply

    Gillian

    December 23, 2010

    We sailed through the Cyclades in Greece in 2004. Even after traveling around the world for a year last year, that trip is tops in my world!! It is absolutely stunning (as your pictures attest), the food is amazing and the beer is cold! Thanks for taking me back. Cheers!

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      Dave

      December 23, 2010

      I'm feeling hungry just thinking about salads ... and the saganaki ... and the calamari ... and the ...

      And now I want a cold Mythos. *sigh*

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    Candice

    December 23, 2010

    Ah, the pictures work. I hate you. :)

    JK. Hatching my own Greek travel plans. Thanks for the inspiration!

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      Dave

      December 23, 2010

      You hate me? Awesome, my work here is done...

      :-D

      Keep me updated on the travel plans!

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    Rebecca

    December 23, 2010

    OMG. I want to while away several weeks here... VERY nice.

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      Dave

      December 23, 2010

      I've only managed two weeks there so far ... would happily spend another, oh, I dunno ... lifetime there. ;-)

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    Sunee

    December 23, 2010

    Sheesh, I can't make up my mind about where to go next. Yesterday I was all set on New Zealand and today I want to go to Greece. Am thinking this blog reading habit of mine isn't good for the pocket... :)

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      Dave

      December 23, 2010

      Hehe ... reading blogs is bad for the pocket, and writing them is even worse! I just console myself with the fact that each new trip is providing plenty of new material for the site. And plenty of new entries in the 'withdrawal' column of my bank statement......

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    neha

    January 30, 2011

    Love that last photo, and the idea of sailing around the Greek islands!

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    Julia@Turkey's For Life

    December 26, 2011

    We love the little hops over to Greece from Turkey. A lot of people say how similar the two countries are. Landscape may be similar but after that, they're different worlds for us. We enjoy the pork dishes and the different beers on offer in Greece. ;)


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