It seems there are over 6,000 islands in Greece. Although most of them are uninhabited, they are all grouped into specific regions. The region you hear the most about is the Cyclades, which includes the islands of Mykonons, Sifnos, and Paros. These were the islands Alison (remember the birthday girl) wanted to see the most.
She really had her heart set on seeing Sifnos but before we left for our trip the charter company wouldn’t provide an itinerary. They advised the itinerary would be set just prior to departure when we could discuss our wishes and the weather with the captain. When we arrived, we met Dimi our captain. He and Ali briefly discussed where she wanted to go and at length talked about the weather. It seems the weather predictions for the Cyclades was not good for sailing. We could do it but it would be rough going. However, the predictions for the Argo-Saronic regions would fare much better. Ali considered her group of not so experienced sailors and decided to forgo the Cyclades in hopes for smoother seas — good choice. We had smooth going most of the trip. We did have one rough patch, which Dimi said was not really that rough. I was glad we didn’t have to experience rougher.
Travel Tip: Here’s the tip from this long story…don’t get your heart set on a specific destination when going on a sailing trip like this. We still had a fantastic time. We ate great food, saw some amazing sights, and enjoyed the whole experience. If we wasted time pining over the missed islands, we’d still be pining (remember there are over 6,000 of them).
Let’s move on to the itinerary and the details, in case you’re ready to go on a sailing trip through the Argo-Saronic islands (assuming the weather agrees).
Arrived in Athens via US Airways
Transportation from Athens to the Alimos Marina provided by Istion (the yacht charter company)
Lunch near the marina at Poseidon
Cocktail hour near the marina at the Kitchen Bar
Departed Athens/Alimos Marina arrived in Aegina (Port Aegina)
Dinner (dinner on the pier but none of us remember the name of the place — hey, it was our first night, we were excited!)
Swam in Agistri Bay
Arrived Methana (Port Vathi)
Dinner at Inoterapevtirio Ifestio
Lunch at Ahileas
Dinner at Veranda
Swam in Spathi Bay
Dinner at Karavolos
Arrived Methana (Port of Metana)
Spa visit to Metana Volcanic Spa
Dinner at Tabepna
Swam and stayed the night at Ligia Bay
Departed Ligia Bay
Swam in Agia Marina
Dinner at Filistron
After we returned, we set up a Greek Wrap Party. We all brought some Greek treats and shared tons of wine, ouzo, and great memories of our trip together. I mean, it lastest for HOURS!
If you do have the opportunity to go on a trip with friends, I highly suggest having a party after you return (and don’t wait too long). Unless of course, the trip didn’t go too smoothly, then, aahh…maybe not.
Really though, it’s great. You can share your pictures, relive the good times and start planning your next trip. The most important part is to keep your friendships alive!