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MedSailors Greece Review

MedSailors Greece Review

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Ever dreamed of sailing the Mediterranean Sea? Planning a sailing trip in the Med is easier than you’d think thanks to tour companies like MedSailors.

I spent a week sailing around the Saronic Greek Islands with MedSailors and had a fantastic 7 days in Greece sailing, cliff-jumping, swimming, paddleboarding, quad-biking and more! MedSailors gave me exactly what I was looking for for a trip exploring the Greek Islands by boat.

So, if you want to take a sailing holiday, or are trying to decide between MedSailors in Greece, Italy, Turkey, Montenegro or Croatia then here’s why I think you should opt to sail Greece.

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How to get to Athens, Greece

Getting to Greece from most of Europe is pretty easy. And you can often get quite cheap flights on Europe’s budget airlines. For your MedSailors trip sailing around the Saronic Islands in Greece, you’ll leave and return to Athens.

Flights to Greece

Airfare to Greece from the UK is relatively inexpensive and only takes a few hours.  Leaving from Athens makes getting a flight to Greece even easier since Athens is the capital and very well served by flights from all over the world.

I recommend using Skyscanner to find your flight to Greece. They make it super easy to find the cheapest flight deals. If you want more cheap flight tips then take a look at this post.

How to get to Alimos Marina from Athens Airport

It’s pretty easy to get from Athens airport to the Alimos Marina by public transport. However, you can also book a private transfer if you’ve got a lot of bags or prefer to have things pre-booked.

To get to the marina by public transport takes around 1.5 hours but you only need to get one bus. You’re looking for the X96 (ΠΕΙΡΑΙΑΣ – ΑΕΡΟΛ. ΑΘΗΝΩΝ (EXPRESS)), or the bus to the main port of Piraeus. Tickets cost 6€.

How to get to Alimos Marina from central Athens

If you’re staying in Athens a day or two before your cruise with Medsailors then you can also get public transport down to the marina. The journey takes between 40-60 minutes depending on traffic and the route you take.

You’d most likely be getting the M2 train and the  T4 or T5 trams. But, don’t worry because public transport in Athens is super easy to figure out!

Where to stay in Athens on a budget

We caught a super early flight from London to Athens the day our boat departed which I wouldn’t recommend. It was a bit of a rush through security, quickly working out the public transport to the dock and then buying a few snacks before we set sail. If you can then I highly recommend staying in a hotel the night before.

Of course, you may also want to extend your week in Greece and spend 10 days in Greece or longer. In that case, take a look at these budget-friendly options for accommodation in Greece!

Hotels in Athens

Hostels in Athens

Make friends and stick to a budget during your Greece holidays with these Athens hostels.

Airbnbs in Athens

These Airbnbs all give you the entire home to yourself for under £30 a night.

Save money on your first Airbnb booking with this link

About MedSailors

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MedSailors was set up by three Kiwis who live and breathe sailing. Unlike some other “sailing” companies, you’ll actually get to experience sailing (not just motoring) whilst in the Mediterranean Sea.

MedSailors sail in Turkey, Croatia, Italy, Montenegro and Greece and have itineraries for each one which lets you explore some of the prettiest islands and coastlines of each country. THey’re not strictly learn to sail in Greece holidays but you can try your hand at sailing if you wish!

The MedSailors’ Greece itinerary – Saronic Islands

The Greece itinerary saw us sail islands I’d never heard of. You won’t be visiting the big names of Zakynthos, Mykonos or Santorini on these sailing holidays in Greece, instead, you’ll be discovering the less well known, but stunningly beautiful, Saronic islands.

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About the Saronic Greek islands

The MedSailors Greece itinerary takes you to six different islands; Perdika, Erminoni, Spetses, Hydra, Poros and Agistri and starts and ends in Athens. The order you visit the islands might change depending on wind and weather conditions. Whilst we visited all the islands, We didn’t dock in Hydra as some strong winds were forecast which would’ve meant a pretty restless night!

Perdika: Perdika is perched on the shores of Aegina island and is home to some of the best seafood. There’s a pretty bay and a taverna-lined harbour with loads of tasty food.

Agistri: This idyllic Greek island of Agistri is near the stunning Aegina, it’s great for swimming.

Poros: Poros is famous for its wild lemon trees, Poseidon’s Temple ruins and watersports!

Spetses: Often considered the most romantic of stops you’ll make, Spetses has the iconic Cathedral of Agios Nikolaos, Paradise Beach and scooter hire too!

Ermioni: Hydra has no wheeled vehicles throughout the island and has a beautiful old town with some stunning coastal paths too!

The last Greek sunset was a good’un #medsailors #greece #sailing
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Daily activities onboard a Medsailors yacht

During the day on this Greece sailing trip, you’ll usually have breakfast before setting off to a particular bay or island where you can swim, snorkel, paddleboard or cliff jump before lunch. After lunch, you might then enjoy a few hours of sailing practise if the wind is good, do a spot more swimming or dock up at an island ready to explore or try out a fun activity.

There’s plenty of extra activities to try out on the islands but if you’re only going to do one make sure you hire a quad bike or scooter on the Greek island of Spetses!

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Once you’re docked up in Spetses you’ll have most of the afternoon to grab a quad bike with your MedSailors crew and ride around the island.

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If your skipper comes with you then make sure they show you the cave on the far side of the island where you can climb down into the cave and swim out of it into the open seas.

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On the far side of the island to where you’ll dock, there’s also a wonderful beach bar. Park up your quad bike, grab a sun lounger and chill out with a cocktail or cold beer as the sun begins to set before heading back to the little town of Spetses and tucking into delicious gyros.

We ate at Souvlucky which left us stuffed all for the price of just 2 euros 30!

Other activities available on the islands include donkey riding in Hydra, scuba diving in Agistri and watersports in Poros – try clinging on to the doughnuts for a bit of an adrenaline buzz!

Besides the activities, there’s plenty of exploring and sea swims to do!

The food on Medsailors

Your MedSailors skipper will prepare a tasty breakfast and lunch during your trip. Sam did a great job of cooking up pasta, eggs and tasty cheese and meat platter for us all.

I can guarantee lunch whilst bobbing around in a Greek bay will be one of the prettiest places you’ve ever eaten at before.

Most evenings you’ll probably eat dinner with your crew at one of the local restaurants. They’re a great way to eat as much Greek food as possible as you’ll usually be offered a deal on a mezze platter. We ate everything from octopus to taramasalata, fried feta and halloumi. It was all delicious and I’d eat Greek food every day if I could!

What do the MedSailors yachts look like?

Pretending I know what I’m doing whilst sailing the Med #MedSailors #greece #sailing

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The MedSailors yachts are incredibly comfortable and had plenty of space for all nine of us.

We were in the premier plus yacht which was slightly bigger and newer than some of the other boats in the fleet but all boats looked great!

As the weather is so lovely in Greece we spent most of our time outside on the deck where there was plenty of space both for sunbathing up at the front and lazing on the sofas near the back. We played music, thanks to the phone and iPod connector, spotted dolphins, lay down in the hammock and just generally relaxed.

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Our bedroom was pretty spacious too. There’s a cupboard to store your bags and clothes and the bed was pretty spacious too – it felt bigger than our one back home!

Overall review of Medsailors Greece

The last Greek sunset was a good’un #medsailors #greece #sailing

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MedSailors gets a huge thumbs up from me. Far from being the week-long drinking fest I’d feared,  MedSailors was a great way explore the Saronic islands in Greece. From the yachts to the staff, the food and the activities the whole week was great fun! Before you travel you’ll be asked what you’re after: partying, partying with sightseeing or just sightseeing and MedSailors do a brilliant job of putting people after the same things together. This is also a very good option if you’re planning a solo trip to Greece and many people sailing the same week as us were travelling solo.

It’s also great that you get the chance to learn how to sail if you want to. Our skipper, Sam, was great at teaching us the ropes and getting ready for the MedSailors race day!

If you want to explore the lesser-known islands of Greece, learn how to sail and get your dose of sun and sea then book a boat holiday in Greece with MedSailors!

Olympic

Monday 11th of November 2019

Great post i love your daily activities & your amazing video!

8 reasons you should go sailing in Greece | That Adventurer

Sunday 10th of July 2016

[…] If you’ve been keeping up with my Instagram you’ll have seen that at the beginning of June I spent a week sailing around the Greek islands with MedSailors. […]

tink jayne

Tuesday 28th of June 2016

AMAZING VIDEO HANNAH! This actually looks right up my street. And it's nice you have all the activities available on the islands. Epic Quadbike/Sunset photo x tink jayne lifestyle x allabouttink.co.uk

Hannah Kacary

Tuesday 28th of June 2016

Thanks lovely! I'm a bit obsessed with the song I used... xxx