The sailing season in Greece
starts early April and ends near November. Whereas the early months of April and May have the advantage of colourful flowers and lush vegetation due to the spring rain, the late season months of September and October have the advantage of excellent swim water temperatures. The main season however has two disadvantages:
- August means an incredible amount of party and boozing tourists near and in Athens and other high profile places such as Mykonos, Ios, Corfu and Rhodes.
- When sailing in Greece during August you will likely be affected by the infamous Meltemi winds
The Ionian islands
are however not affected by the Meltemi, but by the gentle and reliable Maistro winds which makes Lefkas the best sailing base in the main season, although also here you should expect lots of tourists in August.
If you are an experienced sailor, it is important to know that the strong winds in the Aegean are often very well forecast and that there is no reason to avoid the beautiful southern Cyclades
for this reason. The southern Cyclades include the gems of Amorgos, Santorini, Folegandros, Milos, Paros, Naxos, Astypalea etc, and these are well worth the extra gusts and waves, but you do need adequate sailing skills to see these
gems of Greece
.: Back to our sailing holiday in the Sporades :.