Greece is made up of various geographic regions: Macedonia, Thessaly, Central Greece, the Peloponnese, the Aegean Islands (which include the Dodecanese and Cyclades), Epirus, Crete, Thrace and the Ionian Islands. Sailing around any part of Greece will provide you with spectacular views of traditional sugar-cube towns, fantastic beaches and centuries-old sights. For a relaxed sailing holiday, there are two regions to look at. The Aegean and Dodecanese offer sun-baked islands with whitewashed villages, while the Ionian offers abundant olive and cypress trees and forested mountains. Each island has its own unique distinctive landscape.

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Chill Out

If you have never been on a sailing holiday before, think carefully, as this is not like your traditional package holiday. Sailing gives you the freedom to do whatever you want when you want, with no hidden agenda. On your first day, it is best to take it easy, find out if you have sea legs or not and just take in the beauty of everything around you. For a newcomer to sailing, it's best to hire a skippered charter. This way you can learn the techniques but leave the hard work to the experienced skipper. Other options are assisted bareboat charter. This is ideal for all abilities; you will be part of a flotilla of seven yachts, plus the lead boat with an experienced crew to assist you when required. Otherwise, if you have previous experience, you could go it alone and charter a bareboat.

Sun

With any sailing holidays in Greece, you must be sensible when it comes to the sun. The Greek islands have what is called 'holiday sun', and whilst out bobbing about in the warm blue waters of the Ionian Sea, the sun will be beating down on you. The problem is with the wonderful sea breezes constantly cooling you down: you won't realise how strong the sun is, so make sure you take precautions and avoid sunburn and sun stroke. The wind can make you dehydrated, so make sure you drink plenty of water and keep hydrated, and move into the shade at times, especially in the middle of the day.

Luggage

Don't go overboard and take the kitchen sink with you: limit your luggage, as storage space is limited. You won't need many clothes: swimwear, t-shirts and shorts and a couple of casual outfits to wear in the evenings should suffice. Deck shoes are a must for safety on board, and a sun hat is a must. Include a windproof jacket and fleece in the case of strong winds. Backpacks are better than suitcases, as they are easier to store. Sun cream, toiletries, beach towels and camera are also essential.

For perfect sailing holidays in Greece make sure you hire your yacht from a reputable company. Yachts are available in many sizes from 32ft to 51ft and with two to five cabins. Depending on the size of your group, make sure you have the necessary facilities available. So what are you waiting for?