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18 sept.

Sailing Greece

I always had a certain fear of sleeping on a boat because my first cruise ship adventure didn’t go so well. But because I already had some experience with motion sickness and I usually tend to face my fears, I accepted the challenge of sleeping 6 nights on a catamaran and seeing another face of Greece.

Believe me … it was worthwhile. It’s quite another thing to go from island to island, from beach to beach (lay on the beach 😃) and see places which are not accessible to anyone. I don’t know how to describe the exact sensation, but I felt as if I was on an ongoing adventure.

After an approximately 90-minute flight to Athens with Aegean Airlines and a half-hour ride to the port, we made ourselves comfortable in what would be our floating home for the next 6 days. We had the opportunity to sail with a Lagoon 450 from Exadas Yachts, one of the most comfortable and accessible ships. The connoisseurs know what I’m talking about and for those who are like me, I have to confess that at first everything seems a bit crammed, but then you immediately discover many small and useful spots. You can actually feel like home in that limited space.

The good thing is that you spend your days on the 2 generous decks or on the beach. When you finally get to your room you are so tired from the sun and sea that you don’t have time to analyze the rest of the details.

And the most extraordinary part is that you have access to the most beautiful beaches where you can’t get by car and the landscape changes every day. For my style of travelling this is brilliant.

Let’s start with the beginning because I have to show you the three islands I’ve discovered. That’s just in this post, because there is more to come. 😊

After a great meal with seafood and wine, destined to make me dizzy and not know where the motion comes from (a seasickness treatment I heard from Cove) we slept in the Lavrion port, and the following day we headed to Kithnos. Here I was on one of the most beautiful virgin beaches, Nissos, where I found a seemingly uninhabited house with a spectacular view. If you haven’t seen my stories, you can find some pictures below. In the evening we stopped at the Merixas harbor, where we spent the night.

Then we enjoyed a full day on the sea and by the deserted beaches of Kithnos. In the evening we arrived in the beautiful port of Livadhi, from Serifos. To be honest, it is quite difficult to decide which port I liked more. Every harbor has somewhere up the mountain a locality named Chora, each with views more spectacular than the other. Maybe by the end of this post I can find which one has a special place in my heart giving the fact that they are all unique.

Chora of Livadhi was of an immaculate white, with narrow streets and dining places, shops, and bars. To me it seemed like a place for lovers who want to retreat, but at the same time have some fun.

Loutra is a less animated port with many terraces on the beach where I even wore my high heels for a night out in town. In this Chora we had the best view at dinner.

The last island we visited was Kea, where we saw an ancient Greek settlement, the temple of the goddess Athena which was built in 500 BC. The road up to the citadel and the surrounding scenery are to die for.

Grecia vazuta de pe catamaran

Intotdeauna am avut o oarecare frica de a dormi pe barca, pentru ca prima mea aventura cu vasele de croaziera nu a inceput foarte frumos. Dar pentru ca aveam deja ceva experienta cu raul de miscare si de obicei tind sa imi infrunt fricile, am acceptat provocarea de a dormi 6 nopti pe un catamaran si de a vedea o alta fata a Greciei.

Si credeti-ma…a meritat din plin. Este cu totul altceva sa mergi zilnic din insula in insula, din plaja in plaja (si intre ele sa stai tot la plaja 😃) si sa vezi locuri care nu sunt accesibile oricui. Nu stiu sa descriu exact senzatia, dar m-am simtit ca intr-o aventura continua.

Dupa aproximativ o ora si jumatate, cat a durat zborul cu Aegean Airlines pana la Atena si transferul de jumatate de ora pana in port ne-am instalat in casuta noastra plutititoare pentru 6 zile. Am avut ocazia sa navigam cu Lagoon 450, de la Exadas Yachts, unul dintre cele mai confortabile si accesibile vase. Cunoscatorii stiu despre ce vorbesc iar pentru cei ca mine, va spun sincer, ca la inceput ai senzatia ca esti stramtorat, dupa care imediat iti dai seama cate locuri mici si utile ai disponibile si cum reusesti sa te instalezi ca acasa, asa in spatiul ala limitat.

Partea buna este ca ziua o petreci pe cele 2 punti extrem de generoase sau pe plaja. Iar cand ajungi in camera esti atat de obosit de soare si mare incat nu ai timp sa analizezi restul detaliilor.

Iar lucrul cel mai extraordinar este ca ai acces la cele mai faine plaje, in care nu poti ajunge cu masina si zilnic peisajul se schimba. Pentru stilul meu de calatorit acest lucru este genial.

Sa incepem cu inceputul, pentru ca trebuie sa va port putin cu mine prin cele 3 insule descoperite. Asta numai in postul acesta, pentru ca mai urmeaza. 😊

Dupa o masa copioasa cu fructe de mare si vin, ca sa ma ametesc si sa nu stiu de unde vine leganatul (tratament impotriva raului de mare dupa spusele lui Cove) am innoptat in portul Lavrion, iar a doua zi am pornit spre Kithnos. Aici am fost intr-una dintre cele mai frumoase plaje virgine, Nissos, unde am gasit o casa aparent nelocuita cu un view spectaculos. Daca nu ati vazut story-urile mele aveti cateva poze reprezentative. Iar seara ne-am oprit in portul Merixas, unde am si innoptat.

Urmatoarea zi ne-am petrcut-o tot in Kithnos, pe plaje pustii sau pe mare iar seara am ajuns in frumosul port Livadhi, din Serifos. Sincer stateam acum sa ma gandesc, care din porturi mi-a placut mai mult. Fiecare port are undeva sus pe munte o localitate care se numeste Chora, fiecare cu un view care mai de care mai special. Pana la sfarsitul postului poate reusesc sa vad care ocupa un loc de suflet, pentru ca fiecare are ceva aparte.

Chora din Livadhi era de un alb imaculat, cu stradute inguste si locuri de luat masa, magazine, baruri. Mi s-a parut un loc pentru indragostiti, care vor sa se refugieze putin, dar in acelasi timp si cu ceva distractie.

Loutra este un port putin mai animat, cu multe terase pe nisip unde mi-am scos chiar si pantofii cu toc pentru o seara in oras. Iar in Chora de aici am avut cea mai buna vedere la cina.

Ultima insula vizitata a fost Kea, unde am vazut o veche asezare greceasca, Templul zeitei Atena, construit in anul 500 IH. Drumul pana sus la cetate, dar si peisajul sunt de vis.

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