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Old 25-05-2010, 13:38   #1
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If You Only Had One Week to Sail in the Mediterranean...

Hi everybody... hope someone can give advice to some Mediterranean rookies.

We are 12 couples (ager range 45 to 58) that will be renting 3 catamarans and have one week to Bareboat sail the Med. We prefer the area Greece/Turkey/Croatia (any of those areas). After that we will enjoy one week stay on some Island/mainland town just to relax. We are at the infant stages of the planning and complete rookies about the area. We suppose the first thing to sort out is where to sail. From the research we have done (on the Moorings.com website) it looks like there are a few kind of standard/popular sailing areas:

1. Gocek, Turkey
2. Orhaniye, Turkey
3. Agana, Croatia
4. Dubrovnik, Croatia
5. Athens, Greece
6. Kos, Greece
7. Lefkas, Greece

Now our question: If you only had one week in your life to go sail in the Med areas Greece/Croatia/Turkey, where would it be? We know it depends on what one wants and what one enjoy. So here is our preferences...

1. We do not want to sail for 8 hours a day to get to our destinations... well not all 7 days Shorter trips and visits to the islands or mainland towns suits us best

2. We love to see beautiful areas, spend time on white sandy beaches, have sunny weather and swim in warm sea water (after all we are Canadians )

3. We love to snorkel and Scuba and fish (catch and release - not deep sea trawling stuff... just relaxing fishing)

4. We enjoy eating ashore and although we are not into disco's and techno music, we love good music, dancing and romantic atmospheres.

6. We are not millionaires

Where do you suggest we sail for our 7 days?

Is there someone out there that wants to suggest where to sail and enjoy a week of relaxation after the sail trip?

Your suggestions would really help these bunch of rookies plan better and enjoy their once in a lifetime holiday.

Thanks

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Old 25-05-2010, 21:11   #2
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I would suggest the Greek Islands from Athens. But forget about your #3 most of the historic nations in the Med forbid any scuba or fishing which is reserved for locals and scientists only. Besides the eastern Med is salt thick water and swimming is not pleasant.
- - You can choose between the islands or the Peninsula, both of which are world class experiences.
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Thanks osirissail... your suggestion and comments are appreciated. Would there be a specific reason why you recommend this option?

We are a little concerned about the Econimic state in Greece affecting the trip... specially any payments we will make to a charter company out there
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[QUOTE=osirissail;458351] But forget about your #3 most of the historic nations in the Med forbid any scuba or fishing which is reserved for locals and scientists only. [\QUOTE]

What utter tosh whilst the Greeks and the Turks won't be impressed if you dive on a site historical importance and they have a few, the diving in the Med is very good, well depending on what you compare it too of course, so take the log books and qualification cards if you want to dive with kit rather than just snorkel.

[QUOTE=osirissail;458351]Besides the eastern Med is salt thick water and swimming is not pleasant [\QUOTE]

Hmm, so a tenth of the population of Europe don't go on holiday to the Med each year for the beaches, sea and sun

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Petes right.
All are good but of Turkey, Greece and Croatia I'd persoanlly go with the last one if all I had was 7 days.
So why Croatia?
Different.
A nice mix of architectual spendour; culture; up river as well as off shore opportunities; over 1,000 islands to suit all tastes; and you'll be made really welcome.
Go back to our blog in 2007 where we came back from Turkey via Greek Islands and into Croatia and you'll get the picture.
Enjoy whatever you choose.............as I am sure you will:-)
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Thanks osirissail... your suggestion and comments are appreciated. Would there be a specific reason why you recommend this option?
We are a little concerned about the Econimic state in Greece affecting the trip... specially any payments we will make to a charter company out there
I have sailed the Cyclades and they were fantastic. As to the others places - Croatia, Turkey - they probably are also great. What I was aiming at was that you mentioned only one week so you cannot go very far if you want to stop and see anything. From the main charter base near Athens you can go either south and east to the Cyclades or southwest to the Peloponnisos peninsular and visit some great places within the time frame given.
- - As with places all over the world the political/economic problems are normally centered around the major population center(s) (e.g. Athens) but the outlying islands and villages really just press on living as they have always lived.
- - By renting/chartering boat in the country you avoid all the hassles of checking in/out, etc. as the boats are "local" boats. Your biggest problem will be finding the charter company that suits your needs and budget. There used to be only a handful and now there are dozens listed on the internet.
- - As to scuba in Greece or anyplace else in the Med you would have to arrange for such activities with organized diving operations/companies. It is the do-it-yourself that can get you in trouble. The water in the eastern Med is very salty and although I have both swam and snorkeled there and the Dead Sea and Great Salt Lake, the water is quite different from the "thin water" of the Bahamas and the Caribbean.
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You can't compare the Eastern Med with the Dead Sea . Personally I have never noticed any difference diving in the Med over the last 25 years.

One thing we did notice however was the water temperature last year. The Adriatic was much cooler than the water around southern Greece for swimming, or it might just have been a really hot day in Corfu. Water lovely though so do go before the Med closes up and dries out as Africa moves north.

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