5 Reasons to go Sailing on your next Family Holiday

A recent magazine article I wrote on why sailing beats all-inclusive hotel resorts…

The dreary weather in the UK that the first couple of months of the year bring with it make it the perfect time to book your summer holiday, ditch the January blues and start thinking about sunning yourself in the Mediterranean. If you’re still undecided on where to spend your summer getaway, or you head back to the same hotel resort every year and you are looking for new ideas, then why not consider sailing the Greek islands? Sail Ionian offer 5 valid reasons why you should switch from hotel suite and all-inclusive deals to sailing yachts and local cuisine for your future holidays:

1 – If you are looking to enjoy ultimate freedom and relaxation on holiday, then spending a week or two on a yacht in Greece is for you. The flexibility to travel at your own pace, finding secluded coves with crystal clear waters perfect for snorkeling, from the privacy of your own luxury sailing yacht – it’s unbeatable. Whether you are an early riser and like to be the first one out of the harbour to go and find that beautiful bay you’ve eyed up on the chart, big enough for only one yacht at a time, or if you prefer taking it easy at the notoriously slow-paced Greek time, it’s your choice! There’s no rush in the Ionian, and with the close proximity of the islands, even leaving your favourite bay or harbour after lunchtime still means you can cruise to your next destination before sunset for that evening cocktail.


2 – Sailing holidays aren’t just for qualified sailors, with no sailing experience necessary you can enjoy the luxury of a Skippered Charter – where the yacht comes with a skipper for the holiday duration – or you can formally learn to sail throughout your holiday! Sail Ionian’s RYA Sea School, an accredited RYA training centre, teaches absolute beginners the basics with Competent Crew, on to Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper and beyond dependent on experience. The Competent Crew course is a great place to start, come as you are and enjoy this hands-on, entirely practical course in the sunshine and the safe waters of the Ionian Sea. Expect to leave having rebooked your next course! Don’t fancy the idea of a training holiday? Then let one of the professional Sail Ionian skippers guide you around the likes of sleepy Kastos, mythical Ithaca & buzzing Kefalonia taking in the ultimate highlights on route and relax without having to take any responsibility on board – leave that to your skipper.


3 – What a fantastic way to bond as a family! Adults can relax knowing that they can keep an eye on the children and know they are safe. With new skills to pick up and responsibilities to take on, keeping the youngsters interested and getting them involved is absolutely key to this type of holiday. It’s also a great opportunity to detox from technology and be at one with nature. Let the wind fill your sails and propel you through the waves towards your next destination without the distraction of phones and laptops – just enjoy the moment, the peace and the journey! Some advice from the Sail Ionian holiday planning team: choose a boat big enough to accommodate your family comfortably – you are in fairly close quarters throughout your holiday to choose something with enough cabins and deck space to be able to relax completely!



4 – On a sailing holiday with Sail Ionian, you can explore new destinations every day of your holiday – why wouldn’t you?! It’s no exaggeration to say that in the Ionian, there really is a bay around every corner and so many beautiful anchorages to discover. It’s hard leaving some of the stunning places that you may find, but rest assured, you’ll find another one equally as gorgeous. Expect schools of fish, mesmerizing rock formations, warm sea temperatures (I’m talking 30 degrees!) and underwater visibility of 20 metres or so – that’s not something you’ll find in many other places worldwide. It’s not all about the bays though, if you can tear yourself away and head ashore, there are some fantastic winding trails leading to ancient ruins and often herds of goats too – the beauty that can be found on land shouldn’t be underestimated!


5 – You’ll never book another hotel holiday again! Once you’ve experienced the thrill, freedom and adventure of a sailing holiday, Sail Ionian are certain you’ll just keep coming back for more. Nothing compares to falling asleep on deck under the stars and waking up to the golden hues of a Greek sunrise and being able to swim straight off the back of the boat before you even think about breakfast!

Sail Ionian offer 7, 10 and 14 day holidays from their base on the island of Lefkada. The nearest airport of Preveza is a short 45 minute transfer away and Sail Ionian take care of the transfer arrangements to make your holiday as smooth as possible! Most charters start on a Sunday, but Saturday and Wednesday starts can also be accommodated. There are some fantastic early season deals to be had over Easter time, and plenty of availability throughout the summer holidays too. Email the office in Greece on info@sailionian.com for a personalized quote and useful holiday advice.

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