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Sailing in Greece #2 – Amaliapolis and Nies Bay

Sailing in the Gulf of Volos is a total joy – not just because the weather is mild and the gulf is beautiful but also because it is far from crowded and the places you can visit are so incredibly not-ruined-by-tourism!

sailing in GreeceTake our first port of call- Amaliapolis on the west side of the gulf. Just a small fishing village with a lovely beach and several great tavernas sitting right on the water. We were able to tie up to the quay and this is where I went ashore for my first taste of real Greek food in Greece.

Amaliapolis TavernaThe Taverna overlooking the quay I ordered feta, tzatziki, and cheese stuffed eggplant – plus the bread and of course some ouzo. While Greek food can be very similar to Turkish food in many regards, I would say that the Greeks tend to use about ten times more garlic which is just fine for me. The waitress told me – don’t order the tzatziki if you plan on kissing anyone – my only plan was to enjoy amazing Greek cuisine. Not a problem there at all!

This was a particularly nice place for me to experience Greek culture for the first time as the staff at the taverna spoke some English and since Amaliapolis is small and not overrun with tourists, they were able to tell me about and demonstrate at the same time the Greek custom of filoxenia which essentially is being welcoming to guests and friendly to visitors. Everyone I met in Amaliapolis was incredibly warm.

Greek wedding in AmaliapolisThere was a wedding in the center of the town and while we would have certainly been invited to dance and join the festivities – Graham and I hung back and watched from a distance while having some adult beverages by the sea. We were hardly dressed for a wedding and the bride certainly didn’t need a couple of foreigners bumbling around what looked like a wonderful event. Music, dancing, and more than a little bit of singing too.

In fact, when I was in the taverna eating – earlier in the evening, the group next to me was a big family all singing together and really enjoying being a family. I wish families were like that all over the world. I hope that my little family will sing together like that someday.

sailing in the gulf of volosFurther south was a second mooring we thoroughly enjoyed. Nies Bay was a very sheltered little harbor with nothing around it. A nice looking beach lined one of the shores and a few fishing boats were anchored in the shallows of the deep interior. No other yachts and no one on the beach – but this was late September and early October so the beach season was over – even the the weather was perfect for the beach and the water was warm and clear.

By the way my extravagant first Greek meal spoiled me since the prices in Amaliapolis are about the lowest you will find anywhere – four mezes, bread, and ouzo for 8 euro! I hear that the tavernas in Amaliapolis are famed for their seafood – I’m sure it’s the best you’ll get anywhere with price and friendliness!

Further Reading about Cruising in the Gulf of Volos
Fodor’s Greek Islands and Cruising
West Aegean Cruising Guide

Finally, if you want to have your own Greek Sailing adventures, here are a few options from G Adventures (just in case you don’t have a friend with a sailboat, which I’m very happy to say I do :) )

Greek Islands Sailing Adventure (Athens to Mykonos)

Greek Islands Sailing Adventure (Athens to Mykonos)

A yacht adventure is the ideal way to experience what many consider the worlds most beautiful islands: the Greek Islands. Sail for up to 8 days aboard our 50-foot yachts, with time for hiking, snorkelling and relaxing. Explore ancient archaeological sites and taverna-lined harbours, dine on fresh seafood and dont forget to try the Ouzo!






Greek Islands Sailing Adventure (Mykonos to Kos)

Greek Islands Sailing Adventure (Mykonos to Kos)

From Ancient Mykonos to the party island of Kos you can explore ancient archaeological sites and taverna-lined harbours, dine on fresh seafood and don’t forget to try the Ouzo!






Greek Islands Sailing Adventure Santorini to Santorini

Greek Islands Sailing Adventure Santorini to Santorini

Leave Santorini – sail around Greece and then return to Santorini. Any way you do it, a yacht adventure is the ideal way to experience what many consider the worlds most beautiful islandsthe Greek Islands. Sail aboard our 50-foot yachts, with time for hiking, snorkelling and relaxing. Explore ancient archaeological sites and taverna-lined harbours, dine on fresh seafood and dont forget to try the Ouzo! This 10-day round trip from Santorini will give you the chance to explore some of the treasures of the Greek Islands.






Greek Islands Sailing Adventure (Santorini to Athens)

Greek Islands Sailing Adventure (Santorini to Athens)

From Santorini to Athens you will explore the Greek Islands. Sail for up to 15 days aboard our 50-foot yachts, with time for hiking, snorkelling and relaxing. Explore ancient archaeological sites and taverna-lined harbours, dine on fresh seafood and don’t forget to try the Ouzo!






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Vago Damitio

Mr. Damitio  (@vagodamitio) is the Editor-in-Chief for Vagobond. Life is good. You can also find him on Google+ and at Facebook

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