Happening now: #GreekSummer – Beach life 2.0!
So, you’re in Greece or heading there and wondering what you can do on the country’s brilliant beaches, beyond snoozing, swimming and sunbathing?
As part of the Happening Now: #GreekSummer campaign, the Discover Greece team has come up with five more ideas to turn your Greek beach experience into a spectacularly memorable one.
Blessed with beaches ranging from rolling stretches of sand to hidden pebble-filled coves, Greece’s gorgeous coastal landscape boasts a myriad of watersports and other activities that take enjoying the beach to another level. Following all the great feedback we received after giving you some top tips on how not to be a beach bum this summer, Discover Greece has five more tips on getting the most out of the beach this summer – from turtle spotting to planning a barefoot wedding. So, if you’re on a Greek beach right now, or heading to one very soon, don’t forget to get snap-happy and share your favourite photos, including the #GreekSummer hashtag. You may well see it shared at www.mygreeksummer.com!
# 1 Experience an open-water swimming safari!
Open-water swimmers can enjoy in their favourite sport while experiencing the spectacular coastlines and scenery of the Greek waters. The Big Blue swimming adventure holidays offer unique swims in the open waters around the luxuriant Ionian islands of Lefkada, Ithaca and Kefalonia. Elsewhere, SwimTrek takes island hopping to another level in the Cyclades with swims between the island of Naxos and the nearby Small Cyclades. Its itineraries off the islands of the Sporades (Skopelos and Alonissos) take you swimming in the protected waters of Europe’s largest Marine Park in a remote part of the Aegean Sea. Both companies provide guides and crew to lead swimmers along their routes, allowing for rest periods for those who need it.
# 2 Row, row, row your kayak!
Sea Kayaking in Greece abounds, with canoers amateur and advanced having more than their pick of places to test their stamina. In the Peloponnese, for example, Sea Kayak Argolida offers guided tours starting at five hours and lasting up to four days touring around this region’s 230km of coastline towns, including Nafplio, Tolo and Ancient Epidavros. Great itineraries also exist for Spetses and Poros, islands rich in vegetation and history. Over on the Dodecanese island chain, on Lesvos, kayak your way around local islets off the coast of Petra and the picturesque islet of Agios Georgios with Alonia Holidays.
#3 Turtle spotting in Zakynthos!
The National Marine Park in Zakynthos, a safe sanctuary for a sizeable population of Loggerhead Sea Turtles, known as Caretta Caretta, provides an edifying new aspect to the traditional beach holiday. Nature lovers are welcomed to engage in turtle spotting while respecting important do-not-disturb-the-wildlife guidelines set forth by The Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece, ARCHELON. Six beaches in the bay of Laganas have become nesting sites. And the perfect base featuring countless family-friendly activities is the 4-star luxury Louis Zante Beach Hotel.
# 4 Join the jet set – at sea!
For an extra summer holiday splurge, consider hiring your own state-of-the-art private motor yacht and take to the Greek seas for a day of island hopping and shopping. Start out early and let your private crew set sail to the nearby islands, while you sunbathe, snack, swim or sightsee! Istion Yachting’s Corfu Motor Yacht Cruise sets off from Corfu to the emerald islands of Paxi. Bathe in the crystal clear waters and get a taste of paradise on earth.
#5 Say ‘I do’ with a luxury barefoot-on-the-beach wedding
For on-your-knee-marriage proposals right up to barefoot-on-the-beach weddings, Greece is one of the ultimate destinations to host your beach-themed special occasion. If you’re planning to tie the knot, on-site wedding planners are available to assist with the details. The ceremony, low-key or lavish, is sure to be breathtaking. On Heraklion, Crete, the Amirands Grecotel Luxury Hotel offers a variety of exclusive wedding packages. The choice of sun-kissed beaches; private villas and poolside settings; romantic décor of flower petals and lanterns; entertainment and amenities such as a love potion massage for two are certain to make you say … ‘I do.’