Yachting with Salparo on Lefkada
Contributed by feature reporter Jens Hoffmann
Standard luxury was yesterday, let’s tailor together your best sailing experience with Salparo.
In search of selected sailing moments, I found my traveling dreams come true on the uniquely designed Lagoon 50 catamaran.
The joy of Greece is for me always alive even in Covid 19 times. Charming whitewashed villages of the Aegean Sea, lovely beach spots and Ionian Sea bays in Caribbean style.
I had some lovely time under the Greek sun.
Salparo Yachting is offering a private tailor-made experience. The sailing yacht (monohull or catamaran) is just one part of an experience that is personalised to the wishes and needs of every guest.
Costa and Tommy, the head skippers of Salparo are experienced seaman and they love to present each tiny bit of their country.
Tommy, our skipper is very knowledgeable about the area of and he’ll find tiny islands and coves far from popular spots.
If you want to avoid crowds, I highly recommend the company. I enjoyed the coziness of the cabin and the comfort on the Lagoon 50, listening to greek mythology by Tommy.
Salparo has yachts and partners in four different regions in Greece. In North Ionian, South Ionian, Sporades and Saronic Gulf. They offer customised sailing experiences in each of those four regions and they easily adapt to their guests’ needs making the best out of the prevailing weather conditions of each area. They will go through the most important parts of the trip, such as the right yacht, the region, the crew, your culinary preferences and fitting complementary activities in order to create a suitable itinerary for you.
The catamarans can accommodate up to 12 passengers for week-long tours through the Greek islands.
The monohull sailing yachts are comfortable for up to 8 guests and they are ideal for peaceful sailing moments.
The charm of the catamaran is two-fold: comfort on board with spacious rooms and privacy to the most remote islands, since their size allows them to reach shallower waters.
Tommy brought us from Lefkada to Ithaca, Kefalonia and the tiny uninhabited islands in between.
We entered a picturesque harbour town in Kefalonia early enough to also have a local touch with traditional tavernas and nice greek wines. A bit of history, the Greeks started making wines since 4.500 before Jesus. This domination stalled when the Ottoman Empire conquered the land. Today all the Wines of Greece are back on the right track.
These days the island is pretty tranquil. Along with the brilliant colourful houses and the slumbering tabbies of the tiny village, it serves for a postcard-perfect impression.
A week-long tour will take you through many exciting places and a balanced blend of experiences.
Life on board was equally laid back. Meals were served by the friendly hostess, Katerina, around a large communal table, and featured fresh-caught fish, fresh fruits, local cheese and octopus among others, as well as plenty of selected wines.
Our morning could start exploring whatever island we docked at the previous night or taking an early swim anchored at a secluded bay.
I found myself so relaxed enjoying my coffee at the sunrise.
The day continues with swimming stops at remote coves, with some local history from Tommy and rejuvenating sailing time.
Last but not least, I slept very well!
Our journey ended where it began, in Lefkada Town. Here, it’s just relaxing and easy.
A farewell Greek Freddo espresso and a promise to return!
When to go:
The sailing season in Greece operates from late April until October.
It’s worth bringing a sweater for the cooler evenings early and late in the season.
How to get there:
Flights to Athens with all airlines (Aegean, Lufthansa, Swiss Air, easy jet).
Salparo will assist you with the proper transfer to the starting marina.
Apart from private charters, Salparo Yachting is offering special themed cabin charters including yoga, culinary and wine tours, uranography.