With its incredibly rich history and idyllic islands, Greece has long been one of the top holiday hotspots in Europe. Most people head there to relax and unwind in the sunshine, but did you know that Greece can also be an amazing activity holiday destination?
One particular Greek beach is famous for being home to a huge array of watersports. If you fancy something a little different on your next Greek getaway, then why not give windsurfing a go? Read on to find out all you need to know about windsurfing, and other watersports available in the Greek town of Vassiliki.
How to Get to Vassiliki
Vassiliki is a postcard-perfect town that sits on the Southern coast of Lefkada island, 20km away from the town of Nidri. It’s the second largest town on the island, and it has a range of accommodation, dining and activity options that cater to all tastes, budgets, and ages.
If you’re traveling from Europe, then you will want to book your flights to arrive at Aktion Preveza Airport which is around 60 km away by car. You can choose to hire a car and pick it up at the airport to make your own way to your accommodation, or shared shuttle buses and taxis are also available. Some of the larger resorts will include airport transfers as part of the booking package.
Why is Vassiliki Such a Popular Water Sports Hotspot?
Vassiliki is the most famous water sports destination in the whole of Greece. This is because it enjoys strong and steady winds in the Summer, especially on Ponti Beach. There are also more sheltered areas of sea, which means that it has conditions suitable for all levels and abilities. Plus it allows for water sports that require more calm waters, such as stand up paddleboarding.
Just some of the water sports that you can try include dinghy sailing, RYA sailing and tuition, bodyboarding, SUP and SUP yoga classes, kayaking, and foiling. Highly qualified instructors are also on hand to teach you the skills and guide you on your windsurfing or water sports journey.
It’s a smart idea to book a package activities holiday in Greece, as this will save you both time and money. These packages often include accommodation, airport transfers, fitness classes, water sports equipment hire and even tuition.
What Else Is There to do in Vassiliki?
If your partner is absolutely set on a water sports or windsurfing holiday, but you prefer to spend time on dry land, then don’t worry! There are still so many fun things to do that don’t require you to get in the water. The long stretch of beach provides the perfect spot to chill out and top up that tan. There are loungers and parasols available for hire too.
You can stroll along the promenade that starts near the ferry dock to discover a huge range of Greek delights. The small alleyways are filled with traditional Greek tavernas, boutiques and souvenir shops which sell handcrafted gifts that are perfect for taking back for friends and family. The stunning island of Kefalonia is just a short ferry ride away, and it makes for a lovely day trip if you want to get off the island.
And of course, there is a selection of slick waterfront bars which allow you to soak up the views with a martini or glass of bubbly in hand. You can bar-hop along the waterfront, sample local delicacies and delicious drinks as the sun sets over the shimmering Mediterranean Ocean. These are just a few of many things on offer in Vassiliki, you can also treat yourself to a pampering massage, hire a car to explore the rest of the island or simply lounge by the hotel pool.
Water Sports 101: What You Need to Know Before You Go
If you take the time to properly prepare and plan for your watersports or windsurfing vacation in Vassiliki, then you will be likely to have a much more enjoyable time. This begins with what you need to pack.
Vassiliki enjoys warm temperatures in the summer with long hours of sunshine, so make sure that you bring along items that are going to protect you from the sun’s UV rays. Remember to pack a natural sunscreen, as many types are filled with chemicals that are actually causing damage to the fragile marine ecosystem. Make sure that it has a high UV protection too, as it’s much easier to get burnt when out on the water because of how it reflects and magnifies the sun’s rays. You should also pack some decent sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed had to keep the sun off your face.
Of course, you will want to bring along your favorite swimwear. If you have your own rash guard then you can pack that too. Some water sports centers will have these available to hire, so don’t worry if you don’t already have one.
As for clothes, think light and airy fabrics that will help you to keep cool in the midday heat. Flip flops and sandals are great for strolling the historic streets, while a few nice evening wear pieces will take you from day to night. Don’t forget your other holiday essentials such as toiletries, a good book (or a stocked up kindle), and a camera or waterproof camera. Check out this blog post for more advice on what gadgets to pack.
Vassiliki has a number of convenience stores, pharmacies, and mini-marts, so don’t fret if you forget something as it will be easy to pick it up when you get there.
You may want to do a few things to help you to improve your skills before you go. If you live near a windsurfing hotspot, then a few lessons may serve you well for when you arrive. If you don’t, then you can try exercises that will help you to build your balancing skills. Yoga is great for this, as it encourages you to work on balance, concentration and core strength – all things that you need in order to be successful at windsurfing. Of course, this is not a requirement. And a good teacher will be able to share the basics with you, even if you have never windsurfed before.
Where to Stay in Vassiliki
Accommodation options are plentiful in this pretty beach town. If you’re traveling with the whole family in tow, then check out spots such as the Surf Hotel Beach Club. This gorgeous resort is located just steps away from the long stretch of golden sand beach. It has a range of room types to choose from, a lovely pool, and guests can partake in free planned fitness classes. It’s a very family-friendly hotel, and the Active Kid’s Club will help to keep all ages entertained.
If you’re looking for a romantic holiday hotspot, then the Xenia Hotel Beach Club could be just what you are looking for. It has a large pool that is framed with sun loungers, and it has a full-stocked pool bar too. The 40 hotel bedrooms are beautifully appointed, and come with all the amenities you need for a memorable stay.
Overall, Vassiliki is not just a windsurfing mecca, but also a beautiful holiday destination in its own right. Follow the above tips and you will be will on your way to having an incredible Greek getaway. Happy travels!