WATERSPORTS IN GREECE
Greece is a perfect wind/kite/surfing holiday destination! Every year, millions of people - especially in the summer time- come to have fun at sea, in one way or another.
Cosmopolitan shores with a variety of services to offer, and lonely beaches totally unspoiled, hot weather, and plenty of wind is a generally good value create perfect combination for action holidays, promising absolute pleasure, satisfy every need. Our destinations are chosen for their quality of water sports conditions.
There are no strong currents, no tides, no sharks, while the winds are constant and the waters usually shallow, allow to all levels to practice their favourite sport.
According to the CIA World Factbook, Greece has 13,67 km (8,498 mi) of coastline, the largest in Mediterranean! It consists of over 1.400 islands flung across the Aegean and Ionian seas, 160 of which are permanently inhabited.
What characterizes the famous Greek coasts is their unique diversity (endless beaches, small bays and coves, sandy beaches with dunes, pebble beaches, coastal caves with steep cliffs and characteristic dark sands of volcanic soils, coastal wetlands), their cleanness and the clarity of the waters (In 2005, Greece had 383 beaches and 5 marinas that won the "Blue Flag" award, ranking it among the top European countries), which have made them world-famous and for this reason extremely popular.
Moreover, as some of the older European civilizations (Cycladic, Minoan, etc.) developed in these islands, they have unique archaeological sites, a unique architectural heritage and charming local traditions of a long and multifaceted civilization.
Greece is a country located in Southern Europe, bordered to the north by Bulgaria, Yugoslavia and Albania, to the west by the Ionian Sea, which separates Greece from Italy, to the east by the Aegean Sea and Turkey and to the south by the Libyan Sea.
The country consists of a mountainous, peninsular mainland jutting out into the Mediterranean Sea at the southernmost tip of the Balkans, and two smaller peninsulas projecting from it: the Chalkidiki and the Peloponnese, which is joined to the mainland by the Isthmus of Korinthos. Greece also has many islands, of various sizes, the largest being Crete, Evia, Rhodes and Corfu. Groups of smaller islands include Dodecanese, Cyclades, Sporades, Saronic Gulf and Ionian Islands.
From about mid-May to mid-September, the etesians, "Meltemi" winds blow. They are strong, dry north winds of the Aegean Sea and they are a dominant weather influence in the Aegean Basin.
The word etesian derives from the Greek word "etos" = "year", connotating the yearly fluctuation in frequency of appearance of these winds. Etesians have been described since ancient times; their Modern Greek and Turkish names are probably a loan from Italian "mal tempo" = "bad weather". Though it is sometimes called a monsoon wind, the Meltemi is dry and does not correspond to an opposite wind in the winter.
However, the etesians are distantly correlated with the summer monsoons of the Indian subcontinent, as it is a trough of low pressure into the Eastern Mediterranean region that enforces, if not causes, the etesians to blow in summer. A Mediterranean climate is sometimes called an etesian climate.
"Meltemi" weather is ordinarily fine and clear, the northerly winds tempering the fierce summer heat of the region.
Etesians, due chiefly to the deep continental depression, are centred over southwest Asia and blow from a direction which may be anywhere between north-east and north-west depending on local topography. In the Northern Aegean Sea, they blow as winds of north-easterly to northerly direction. Moving south, in the central Aegean, they blow as winds of northerly direction, while in the southern Aegean, the Cretan and the Carpathian sea, they blow as northwesterlies. The same winds blow in Cyprus as westerlies to southwesterlies, being more humid.
Historically, Philip II of Macedon timed his military operations so that powerful southern fleets could not reach him: their ships could sail north only very slowly while the Etesian winds were blowing.
"Meltemi" wind is at its strongest in the afternoon and often die down at night, but sometimes last for days without a break. Similar winds blow in the Adriatic and Ionian regions. it is dangerous to sailors because it comes up in clear weather without warning and can blow at 7-8 beaufort. However, it often provides a good, steady sailing wind favoured by leisure sailors.