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Day 1: Samos - Arki - Lipsi

6 days route to the Southern Sporades islands

On the first day, you’ll have a few important tasks: accept the yacht, settle on board, and check up the equipment. After that, you can enjoy some leisure time and take a walk in Samos, enjoying its picturesque sights and stopping to try local cuisine.

Samos

The island of Samos in the Eastern Sporades dazzles its visitors with an abundance of diverse landscapes, its fusion of daily serenity and bustling nightlife, and its combination of developed infrastructure and ancient Greek landmarks. Mountains plunge straight into the sea, where steep cliffs give way to exquisite pebble beaches.

Today’s Samos has managed to preserve many amazing sights, some of which have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the ruins of Pythagoreion with its fortified walls, aqueduct, and shrines and temple to the Goddess Hera at Heraion. Anthony and Cleopatra’s palace was found here at one time.

The island’s largest and most important cities formed in its coastal areas. Its present-day capital and main port is the city of Samos, although an eponymous marina is located in the southeastern part of the island, just 500 meters from the village of Pythagoreio. The second-most popular yachting port is found to the west of Samos in Karlovasi.

Arkoi

The island of Arkoi is situated in the Eastern part of the Aegean Sea and forms part of the Dodecanese. It’s home to just 50 people, and tourist infrastructure is mostly undeveloped. Nonetheless, the island can offer you the ruins of an ancient acropolis, Tiganakia bay (the “Blue lagoon”), Patelia port, and Limnari bay.

Leipsoi

The name “Leipsoi” belongs both to a whole archipelago in the Aegean Sea, as well as to its largest and only populated island. Leipsoi’s landscape is similar to that of neighbouring Patmos and Leros with mountainous, rocky locales, a shoreline dotted with coves, and pristine, secluded beaches. There’s just one city here, also called Leipsoi. You’ll find it nestled along a convenient bay, perfect for mooring yachts. The depth is more than enough for free navigation.

The island is sprinkled with so many churches that the locales joke it’s almost as if each family had their own. The most notable of these are the Byzantine church of the Holy Mother of God, the cathedral of St. John the Apostle, the cathedral of the Dormition of the Holy Mother of God, and the church of the Mother of God in the village of Kuselio.

The island’s beaches are also popular: Kambos, Elena, and Lientu near the city of Leipsoi, Khokhlakura just four miles away, the wild Platis Yalos, the calm-water Catsadia, and windy Turkomnima.

Recommended boats for this region

Jeanneau, 2006
Sun Odyssey 45
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
CD/DVD
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Hot water
Outboard engine
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Snorkeling gear
Sprayhood
From 03/10 to 10/10
1 890 1 323
for 1 week, bareboat
Catana, 2019
Bali 4.1
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Roller furling genoa
Sprayhood
From 03/10 to 10/10
4 400 3 300
for 1 week, bareboat
Hanse Yachts, 2012
Hanse 325
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
CD/DVD
GPS plotter in cockpit
Hot water
Outside speakers
Roller furling genoa
Sprayhood
Teak
From 03/10 to 10/10
1 370 1 028
for 1 week, bareboat
Jeanneau, 2020
Sun Odyssey 519 - 6 cabs
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
Dinghy
Electric toilet
Electric winches
Fans in cabins
GPS plotter
Hot water
Hydraulic gangway
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Snorkeling gear
Solar panels
Sprayhood
Teak
From 03/10 to 10/10
4 410 3 087
for 1 week, bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2014
Bavaria 46 Cruiser
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Outboard engine
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Safety net
Sprayhood
Swimming ladder
From 03/10 to 10/10
2 600
for 1 week, bareboat
Hanse Yachts, 2012
Hanse 325
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Deck shower
Dinghy
Gennaker
GPS plotter
Hot water
Internet connection
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Safety net
Sprayhood
Stand up paddle
From 03/10 to 10/10
1 400 1 050
for 1 week, bareboat