Preveza City, Ionian Sea - NW Greece

Hidden treasure or common secret?

 

2016 is a big year for Preveza! Visit the most up and coming base in the Ionian Sea for your next sailing holiday!

 

Why Preveza? Preveza is the capital of the Preveza prefecture, and a town popular with the Greeks and with European holidaymakers. Situated on the Ionian Sea at the mouth of the Ambracian Gulf, it is a destination used as a hub for visitors to Northern Greece thanks to its proximity to the resorts of Parga and the island of Lefkas. Unlike many other seaside towns, it retains much of its original charm, refusing to change for mass tourism. There are many great beaches near the town, and plenty of places for visitors to explore. In July, the town hosts a choral festival, and in the following month there is a festival dedicated to the sardine. The new tunnel joining Preveza and Aktion is one of the engineering wonders modern Greece. The town is a marvellous place to wander around, with its narrow, winding, pedestrianised streets and old buildings. In the past, Preveza was occupied by the Venetians, French and Turks before it became a part of the Greek nation (1912) and the varied influences of these regimes are seen in the town. The Kastro near the sea front features some stunning reliefs on the outer walls and St George’s Castle and the Pantokrator to the south are wonderful examples of Turkish engineering, both of which are well worth a visit. Because of its important strategic position, the area has witnessed many naval battles through the centuries.

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First time sailing

What should I bring?

Well of course a bottle of rum. Captain Morgan’s is our favorite if you ask me! Sailing and alcohol is like yin & yang. One complements and fills the other but balance is necessary and will make the difference. No one would ever enjoy sailing with a hangover and everyone would become alcoholics if they had to deal with a hardcore sailor only. So, provisioning is step one and although alcohol is related to sailing, water is actually the absolute must have onboard especially for those who chose Greece to sail. Our summers can easily hit 40C so staying hydrated is a matter of safety and wellbeing for yourselves and the crew.

Do not buy too many things as in most if not all ports you will visit, islands or mainland; there are sufficient numbers of mini and supermarkets, grocery stores and bakeries. Therefore, it would be strongly advisable to buy small portions at a time and enjoy the freshness of the products every day. Dry pasta, rice, potatoes and tins of tuna, beans etc is also good and will buy you some last minute freedom if you change your plans out of the blue. Dairy products and fresh meat or fish should be stored in fridges for maximum 2 days otherwise you risk to through your provisioning in to the waste bin. It only takes someone to forget the fridge door open or your batteries to go down and with our hot summers you can kiss your “feta” good bye!

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