Genoa Boat Show 2013

Genoa Boat Show, or MYBA Charter Show, took place April 29 – May 3, 2013

A great show that had more than 60 boats on display!

ABSOLUTE YACHTING is participating at the show year after year in order to inspect the vessels  and interview the crews. 
Our job is to take notes and spot the best vessels in order to offer them to our valuable clients! 
Genoa Boat Show, picture taken from a tender.

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Five Reasons to Visit Santorini

Santorini has remained one of the most beautiful destinations to visit, and it is not going to change any time soon. Thousands of yacht enthusiasts find themselves nestled on the beaches here, with a cold drink in hand, relaxing their problems away.

Traveling to Santorini by yacht charter, is the prime choice. Here, you are given the ability to travel around all sites, at your own speed and your own time. Upon arriving to Santorini, an itinerary is necessary. There are so many things to see and do at this yachting destination, that pre-planning is recommended. Rest assured, if you are here to be care-free, plan-free, Santorini is perfect for that as well.

If unsure of the things Santorini has to offer, here are five reasons to visit Santorini by yacht charter.

Unique Villages

Santorini is comprised of several unique and fascinating villages. Some include: Fira, Kamari, Perissa and Oia. Fira, perched on a cliff, overlooks some of Santorini’s unforgettable scenery. It is also the main town on the island.

Kamari is a black pebble beach village where topless sunbathing is accepted. This village is for the more laid back crowd wanting to relax. Perissa is another black sandy beach with several water-based activities to indulge in. Oia, or Ia, is most famous in Santorini. It is a famous picturesque town adored by travelers and photographers alike.

 

Sunbathing/Swimming

Most yacht travelers enjoy the wonders of swimming in beautiful, refreshing waters and soaking in Vitamin D from the sun. There are many beaches on this island to ensure these enjoyable activities can be fulfilled.

Some of the different types of beaches in Santorini include: Black Beach, Red Beach, White Beach and Vlichada (nude beach.)

Scuba Diving/Snorkeling

Next to sunbathing, the most popular thing to do while on a yacht charter, is scuba diving or snorkeling. Santorini does not fail to offer this exhilarating activity to its visitors.

Here, you will not see many fish like a lot of diving destinations, but you can expect to see a wreck near the volcano, caverns, reefs, and of course wall diving. Non-qualified divers can dive up to 14 meters down to explore the wreck.

Recommended sites for snorkeling are: Mesa Pigadia beach, the beach South of Oia, as well as Perissa Rock.

Delectable Cuisine

Santorini is a place for romance. Cuddle up next to your loved one at a romantic dinner, while guzzling down some incredible wines and delicious Greek foods! Taverns overlook the caldera and deliver the most beautiful sunset views.

If you are wanting a quick bite to eat, that is not overpriced, family run taverns are the perfect choice. Gyros are accessible everywhere.

Unparalleled Scenery

Santorini is comprised of the perfect scenery for photographs and paintings. There is little wonder why so many professionals come to this destination for inspiration.

There’s blue skies nearly all the time. Lemon and orange groves add such beauty to this wonderful island. White houses perch on enormous rocks and pink and white churches are everywhere. The scenery in Santorini is simply unmatchable.

The fun and excitement doesn’t stop there. All day and all night, you can enjoy everything this island has to offer.

Contact Absolute Yachts for more information on chartering to this fascinating, picturesque island.

Santorini, One of The Most Popular Destinations

Santorini  is located 128 nautical miles from the port of Piraeus and 63 nautical miles away from noth of Crete.

The Architecture of Santorini  is exceptional as we can remark cave houses, dug into the volcanic rock, neo classical mansions, domed churches and narrow cobbled streets.

The climate on the island is dry during the summer months, with high temperatures and continuous sunshine. During the peak season, the temperature rises between 35-37 degrees Celcius. The north summer winds decrease these elevated temperatures.

The island has a crescent shape, formed due to the volcano activity in Prehistoric times, feeding the myth of the lost Atlantis!  Santorini is also known as Thira. Its capital is Fira.

Approaching the island by boat you immediately realize that this Greek place is unlike any other place in the world! Santorini is the only inhabited caldera in the globe! The sunsets viewed from this caldera are stunning and breathtaking! Santorini is one of the most photogenic islands on the planet!

 

Fira, the capital of the island, is built on the edge of the caldera at a height of 250 meters.This will impress you at first glance! During the day in Fira, you can enjoy walking around the narrow streets, browsing at the shops, enjoying a drink and meeting people from all over the world. Fira also holds an Art Exhibition located in the mansion of Gizi. There is also an Archeological Museum in Fira.

During the night, the capital is full of life, with lively crowds, in a beautiful summer scene among shops, cafes and restaurants!

Next, we recommend you visit Oia. Here you get beautiful sunsets, so get your camera ready to film your views! You need to bring back home some incredible pictures and share your memories with your loved ones! Be sure to find a table at Oia before the sun goes down.

There are two sets of stairways descending from Oia to the bays of Ammoudi and Armeni. Ammoudi has a taverna and a small pebbly beach, as Armeni is more quieter and smaller.

The main road of Oia is divided in two parts: one for cars and one for pedestrians only.

 

Imerovigli is another village to see, built 300 meters over the sea level. On top of the rock you can see the castle of Skaros.

Other places to visit:

  • Akrotiri an ancient town
  • Pirgos with the medieval fortress Kasteli
  • Perissa has the largest beach of the island
  • Kamari with a beautiful organized  beach
  • Emporio is the traditional market town
  • Ancient Thira above Kamari has breathtaking views!

For two decades now, Santorini has been receiving a wide recognition for its products: tomatoes, capers, split peas and for its wines, Assyrtiko and Vinsanto.

 

Besides the geological and historical interest, Santorini is a gastronomical destination with some of the finest restaurants and best wineries throughout the country!

 

 

 

 

 

Mastic – Nature’s Amazing Multi-Purpose Remedy

Cultivated in Chios of Greece, the Mastic is known as the "tear of Chios," due to being produced in "teardrops" or droplets. The Mastic is a product with significant MEDICINAL VALUE! In Greece, it was given to patients as a remedy for a snake bite, where as in Spain it was given as a fill for a dental cavity. The Mastic is rich in antioxidents, antibacterial and antifungal properties. 

Did you know that Mastic Gum in Chios, is granted “PROTECTED DESIGNATION OF ORIGIN” within the European Union? 
 
Mastic is a resinous gum, obtained by the mastic tree. It is particularly useful in modern world as it can kill bacteria that causes most peptic ulcers! In early 1990’s Arab and British researches found that mastic kills H. pylori. Pylori infects the stomach and  the intestines but also found in mouth. Pylori if not killed, migrates down to esophagus. 
As half of the world’s population is infected with pylori, it is suggested we use the Mastic Gum regularly. By using Mastic products such mouthwash, toothpaste and chewing gum we can help prevent tooth decay and some diseases from oral bacteria! Indigestion symptoms are also lowered by using the chewing gum. 
 
Mastic is also used in ice cream, sauces, breads, cakes, sweets, in beverages! 
 
The harvest of the Mastic takes place in Chios Greece, from July to October.
 
With its many useful purposes, the Mastic is a wonderful souvenier to pick up on your next Greece yacht charter!

VAROULKO- Michelin Restaurant in Athens

The Chef of the fine restaurant, Varoulko, is Mr. Lefteris Lazarou, the first Greek Chef that received the Michelin Star award! Born in 1952, Mr. Lazarou is considered one of the most famous Greek chefs. 

Participating as a judge in the Greek tv show, “Master Chef,” for two consecutive years now, he shares his expert advice to new, up-coming chefs! 

At the age of 15, he began traveling to several countries with his father aboard a cruise ship, where he worked in the kitchen. This is where he discovered his true calling, and true passion for cooking. He had to learn to adapt to new ways of cuisine making and branch out to different people\’s nutritional needs.

In October of 1987, Varoulko was opened. His inspiration was the desire to have a "boat on land, a kitchen that would never be rocked by the waves."

In Varoulko, Mr. Lazarou offers wonderful dishes, but he specializes in fish plates and sea food creation plates. 

 
The restaurant is located near the center of Athens, in Kerameikos, and is certainly worth visiting. This location was chosen due its specatcular view! Access to this restaurant is simpe, no matter where you are traveling from in Athens.
 
Vaoulko is a fine dinning area that will please the most difficult food critic! 

 

 

Visit the Restaurant Site.

 

“According to a poet, Greece is made out of a boat, a vineyard and olive trees…“

Amazing Scuba Diving in Greece

Prior to 2006, scuba diving was restricted in Greece. Nowadays, the regulation for diving  is smoother, thus a large number of diving sites are open in order to be discovered!

Photo Courtesy of: http://www.wannadive.net/spot/Europe/Greece/photo/index.html

 

Diving in the Greek islands is unique. There are lots of artifacts on the bottom of the sea as well as wrecks, caverns, reefs etc. The most popular islands for diving are: Crete, Mykonos, Kythnos, Corfu, Lesvos, Chios, Zakynthos or Zante, Naxos, Paros, Lefkas, Santorini and some areas outside Attica.

The life underwater is rich. You will find different species while diving. For the big stuff, you should dive around Galaxidi, the Gulf of Corinth where you can meet dolphins and turtles. 

Here are some places you can enjoy diving in Greece: 

Mykonos: Prasonissia,  Peloponissos Wreck from 1930s, Dragonisi Island Caverns

Naxos: Baufighter Wreck (torpedo bomber from World War II), The Arado 196 German

Seaplane, The Dome.

Santorini: Nea Kameni, The Caves etc.

Crete: Messrschmitt Wreck, El Greco Cave, Deadalos etc.

Explore the Best places of Turkey!

Yacht chartering in Turkey is a very unique traveling experience. Turkey provides a vast variety of things to see and do along the Turkish Coast.

Here are some of the top most beautiful areas to visit:

 

Pammukale – Foremost Mineral Bath Spa

Pammukale, meaning, “cotton castle" is a mountain shape made by calcium and forms, containing small bathing pools where people swim during the summer. It is quite warm here during the summer months resulting in the need of major sun protection!

 

 
 
 

Ephesus

Once a famous Greek city, Ephesus was one of the largerst cities in the Mediterranean, with a population of 250.000 habitans during the 1st century BC, located near Izmir. 
 
The temple of Artemis in Ephesus was one of the SEVEN WONDERS of the Ancient World and today is one of the most touristic attractions in Turkey. 
 
Izmir, the city of Asia Minor in Ancient Greek times, is where the Greeks built a leading seaport. The region became very wealthy and a temple of the Greek Artemis was built in 550 BC. Croesus from Lydia took Izmir. He was an admirer of the Greek Temple. He donated 36 columns with sculptures to the temple, some of them exhibited in the British Museum in London. The area then was captured by the Persians – after by Alexander the Great and then by  the Romans. 
Excavations (1869-74) of the ruins of the temple brought to light many artifacts. Later excavations uncovered important Roman and Byzantine remains. 
(Quoted from The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001.)
 
Other places to visit while in Epheseus:
  • House of Virgin Mary
  • Bacilica of St. John
  • Ephesus Museum
  • Isa Bey Mosque
  • Seven Sleepers
  • Sirince Village.
 

The Patara Beach

One of the largest and most beautiful beaches in Turkey! It is an 18 klm sandy beach where the sea turtles lay their eggs. Around Patara, the nature is very rich, with beautiful landscape. Patara Beach is a protected National Park and the beach is closed from May to October, so the turtles are in peace to lay their eggs. The nearest resort area is Kalkan, where you can take the bus for a tour to Patara. The best place to stay close to the Patara Beach is the Viewpoint Hotel – a very good accommodation and excellent cuisine! 
 

Blue Lagoon

 

Close to Fethiye, you can visit the Blue Lagoon, located in Ölüdeniz
The myth says: Once a father and a son were cought in a storm. The son suggested they go ashore and hide in a cave. The father said there were no caves ashore and if they approached too much they would break their boat. Suddenly the father threw the son out of the boat and took the helm himself. As the boat hit the rocks, the father turned to this calm bay – so calm, it was called the Sea of the Dead. 
 
 
It is a wonderful spot for water sports and paragliding. The area is protected and also a National Park.