Eleven main islands, true pearls of the Aegean Sea and other smaller ones are scattered one after the other in a zig-zag line from the coast of Macedonia with Kavala to the Dodecanese Islands with Samos: they are an ideal destination for a sailing cruise.
We sail from north to south with a bearing wind for pleasant sailing to discover unique and beautiful places, different scenarios to breathe the true atmosphere of the Greek islands, far from the most touristic routes.
The places of culture and worship of the islands have a long history lost in the depths of time. Since some of them have been inhabited since prehistoric times, they bear traces of the works of the people who lived there. Ancient and Byzantine settlements, places of worship, Ottoman, medieval and Genoese castles stand imperious, defying the centuries and waiting for visitors, so that they can accompany them on a journey back in time.
The unique natural environment and the variety of scenarios make the islands of the north east Aegean excel. Wetlands with rare flora and fauna, salt marshes, waterfalls, dense pine forests, walnuts, oaks, olive groves, mastic trees, sandy or pebbly beaches in a blue sea are just some of the beauties of these wonderful islands. The islands of the North East Aegean, so different from any other, have something that links to each other and that makes them excel. The inhabitants have managed to maintain their local culture and natural environment thus to be able to offer visitors unique images and flavors, scents of the past.
The northernmost of all is Thasos with its tall pine trees, it’s very close to the Macedonian coast. Then we find Samothrace, south of Thrace, the island where the famous Nike statue was found.
Further south we find Limnos, the island of Hephaestus and the nearby Agios Eftratios, the green island, a rock in the middle of the sea unknown to most. Its indomitable people carry within them a genuine pride. Lesbos stands a bit more south, the green and large fertile island with wonderful bays, wide gulfs and its petrified forest.
A little further south we find Chios the island of the fragrant “Masticha” and the interesting medieval villages. Its sister islands are one to the east, Oinousses, with wonderful beaches and the other one to the west, Psarà, still with the flag of the revolution flying over the port.
The beautiful Samos is even further south: the island of Pythagoras with the large forests, vineyards and white sandy beaches.
Just west there’s Ikaria, the green mountainous island with its fair beauty, the islets of Fourni and its picturesque seaports.
Wonderful islands, all to be explored aboard Penne Bianche! So, what are you waiting for to sail for the next cruise in the islands of North Eastern Aegean?