You might want to start from the top and read Part 1 and Part 2 before this.
Day 5: Hydra to Epidaurus
Epidaurus was to be our last island stop before arriving at our final destination, Paros. We arrived here after 6 or so hours of sailing, at around 4pm which gave us time to cross two things off our To Do list.
Item number 1 was the Sunken City of Epidaurus. Located about a half hour walk from the port at Palaia Epidaurus is the Kalymnios beach. Follow the sign to the Sunken City and bring your snorkling equipment because about 10 metres below the surface, 50 metres away from the shore are the visible remains of the ancient city of Epidaurus. I was pretty shocked at how well preserved the shape of the square and round buildings are, so this is really worth the visit especially as it is so easily accessible from shore (just beware of the sea urchins lurking on the sea bed below though!).
The second main attraction is The Great Theatre of Epidaurus, an impressive outdoor amphitheatre set amongst the forest. The theatre is famous for its exceptional acoustics, symmetry and ability to seat up to 14,000 spectators. The theatre is in use to this day, so if you can, perhaps try to catch a modern day play here as I doubt that you’ll regret it! We certainly would’ve if we had the chance.
Day 6: Epidaurus to Paros
It was an early start the following morning as we needed 15 hours to reach the island of Paros. We first had to make a 30 minute stop nearby the mainland for a change in skipper, so we took the opportunity to get a quick swim in and fed the sea gulls (who knew that they love honey dew seeds!).
Difficult 6-over weather conditions meant that we were mostly sailing through 4 metre high waves at certain points, in fairly windy conditions. It certainly wasn’t ideal conditions, but it was definitely an experience. I am lucky enough not to experience sea sickness, though a few in our boat definitely needed a lie down and continuous doses of sea sickness pills.
It’s always a bit of a gamble sailing through open waters around the Greek islands during August as you never really know what the weather system will be like, but we had 5 days of great weather so we couldn’t really complain.
We were beyond happy by the time we reached Paros at 11pm that night…super tired but very happy. A few of us needed some time to find our land legs again but we were keen to eat a proper meal on land without having to hold our plates in place whilst eating!
So I hadn’t mentioned this yet, but the reason why we needed to get to Paros was to attend my friend’s wedding (the bride and groom were also part of the yachting adventure). All of us were therefore grateful to have one full day of rest in Paros (on dry land!) before the wedding day which I’ll be writing about next!