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Porto Heli

Porto heli is a chic harbour side resort with a lively feel and a fantastic sailing centre for all abilities as well as famous for its local biking and excursions. It’s also an area brimming with local culture, sandy beaches and perfectly placed to discover classical Greece.

Our Nautica bay beach club is a 4* hotel with great facilities and its own private beach with our fully stocked Ocean Elements Watersports and Activities centre and our usual formula of brilliant staff to make your holiday amazing!

So, whether you want to switch off or jump on-board, you’ll be in your element! And you can do it all safe in the knowledge that your kids are having the time of their lives in our brilliant Active Kids Club: hanging out with new friends and learning new sports while you have a well-deserved breather!

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Our Holidays Include

Some of the activities to try

  • Dinghy Sailing (novice to expert)

  • Windsurfing (novice to intermediate)

  • Learn to Foil Sailing

  • Guided bike rides

  • Theme nights & socials

  • Culture trips & Island hopping

  • Youth Squad (8-12yr)

Included offers

  • Children (2-15): Up to £100 off

  • Groups of 6+: £50-£100 off pp

Top Activities Available

Kids Clubs (4-12 yrs)

Dinghy Sailing Tuition

About Porto Heli

Nautica bay offers an excellent standard of hotel accommodation, extensive grounds with swimming pool, crazy golf, tennis and has its own private beach which hosts one of our leading Ocean Elements Watersports Centres, and is our flagship dinghy sailing venue.

On entering Nautica Bay hotel through its light and airy reception, you will find a lounge and seating area with money exchange, safety deposit boxes and access to the beautiful roof top Taverna looking out over the bay. Downstairs is table tennis, pool, kids play area and the breakfast restaurant.

A path from the restaurant leads to the main swimming pool and kids pool, sun loungers, pool bar and shaded terrace seating area looking over the bay. Walking up to the top of the grounds you will find Mini Golf, tennis courts, volley ball, beach ball area and a laundry room.

Useful Extras
  • Youth Squad 5 day: £169 (1 wk) £289 (2 wk)

  • Private sail/windsurf lessons £25/hr

  • Private lessons: sailing/windsurfing: 1hr one-to-one £29 | 2hrs one-to-one £49 | 1hr one-to-two £49 | 2hrs one-to-two £69

  • Foiling Sailing First Flight £89 (3hrs)

  • Foiling Sailing Sustained Flight £395

  • Excursions (boat trips/tours) booked on arrival

Great Things To Try
  • Learn to Foil (Sailing)

  • Sociable guided bike rides

  • Our Paddle Cruises (kayak & sup)

  • Longer distance dinghy cruising

  • Visit ancient ruins & citadels

  • Boat trips to Spetses or Hydra

Porto Heli Resort

Built around a popular harbour, Porto Heli (Port of Eels) is a small picturesque town with lots to see and do. There are lovely sandy beach right in front of the Hotel Nautica Bay, which feature crystal-clear waters.

There are hidden coves and secret beach spots reached by bike or kayak, and dotted around the Argolis Penninsula.

Out and About

Eating out

The Greeks are known for their hospitality. Eating out in the local taverna’s is a memorable experience and by far the most popular option for those who want to try a meal out; simply because the food is so good, very inexpensive and the welcome is so warm.

Expect all kinds of local and international favourites, from Moussaka to Pizza / Pasta, and fresh fish to rump steaks, maybe even rabbit! Most meals are served with fries or fresh Greek salads, which are (naturally) a speciality.

Night life

Popular with Athenians yet with a strong link to Greek (and civilisation's) past, Porto Heli has a strong feeling of the cosmopolitan about it.

The cafè / taverna culture is certainly very much alive in the old town, adding to the ambience and history of this seafaring town.

There really is something for everybody, from traditional tavernas and cocktail bars to late night clubs and more chilled venues. The Nautica Bay Hotel is near enough to the action for it to not be a slog to get there but, far enough away that there is no disruption!

Many will prefer just to relax and enjoy the comforts of our hotel and some of the quieter bars nearby, but for those that like a party Porto Heli has plenty to offer.

Porto Heli Wind & Conditions

Typical pattern:

• Mornings: F1-2 • Afternoons: F2-4

The general pattern in Porto Heli is a Force 1-2 onshore wind in the morning, changing to a Force 2-4 cross shore wind in the afternoon. Expect winds up to Force 4 regularly, especially outside the bay where we can sometimes arrange for our Performance boats to be sailed. In high summer, the Meltemi can override this pattern and provide stronger winds. The enclosed nature of the bay offers safe and secure sailing and windsurfing for all levels. There is some great Intermediate & Expert sailing to be enjoyed, especially in our performance dinghies, which can always plane in the right hands in under 10 knots of breeze!

Relaxation

In Porto Heli there’s plenty happening around its large cosmopolitan harbour-side town. Quite an exclusive destination for Yachties it offers plenty of shopping, cafes, bars and Tavernas.

As an island lush in vegetation with beautiful coves and beaches, there is fantastic snorkelling, walking, cycling and mountain biking to be had.

Expect a huge variety of excursions such as wine tours and boat trips to nearby islands or cultural trips to the ruins and sites of civilisations past.

Porto Heli Windsurfing

Porto Heli is a natural harbour with a very safe and sheltered bay offering reliable thermal winds which promising gentle conditions in the morning and more exciting windsurfing in the afternoon. A perfect place for beginners to grasp the basics and for intermediate and higher level inters' who want to get planing on their boards in a safe environment. All-in-all, an idyllic learning environment for beginners and progressive 'surfers which never gets too boisterous.

Our Nautica Bay club benefits from its own private beach for hotel guests, and our exclusive windsurf centre is stocked full of high quality kit for you to use, and the very best RYA windsurf tuition is on tap! Our RYA coaching gives you the freedom to make use of professional tuition for no extra charge, and go home with a new found qualification.

If you are an expert windsurfer wanting more wind and higher level tuition, then try our Specialist Windsurf Centre in Vassiliki.

Windsurf Boards

• Starboard Rio M, L & XL • Starboard GO 151-171 • Starboard Carve 121-141 • Starboard Kode 113

Windsurf Sails

• Tushingham Start 3.5, 4.5 • Tushingham Easy 4.2, 4.7 • Tushingham Storm 5.0, 5.5, 5.75, 6.0 • Tushingham T4 6.5, 7.0, 7.5, 8.0, 8.5 • Tushingham Lightning 7.0

Learn more about windsurfing & courses

Porto Heli Dinghy Sailing

Porto Heli is a fantastic sailing centre, and dinghy sailing is what we do best! Nautica Bay is stocked full of the latest boats and the very best RYA sailing tuition is on tap!

The reliable wind conditions and warm, crystal-clear waters make Porto Heli a popular sailing venue for all levels. The mornings offer a gentle breeze, and as the thermal wind builds in the afternoons, it promises more exciting sailing for all levels.

Porto Heli is a natural harbour which encourages safe learning for all levels. We run our performance-based sailing outside of the bay to extend the sailing area, when conditions and participants allow. Our planned itinerary of fun regattas, Day Cruises and waterborne events take place throughout your week to ensure you are always getting the most from your sailing!

The latest boats

Our fantastic range of dinghies are free for you to use all week, including our performance fleet; the RS 100, 200, 500 & 800. We have a broad range of the latest exciting boats to choose from, and there is always a boat available to use, you will never be without!

There may be a short wait for a specific high-end boat, but wait times will be limited. Our Centre Fleet is one of the best around and we are very proud of that! We offer boats for all abilities: boats for children and family day sailors to exciting single and double handers.

Sailing Dinghies

• Laser Pico Fleet • Laser 1 Fleet (Full, Radial & 4.7 rigs) • Laser Bahia • Laser Sunfish’s • RS Venture • Laser Vago’s • Topper Topaz C16 Catamaran • Dart 16 Catamaran • RS Aero • RS100’s • RS200’s • RS500 • RS800
No Charge for Performance boats

Foiling Sailing Holidays

Hold tight for Summer 2018 and prepare for lift off as Ocean Elements is one of the first companies to offer foiling holidays in Greece using foiling boats like the incredible F101 and the RS Aero adapted for use with Glidefree foils.

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