Stand-up Paddle-boarding in Greece

Stand-up Paddle Greece

‘Sup man?


Stand-up Paddle boarding  or SUP, is cool, no,  I mean really cool. It is minimum effort, maximum result,  doesn’t pollute the seas,  is quiet, environmentally friendly, tones the abs and calms the mind. The fact that it is also a term that really cool people use because they are too damn lazy to say “What’s up” (too much effort involved there man.) is just a coincidence. Jet skis are fine if you don’t mind everyone glaring at you as you are noisy and polluting, and let’s face it, you do look a tiny bit 2016. For the cool ones, of any age really, it is all about the SUPs now.

Luckily, Five Star Greece has a dedicated SUP-er on the team.  I have paddled in Austrian lakes, German lakes, English rivers, and I can say with one hundred percent certainty, that the Ionian island of Ithaca in June or September is the best place in the world to do your Stand Up Paddle-boarding.


Stand-up Paddle Greece

Glass-still seas, transparent warm water, no currents, countless secret coves and beaches to rest in, dizzyingly striated cliff faces where copper, pewter, silver, gold and chalky white are all reflected in the turquoise water, it is SUP heaven. The goats stare at you curiously as you serenely float by deserted beaches, small fish slip under the board as your shadow passes on the sea bed underneath you, and an afternoon sun pours down like honey, as Leonard Cohen once wrote. Leonard Cohen would have definitely been a  cool SUP-er. Not a jet-skier.

Call us to ask about our luxury beach villas with paddle boards, on Ithaca and Lefkada.


Stand-up Paddle Greece


And if someone asks you ” ‘Supp?” just say, “Nothing man, nothing at all…. just floating along….”


  1. Hi There,
    What a lovely article, it makes you want to be there. We are a family of three and think this sounds like the kind of holiday we would enjoy.
    The question for you is. Does it make sense to take your own paddle boards or is it best to hire three of them for a week?

    Yours sincerely,

    John Galloway · May 31, 2019 · 10:24 am · Reply

    • Hello John, you can rent boards in some places, so it rather depends on where you go! Do contact us on For a family of three a hotel rather than a villa would probably be more cost efficient, but feel free to ask us!

      ileanavonhirsch · May 31, 2019 · 10:57 am ·

  2. we are looking for a family of 3 to go to Greece 26th August to 3rd September and would like to paddle board – do you have any options?

    Penny Sloman · August 2, 2020 · 12:01 pm · Reply

  3. hello i am a solo woman of 60 who wants a paddle boarding holiday,and more . where is the place to stay please..

    CAROL JENNINGS · September 5, 2022 · 9:37 pm · Reply

    • Dear Carol,

      We would love to help you if you wanted a villa, but as a solo traveller, you might be better off in a hotel or an airbnb – have a look at or airbnb, and don’t forget the hat and sunscreen!

      ileanavonhirsch · September 6, 2022 · 1:32 pm ·

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