Vounaki beachclub

The inside word on...Vounaki Beachclub

We caught up with Angus Whittaker, Operations Manager at Neilson HQ to get the low down on Vounaki Beachclubin Greece. Angus knows the beachclub and local area like the back of his hand, having worked there for a few years as the beach manager. Here's what he had to say...

Kitesurfing in La Manga, Spain

Why you should choose Spain for your watersports holiday

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two yachts moored up in a cove in Greece

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Jug and glasses of Sangria

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Mar Menor lagoon

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a cove with blue sea on the island of Paxos

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View of dinghies on Messini Beach at sunrise

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Aerial view of yacht in bay at Sivota, Greece

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sunset views across the lagoon at Mar Menor

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The town of Trogir in Croatia

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Rock climbing in Greece at Kardamili

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Plate of spaghetti with Pesto sauce

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Two young girls eating ice cream on a beach in Italy

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Tubs of Italian Ice cream

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Open air restaurant next to the sea in Croatia

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Italian food and drink on a restaurant table

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Hillside town in Calabria, Italy

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Views of Paklenica National Park in Croatia

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Olive Grove in Greece

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Fishing boats in water near Starigrad in Croatia at sunset

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Beach in Sardinia

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Woman sailing a dinghy

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aerial view of man mountain biking

Four great cycle routes in Peloponnese, Greece

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Aerial view of cycling on Lesvos, Greece

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Two people mountain biking in countryside of Lefkada, Greece

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Man windsurfing in Greece

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View of Vassiliki Bay in Greece

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