Greece is the ultimate destination for Yachting Holidays due it’s countless unique characteristics like the extensive coastline of 16.500 km, the 6.000 islands, the unique weather conditions, the amazing culture and history, the Mediterranean Cuisine and many more.
Yacht charter in Greece is a prime choice in the Mediterranean not only due to its profusion of islands but also for other reasons like.
One of the great things about Greece is that its waters offer a variety of sailing conditions, with steady, gentle breezes that are ideal for those seeking a quite and relaxing vacation and stronger winds that will challenge intermediate and advanced sailors.
Just as important as the sailing conditions is the weather, with reliable winds obviously essential. However, when you’re on a yachting break you’ll want to look forward to clear, sunny skies as well as good wind to take you where you need to go.
Greece has a long sailing season, with the destination typically busy from early April through to late November. Although the country and its islands do experience rain, they also get a lot of sunshine, which is one of many reasons why Greece is such a popular holiday destination.
You will have ample opportunities to soak up the sun on one of the many beautiful beaches you come across as you sail around the islands, or you can simply stretch out on the deck of your yacht and top up your tan while you’re cruising from one spot to the next.
The winter months are when the majority of the rain falls, and as many sailing centres don’t operate at this time of the year, it’s easy to avoid the worst of the weather and look forward to sunshine on your holiday.
Culture and history
While many people flock to Athens each year to see its famous monuments, there are many more cultural and historical sites to be discovered on Greece’s islands. Some of these, such as Corfu, have retained many of their heritage sites and have an interesting story to tell about the powers who used to control the region.
Corfu, for example, was ruled over by the Greeks, Byzantines, Venetians, French and British over the centuries, giving it a fascinating mix of architectural styles and cultures. In fact, the Ionian islands (of which Corfu is just one) were among the few parts of the Greek Empire that didn’t end up in the hands of the Ottomans, and so provide a wonderful insight into some of the other great historical powers.
Many of Greece’s other islands, including Ithaca, Hydra, Salamina, Kea, Anafi and Delos, have connections to Greek mythology that you can uncover during a sailing holiday - hearing these stories is a fantastic way to engage with the local culture and history.
Greece can be divided into 5 main cruising areas.
· The Saronic & Argolic Gulf & Peloponesse East Coast
· The Cyklades Islands
· The Dodekanese
· The Sporades Islands
· The Ionian Islands
Each area has distinct advantages to offer. Their common characteristic is that are unique and ideal for yachting.
SARONIC GULF ISLANDS, Greece
An Amazing Yachting Destination Near Athens
The Saronic Gulf & Argolic Gulf & Peloponesse east coast is the ideal destination for those who wish to explore the unparallel beauty of the Greek Islands but with sort cruising time and ideal calm weather conditions.
The new Athens international airport provides easy access to the charter bases which are located in the five numerous marinas which accommodate yachts ranging from sailing yachts to Luxury Mega Yachts. The area has calm waters, requires a little to some sailing competence / experience, offers all kinds of amenities , sightseeing and a good choice between secluded bays and quite coves to adventure, fun, night life and activities corresponding to the style of “organized tourism”.
The islands situated in the Saronic Gulf southwest of Athens are among the most beautiful and interesting of all the Greek islands. They are favorites close to one another, usually within a two or three hour sail. Long stretches of sandy beaches, fragrant pine forest, and rocky capes against a backdrop of brilliant sunshine and crystal blue water provide an infinite variety of scenic beauty.
The cultures and people are as varied as the settings, luring visitors with pottery, sponges, pistachios, and almond cakes, which are available at shops and restaurants along the narrow, winding streets of the island towns. There are busy cosmopolitan islands as well as quiet unspoilt secluded islands. The seafood is deliciously fresh and the highlights of this itinerary are the schools of dolphins which will accompany you from island to island, jumping over the bow as you go!
It is a picturesque island located very close to Athens and therefore very popular among Athenians, especially for short trips, either by yachts or by ferries and flying dolphins. Many of them have their summer houses there and therefore you will see some impressive villas climbed in its hills. It has a quite traditional town (port) with neo-classical architecture, 2-3 picturesque fishing villages and important archaelogical sites. It has a descent touristic infrastructure and a variety of tavernas, clubs, bars, pastry shops, cafes, beach bars etc. Night life is not wild but visitors will find a few greek music and international music dancing clubs, mainly in the town. It has a few nice beaches but they are not among the best of Greece.
Agistri is a well kept diamond. It is a very small island with a marvelous natural landscape, lush pine woods and definitely the most exotic waters in the Saronic Gulf. It is located at only 20 n.m. from Piraeus (Athens main port) and 4 n.m. from Aegina. However it is not well known to most people, not even to Athenians.
Until the 80's Agistri was a rather isolated destination without any touristic infrasructure. It was popular only among free campers. Tourism has only recently been developped and that helped locals to stay in their island. Today Agistri has more than 1.000 local residents in the winter and more than 5.000 residents in the summer.
Poros has a unique landscape and is one of the most popular yachting destinations. It located close to Athens and is divided by the mainland Peloponissos (Galatas) only by a narrow canal. It has a picturesque town which is also its port. It is usually preferred by Greeks (as a family destination) for a short trip and is not developed as a mass tourism destination. However it offers a good variety of options for accommodation, food and entertainment, as all Greek destinations. Many tavernas, cafes and bars are all over the town and the nearby settlement, Askeli. Night life is not wild but there are 1-2 nice dancing clubs in the town.
Poros attracts all yachters because it is the most "yacting friendly" island of Saronic Gulf. It is full of greenery and its pine trees come all along the emerald green sea. It has a few cozy beaches but they are usually crowded by yachters and bathers.
Hydra is one of the most charming and cosmopolitan islands in the Mediterranean. It has an extremely picturesque traditional historic town, built amphitheatrically on the hills that surround its small graphic harbour. Hydra's town is the sole main settlement on the island. The three other settlements, Vlychos, Kaminia and Mandraki, are very small and are found on a short walking distance from the main town.
In the 50's a movie was shot on the island, starring Sophia Lauren, and ever since then it has become a popular destination among yachters and VIP's from all over the world. Some of them have also bought some wonderful houses there.
Hydra reflects a unique romantic atmosphere. Vehicles are not allowed on the island. The only transportation means are donkeys and sea-taxis. The strict rules for reserving the traditional architecture and the natural environment has kept away touristic development and expansion. Therefore the island offers only a few but good options for accomodation, food, entertainment and nightlife, if compared to other popular Greek destinations. However, it offers quite a large varitery of little shops selling all kinds of things, such as clothes, jewlery, accessories, artworks etc. A few small exclusive hotels have opened recently but most of the tourists are accomodated in the pensions, housed in traditional buidings.
Spetses, an island boasting a long naval tradition, is famous for its significant contribution to the 1821 War of Independence. It was here that the revolution flag was raised on 3rd April 1821. The island has managed to retain its individual traditional character thanks to its well-preserved grand captain mansions, still bearing eloquent witness to the island’s glorious past. The picturesque old harbour and Dápia, a tourist and commercial centre where the heart of the island’s entertainment beats, are the trademarks of the town of Spetses.
CLADES ISLANDS, AEGEAN SEA, Greece
An Amazing Yachting Destination
The Cyclades island complex is found in the Central, Eastern and Western Aegean Sea and has twenty four (24) inhabited and many more uninhabited islands of small or medium size.
The Cyclades islands are famous worldwide due to their:
- Exceptional natural beauty, with the dry landscape having almost no vegetation
- Thousands of amazing protected bays and beaches with golden sand and crystalline waters of all shades of blue, turquoise and green. Each island has on average forty to sixty wonderful beaches of different kinds (isolated, organized, small, large etc) to choose from.
- Impressive history of more than 13.000 years!: Numerous museums, monasteries, churches, very important archaeological sites (such as “Delos” near Mykonos and “Akrotiri” in Santorini etc) and some of the oldest settlements of mankind are found there
- Unique architecture with little cubic whitewashed houses forming picturesque traditional villages
- Numerous excellent dining and entertainment options. In almost every island visitors will find many stylish restaurants, traditional tavernas, cozy cafes and bars -usually open all day long- that will satisfy all different tastes.
- Delicious cuisine and local products, such as the famous wines, the “fava: and the tiny tomatoes of Santorini, various varieties of cheese etc.
- Bright sun, shining almost all year round.
Mass tourism has no place in Cyclades, as all of them keep their authenticity and local character.
Cyclades, offer different types of islands that will excite all kinds of visitors. The ideal islands for those who love:
- Cosmopolitan, world famous upper class islands, with numerous restaurants, beach bars and intense day and night life, are: Mykonos, Santorini and Paros.
- Primitive islands, where life seems to be forgotten in the past, are: Koufonisi, Iraklia, Donousa, Shinousa, Kythnos, Sikinos, Anafi.
- Traditional islands offering equally primitiveness and a satisfactory level of quality tourist and entertainment infrastructure, are: Folegandros, Amorgos, Milos, Ios, Sifnos, Serifos, Kea (Tzia), Antiparos.
- Family destinations, with quite developed yet picturesque small capital Towns and a satisfactory level of tourist and entertainment infrastructure, are: Naxos, Andros, Syros, Tinos.
- Unique volcanic landscapes with breathtaking natural beauty, are: Santorini, Milos, Kimolos, Polyegos (uninhabited).
- Towns with impressive neo-classical mansions and European-style squares, accompanied with beautiful beaches, good tourist infrastructure and entertainment options, are: Syros and Andros.
YACHTING IN CYCLADES
The Cyclades complex is extremely popular as a yachting destination, however it less “yachting friendly”, if compared to Ionio, Sporades, Dodecanese and Saronic Gulf, due to the “meltemi” winds. They are strong (6-7 BF) North winds that become stronger in the Central Aegean and transform to NW in the North Aegean and NE in the South Aegean. They prevail mainly during the end of July and August.
Despite having inferior yachting infrastructure, compared to Ionio and Dodecanese, yachters will find satisfactory berth and other facilities at low or insignificant cost. There are quite enough berth places at the public ports or at the few small public marinas. Fuel and water are available in almost all islands, along with numerous protected bays with crystalline blue-green waters, ideal for anchoring.
IDEAL CHARTER DURATION
- 20-30 days, would be the ideal charter duration for those wishing to visit most of the Cyclades islands, as each one has so many amazing experiences to offer.
- 14-20 days would be enough to visit the most interesting islands and acquire a satisfactory taste of the area.
- In 7 days, yachters will face the difficulty to choose only 4-8, among the 24 amazing islands, depending on their yachts speed, weather conditions and the time they want to spend sailing. The most popular 7 days charter itineraries (starting/ending Athens) are:
a) Western Cyclades: Kea (Tzia), Kythnos, Serifos, Sifnos, Kimolos & Polyegos, Milos.
b) Western, North & Central Cyclades. In this case yachters have to choose among: Kea, Kythnos, Syros, Andros, Tinos, Mykonos, Paros, Antiparos, Naxos.
c) Western, Central & South Cyclades. In this case yachters have to choose among: Kea, Syros, Tinos, Mykonos, Paros, Antiparos, Naxos, Small Cyclades (Koufonisi, Iraklia, Shinousa), Ios, Folegandros, Amorgos, Santorini.
Discover the Most Amazing Spots of Cyclades, in the next pages.
THE MOST AMAZING SPOTS OF THE CYCLADES
KEA – Vourkari picturesque fishing village / port
KYTHNOS – Kolona amazing beach
KYTHNOS – Loutra bay & village
SERIFOS – Traditional Town “HORA” (on the hill – amazing views)
SERIFOS- Golden Sand beach (east coast) & other east coast beaches
SERIFOS – Koutalas bay & Ganema beach
SERIFOS – 60 wonderful beaches
SIFNOS – Mideaval Castle Town with great views
SIFNOS – Traditional Town “HORA”
POLYEGOS – Uninhabited island with the most intense transparent blue transparent waters!
KIMOLOS – Prassa Exotic Beach (NE)
MILOS – Kleftiko Simply Amazing place with caves & rocks in the sea
MILOS – Sarakiniko – “Moon-like” scape with beach (N)
MILOS – Papafragas - Amazing Cave beach
MILOS – Firiplaka & Tsigrado beached (S)
MILOS – Fyropotamos fishing village (N) with the SYRMATA and the transparent blue sea
MILOS - Traditional Town “HORA” with great views
FOLEGANDROS - Traditional Town “HORA” with great views and great places to eat & have fun . Considered as the MOST beautuful of Kyklades
FOLEGANDROS – Katergo beach with the transparent emerald sea
REST OF KYKLADES
AMORGOS - Traditional Town “HORA” (one of the most beautiful) & Tholaria Traditional Village
AMORGOS – Hozoviotisa Monastery & the near by Agia Anna & Mourou beaches
ANDROS – 60 amazing beaches
ANDROS – Traditional Town “HORA”
ANDROS – Lakes – waterfalls – rivers
ANDROS – Traditional villages (Stenies – Apikia)
IOS - Traditional Town “HORA”
IOS – 50 amazing beaches (most of them isolated) – Maganari, Tripiti, Papa, Pikri Nero, 3 Klisies, Agia Theodoti are the best!
MYKONOS – The traditional Town “HORA” – Super Cosmopolitan & Chic
MYKONOS – 60 amazing beaches – trendy beach bars
MYKONOS – Rinia uninhabited islet with exotic beaches
NAXOS – 60 amazing exotic beaches
NAXOS – Picturesque old Castle Town (in the capital)
NAXOS – Apiranthos very picturesque village
PAROS – Naousa fishing village – One of the most picturesque ports
PAROS – Parikia Capital “Hora”
PAROS – Many nice beaches (Hrisi Akti, Kolybithres, Monastiri etc)
SANTORINI – Oia – Fira – Kaldera View (SIMPLY BREATHTAKING!)
SYROS – Ermoupoli the Capital with the impressive mansions
TINOS – 50 very picturesque traditional villages
TINOS – 50 amazing beaches
NUMEROUS IMPORTANT ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES & MUSEUMS
Cyclades have a history of 13.000 yrs and one of the most important ancient civilizations (4 – 2.000 b.c.). Almost all islands offer more than one important archaeological sites & museums. Some of the most important Archaeological sites of the world are found in Cyclades, such as Delos (uninhabited island near Mykonos) and Akrotiri in Santorini.
MORE THAN 1.500 AMAZING BEACHES
The Cycladian islands have more than 1.500 AMAZING beaches, with crystalline blue-green waters, that will satisfy all tastes: Isolated that can only be reached by boat, vibrand and cosmopolitan, small, large etc.
UNIQUE TRADITIIONAL CYCLADIC ARCHITECTURE
All Cycladian islands have picturesque traditional villages. Their capital villages are named HORA.
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THE BREATHTAKING IONIO SEA, GREECE
One of the Most Popular & Amazing Yachting Destinations of the World
Ionio Sea is found in Western Greece and has approximately thirty islands and islets of various sizes, among which thirteen are inhabited. The larger and more developed ones are: Corfu (Kerkyra), Kefalonia, Zakynthos, Lefkas, Ithaca (Ithaki) and Paxi.
IONIO is one of the most popular yachting destinations in the world and definitely the most “yachting-friendly” in Greece, due to the:
· Unique beauty of its islands and its coasts of Western Greece, with lush vegetation, crystalline turquoise sea, beautiful bays and peninsulas.
· Hundreds of amazing protected bays and beaches of all kinds (isolated, organized, small, large etc) with turquoise or emerald crystalline waters, that will satisfy even the most demanding visitor. Five among the most beautiful beaches in the world are found there: Navagio (Shipwreck) in Zakynthos, Porto Katsiki and Egremni in Lefkada, Myrtos in Kefallonia, Voutoumi in Antipaxi (near Paxi).
· Large variety of destinations character and landscape: Larger cosmopolitan islands with superior tourist infrastructure (Corfu, Kefallonia, Zakynthos), smaller, primitive or uninhabited islands, many towns and villages of various sizes and styles, very picturesque ports, rivers and many more.
· Very good yachting infrastructure and facilities, in most of its destinations. In Ionio you will find many smaller or larger private organized marinas, with relatively low rates, compared to other European marinas, along with many safe public ports offering berth places and facilities at low or insignificant cost.
· Many picturesque coastal settlements, offering shelter, berth places, facilities, cozy restaurants and cafes.
· Numerous idyllic protected bays, with crystalline waters, offering safe anchorage for an unforgettable overnight stay.
· Short distances between beautiful destinations, accessed through safe sea passages.
· Numerous entertainment options: Stylish restaurants, tavernas, beach bars, cafes, clubs found in most destinations, that will satisfy all types of visitors. You can find everything in Ionio: Cozy eateries by the sea, awarded gourmet restaurants, traditional village tavernas in the mainland, international cuisine.
· Delicious food and local products, such as good wines (Kefalonia, Lefkada, Zakynthos, Corfu), liquors, the famous salami of Lefkas, the famous koumkouat of Corfu (resembles to a tiny orange), olive oil etc.
· Mild winds, calm sea and pleasant climate. Strong winds last only a few days during the summer and even then, you can enjoy some sailing and swimming inside the protected bay of Eastern Lefkas, with the small idyllic islands.
· Important history and culture dating from the antiquity, many museums, archaeological sites, churches, monasteries and other attractions. Ithaca Island is the home town of Ulysse (Odysseas) and Corfu is the island of Feakes (both from Homeric Odyssea).
· Different character and architecture, if compared to other Greek areas, due to the long-term rule by the Venetians, the French and the British and the short-term Ottoman rule (in contrary to the more than four hundred years, of the Ottoman rule on the most other Greek areas).
Ionio, offers various kinds of islands and destinations, that will excite all kinds of visitors. Ideal for those who love:
- Cosmopolitan destinations with developed towns or touristic beach resorts with many restaurants, bars and intense day and night life, are: Corfu Town, Corfu’s numerous beach resorts, Zakynthos Town, Zakynthos’ beach resorts, Argostoli Town (Kefallonia), Lefkas Town, Parga Town, Preveza Town.
- Large islands, with developed cities, many tourist resorts, villages, yet with amazing beaches, endless beauties and many attractions, are: Corfu, Kefallonia, Zakynthos.
- Medium sized islands, with amazing beaches and beauties, having an equal amount of authenticity and tourist development, is: Lefkas.
- Primitive islands, where life seems to be forgotten in the past, are: Kalamos, Kastos, Erikousa, Othoni, Mathraki and Meganisi (which is being developed to a more touristic destination, recently).
- Exceptionally beautiful destinations with amazing beaches, that keep their authenticity, while offering a satisfactory level of quality tourist and entertainment infrastructure, are: Paxi island, Ithaki island, Sivota (Thesprotia), Fiskardo (Kefallonia), Sivota (Lefkada), Vassiliki (Lefkada), Pylos Town (West Peloponese).
The BEST of IONIO, that one should not miss are:
1) PAXI island, for the:
- Breathtakingly turquoise Voutoumi beach (Antipaxi island)
- Magnificently picturesque ports of Gaios (capital & main port), Laka (with amazing turquoise sea) & Loggos, with the local architecture and the cozy restaurants and bars.
- The Blue Sea Caves (west coast) with the tiny beaches and the turquoise waters.
- Authentic character of this little island, maintaining its quality, its color and its local architecture.
- Islands’ tour for the turquoise sea and the impressive rocky formations.
and for many more.
2) LEFKAS Island, for the:
- Breathtaking beaches of the West Coast (Porto Katsiki, Egremni etc) and its numerous amazing coves and beaches of different types and sizes, all with crystalline turquoise waters.
- Sivota fishing village, located in an impressive fjord, with excellent tavernas and cozy cafes by the sea.
- Agios Nikitas: A very picturesque traditional coastal village (west coast) with nice tavernas and cafes.
- Nydri bay and the nearby little Islands (East) with the idyllic protected anchorages and the lush vegetation. Among others, there you will find Skorpios, the famous island of the world known Greek Tykoon, Aristotelis Onassis, which has been recently rented by the Russian Tykoon Ribolovlev.
- Pleasant so named coastal Capitan Town, with the characteristic colorful houses and the numerous restaurants, cafes and bars, ideal for those who want to enjoy nightlife, by the sea.
- Beautiful private organized marina in the Capital Town of Lefkas.
- Nice mainland and coastal villages, with the traditional tavernas and cafes.
- Pleasant routes passing through pine forests, picturesque villages and offering nice sea views.
- Picturesque coastal resort of Vassiliki (South), with the small port and a wonderful beach, famous as a surf destination.
- Waterfalls on the hill above Nydri.
and for many more….
3) KEFALONIA Island, for the:
- World famous Fiskardo, a cosmopolitan yet very picturesque port attracting celebrities and impressive mega yachts. In Fiskardo one can find excellent restaurants and cafes by the sea along with idyllic coves at its north and south.
- The breathtaking beach of Myrtos (west) and the many more wonderful beaches with turquoise waters.
- Assos, a quiet but very picturesque coastal village with a nice small beach, a castle offering breathtaking views and a few tavernas and cafes.
- Argostoli, the pleasant coastal capital town which is ideal for those seeking an urban destination with many shops, restaurants, cafes and nightlife.
- Cave lake Melissani, in the mainland.
- Skala, a charming coastal settlement, offering quality tourist infrastructure, a long beach and nice restaurants and cafes.
- Numerous villages, resorts and towns, along with Mount Aenos (1.628 m, a protected nature park with a unique endemic kind of spurce), that one can visit by car or on foot.
and for many more…..
4) ITHACA Island, for the:
- Unique natural beauty, the authentic character and the local architecture with the colorful houses, influenced by neoclassical and Italian style.
- Wonderful ports of Vathy (the beautiful small Capital Town, built in an amazing fjord), Kioni and Frikes, with charming houses built according to the local architecture and cozy tavernas and cafes.
- Amazing isolated Gidaki (east) & Afales (north) beaches, with the emerald waters
- Idyllic isolated anchorages and the tiny coves with beautiful beaches and crystalline waters.
- Stavros village on a hill up north, with traditional tavernas and cafes and the Perahori village on a hill above Vathy, with only a couple of tavernas, offering breathtaking views of Vathy fjord and the Ionian sea.
- Important history, dating from antiquity, as it is the homeland of Homeric Ulysse (Odysseas).
and for many more…..
5) CORFU Island, for the:
- Wonderful Capital City (dating from the 8th century BC and inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List) with its, mainly Venetian, architecture, its cosmopolitan character, its impressive main square (the second largest in the Balkans), its castles, its museums, its numerous chic restaurants and cafes, its various shopping options, its nightlife and its numerous attractions.
- Picturesque coves of the Eastern Coasts, with the small charming settlements, offering a few restaurants and cafes.
- Paleokastritsa, the famous idyllic bays of the Northwestern Coast, with the emerald waters, developed to a very touristic resort.
- Numerous beautiful beaches of different sizes and styles
- The intense day and night life offered in the Capital Town, which becomes more intense in some, among the island’s numerous touristic beach resorts.
- Achillion, the famous palace of Princess Sissy of the Austrohungarian Empire.
- Important history and culture, dating from the antiquity and enriched by the long-term influence of the European rulers. Corfu is the Homeric island of Feakes.
- Gouvia Marina, a very large, beautiful and well organized private marina, at 7km from Corfu Town (East coast).
and for many more….
6) SIVOTA (Thesprotia Perfecture), for the:
- Amazing natural beauty of its tiny islets with idyllic protected anchorages and turquoise waters.
- Charming fishing village, developed recently to a quiet tourist resort with hotels, tavernas, cafes and several shops.
and for many more…..
7) KALAMOS Island, for the:
- Beautiful isolated emerald beaches (East) found at the end of a lush pine tree forest
- Little main port and capital village, with the few tavernas and cafes, where life seems to be forgotten in the past.
- Porto Leone, a popular isolated safe anchorage with ruins of some old stone buildings and a church.
- Lush vegetation and primitiveness of the island
and for many more…..
8) ATOKOS uninhabited island, for its wonderful beaches with the turquoise waters and the impressive rock formations.
9) PARGA Town, for the:
- Natural beauty of its landscape, its architecture and its vibrant atmosphere, with the numerous restaurants and cafés.
- Wonderful beaches, found at a short distance by feet or by car.
- Aherondas river, the cleanest of Europe, found a few miles South of Parga. Smaller boats can sail through this narrow beautiful river which in Greek Mythology was considered as the “door” to the world of deads. Close to its mouth, you will find a few tavernas and beautiful beaches.
and for many more…..
10) ZAKYNTHOS Island, for the:
- Breathtaking Navagio (Shipwreck) beach, one of the most beautiful in the word.
- Blue Sea Caves (NE), with the amazing turquoise waters
- Marathonisi islet, in the large Laganas bay (S), where the Sea Turtle Caretta-Caretta is reproduced. In Laganas bay you will also find a vibrant but very touristic resort, along with some other quieter settlements, with restaurants and tavernas by the sea.
- Numerous wonderful beaches, with golden sand and crystalline waters.
- Small Idyllic fjord-like coves of the west coast.
- Pleasant Capital Town with a large square, numerous restaurants, cafes, shops and the beautiful suburb “Bohali” on the top of the hill, offering magnificent views.
- Charming traditional villages and nice tavernas with sea views, in the mainland.
and for many more…..
11) PYLOS Town (Messinia, West Peloponese), for the:
- Authentic Character, with traditional houses, nice tavernas and cafes. A small marina is also found there.
- Beach of Voidokilia, one of the most beautiful in Greece, found in a small round cove with golden sand and crystalline turquoise waters, a few miles north of Pylos.
- Natural beauty of the area: The nearby Gialova Lagoon, the islet Sapienza, the nearby long sandy beaches etc.
- Important History: Pylos had a presence dating from the antiquity. However, it became world known for the “Sea Battle of Navarino” that took place there, which defined the success of the revolution of the Greeks and their European allies against the Ottoman Empire’s four hundred years’ occupation.
- Nearby picturesque coastal village of Methoni (SW Peloponese) with the wonderful castle and the few tavernas on its sandy beach.
12) OTHONI, MATHRAKI, ERIKOUSA Islands, for the:
- Amazing White Sand beach in Othoni, with the turquoise waters
- Primitiveness and authenticity they offer, as they are remote (located at the SW end of Greece), having very few inhabitants, only a few places to eat and limited tourist – not to mention about yachting- facilities.
IDEAL CHARTER DURATION
- 20-30 days, would be the ideal charter duration for those wishing to enjoy adequately of the numerous exiting destinations of Ionio.
- 14-20 days would be enough to visit the most interesting destinations and acquire a satisfactory taste of the area.
- In 7 days, depending on the yacht’s speed and the time one wants to spend sailing, you can have a good taste of the area, but you will miss many wonderful destinations. The most popular 7 days charter itineraries (starting/ending Lefkas) are:
d) South & North of Lefkas: Paxi-Antipaxi, Sivota (Thesprotia), Lefkas islands (Meganisi, Skorpios etc), Sivota (S of Lefkas), Ithaca (Vathy & Kioni), Fiskardo (Kefallonia)
e) South of Lefkas: Lefkas (south bays), Lefkas islands (Meganisi, Skorpios etc), Ithaca (Vathy & Kioni), Fiskardo (Kefallonia), Zakynthos.
f) Lefkas & the close islands: Lefkas (south bays), Lefkas islands (Meganisi, Skorpios etc), Ithaca (Vathy & Kioni), Fiskardo (Kefallonia), Atokos, Kalamos.
g) North of Lefkas: Lefkas islands (Meganisi, Skorpios etc), Paxi-Antipaxi, Corfu, Sivota (Thesprotia) & Parga.
SPORADES ISLANDS, Greece
The Sporades islands placed in the Northwest side of the Aegean Sea is the sailing area that offers much beauty and an incredible number of wonderful beaches within a limited (is)land extend. The Sporades (their actual name is Northern Sporades) is not the ideal place to check archaeological sites but it is among the very few islands where yachts anchor in a bay and the charterers in the boat’s cockpit enjoy the natural shade of the pine trees running down to the water. The charter base that “serves” the Sporades is in the marina of Skiathos island.
Beautiful white sandy beaches, unspoiled anchorages, ancient ruins and abundant sea life, will offer you a sense of exploration and independence. So, let the beauty of the islands, forests, beaches, villages, churches and castles take you on a journey back in time. Skiathos airport, is an ideal starting point, for a journey to explore the Sporades and the coast of northern Greece.
The best of the Sporades Islands are:
Skiáthos is the most cosmopolitan island in the Northern Sporades, is truly a paradise on earth, with lush pine forests and crystal-clear azure waters. Despite the rapid growth in tourism here in recent decades, it the island is still picturesque and unspoilt and blessed with more than 60 beautifully clean beaches. The most famous is Koukounariés, which has been declared the third most beautiful beach in the Mediterranean. When you add in its bustling nightlife, it is only natural that the island attracts thousands of young visitors every year!
Eye-catching landscapes; azure waters on golden coasts; traditional Pelion architecture; rugged natural monuments and a pure island atmosphere are all essential elements of the image of this, the greenest island in Greece, more than half of whose territory is covered with virgin pine forest. The island enjoyed international acclaim when Hollywood producers chose it to shoot the famous movie “Mamma Mia”, establishing the island as a holiday destination for tourists from all over the world.
Blessed with rugged natural landscapes, and surrounded by small islands scattered around the archipelagos, Alónissos is an island ideal for those you want to unwind and enjoy leisure walks surrounded by pine forests, olive groves and orchards. The island is the most remote of the Northern Sporades island group, and plays host to the National Marine Park of Northern Sporades, a refuge for rare seabirds, dolphins and the Mediterranean monk seal, monachus monachus.
“Íkos”, as was named the island in antiquity, was first inhabited by Stafylos (meaning grape), the son of Dionysus and Ariadne. This myth explains the island’s strong bonds with viticulture from ancient times until today. Urns bearing the stamp “IKION” were exported all around the ancient world confirming the island’s great fame as excellent wine-producing region. According to the myth, Pileas, the father of Achilles, was buried on Alónissos. This is the reason why the island’s second name is “Achilliodromia”. Different versions of this name have survived throughout the years: “Hiliodromia”, “Liadromia”, “Diadromia”.
DODEKANESE ISLANDS, Greece
The Dodecanese islands are in their bigger part (Kos and Rhodos islands excepted) bare of vegetation although not to such extend as the Cyclades. The Dodecanese islands located at the Southeastern end of Greece are the warmest Greek sailing destination - good to visit even in early April or late October and November. The charter bases are set in the nice new marina of Kos island and in the old harbor of Mandraki in Rhodos. The prevailing winds are blowing from NW and they are less strong than in the open Aegean Sea.
In spring and September winds are “traditionally” calmer from Southeast. The “character” of the islands is influenced partly from the Venetians and a lot by the Knights of St John and the middle Ages, though visually and culturally the Dodecanese remains purely Greek.
The Dodecanese are located East of the Cyclades, West of the coast of Asia Minor, and North-East of Crete. It is an enchanted world, where the sun paints pictures and gives life. The mild winters and refreshing summers give the Dodecanese one of the healthiest climates in the Mediterranean. The islands of the Dodecanese are engaged in a beauty contest with no clear winner.
These islands are a sailor's paradise of more than 163 islands and islets. You will find on each island uncounted beautiful beaches and bays that you should not miss. However the must see islands are:
Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island which is ideal not only for those who want to relax but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination.
The endless coasts with the turquoise waters, the vegetation, the affluent water springs, the ancient and medieval monuments, as well as the impressive Italian buildings feature Kos island; the third largest island of Dodecanese complex, located just 4 miles away from the Turkish coasts. The name «Kos» probably derives from the daughter of the mythical King Meropas, called Koos.
Kos is the birthplace of Hippocrates «the father of medicine» (460-377 B.C) and was already inhabited during Neolithic Period (5th - 4th millennium B.C). The Knights of St. John conquered the island during the 14th century, reinforcing the older castles and building new fortifications. During Ottoman occupation, the island was attacked by several intruders (Knights, Venetians etc), while during Italian occupation (1912-1945) some really important, monumental public buildings were constructed. The island was officially united with Greece in 1948. It extends over a surface of 290 km2; its coastline is 112 km and counts 31,000 inhabitants.
It can be reached by ferry from Piraeus Port or by airplane from the Athens International Airport, «Eleftherios Venizelos».
Nisyros is one of the most beautiful Aegean islands, still untouched by the tourism growth. It is part of the Dodecanese group of islands, situated between Kos and Tilos. The island extends over a surface of 41 km and its coastline is 28 km long. It can be reached by ferry from Piraeus, Kos and Rhodes.
According to mythology, it was created from the Battle of Giants, during the war between Gods and Giants. Poseidon chased the Giant Polyvotis down to Kos, cut a part of it and threw it to his enemy, sinking him forever in the bottom of the Aegean Sea. The legendary rock is the modern Nisyros and it is said that the volcano’s explosions are the angry breathing of the defeated Giant. These explosions shaped the island, which is considered to be the youngest volcanic centre in Greece, still active – along with the volcanoes of Milos, Santorini and Methana. During antiquity the island thrived on obsidian commerce, extracted by the inhabitants of Nisyros, from the nearby island, Gyali.
Symi is a cosmopolitan island, where one of the prettiest and largest neoclassical towns of the country has been developed. It has rich, mythological tradition, since it has been firstly inhabited during the prehistoric age. The king Nireas took part in the Trojan War and became a legend. The inhabitants devoted themselves to sponge-fishing and ship-building, activities which provided decrees (firmans) of favorable treatment on behalf of the Sultan, during Turkish occupation (since 1522). It was at that time when the School of Aghia Marina and the Anagnostirio Aigli (Reading-Room) have been founded. The island reached its peak during 19th century, when it counted 25,000 inhabitants. In 1945, the delivery of Dodecanese to the Allies was signed on the island of Symi. Symi was officially united with Greece in 1948. It can be reached by ferry from Rhodes’ port. The island extends over a surface of 58 km2, its coastline is 85 km long and it has 2,500 inhabitants.
5) Kalymnos, the island of the sea- sponge harvesters
Climbing up giant vertical rocks; diving in a sea bottom where centuries- old ship wrecks lie; enchanting caves; wonderful beaches und picturesque island settlements. This is Kalymnos: a destination offering more than you can imagine!
Welcome to Kalymnos, the island of the sea-sponge harvesters! The fourth largest island of the Dodecanese Group is widely known as an international sponge-harvesting trade center. After WW II, Kalymnos remained the only Greek island engaged in the sea sponge-harvesting activity, supplying domestic as well as foreign markets. Thanks to its unique geomorphology, Kalymnos is a tourist destination known worldwide for offering alternative vacations and activities such as climbing, scuba diving, mountain hiking and spelunking, a true paradise for passionate action-lovers!
Hóra and settlements
The capital of Kalymnos is the port-town of Pothia, a colourful island settlement spreading amphitheatrically over the foot and slopes of two hills and the valley between them. Pothia boasts remarkable architectural features; in its narrow streets, stand next to one another impressive old mansions (among them stands out the Vouvalis Mansion, the house of a prominent sea sponge merchant and benefactor of the island), elegant captain houses and modest one-storey sponge-harvesters’ houses. Each neighborhood has its own church but the most impressive ones are considered to be those of 1861 Sotiras Christos (Christ Saviour), with a silver dome and a marble iconostasis (icon screen) crafted by the eminent Greek sculptor Giannoulis Chalepas and Agios Nikolaos church. Outstanding buildings such as the Town Hall and the Prefecture Hall boasting a beautiful italianate architecture reveal the long presence of Italian conquerors on the island.
Worldwide known as a sacred island for it is the place where Saint John wrote the Book of Revelation, Patmos is an ideal destination for nature lovers thanks to its lace-like coastline, sheer cliffs and volcanic soil.
Designated as “Holy Island” by the Greek Parliament in 1981 as well as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999, Patmos had been used as a place of exile by the Romans on account of its steep morphology. That’s how St. John found safe refuge here in the 1st century A.D., exiled by the Emperor Domitian.
Types of Charter Yachts
There are two types of motor yachts: a displacement motor yacht gives smooth and quiet cruising when you want to take your time between ports. When you would rather spend time at anchor, a planning motor yacht will get you to your chosen destinations as fast as possible.
A sailing yacht moves smoothly and almost silently through the water, with an exhilarating response to the wind.
A motor sailer gives you the best of both worlds, with a more spacious interior, more open-air deck area and larger engines for cruising under power, than the sailing yachts.
Yacht Charter Procedures
Choose your cruising ground - Greek Islands - Croatia - Turkey - Caribbean etc.
Choose the duration and start date of your charter
Choose the type of yacht (motor yacht, sailing yacht, motor sailer)
Considering availability and the number of guests you wish to invite, select a specific yacht in your chosen class.
When you are ready to confirm the charter, a Charter Agreement (HYBA or MYBA) will be sent to you with a request for a deposit to secure the booking. The Charter Agreement defines the terms and conditions, obligations and rights of each party. Before your charter you will be sent a detailed questionnaire about your preferences in food and drink and any special dietary requirements, your flight details, celebrations and anniversaries that will take place during your charter, your voyage itinerary, and any requests for other land services such as car rental, private jet transfers, hotel reservations, guided tours, etc. The charter fee includes the hire and insurance of the yacht and the allocation of qualified crew.
It does not include V.A.T., provisioning, fuel charges for the yacht and tenders, electronic communications, canal fees, harbour dues, local taxes and marina fees outside Greek waters, or private marinas within Greece. The Advance Provisioning Allowance (APA) is designed to cover these expenses. Depending on the number of guests, type of yacht and duration of charter, this is between 25% and 30% of the total charter fee. The captain will hold receipts for all expenses, and prepare accounts for final settlement at the end of the charter. If embarkation and/or disembarkation takes place away from the yacht's home port, delivery/return fees and expenses will be charged. Crew gratuities are not obligatory, but are usually 5% to 15% of the total charter fee, upon the clients' complete discretion, depending on service and satisfaction.