Greece is located in Southeast Europe, and with thousands of kilometers of coastline bordering the Mediterranean, Aegean and Ionian seas, it’s a nautical haven. A country of ancient treasures, vibrant cities, and bewitching scenery… there is so much to explore, and what better way to navigate these alluring waters than by boat? A catamaran charter in Greece will be the relaxing escape you’ve been hoping for, with a window into a fascinating culture and history, and islands so picture-perfect you’ll feel like you’re living on a postcard! Fly into one of the country’s many international airports, and set sail for an unforgettable cruise around the jaw-droppingly beautiful archipelagos.
Greece’s weather could not be more suited to sailors; with consistent trade winds and constant blue skies and sunshine, it’s no surprise it’s become so popular with nautical tourism. Therefore, it’s a perfect choice for a Catamaran charter, with 3,700km of coastline there is something to suit every ability; with stronger winds in the Aegean Sea for the more experienced, and milder winds and safer bays for the less confident in the Saronic Gulf, Sporades islands and Ionian Sea.
With the eleventh longest coastline in the world, Greece has some of the best – if not THE best beaches in Europe, so this is reason enough to choose a catamaran charter here! In 2017, 486 beaches were awarded with the Blue Flag for environmental management and water quality, ranking second in the world, and with so many to choose from and such variety, there is something for everyone:
Greece is home to countless sensational sights, whether on the mainland, on an island or on your boat; you will not fall short of picture-perfect views. If you charter your catamaran from the famous Santorini, you will bear witness to the enchanting sight of an island that looks like it’s been dusted with snow, looking out onto a sea of midnight blue. If you’re lucky, you may even catch the vivid, glowing colours of a Santorini sunset, reflecting off the white of the sugar-cube buildings!
You can head to the lower-key areas on the mainland such as Greece’s Pelion Peninsula, the home of sleepy fishing villages and deserted beaches where tourism has not dominated society, and locals just get on with their daily lives. Located between two of our catamaran charter bases (Athens and Thessaloniki), this overgrown landscape of mountains, olive groves and chestnut forests is just as extraordinary as the famous island sights, but with a wild, more natural appeal.
And of course, whilst cruising in your catamaran, you will come across hundreds of beaches, but if you’re looking for some postcard-aesthetics, head to Elafonissi Beach in Crete. The Elafonissi area is a Natura 2000 protected zone; home to a scattering of sand lilies and junipers, stretching out onto flat pink sands where turtles nest and translucent turquoise waters meander through the dunes, until they reach the warm waves of the Mediterranean. A truly magical destination.
A catamaran charter anywhere in Greece means you won’t be far from some of the world’s most treasured ancient ruins. Charter your catamaran from Marina Alimos in Athens, and make your way to the Acropolis, where in 510BC, the Delphic Oracle declared that the city of Pericles should be a province of the Gods - considered to be one of the most important ancient remains in the western world. Or head west to the Ancient Delphi; UNESCO world heritage site on the slopes of Mount Parnassos, considered – according the Greek mythology – to be the centre of the world. If your navigation route passes Crete, it’s worth mooring and taking a trip to the Palace of Knossos, the island’s most famous historical attraction, and Europe’s oldest city.
With over 6000 islands to explore, Greece is such an ideal destination for a charter holiday. Navigate through the Ionian Sea and discover the emerald island of Corfu, much greener than others, it is cloaked in over 3 million olive trees, so is the perfect place to take a hike and breath in the freshest of air. Or sail around the Cyclades and experience the famous island of Santorini, taking in the breathtaking views of the caldera over a glass of wine at sunset, or the wild charm of the mountainous island of Andros, with its orange and almond groves and mulberry forests.
Greece is well connected, with various international airports located both on the mainland and on the islands, so reaching your catamaran charter base is simple!
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