Athens is the capital city of Greece and the cradle of Western civilization as it is the birthplace of democracy. Chartering a yacht in Athens can be so simple and relaxing. With the main marina in Athens located about 35 minutes by car from the Athens airport (AIA), you can debark your plane and be on your boat rental in the Alimos-Kalamaki Marina within the hour! Athens is so rich in history and culture along with calm and inviting clear blue waters of the Saronic Gulf, you’ll never want to end your yacht charter. The climate of Athens, its proximity to the Saronic islands, the idyllic atmosphere coupled with the rich culture are just a few of the many reasons to hire a yacht in Athens.
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Athens, capital of Greece, is an amazing city. Symbol of ancient Greece, this bustling metropolis is also a dynamic, attractive and cultural place. As you wander through the streets of Athens, the diversity and the lively atmosphere there will surprise you. Between ancient monuments and museums of contemporary art, Athens is a subtle mix of old and new. Athens is a genuine historic symbol and therefore one of the most visited cities in the world. It hosted the first Modern Olympic Games in 1896 and also went through a tourism boom in 2004 with the Summer Olympic Games.
Built in a mountain bowl, Athens is surrounded by the Mount Hymettus to the east, the Mounts Pentelicus and Parnitha to the north and the Mount Egaleo to the west. To the south, it is bordered by the Saronic Gulf.
Ideally located, Athens’s harbour is a gate to the Saronic Gulf and a perfect starting point for cruising around Greece. No less than 9 marinas border the city of Athens and will be able to assist you with your sailing plans. As soon as you set sail, you will get to explore this gorgeous area and will be able to drop anchor in quiet little places and typical fishing harbours. Famous for their natural environment, typical architecture, sunny Mediterranean climate and warm welcome, the islands of the Saronic Gulf will no doubt enchant you throughout your cruise.
The prevailing wind is the Meltemi wind that blows from the north-north-east between July and September. It can blow at force of 6 on the Beaufort scale but is generally quite light in this area. When the Meltemi wind doesn’t get up, the thermal wind from the south comes up around midday and dies at sunset.
While chartering a yacht in Athens, a voyager can easily tick off several must-do events from their bucket list.
Acropolis - This trademark of the area, which is a UNESCO Heritage site, is the Acropolis of Athens that dates back to 5th century BC. Here at the Athens Acropolis, we can find a cluster of ancient ruins. Be sure to grab your sunscreen, sunglasses, and good walking shoes from your boat rental before you head to the ancient ruins atop the flat rock. The monuments found here are universal symbols of the ancient civilization and great architecture forms that come from Greek antiquity. Within these ruins you can see the Parthenon, built by Ictinus, the Erechtheon, the Propylaea, the monumental entrance to the Acropolis, designed by Mnesicles and the small temple Athena Nike.
The Parthenon – It’s an ancient temple that dates to 447 century BC that was built in dedication to the Greek goddess, Athena. It is an enduring symbol of Classical, ancient Greece and it symbolizes Athenian democracy and western civilization as well as continuing to be one greatest cultural monuments from around the world.
Roman Agora - Ancient Roman Market – this is a historic square just beneath the Parthenon where you can find the Tower of the Winds or officially known as the Horologion of Andronikos Kyrrhestes. This ancient structure is said to have been built in 2nd century BC and it includes sundials, a water clock and a wind vane. Could be useful on your boat rental!
Plaka, Thission, and Psyri neighborhoods - Hop off your yacht charter in Athens and wander around the famous “triangle” of historic neighborhoods that all represent different eras of history. These neighborhoods are called Plaka, Thission, and Psyri and within these areas you can see that there is a coexistence of historical eras! There are old mansions, some are very well-preserved and maintained while others have been worn down with time. On the other hand, you can also take time to take advantage of the luxurious department stores or small boutiques as well. You get the best of both worlds as well within these neighborhoods when it comes to food: choose between fancy, upscale dining spots or traditional Greek taverns. Find all that you desire in Athens! The neighborhood, Plaka, is around the Northern and Eastern walls of the Acropolis, you can walk the ancient streets of the historical neighborhood. Lovingly called the “Neighborhood of the Gods” because of its close proximity to the Acropolis and its many ancient monuments.
If you’re looking for respite from picnic goodies, you can anchor your boat rental in the harbor and step over to Athens center and have some amazing traditional Greek food. Before you end your charter in Athens, you must have a dining out night of traditional mezze dishes. Traditional Mezze dishes include:
The marina is located South West of Athens 15 Km from the city center, 8 Km South of Piraeus port and 30 km from El. Venizelos International Airport, Athens main airport (AIA). It is served by a dense transportation network of Trams, Buses and Taxis, with stations 500 meters from the Marina. Private transfers from the airport to your boat can be organized as well! Taxis and buses are also available for you and your crew.
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