Greece has long been a haven for sailors from all over the world. The consistent trade winds, all year round sunshine and warm temperatures present optimal conditions for a yacht charter, in addition to the easy navigation by sight due to the close proximity of all the islands. Both novice and experienced sailors will find something to suit them; with milder winds and safer bays in the Saronic Gulf, Sporades Islands and Ionian Sea for those less confident, and then stronger winds in the Aegean Sea to give a nice challenge for the pro’s!
Greece boasts over 3,700km of impressive coastline, making it the eleventh longest in the world. This provides endless exciting navigation options for sailors, and we have over 1,800 boats available for a yacht charter from various bases along the coast, so you will be sure to find the perfect charter for you! There are thousands of islands to explore, each with a unique charm, so a sailing holiday in Greece will not disappoint.
The rich history of Greece is one of its major attractions, with awe-inspiring ruins all over the country, a yacht charter here will give you the opportunity to explore these globally-important cultural treasures. Moor your boat in Athens and pay a visit to the Acropolis, made up of white marble remnants of the city of Pericles which was last inhabited in 510BC, is considered one of the most prominent ancient sites in the world, and is truly worth exploring. Similarly, the ancient ruins of the city of Olympia are a must-see; you can visit the spot where the Olympic torch is still lit at the start of each games.
As of 2017, Greece ranks second in the world for Blue Flag quality, with 486 beaches and 12 marinas being honoured with such recognition for their cleanliness, water quality and environmental management. There are too many incredible beaches scattered all over Greece to name them all, but there are a bunch which are only accessible by boat, so if you really want to explore this stunning archipelago, a yacht charter is certainly the way forward!
Some of these which are definitely worth a visit include Mykonos’ ‘Super Paradise Beach’; often considered the best in the Aegean Sea; its crystal clear turquoise waters and soft golden sand make it truly deserving of its name. If you plan your navigation route off Greece’s east coast, drop anchor at Lalaria Beach in Skiathos, which is world-famous for its insane beauty. Imagine: white cliffs, white pebbles, white sand, and translucent aqua waters… it’s a place of dreams, so make sure you get the chance to visit, you will not regret it! For the couples, ‘Canal d’Amour’ is your spot; tradition states that any couple who swims through the narrow canal together is destined to marry. The hidden coves and stunning rock formations make it a charming and utterly unique spot, so if you rent a boat from Corfu, let this be your first stop!
Greek cuisine blends traditional Mediterranean flavours with unique local ingredients to create distinctive dishes which are imitated and celebrated worldwide. Whether eating on board your boat, or venturing onshore to dine in local restaurants, you’re in for a treat! Be sure to try the quintessentially Greek ‘Baklava’, a sweet dessert made from phyllo pastry drenched in syrup, and accompany it with an ‘Ellinikos’ coffee, served in a traditional copper coffee pot and feel like a local. If you charter your yacht from Crete, make sure you try the popular local specialty ‘Kolokithokeftedes’ (fried courgette, feta and mint balls) before embarking on your cruise.
Greece is well connected, with various international airports located both on the mainland and on the islands, so reaching your yacht charter base is simple!
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