Located right at the south of the Balkans, Greece is surrounded to the west by the Ionian Sea and to the east by the Aegean Sea. Greece boasts a rich and varied heritage as well as stunning natural scenery, turquoise waters and beautiful beaches. With it being the cradle of western civilization, there are many reasons to rent a boat in Greece being the history, the philosophy, the arts, and the food for starters! Whether you stop in Athens, Lavrio or head straight to the Cyclades, Greece is full of blue waters that will totally leave you in awe. Greece is top beach destination in Europe because of its history, beaches, diet, landscape and climate. It is the perfect place to charter a yacht and to enjoy a dreamy sailing holiday in the sun!
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Greece boasts almost 8500 miles of coastline and over 1400 islands spread across the Mediterranean, Aegean and Ionian Seas. In the Aegean Sea, you can find the most beautiful spread of islands from anywhere around the world: the Cyclades! With their amazing sandy beaches, buildings toned in white and blue, and the idyllic lifestyle of the locals that seems to be unchanged from days past, yacht charter in the Cyclades is a true dream unlike any other. There is something to see for everyone whether it’s sunbathing on the deck or Deepsea fishing on the boat, Greece has it all.
Naxos - If you want to spend some time away from the party scene and get some good family time while chartering a yacht, head to St. Georges beach on Naxos. With its calm, clear, and shallow waters, children can play and parents can enjoy themselves and trust that the smooth sands are safe. Anchor your boat on this Greek island and enjoy a view of Paros Island and the mountain range of Naxos, Mount Zeus.
Ios – a place for youth, or the young at heart. Chartering a boat on Ios, you can find midday parties and nightlife like no other. With its sandy, crystal white beaches, you can anchor your yacht here and enjoy the beach bars or just take a swim. Chora, the main town of Ios has many restaurants and activities like shopping for the whole family.
Santorini - Santorini is probably the most tourist-populated Greek Island, but for very good reasons. It is so idyllic and there is much to do and see for all types. The East-coast of Santorini, also known at Thira, is where you can find Kamari and Perissa, the more traditional and affordable yacht charter vacation. Also on the East coast, you will be treated to black-sand beaches that come from the island’s volcanic past. If you decide to disembark your boat rental on Santorini, you should head into the center where you can find vineyards and traditional-style homes that have remained untouched. Also, the charming backstreets will lead you to some of the best and most original food you’ll ever taste.
Mykonos – The most popular Greek Island in the Aegean Sea. It is known for its golden sandy beaches and turquoise skies. Charter your yacht over to the most stylish of the Greek islands with its thriving nightlife and upscale crowd. You can enjoy yourself in a secluded fashion on the North beaches or you can anchor your boat on the South side with the party beaches to take advantage of the water sports scene as well.
Corfu – You can fly directly on to Corfu from major European airports. Chartering a yacht on Corfu is easy and practical thanks to the easily accessible airport. It is said that Corfu is the mystical islands of the Phaeacians. Anchor your boat rental in Paleokastritsa on the Northwestern coast of Corfu where you can take advantage of crystal clear waters and see caves that are only accessible by boat. Corfu is relatively modern and if you spend your sailing holiday around Corfu you will have access to restaurants, history, shopping, hiking, and more. Most importantly, Corfu offers a greener atmosphere than most other Greek islands with its 3 million olive trees!
Greece is well connected to all the major city’s airports in Europe. Greece has several international airports on both the mainland and many of the islands as well. There is Athens (ATH) which is about a 35 minute drive from Marina Alimos-Kalamaki, our main port in Greek. You can also fly into Heraklion in Crete, or Rhodes (RHO) or Corfu (CFU).
Greece has thousands of islands from which you can start and end your charter. It’s so easy to navigate on a yacht charter from Greece, that you’d think it was the easiest way to get around! There are connecting sea routes from Athens to many other European cities like Turkey, Italy, Croatia, and Italy. Getting to Greece by boat is one of the best options because of its thousands of islands and the large coast the country has. Yacht charters in Greece, from any of the islands or from the mainland of Athens or Lavrio will allow you to have a simple means of transportation to take you around the Ionian Sea and the Aegean Sea. You’ll see it all!
Thessaloniki, northern Aegean, is the main gateway to Greece by train. There are daily trains most European Cities.
From April until September, the temperatures oscillate on average between 18 and 26°C.Prefer nevertheless the months of May, June and September for rent a yacht in Greece or a motor boat. During the summer, the temperatures can reach 35°C! Navigation in Greece is quite simple.
However you should be vigilant with the famous Meltem, a wind of North, who rises in June, increases in july and august and decreases from September. Greece offers you several types of boat rentals. Rent a sailboat and make a cruise with catamarans rental, of course, with or without skipper, as well as the yachts rental are the most common.
Many ports and marinas are at your disposal in Greece and it's islands. The most visited being Corfu, the Cyclades and the islands of the Dodecanese. There you will find areas of landings, stores for victualling, as well as stations for fuel and water. Greece is a vast country. Amazing destinations are accessible in boat during your cruise. You have the possibility to navigate in the Ionian Sea (Corfu, Lefkas), in Aegean Sea (Athens, Lavrion), in the Cyclades (Paros), to discover the islands of the Dodecanese (Kos, Rhodos), but also, those of Sporades (Skiathos).
The Aegean Sea is an inland sea within the Mediterranean basin, situated between Europe and Asia.
The Aegean Sea extends from Crete, to the south, to the Dardanelles Strait, to the north and is between Greece, to the west, and Turkey, to the east. The Aegean Sea is isolated from the rest of the Mediterranean by the southern islands of Kythira, Crete and Rhodes.
The Aegean Sea is a large area counting numerous archipelagos and many remote islands including Crete, the Cyclades or the Sporades.
From east to west, the Aegean Sea is between 300 and 400 km wide; from north to south, it is about 600 km. North of Crete is where the Aegean sea is at its deepest, reaching 2100 metres deep.
Lying between the mountains of the Anatolian plateau and the Balkan region, the Aegean Sea is located where strong air pressure areas meet (high-pressure areas to the west and low-pressure areas to the east) thus making it a sea that can be difficult to navigate.
Boating areas in the Aegean Sea are windswept by the Meltemi wind, which can blow quite strongly in summer. These areas may therefore become dangerous, especially in July and August when the Meltemi can blow at force of 7 to 8 on the Beaufort scale. Due to the thermal effect, it tends to lose in strength in the evening to then come back up in the morning. It is strongly recommended to regularly check the weather forecast so as not to get caught off guard. With a careful analysis of the weather forecast and a thorough study of the route, it is not impossible to sail in the Aegean Sea during the summer.
A few useful tips to sail in the Aegean Sea:
- To sail early in the morning before the thermal breeze strengthens the prevailing wind.
- To sail at night, when the Meltemi, which is still present aloft, may sometimes calm down on the surface due to thermal effect.
- To find a place to take shelter if you get caught off guard.
The Ionian Sea is part of the Mediterranean Sea. It lies between the Italian peninsula and Sicily to the west and is bordered by Albania and Greece to the east.
Connected with the Tyrrhenian Sea by the Strait of Messina and with the Adriatic Sea by the Strait of Otranto, the Ionian Sea borders the Greek coast from Corfu to Zakinthos. Between the mountainous coastline and the green islands, the wind is rarely blowing hard and the coast offers many little coves that are only accessible by boat.
The Ionian Sea gave its name to the Ionian Islands. This archipelago, located north-west of the Peloponnese and south-west of Albania, is composed of 7 principal islands.
The Ionian Sea’s particularity is the Corinth canal. This canal, artificially built through the Isthmus of Corinth, connects the Gulf of Corinth to the Saronic Gulf. Thanks to this canal, you could find yourself at the heart of the Aegean Sea in just 6 kilometres.
Sailing conditions are ideal in the Ionian Sea; they do not present any particular difficulties thanks to stable, predictable wind conditions. From May through to September, force 2 to 5 northwesterly - westerly winds are blowing. A regular wind called the Maestro comes up early afternoon and dies at the end of the day. The region is mainly subject to thermal breezes during the summer. In spring and autumn, the wind is weaker and generally blows from the southwest. In winter, the northeast humid Sirocco wind, also called “Graigos”, can blow hard but it rarely lasts more than two or three days.
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