Chartering a boat in Greece and sailing along its marvellous islands is a dream for everyone. You can book a sailing boat or motor boat in Greece with or without skipper, depending on your skills and the type of boat you wish to charter to sail around Greece. Sailors tend to rent catamarans to sail in the Ionian Sea, Aegean Sea, around the Cyclades and Dodecanese. It is easier to find boat rentals from Athens or from the main Greek islands such as Mykonos, Syros, Santorini, Corfu to then cruise in the Ionian Sea, Cyclades or towards Crete. Couples will be able to rent a cabin on a comfortable gulet while families or group of friends may prefer one of the many sailing yachts provided by the local charter agencies. Be vigilant with the gusts of wind in the summer, particularly in the Cyclades. Spring is the perfect season to explore the Greek archipelagos.
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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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