Being one of the world’s most popular places to charter a yacht, Greece has endless possibilities when it comes to cruising grounds. From the adventurous Cyclades to the chilled Ionian, there really is a location and yacht for everyone. Our team of charter experts have compiled a quick run-down of the regions to help you decide where suits you best.
SARONIC GULF & ARGOLIC GULF
Perfect for those chartering for the first time
The area has protected waters making it perfect for those starting out on their sailing journey. With Athens airport’s a short taxi ride away, flying in is no issue either. Ashore, the culture is varied and vibrant as you switch between mainland and island life.
Top Tip: Drop into Hydra and be fully immersed in the Greek island way of life.
The family cruising ground of choice
With a mild climate, lighter breeze and protected waters, the Ionian is well suited to families with children and those wanting a truly relaxing sailing experience. The region is very well equipped for welcoming visiting yachts, and the islands offer a wide range of sandy beaches to drop the anchor off.
Top tip: Book a couple of kayak or SUP with your charter to explore some hidden caves and bays
Popular with adventurous sailors
Home to some of the world’s most popular island destinations, sailing in the Cyclades lets you get away from the crowds. The iconic islands of Mykonos and Santorini are busy with tourists throughout the year, so venture to the other 220 islands in the region for your fix of clear water, sandy beaches, awe-inspiring architecture and culture. Due to the summer Meltemi, sailing in the Cyclades is thrilling as the 20kt+ breeze can kick up a rolling sea – perfect for more adventurous sailors.
Top tip: Sail through the old volcano crater in Santorini, photobombing thousands of selfies taken from Thera in the process!
Ideal for “out of season” sailing
Located at the Southeastern end of Greece, the Dodecanese islands are the warmest Greek sailing destination. This warmer climate makes them the ideal location to visit as early as April and as late as November – outside of most of the Greek charter season. With prevailing winds lighter than those in the Aegean Sea, this relaxing cruising ground is perfect getting to grips with yacht chartering, yet wanting to have a truly Greek experience ashore.
Top tip: Take some time to hop ashore and explore some of Greece’s best examples of Medieval architecture.