Cruising Guide: Greece
By our travel expert Mike
We run down where’s hot to charter a yacht in Greece this season.
Saronic Gulf – Athens
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.
Drop into Hydra and be fully immersed in the Greek island way of life.
Ionian – Lefkada & Corfu
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.
Book a couple of kayak or SUP with your charter to explore some hidden caves and bays
Cyclades – Paros
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.
Sail through the old volcano crater in Santorini, photobombing thousands of selfies taken from Thera in the process!
Dodecanese – Kos
IDEAL FOR “OUT OF SEASON” SAILING
Top TipTake some time to hop ashore and explore some of Greece’s best examples of Medieval architecture.
Sporades – Skiathos
enjoy dazzling beaches and intense nightlife
Top TipTake some time to sail to picture-perfect Skopelos, the laid-back island that was featured in Mama Mia!
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