Yacht Charter Greece
Enjoy the Greek island from its most beautiful side
Greece has an extremely favourable sailing climate.
The calm morning breeze and the strong afternoon wind ensure hours of sailing fun every day. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced sailor, here you can practice and refine your sailing skills.
In Greece you will also find a mythical culture, beautiful nature and of course the delicious Greek cuisine. Welcome you are sure, the Greeks are known for their warm welcome and hospitality.
There are 3 golden rules for your charter trip in Greece
Rule #1: Don't try to visit too many islands at once. Yes, it is a temptation, but don't do it.
Rule #2: Plan to sail no more than 4 to 5 hours a day - but no less.
Rule #3: Sail in the morning and use your afternoons and evenings to go ashore every day and eat delicious Greek food in a good tavern on another island.
Where to charter a yacht in Greece?
In total there are over 6,000 Greek islands and islets. Of the 6.000, about 1400 are real islands, only 227 are inhabited. 78 of the 227 have a population of over 100 people, the rest have less.
However, the Greeks were kind enough to divide the islands into groups. It is advisable to choose one or two of these groups for your Greece yacht charter, depending on how much time you have available and whether you are on a sailing ship or a motor yacht.
The Cyclades archipelago: it includes the famous islands of Mykonos, Santorini, Folegandros and others.
The islands in the Saronic Gulf: With Aegina, Poros, Hydra, Spetses and the new Hot Spot of Portoheli are absolute favorites. These islands are an excellent alternative - definitely a "Plan B" in windy weather in the Cyclades.
The Dodecanese archipelago is located in the eastern waters of the Aegean Sea, bordering Turkey. These include the large and historic islands of Rhodes, Symi, Kos, Samos and Kalimnos. A boat trip through these waters can offer you a wonderful experience of Greek and Turkish culture and cuisine and include a visit to Ephesus, famous for its ancient biblical history, architecture and monuments.
The Ionian archipelago on the west coast of mainland Greece, including Corfu and Kephalonia and also the island of Skorpios. An island owned by Aristotle Onassis. The western islands of the Ionian Sea are completely different and very green. Fly directly to Corfu or Preveza. And let us pick you up at the airport and bring you to your yacht charter in Marina Lefkas or Marina Gouvia on Corfu.
The islands in the Sporades north of Athens include Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos and other smaller islands. Generally there is calmer water and less wind, a dream for fair weather sailors.
You can also add the island of Crete to these groups, Crete is a unique place known for its great healthy diet and its particularly delicious and healthy olive oil (also for Greece).
Crete is a little off the beaten track and should be an "independent" destination.
Best time of the year for yacht charter on the Greek islands
The charter season begins in May, preferably from mid-May, and lasts until mid-October. May and June are generally months with low and medium temperatures. July and August are premium season months. In September and October there are the lowest prices and in our opinion the best experience, as the water is still warm even after the summer months.
The high summer months provide a busy environment. For charter sailors who value privacy and are looking for a more unique experience, this is not the best time to travel. July and August are also "Meltemi" months, when the northwest wind can blow for days.
It is important to note that the islands most affected by the summer winds are the ones everyone wants to visit, such as Mykonos and Santorini. If you really MUST see these two islands in July or August, take the ferry from Piraeus.
Alternatively, start your yacht charter in July and August and sail in the protected waters of the Saronic Islands or the Sporades, where the locals also spend their holidays. Even the Dodecanese islands of Kos, Symi and the adjacent Turkish coast can be less windy.
Against this backdrop, the Greek islands are a must for yacht charter. The Greeks are a friendly people and the food is healthy and fresh. The long history of each island and the whole region is breathtaking.
All this makes it an unforgettable experience. Even those who know many islands will always discover something new.
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