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Location of Athens

Athens is the capital of Greece, located in the southwest of the Attic Peninsula near the Sarona Gulf. Athens was a significant place throughout history as it was amongst the first poleis. The powerful city-state was an important center of science. The city that has a territory of the app. 38.964 km2 has a population of 3.5 million people, which accounts for about 35% of the whole Greek population. In 1985, Athens became the first cultural capital of Europe. The Acropolis and the Palace of Daphne were accredited as UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1987.

Can you rent a catamaran in Athens – do I need a license?

Small boats (under a certain horsepower or length), electric boats, crewed yacht charters, gulet charters may not require a license. Larger boats or those with more powerful engines need a skipper’s license. Before you confirm your sailing trip to Athens, please send us a copy and we will check it for you. You need to have the original copies with you on-board, so don’t forget to take them.
To sail in Athens, one of the following qualifications is necessary:
• ICC (International Certificate of Competence), International, Prerequisites: RYA “Day Skipper Course” or complete the ICC Assessment form to prove competence from previous experience.• IPC (International Proficiency Certificate), America, Prerequisites: ASA 104 or US Sailing “Bareboat Cruising Course” OR:
• NauticEd SLC (International Sailing License and Credentials), International, • UK – RYA Day Skipper practical, • USA – US Sailing “Bareboat Cruising Course”, ASA “104 Bareboat Cruising Course” or above, • Germany – “Sportbootführerschein See“ or above, • Belgium – Algemeen Stuurbrevet/ Brevet de conduite général, • France – LE PERMIS PLAISANCE
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Catamaran charter Athens – the most popular ports

Kalamaki-Alimos Marina

The marina of Athens is the Athens Alimos Marina. It is one of the largest marinas with its 1000 moorings. The Alimos Marina can be found 15 kilometers to the southwest of the city center. A further 1080 moorings are of service, while 600 boats are accepted in the docking area. Yachts with a maximum length of 40 meters can be docked here; the allowed draft of the docking vessels is 6.5 meters. The marina is well-equipped and provides mariners with great services. It might be an ideal starting point for those who would like to explore the sea onboard a yacht.

Olympic Marina, Cape Sounion (Athens)

Located at Cape Sounion with beautiful views, the Olympic Marina can accommodate 680 yachts up to 40 metres long. The maximum water depth here is 10 metres. It offers a wide range of services, including free Wi-Fi, power supply, boat service, and refuelling.

Port of Piraeus

One of the Largest Mediterranean Ports. Piraeus ranks among the top 10 busiest ports in Europe, handling both passenger ferries and vast amounts of cargo. Three Primary Sections: Extensive facilities for ferries to the Greek islands and international destinations. Container Terminals: A massive cargo handling zone with modern infrastructure. Ship Repair Zone: Provides a range of ship repair and maintenance services. Large port with multiple piers – be sure to know your ferry’s specific gate!

Salamina port

This is the primary port for ferry connections to mainland Greece, specifically Perama (near Piraeus). It handles frequent car ferries and offers basic amenities for passenger arrivals and departures. Salamina boat rental

Glyfada marinas

Marina Glyfada A

Situated on the northern end of Glyfada Beach. Primarily accommodates smaller vessels and fishing boats.

Marina Glyfada B

Located further south and is slightly larger. Caters to recreational vessels and smaller yachts.

Marina Glyfada C

The biggest of the Glyfada marinas, capable of handling larger yachts.

Marina Glyfada E

The southernmost Glyfada marina offers modern facilities for boats and yachts. boat rental Glyfada

Aegina Port

The port is situated on the western side of Aegina Island. It’s the main port and gateway to the island. It serves as a convenient hub for visitors coming from Athens and the mainland. It handles both ferries and smaller boats. The port is lined with a promenade featuring traditional tavernas, cafes, and shops. Aegina Town, the island’s capital, is built around the port area, providing easy access to accommodation, amenities, and attractions. boat rental Aegina

Poros Port

Poros is a two-part island. The main port town is situated on the smaller, southern island (Sferia), separated from the Peloponnese mainland (Galatas) by a narrow strait. The port forms a naturally protected bay with views of the mountains and the waterfront buildings of Galatas on the opposite shore. Poros Town centers around the port, offering easy access to shops, restaurants, and amenities for visitors. The port accommodates ferries of various sizes, water taxis, as well as smaller yachts and recreational boats. The port has a charming atmosphere, lined with cafes, tavernas, and the iconic Clock Tower hill in the background.

Hydra Port

As Hydra bans cars and motorcycles, the port maintains a traditional atmosphere with donkeys being the primary mode of transporting goods. Everything in Hydra town revolves around the port. This is where ferries arrive, tavernas line the waterfront, and daily life flows. The port serves a mix of ferries connecting Hydra to Athens (Piraeus), other Saronic Islands, and the Peloponnese mainland, as well as smaller yachts and pleasure boats.

Lavrion Marina

Many sailors start at the marina of Lavrion in the eastern part of the Attica Peninsula, to the Cyclades. The port can accommodate up to 680 yachts. The maximum depth of the port built-in bay is 7 metres, and incoming yachts can be up to 30 metres long.

Ayios Nikólaos Marina, Kea

It is an important port on the island of Kea, close to beautiful golden beaches and excellent fishing spots. It can accommodate 255 yachts at the same time, with a maximum length of 50 metres. The water depth of the port is up to 8 metres.

Mérikha Marina, Kithnos

This tiny marina can accommodate about 30 yachts up to 60 meters long and has a water depth of 8 meters. Local hotels, restaurants, and lively nightlife areas are in the immediate vicinity.

Beaches in Athens

There are many beaches on the Attic coast where you can find everything necessary for swimming and sunbathing. From exclusive opportunities to fine and clear sand, there is a wide variety of beaches in the area. We recommend you visit the western shores of Athens if you would like a quick swim in the afternoon or if you arrive by car and want to find a parking spot without struggling. If you have spent your day cruising the waters, beaches on the western shores are perfect for a swim after a long day.

Astir Vouliagmeni:

If you are looking for an exclusive experience, Astir Vouliagmeni is your spot! This is a paid beach that may be one of the best spots you can visit during your vacation in Athens. Vouliagmeni can be found in the southern suburbs and offers a wide range of the best services from free WiFi to large and comfortable sunbeds. There are of course several cafes and places with ice cream, food, and drinks at your service here.

Kavouri beach:

Kavouri, located in the suburbs of Vouliagmeni, is a peninsula covered with pines, surrounded by expensive mansions. A large number of sandy beaches can be found on the shores that are ideal for swimming, even though the most popular spot is near the peak of Megalo Kavouri. It has a sandy beach and fairly shallow waters. Refreshing drinks are served at a lot of places.


This is not only a beach but also a waterpark with dozens of services and entertainment opportunities, located in the southern suburbs of Varkiza. A wide range of watersports such as waterskiing, banana boats and windsurf courses are available. In the afternoons, a playground with full supervision operates to the kids’ joy.

Main sights of Athens

Ancient Athens was referred to as the cradle of western civilization. The Greek capital is a spectacular place to visit. The Acropolis that towers above the city is the symbol of the city’s rich heritage. The Olympian Zeus is a high and breathtaking temple located in the city center. Once in Athens, you should visit the iconic Parthenon of the goddess Athena Parthenos. Athens, a city rich in history, has several museums as well. The world-famous Benaki Museum is home to dozens of Greek artifacts from the Bronze Age to World War II. The most beautiful selection of antique treasures is exhibited in the National Archaeological Museum. Although Athens is not necessarily characterized by green areas, there are indeed a few such spots that are worth visiting. Two of those are the Stavros National Park and the once-royal National Gardens.

Whether you are young and are looking for some lively places or you are an adventurer passionate about history, you will have an unforgettable holiday in the city of Athens. Enjoy the sun with a cocktail on the beach, or explore the historic treasures exhibited in the museums.
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Which period is best to sail in Athens?

Spring (April – May): Pleasant weather with warm temperatures, calmer winds, and fewer crowds. The seas are starting to warm up, making it enjoyable for swimming as well.
Autumn (September – October): Similar to spring, offering warm days, gentle breezes, and a quieter experience as the peak summer season has ended. The sea is still warm from the summer months.
Advantages of Spring and Autumn: You’ll avoid the intense summer heat, making sailing more enjoyable and sightseeing on the islands pleasant. Winds are generally milder, providing good sailing conditions without being too unpredictable. Ferry routes are less busy and you’ll find a more relaxed atmosphere on the islands themselves. In May and September/October the sea temperature is still pleasant for swimming and water sports.
July – August: These are the busiest months, with crowds, higher accommodation prices, and less predictable winds, including the possibility of the Meltemi wind (strong northerly wind). While not impossible to sail, it requires more careful planning and awareness.

Weather in Athens

The climate diagrams are based on 30 years of hourly weather model simulations. They give good indications of typical climate patterns and expected conditions (temperature, precipitation, sunshine, and wind). The “mean daily maximum” (solid red line) shows the maximum temperature of an average day for every month for Athens. Likewise, the “mean daily minimum” (solid blue line) shows the average minimum temperature.

Wind rose in Athens
Wind speed in Athens

The wind rose for Athens shows how many hours per year the wind blows from the indicated direction. The diagram for Athens shows the days per month, during which the wind reaches a certain speed.

Rent a catamaran in Athens!

Day 1. Athens – Selinia Salamis (Salamina island) 9.42 km (5.85 mi), Day 2. Salamina – Aegina 26.25 km (16.31 mi) Day 3. Aegina – Poros (Poros Island) 35.54 km (22.08 mi), Day 4. Poros – Ermioni 40.00 km (24.85 mi), Day 5. Ermioni – Idra (Idra Island) 19.58 km (12.16 mi), Day 6. Idra – Coressia (Kea island) 83.19 km (51.69 mi), Day 7. Kea – Sounion – Athens77.30 km (48.03 mi)

Catamaran plan Athens

Catamaran itinerary from Athens to Santorini

Day 1. Athens – Selinia Salamis (Salamina island) 9.42 km (5.85 mi), Day 2. Salamina – Aegina 26.25 km (16.31 mi), Day 3. Aegina Lavrion ( Olympic Marine) 68, 02 km (42, 26 mi), Day 4. Lavrion – Merihas (Kythnos Island) 45, 95 km (28, 55 mi), Day 5. Merihas – Livadi (Serifos Island) 47, 76 km (29, 68 mi), Day 6. Livadi – Milos island (Adamantas) 51, 33 km (31, 90 mi), Day 7. Milos – Folgerandos (Karavostasis) 67, 01 km (41, 64 mi), Day 8. Folgerandos – Santorini (Thira) 50, 25 km (31, 22 mi), Day 9. Thira – Vlychada (Santorini) 15, 83 km (9, 83 mi), Day 10. Vlychada – Ios 52, 81 km (32, 81 mi), Day 11. Ios – Sifnos island (Kamares) 67, 61 km (42, 01 mi), Day 12.Kamares – Siros 88, 45 km (54, 96 mi), Day 13. Siros – Kea 69, 63 km (43, 27 mi), Day 14. Kea – Glifada – Athens75, 68 km (47, 02 mi).

sailing from Athens to Santorini

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Catamaran itinerary from Athens to Mykonos

Day 1. Athens (Olympic Marina of Lavrion) – Kea 27, 68 km (17, 20 mi), Day 2. Kea – Kithnos 37, 99 km (23, 60 mi), Day 3. Kithnos – Sifnos 61, 77 km (38, 38 mi), Day 4. Sifnos – Paros 55, 59 km (34, 54 mi), Day 5. Paros – Naxos 31, 22 km (19, 40 mi), Day 6. Paros – Siros 54, 28 km (33, 72 mi), Day 7. Siros – Tinos – Mykonos 41, 77 km (25, 95 mi).

Catamaran plan from Athens to Mykonos

Day 1. Athens (Kalamaki-Alimos Marina) – Egina 24, 37 km (15, 15 mi), Day 2. Egina – Kea 70, 85 km (44, 02 mi), Day 3. Kea – Tinos 80, 13 km (49, 79 mi), Day 4. Tinos – Mykonos 18, 57 km (11, 54 mi), Day 5. Mykonos – Siros 34, 52 km (21, 45 mi), Day 6. Siros – Kithnos 76, 09 km (47, 28 mi), Day 7. Kithnos – Sounion – Athens(Kalamaki-Alimos Marina) 86, 06 km (53, 47 mi).

Catamaran itinerary from Athens to Mykonos

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