• Sailing in the Aegean Sea: Pearls, ports and islands of the Aegean Sea

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    Thanks to the unique location of the Aegean Sea, there are countless natural wonders. The marinas offer the safest mooring and protection. They are situated in the immediate vicinity of beautiful Mediterranean landscapes, historical and cultural sites. These treasures are just a few hours apart. This is an unmissable destination for sailors who are seeking variety and adventure.
    Sailing in the Aegean Sea

    Briefly about the sea weather

    The best weather for sailing is the main season, which lasts from July to August. Two seasons characterize the area: from October to the end of March it is cold and rainy, while from April to September the weather is warm and dry. The coldest months are January and February. The average temperature near the coasts is 5 ° -10 ° C, while at the inland areas the air temperature is 0-5 degrees higher. During the warm and dry period, the weather is typically stable, the sky is clear, sunny and usually, there is no raining. During the warm period, high temperatures are moderated by fresh sea breezes and the northern winds. The pleasant summer wind is called the Meltemi, while in August is the hot winds of the Livas are blowing.

    Ports in the Aegean Sea:

    Rhodes

    The largest island of the Dodecanese archipelago. It is an important trading and shipping centre. The international airport is located nearby, about 14 km from the city centre. The city of Rhodes has a large port. From here you can easily reach Patmos, Leros, Kalymnos, Marina Kos, Symi, Tilos and Bodrum, Fethiye, and Turkey. Marmaris is the dominant wind in this area with 4-6B strength, blowing in west and southwest direction. The climate is sub-tropical, with refreshing western winds that moderate the summer heat.

    Rhodes Marina

    ports in rhodesCurrently, there is room for nearly 400 ships, but it is being expanded so it could accommodate up to 500 ships. It’s unique because it can accommodate ships with 5-6. 50 meters dive depths and up to 120 m in length and mega yachts. There are water and electricity, and the ships can be refuelled as well. The most up-to-date tools will help you with the mooring and to do the maintenance work. The security system is integrated, it works perfectly in this port of more than 100 m2. Read more about Rhodes Marina

    Mandraki Marina

    This marina is close to the airport. There are two bronze deer sculptures, which became one of the city’s emblems. The city centre is about a 7-minute walk away. The St. Nicholas Lighthouse stands on the pier along with three old windmills. There are two shops and parking spaces (unguarded), and there are bank and taxi service close by. At the west entrance of the harbour, you have to look out for the shallow water and the cliffs. Read more more Mandariki Marina

    Athens

    Athens is the southernmost capital city in Europe’s mainland. Its characteristic climate is semi-dry subtropical, so the summers are hot and dry, while the winters are mild and rainy. The summer average temperature ranges from 28 to 35 degrees, but sometimes 40 degrees also occurs with low humidity and regular air movement.
    Athens International Airport, Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH) is about 20 kilometres east of the city centre. The Saronic Bay is in the southwest direction, from where you can easily reach the islands in the bay like Poros, Dokos and Idra. The islands of the Cycladic Archipelago are also close, such as Kea, Kythos, Sounion and Mykonos. Athens has several ports, we present to you the biggest ones.

    Piraeus

    This is Athens’ largest port. It is close to the city centre, about 10 km away. The international airport is about 40 km away. Thanks to its geographical location it is a very important tourist, commercial and logistic centre. The harbour provides comfortable accommodation for passengers, such as wi-fi and telephone connections, restaurants, logistic assistance and service.

    Alimos Marina

    One of the largest ports in Greece with 1000 berths. It is southwest from Athens and about 15 km from the city centre. Water, electricity as well as refuelling are provided. Entrance lights and PIR auto lighting help orientation. You can find shops inside and around the port, and also a large local market. There are bus and tram stations 500 meters away, the international airport is 30 km from here.Read more about Alimos Marina

    Lavrion

    Sailing in Aegean Sea
    The International Airport is 40 km away from Athens. The islands of Cyclades are easily accessible from here, such as Kea, Kythos, Sounion and Mykonos. Lavrion is famous for its diving school, the Planet Blue Diving Center and the coral reefs in the area. The port is wind-protected and well equipped.
    Read more about Lavrion Main Port

    Lavrion Marina

    Alpha Yacht Technical Management performs repair and maintenance work at the port. The trained staff will help you navigate and provide you with comfort services. You can find police, ferry, public transport and shops nearby. The harbour is located in a large area and it is wind protected. Read more about Lavrion Marina

    Olimpic Marina

    Electricity and water are provided for all docks. Cranes and lifting devices make the personnel maintenance and transportation tasks easier. You can rent car and scooter, covered and uncovered parking, gas station, restaurants and bars are also available. The port has its own security staff and local authorities are also present. The first aid site is in direct contact with healthcare providers.

    Sailing in the Aegean Sea: Our offer on a one-week itinerary

    There are wonderful islands around Athens, which offer not only sandy and rocky beaches but also impressive historical monuments. On these islands, you can find everything you can imagine, secluded places that can only be approached by yachts, local attractions, more and more beautiful shores.
    Sailing in the Aegean Sea

    • Cruise around the Dodecanese archipelago
    • Cruise around the Sporades archipelago
    • Cruise around the Saronic archipelago
    • Cruise around the Cyclades archipelago

    We offer you a one-week itinerary for cruising around the Cyclades, a sailing filled with experiences and adventures.

    1. day: Before departure: Athens

    Among the attractions of Athens, in addition to the Acropolis, you should visit the church built in honour of the Athene Niké, the Parthenon, the Zeus Temple Olümpic and the Dionysus Theater. It is interesting and memorable to watch the change of the guards on Syntagma Square. It is worth to experience the cuisine of the city in traditional taverns and restaurants. About the beaches, we can generally say that the farther we go from the centre, the better we find. We can start our adventures from the following ports: Alimos Marina, Piraeus, Lavrion and Rafina.

    2. day: Kythnos Island

    Our journey leaves from our base port in Athens. The first stop of our cruise is the island of Kythnos, where Byzantine temples and charming bays can be found. Here you can relax after the busy Athens sightseeing tour. On the island, you can visit Merichas a small coastal village, which has a very sparkling life in the main season. Fresh fishes and fine wines are served in the taverns.
    Kythnos is a good place to explore the islands of the Cyclades. An important anchor point for most routes. Apart from the islands described in our route, the islands of Paros, Naxos and Lavrion are also close. On the island, you can harbour at Merichas where you can also spend the night. It’s a good idea to plan ahead so there would be a free space for you in the small port area. On the way to the harbour, you can discover one of Greece’s largest caves – the Katafiki Cave in Dryopida.

    3. day: Syros Island

    On the third day of our trip, we depart from Kythnos to Syros Island. The island is a regular station in sailing routes. Syros is a charming little island that is full of spectacular, colourful historic buildings. On the southwest coast of the island, you can find Finikas where it is worth to stay for a night. It is a quiet village full of taverns, bars, cafés and offers good protection from the Meltemi wind.

    4. day: Mykonos Island

    On the fourth day, we reach the famous Mykonos Island. Soon, the snow-white houses, windmills, cosy streets, small squares, and parks make the capital likeable. Life on the shores and in the villages is sparkling. This is a true paradise for young people and groups of friends, but it is also a popular destination for water sports enthusiasts. There are several famous beaches (for example Agios Ioostis, Elia Beach), you can visit any of them. It is worth knowing that the weather is often windy in July and August. In the well-equipped old port of Mykonos, you can spend the night pleasantly.

    5. day: Kea Island

    Kea is a beautiful island with beautiful cities. Old temples, beaches, mills, towers and windmills can be found here. There are many great restaurants in Kea, where fresh fish, lobster and other traditional dishes are served. If you are looking for a quiet berth, we recommend you a bay that is 100 metres away from the harbour. It is worth spending the night in Agios Nikolaos Bay in Vourkari. The village is protected from the winds of the area. It is a favourite place for the ancient crabs, so it is a protected area.

    6. day: Souinin

    Sounion is in the most southern point of Greece. Previously served as a defence line against attacks targeting the city of Athens. The uniquely beautiful Poseidon church is on top of the cliffs. From where you can enjoy a wonderful view of a sunset. It is known for its historic buildings and spirituality, while it is a great place for relaxation and recreation. Sounion Bay or the Legrana Bay is a great place for anchoring and spending the night.

    7. day: A trip to Athens – what have we left out?

    We are returning to Athens, there are still plenty of attractions to see. We recommend three of them.
    Lycabettus Mountain is the highest point in Athens, accessible by foot or by car, or even with a glider. From here a breathtaking landscape opens up to the entire Attica Basin and the Aegean Sea.
    The ornate National Garden is right behind the Parliament. Here you can spend a pleasant afternoon on the shady promenades. Between the garden’s huge palm, orange and lemon trees you can admire sculptures.
    One of the largest buildings in ancient Athens is Panathenaic, which was built around 330 B.C., games were held here in honour of the goddess Athene. The stadium was completely rebuilt for the 1896 Olympics, so it was the first modern Olympic Stadium.

    The Cyclades and the Dodecanese Archipelago are one of the best-known sailing destinations in the world. With beautiful islands such as Lavrion, Mykonos or Rhodes, renting a boat will be an unforgettable experience. It is a popular destination for the lovers of the sea.

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