Are you longing for a holiday on a beach covered with sand? Do you love culture and history? Do you want a pleasant vacation where you can explore wonderful bays and islands, but would prefer not to cross the ocean to find all these? The answer should be obvious: Greece! The place where the harmony of passive and active vacation awaits.

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Location of Greece

Greece – or officially the Hellenic Republic – is located in southeast Europe in the southern tip of the Balkan Peninsula. It is bordered by Albany, Macedonia and Bulgaria to the north and Turkey to the east. The Aegean Sea lies to the east of continental Greece and the Ionian Sea to the west. There are several islands in the region. It has a total area of 131, 990 km2 including 1300 islands, of which only 170 are inhabited. The population is approximately 10, 815, 197.

Beaches in Greece

Many think that the most beautiful beaches in Europe can be found in Greece. It is best to visit these beaches from the end of May until the beginning of October when the climate is pleasant and the sea is warm, ideal for swimming. You will definitely find your favourite beach on the shores of Greece, regardless of whether you have a large family or you are a travel enthusiast. If you would like some of the best beach parties or look for a hidden and peaceful beach, you will surely find your spot on the Greek shores.

Elafonissi, Crete:

One of the finest beaches in Greece is Elafonissi, located on the Southern shores of Crete. There are not many facilities nearby with the exception of a few small hotels, so most people come to visit from Chania or from another part of the island by boat.

Mylopotas Beach, Ios:

Wonderful sand and fantastic recreational opportunities for anyone who likes sunbathing and swimming. If you visit the place, you can spend the whole day on this wonderful beach, and you can also walk around the glorious town called Chora.

Shipwreck Beach, Zakynthos:

The spectacular bay can be accessed by boat as part of a day trip. Rent a small boat or a yacht and explore the amazing caves! This is a very popular beach which is visited by many people, but the scenery will not make you disappointed.

Main sights in Greece

It would be almost impossible to list all the sights offered by Greece in a few sentences. Rebellious towns like Athens and small villages – Greece provides visitors with several different experiences and stunning sights. The capital of Greece is Athens; a place famous for the Acropolis. Once in Greece, this is probably the first sight that you should visit. You can admire the complex made of shining marble and the famous statue of Athena. Those who are interested in ancient architecture can see the Doric columns and temples while walking around the area, enjoying the sight of the amazing Parthenon as well. The Greek islands not only offer the finest beaches to tourists but also take them back in time, to the history of Crete, Naxos, Paros, Ios, Milos, Mykonos and Rhodes.

Weather of Greece

The climate of the Greek shores in the Mediterranean – the air is exceptionally clear and dry. It is characterized by a lot of sunshine, while the amount of precipitation is low. Read about sailing in Greece in September

Crewed sailing yacht charter Greece

The sailing sector is significant in the country due to its location and the archipelago it has. There are numerous ports in Greece used for both passenger and goods transport. Besides several other ports, the most popular ones from both aspects are Aegina, Antirrio, Korfu, Heraklion, Mykonos and Zakynthos. Most of these ports are well-equipped and offer the best services; they are also often located near the downtown areas. Greece is the land of ancient mythology. If you love archaeology, history, art and philosophy, you definitely have to visit the country. It has dozens of idyllic islands covered with fine white sand, surrounded by the blue sea. These beautiful coastal towns have ancient ruins and museums as well. Explore them all on a yacht! Find yacht routes in the Mediterranean or choose another skippered sailing holiday in the Mediterranean.
The most important ports in the 7 main regions of Greece:

Ionian Islands

The Ionian Islands are located in the western part of Greece, in the continuation of the Adriatic. Thanks to the fairly small distances and the moderate winds, this is a perfect destination from May to October. boat rental Corfu

Gouvia Marina (Corfu)

The port of Corfu, which has been operating since 1996, can be found in a picturesque environment. It is open all year and can accommodate 1235 boats with a length of up to 80 metres. The depth of water at the port, which has two entrances, is 5.5 metres. They provide drinking water, electricity, 24-hour security service and fuel, and they also have a reception desk.

Port Zakynthos (Zakynthos)

The port of Zakynthos offers app. 70 berths for boats up to 60 metres long. The depth of the water is 6 metres. They provide basic amenities such as water, and electricity and there is a fuelling station nearby. In the winter, sailing might be more challenging due to the southern winds. boat rental Zakynthos

Vathi Marina (Ithaka)

The main port of the island Vathi Marina Ithaka is located in the northeastern part of Kioni Bay. They have an app. 300 berths and the depth of water here is 8 metres. Southern winds might make docking more difficult. There are many restaurants and bars near the port.

The peninsula of Peloponnese and the Corinth Canal

The peninsula of Peloponnese is the southernmost part of the mainland of Greece. It practically became an island with the establishment of the 6-kilometre-long waterway, the Corinth Canal in 1893.

Kalamata Marina (Kalamata)

The idyllic port can be found in the city with the same name. They have 250 berths for yachts as long as 25 metres. The depth of the water is 3 metres. They offer good-quality services at the port; if you get hungry, you can find many bars and restaurants nearby. boat rental Kalamata

Corinth Harbour (Corinth)

The port of Corinth offers berths for boats up to 20 metres long. The depth of the water is 4.5 metres. In order to make the docking process easier, the attentive staff provide help. If you would like to eat something delicious, you must try the unique culinary experience offered at the Londou Fish Tavern.

Athens and the islands of the Saronic Gulf

The amazing Athens is the capital of Greece. We can start our trip here, as the islands of the Saronic Gulf are especially ideal for sailing.

Athens Marina (Athens)

The Athens Marina is one of the best ports in Athens; it can be found only 9 kilometres from the centre of the capital. They accept 130 yachts with a length of 50–130 metres. They also have 25 berths for smaller yachts of 30–35 metres long. The depth of the water is 8 metres. The port is very safe. They have a 24-hour security service as well as controlled entrance and exit points. Yacht charter in Athens

Olympic Marina (Lavrion, Attica)

The Olympic Marina provides a modern docking opportunity in Lavrion, located in the southeastern part of Attica. They have 680 berths for ships with a maximum length of 40 metres. The depth of the water is 4.5 metres. They have water, electricity, Wi-Fi, laundry and a crane on the spot; there is 24-hour surveillance at the entrances. yacht rental Athens, Athens sailing

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.

The Sporades and the Chalkidiki peninsula in the eastern part of the Aegean Sea

The Sporades is the collective name of the islands scattered around the northern basin of the Aegean Sea, while the Chalkidiki peninsula is located in the northwestern part of the sea.

Skiathos Marina (Skiathos)

The famous port can be found in the city with the same name, on the shores of the Aegean Sea. It can accept 350 boats with a length of up to 65 metres. The depth of the water is 10 metres. They offer laundry, health services as well as a fuelling station, and we can also take care of the maintenance of our boat. Yacht charter Skiathos, sailing in Skiathos

Limin Skopélou Marina

This tiny marina can be found on the eastern side of Skopelos, in the city which bears the same name. The accommodated boats with a maximum length of 60 metres and a draught of 6 metres. They have all the basic services; they provide water, boat service and fuel, and they also have restaurants. Yacht charter Skopelos, Skopelos sailing

Sani Marina (Chalkidiki)

The amazing, well-equipped port is located on the Kassandra peninsula in Chalkidiki. It can be found in a perfectly protected environment; it can accommodate 215 boats with a length of up to 33 metres. The port has a fuelling station, laundry services, 24-hour security and first-aid services as well. Yacht charter Chalkidiki

The Cyclades

Mykonos New Port (Mykonos)

The port is located north of the historic town of Mykonos. They offer an app. 30 berths for visitors; these are for boats up to 50 metres long. The depth of the water is 6 metres. Besides the basic amenities, they have a fuelling station, a bar and a restaurant as well. Mykonos yacht rental, Mykonos sailing

Athinios Port

Santorini’s largest port is Athinios, located on the western side of the island. Locals also refer to it as New Port or Thira Port. It can accommodate hundreds of yachts. It is very well-equipped. There are drinking water, electricity and a refuelling station. The port is very busy, especially in the high season.

Vlychada Port

The recently opened Vlychada is the most protected port on Santorini. It can accommodate boats up to 25 metres in length. The depth of the seabed is 4 metres. There are drinking water, electricity and a refuelling station. In addition, there are bars and restaurants along the coast. Santorini sailing, yacht rental Santorini

Ermoupolis Marina, Siros

Yachts up to 60 metres long can moor in the main marina of the tiny island of Siros. The water depth here is 9 metres. There are plenty of services available, including boat service and refuelling. Syros sailing, Syros yacht charter

Naxos Marina, Naxos

Yachts up to 20 metres in length and a number of 70 may berth in this marina. The maximum dive is 5 metres. In addition to the boat service, you can find the usual basic services in the marinas here. Naxos sailing, boat rental Naxos

Paroikia Marina, Paros

The most popular marina is in Paros. It can accommodate yachts up to 60 metres. They also offer refuelling, boat service and electricity. The city’s sights, the best hotels and apartments, as well as great taverns and bars, await visitors near the marina. The depth of the marina is 3.5 metres. Information about sailing in Paros, or boat rental Paros

The Dodecanese

The Dodecanese archipelago is located in the southeastern part of the Aegean Sea. It consists of 12 larger apps. 50 smaller islands.

Rhodes Marina (Rodos)

Rhodes Marina can be found on the largest island of the Dodecanese – Rhodes. Thanks to its favourable location and modern equipment, it is among the most popular destinations among sailors. It offers 382 berths for boats up to 120 metres long. The depth of the water is 6.5 metres. Services include 24-hour security, Wi-Fi, laundry and maintenance. Yacht charter Rhodes, sailing in Rhodes.

Kos Marina (Kos)

The modern Kos Marina can be found in a naturally protected gulf. There are 250 berths here for ships with a length of up to 80 metres. The depth of the water is 5 metres. They have running water, electricity, showers and a laundry service. We can also take care of the maintenance of our boat, and they have a 24-hour security service as well. As for catering facilities, there are cafés, bars and restaurants. boat rental Kos, sailing in Kos


Agios Nikolaos Marina (Crete)

The charming port can be found in the town of Agios Nikolaos, on the northern coast of Crete. It is located in a wonderful environment, surrounded by the island’s unique architecture. There are 255 berths here for boats with a length of up to 70 meters. The depth of the water is 8 metres. We can refuel our boat, and can also choose from the shops, restaurants and bars directly next to the port.

The climate of Greece is primarily the Mediterranean, featuring mild winters and hot summers. Summers are usually hot and dry and the winters can be quite cold and wet. The northern part of Greece can be very cold during the winter and snow is not uncommon. The mountainous areas of Northwestern and central parts of Greece have an alpine climate. For the south of Greece and the islands, the winters will be milder.

The spring is pleasant and sunny in most of Greece, with fewer and less frequent rainy days. On the coasts and the islands, it almost never rains in the summer. Summers are hot, and in July and August temperatures usually reach 30 to 35°C, but sometimes even 40°C and more. While on the islands and along the coasts the heat is tempered by sea breezes, on the continent, especially in inland areas and in large cities, the heat is intense.

The area of Greece is constantly windy. These winds, however, are always changing. So when we are traveling in continental Greece it is most likely that we won’t meet any stable winds. Each location has its own conditions. It is advised to plan a sailing route from the south to the north in and autumn, the north-south in summer. Sirocco blows in Greece as a south or southwestern wind. It mainly blows from November till May and sometimes brings with it sand from Africa. “Lefkotonoi” winds bring fine weather in spring. There is a strong northern wind called the “Meltemi” which usually sweeps through the east coast of Greece during July and August, and this offers a welcome relief to the heat.

Crewed sailing yacht charter itineraries in Greece

Saronic Gulf crewed sailing yacht itineraries

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)

Skippered sailing holidays Athens

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Dodecanese sailing itineraries

Day 1. Rhodes – Ano Symi 45.66 km (28.37 mi), Day 2. Ano Symi – Mandraki 72.02 km (44.75 mi), Day 3. Mandraki – Livadia (Tilos Island)36.33 km (22.57 mi) , Day 4. Livadia – Chalki (Chalki island) 34.47 km (21.42 mi) Day 5. Chalki – Lindos 83.93 km (52.15 mi), Day 6. Lindos – Antony Quinn Beach 28.24 km (17.55 mi) Day 7. Antony Quinn Beach – Faliraki – Rhodes 17.14 km (10.65 mi).

Sailing plan Rhodes

Rhodes sailing toursDay 1. Kos – Kefalos 46.37 km (28.81 mi), Day 2. Kefalos – Astipalea island 65.13 km (40.47 mi), Day 3. Astipalea – Syrna & Stefania island 35.47 km (22.04 mi), Day 4. Stefania – Krevatia (Chalki island ) 80.75 km (50.18 mi), Day 5. Chalki – Tilos 33.83 km (21.02 mi´) Day 6. Tilos – Mandraki 35.74 km (22.21 mi), Day 7. Mandraki – Agios Fokas – Kos 59.47 km (36.95 mi)

Skippered sailing holidays in Greece

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Cyclades crewed sailing yacht itineraries

Day 1. Mykonos – Tinos (Tinos island) 17, 58 km (10, 92 mi), Day 2. Tinos – Gavrio 54, 30 km (33, 74 mi), Day 3. Gavrio – Vourkari (Kea island) 46, 33 km (28, 79 mi), Day 4. Vourkari – Merihas (Kithnos Island) 37, 98 km (23, 60 mi), Day 5. Merihas – Livadi (Serifos island) 46, 54 km (28, 92 mi), Day 6. Livadi – Kamares (Sifnos Island) 23, 25 km (14, 45 mi), Day 7. Kamares – Ermúpoli – Mykonos 98, 13 km (60, 97 mi)

crewed sailing holidays Mykonos

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iDay 1. Fira (Santorini) – Oia 9.53 km (5.92 mi), Day 2. Oia – Karavostasis (Folegandros island) 42.34 km (26.31 mi), Day 3. Folegandros – Alopronia (Sikinos island) 19.87 km (12.35 mi), Day 4. Sikinos – Chora (Ios island ) 12.80 km (7.95 mi), Day 5. Chora – Ag. Georgios (Iraklia island) 38.18 km (23.72 mi), Day 6. Iraklia – Keros island 16.29 km (10.12 mi), Day 7. Keros – Vlychada – Santorini 82.37 km (51.18 mi)

Skippered sailing holidays Santorini

More Santorini sailing tours

Day 1. Adamas (Milos) – Embourios 4.89 km (3.04 mi), Day 2. Embourios – Kamares (Sifnos island) 43.20 km (26.84 mi), Day 3. Sifnos – Livadi (Serifos island) 22.19 km (13.79 mi), Day 4. Serifos – Merihas (Kithnos island) 48.74 km (30.29 mi), Day 5. Kithnos – Ermoupoli (Siros island) 69.45 km (43.15 mi), Day 6. Siros – Paros 47.02 km (29.22 mi), Day 7. Paros – Pollonia – Milos 87.12 km (54.13 mi)

Skippered Sailing plan Milos

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Crete crewed sailing yacht itineraries

Day 1. Heraklion – Agia Pelagia 16, 30 km (10, 13 mi), Day 2. Agia Pelagia – Thira Port 117, 79 km (73, 19 mi), Day 3. Thira Port – Oia – Agia Eirini 12, 41 km (7, 71 mi), Day 4. Agie Eirini – Panagia Kalou – Monolitas 17, 78 km (11, 05 mi), Day 5. Monolitas – Anafi 26, 14 km (16, 24 mi), Day 6. Anafi – Kamari – Vlichada 33, 11 km (20, 58 mi), Day 7. Vlichada – Heraklion 112, 88 km (70, 14 mi)


Crete to Santorini itinerary

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