Greece is one of the most popular sailing destinations for a cruise on a boat or a yacht. It has over 5000 islands and islets and offers sailing holidaymakers an amazing choice of sailboat charter, motorboat charter or catamaran charter on a multitude of sailing routes, in cute little harbours and beautiful creeks all equally as breathtaking. For those who are in need of wind, even in the middle of summer, then the Cyclades is the place to sail. You'll surely be charmed by the pure beauty and peacefulness of these immaculate white village. In July and August, the Ionian islands are calmer and the Sporades, which are less windy offer other diversities: Aegean culture, diving amongst shipwrecks or climibing up Mount Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece (2 917 m). You'll see, even in August, you can find little deserted spots to drop your anchor and indulge in a relaxing sailing holiday. You'll be surprised how different each sailing region is, giving everyone the opportunity, whether it's for a family holiday in Greece or with your friends, to discover its singularity. It's easy to find a cheap holiday in Greece these days and believe us when we tell you that renting a boat is the best way to discover this beautiful country!
The proximity of each island makes sailing in Greece relatively easy. You navigate visually and the winds remain the same. There are numerous mooring spots and harbours, which offer good and easily accessible shelter from adverse weather conditions.
We distinguish 5 sailing areas in Greece. The most famous are the Cyclades group of islands with Mykonos, Santorini and Paros. There, the meltemi wind blows during the summer so if you intend to spend your family sailing holidays in this particular sailing area and are not much of a sailor then it's better to stay in the Saronic Gulf if you are chartering a boat from Athens for example. To the East, along the Turkish coast, we have the 12 Dodecanese islands with Kos and Rhodos, who offer numerous marinas and mooring spots. It's perfectly possible to consider the famous blue cruise in Turkey and visit the numerous creeks and islands of this beautiful country. The base manager for your yacht charter in Greece can issue a permit to sail in Turkish waters
Then come the Sporades islands amongst which the beautiful island of Skopelos, one of the prettiest in the country.
In the bay of Athens, you have the Argo-Saronic islands. If certain islands remain protected for environmental reasons this area is a very popular sailing destination thanks to Athens' new marinas.
And last but not least, the fifth and last sailing area in Greece is the Ionian Islands, rated as an easy-going destination for boating adepts. You'll find several little motorboats where you'll be able to visit the creeks in Lefkas and the old town of Corfu.
Wherever you decide to charter from in Greece, you'll easily find a harbour or marina to rent a sailboat. You need then to decide between a skippered yacht charter or a bareboat charter in Greece. Catamaran charter is perfectly possible under the same conditions and by doing so, you can make the most of the little white villages, the surrounding islands and the delicious local delicacies at every stop. Sailing Greece is probably the most exciting way to discover this amazing country during your holidays at sea.
Whether you are chartering a sailboat or a catamaran in Greece, skippered or bareboat, a cruise in the Cyclades Islands is unforgettable. Boating adepts are sure to enjoy this sailing area where the winds can blow rather strong without necessarily being dangerous. If the Cyclades Islands are visited a lot in the summer, there are ways to avoid the crowds amongst these numerous islands. When you are sailing, you'll find that life onboard can be rather peaceful and you'll get all the isolation you need. On the other hand, Spring and Autumn are good periods to go for your sailing holiday in the Cyclades Islands. Don't forget to sail along the Middle islands and the Southern ones as well. The coast along Armorgos is also really nice. It's where the film The Big Blue was filmed.
Sailing adepts will relish in island hopping over here in the Cyclades and even in the direction of Crete. Greece offers numerous sailing trips and escapades for boaters in search of discovery and adrelanin-pinching activities. The country is full of history, with its monuments, traditions and typical dishes.
On a First 27.7 from Saint-Malo with a group of friends. Sailed around the Channel Islands, had a good navigation!
We loved the Baltic Sea in Danemark, especially when we arrived in Copenhagen with its colorful houses. But Sweden and its canals were even better. Had the best time on board of our Oceanis 411!
We were able to do a few quotations with the customer service to find the best boat for our destination. We went for a Lagoon 450, really comfy for the family!