A Complete Guide to Yacht Sailing on Greek Islands
There are more than three thousand Greek islands and islets which provide more than 15000 kilometres of coastline. This makes Greece the ideal destination for yacht sailing. You can explore the azure seas and the blue skies while exploring the area on your yacht. Here’s a list of the top 10 islands which you should not miss at any point, but apart from them there are others which you can also include in your itinerary while hopping from island to another.
Why you need your own Yacht?
This is because having your own yacht means you can visit more island at your convenience, as you will be your own captain. You can sleep in the yacht; your belongings will be inside the cabin, which you won’t get if you take the ferry.
You also get a fully equipped kitchen and refrigerator in a yacht.
You can stop whenever and wherever you want to take a swim, snack, and snorkel or just to relax. You can decide which island you want to visit and how much time you will stop there.
Where should you start?
If you are landing in Athens, you can start your sailing from Alimos Marina towards the Saronic area or Cyclades Islands. The Saronic Gulf may sound a bit boring as it’s not that popular but it is best for sailing as the area is sheltered, the winds are light, the destinations are closer and sailing hours are fewer per day and the choices are truly various, particularly if you are going to spend more than a week on your sailing vacation. You can visit Aigina, Hydra, Spetses, Poros, Agkistri, Ermioni, etc.
In case you want to move towards the Cyclades, it is suggested to spend more than a week’s time to explore it properly.
You can visit Lavrion, Syros, Mykonos and Paros islands including the famous Volcanic Island Santorini and Delos.
You can also include the Ionian Islands in your sailing adventure and explore the Lefkas, Corfu and Preveza Island.
You can also explore Northern Greece, which is relatively undiscovered and covers areas like Thessaloniki, the Halkidiki peninsula and Kavala.
To explore the Sporades islands, Evia and Volos, you need to start either from Skiathos or from Volos. Sporades islands lie in the north Aegean coast region, near the peninsula of south Pelion Mountain. You can visit the three main islands here including the Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos. The area also has a sea park and marine sanctuary.
You can also visit the Dodecanese Islands, for which you need to start your yacht sailing from Rhodes or Kos.
You will not only explore these two main islands but also the Turkish Coast. Here you can witness a totally different Greece which is more influenced by the ancient Greeks, Venetians and Asia Minor.
All these places can be explored according to your schedule and preference only if you hire a yacht and the experience you will get from this will be unforgettable.