Home to thousands of islands, a never-ending coastline, and crystal clear blue water, Greece is a sailor’s paradise. Whether you choose to stay close to the mainlands and explore the coast of the Saronic Gulf, Nafplio, or the Peloponnese Peninsula or you opt for a much quieter and more intimate experience at the Lefkada or Zakynthos islands of the Ionian Sea, a sailing experience of a lifetime awaits you. With hundreds of thousands of tourists coming in every summer to sail the beautiful Greek seas, Yacht chartering has become easier than ever before which makes your trip much easier and more comfortable.
Agios Kosmas marina
Situated by the southern Attica coastline, the Agios Kosmas marina is around 15km away from the city center of Athens and is famous for being the starting point for the sailing competition in the Olympic Games of 2004. The Marina can easily be reached by public transport or taxi from the city center. Once you reach Agios Kosmas marina you can start planning your sailing trip with your yacht charter.
The marina has a capacity of mooring over 330 boats that range from a minimum length of 15m (49.21 feet) up to 80m (262.47 feet). Agios Kosmas Marina has always been known for its top-notch environmental and quality standards which resulted in a ‘blue flag’ award in 2017.
Agios Kosmas Marina is also one of the safest marinas in the Mediterranean with a private security company providing 24/7 CCTV surveillance and a 250 KVA backup generator to take care of the basic needs in case of a power outage/ failure.
The Marina Naxos is located on Naxos island in the South Aegean sea and is the largest of the Cyclades island group. It is known for its scenic landscape and lively culture. Apart from the Marina Naxos, Naxos city has a lot more to offer including the famous Eggares Olive Press Museum where you can admire the history of old greek print media and their printing equipment.
You can also grab a bite at one of the many boutique restaurants in the city after a long day of sailing. Plus you can take your time enjoying the mesmerizing Naxos sunset because you can easily stay overnight at one of the many luxury hotels in the city. One of the best beaches in the area is the Alyko with its soft white sand and a mild breeze that makes it perfect for sunbathing.
Located to the south of the Cretan Sea, Milos is the southernmost island in the Cyclades group in the Aegean sea. It is known for its transparent turquoise waters, soft golden sand, and mind-boggling geological formations. This is one of those islands that you just can’t leave out of your travel itinerary because of its untapped beaches, scenic alleys, seafront settlements, boutique restaurants, and ancient ruins all of which combine to give you an experience of a lifetime.
Your visit to Milos is incomplete without going out on the sea, you can easily get a ferry, a speed boat or charter a yacht to spend some time out on the sea and visit the famous Kleftiko sea caves. You should also visit Tsigrado which is a remote beach in the southern part of Milos. However getting there can be a bit of a challenge because you have to climb a ladder down a steep cliff to reach the beach, but you can rest assured that once you get there you will not regret your decision.
Situated in the central Aegean Sea, Paros is one of the most popular islands in the Cyclades island group. It is famous for drawing a young and vibrant crowd from all over the world and has a lovely night scene and a welcoming ambiance. Paros offers something for everyone, whether you want to take a romantic stroll on the beach with your partner, or partake in watersports and sailing excursions, Paros has you covered.
Towards the northern end of the island is the Kolymbithres beach which is known for its scenic landscape and is the perfect place for stargazing. Paros also has many boutique hotels that offer all the 21st-century amenities including fine dining, top-notch fitness centers, spas, and an around-the-clock concierge service. Moreover, if you’re interested in exploring marine life you can also go snorkeling and dive into the beautiful turquoise water, and admire the splendid marine life.
Situated around 200 km southeast of the Greek mainland, Santorini sits in the southern Aegean sea and is one of the most visited holiday destinations in Greece. The Santorini village sits on the edge of steep cliffs and boasts a mesmerizing view of the Aegean sea. It is known for its scenic caldera, beautiful sunset, a submerged volcano, and several ancient archeological sites. One of the most famous sites on the island is its volcano that is perched right in the center of the submerged caldera. The island is also home to many hot springs that are said to have healing effects for different skin problems.
Moreover, Santorini is known around the world to have one of the most stunning sunsets in Europe. Unlike other Cycladic islands, Santorini has truly unique beaches with black sand and clear azure waters because of its volcanic background.
Located around 150 km southeast of Athens, Syros is one of the more underrated islands in the Cyclades island group. This island doesn't attract as big a crowd as some of its neighbors but that is where its charm lies, it gives you everything you want from a Cycladic island minus the crowd and noise. It provides you a much more peaceful and intimate experience and is perfect for couples.
Syros is also known for having the most beautiful capital among the Cyclades island group. Ermoupoli is home to luxury mansions, beautiful narrow alleys, neo-classical buildings, beautiful sunset views, and old catholic and orthodox churches that give you an insight into the history of the place. The capital is also home to many unique restaurants where you can try some of the local cuisines and drinks.
The southern side of the island houses some of the most scenic beaches. Galissas beach, Megas Gialos beach, Kini beach, and Poseidonia beach are lined with family hotels, seaside taverns, and bars that make them some of the best beaches in the area.
Situated in the Ionian Sea, Zakynthos is one of the most popular summer resorts in Greece. Home to the famous Navagio beach, this island is famous for its breathtaking landscape, exotic beaches, turquoise water, and vibrant nightlife.
One of the most popular activities in Zakynthos is diving, which is why it has many diving centers that offer courses and organize diving trips to interesting reefs and uninhabited islets. Moreover many beaches including Laganas, Tsilivi, and Kalamaki also offer water sports and different games.
The island also has a family water park that spreads over 40.000 square meters and is a great place to have a fun and memorable day with your family. You can also sail in the Ionian Sea on a yacht charter and experience the pristine turquoise water and sea caves up close.
Located around 35 km southeast of Poligiros, Nikiti is the capital of Halkidiki and is known for its dense pine tree-filled serene beaches, prehistoric settlements, and water sports. Nikiti is filled with ancient history and architecture and offers something for everyone. It is famous for scuba diving and is home to the Atlantis diving center that offers lessons and training programs for people of all ages and levels.
Nikiti also offers plenty of accommodation options, restaurants, taverns, and cafes along the waterfront. Mpoukadoura is the most famous restaurant in the area and is known primarily for its seafood. It has a diverse menu with over 100 dishes including different local and regional cuisines.
When in Nikiti don’t forget to visit the Castri beach which is known for being a remote and less crowded beach. So if you’re looking for a more peaceful and intimate experience, Castri is the place to be.