A yacht charter in Greece and the Greek Islands offers an exciting tour of history, culture, and adventure. Greece is the land of a thousand attractions. Sale through the waters of the beautiful islands of Mykonos, Delos, Paros, Santorini and many more.
Greece has many beautiful anchorages only accessible by yacht, and off-the-beaten-track coves to spend your days soaking up the sun. The beautiful crystalline Greek waters have attracted visitors for centuries, drawn to the charming islands and secluded bays, and always welcomed by the warm Greek hospitality.
Why explore Greece on a luxury yacht charter:
Endless stunning coastlines and beaches
Greece is home to 9,000 miles of coastline and more than 2,000 islands, of which only 170 are inhabited. There is no better way to explore the beauties of the Greek Islands and the coast of mainland Greece than on your own private yacht.
Easy island hopping
Sail between the islands of Greece on board, and several of the islands have airports and easy helicopter access, making it quite simple to meet your yacht. You can cruise between the islands to explore secluded beaches, experience each one’s unique local culture, and try different local products every day.
Glorious sunshine throughout the summer
Greece enjoys more than 250 days of sunshine a year and a typically Mediterranean climate with cool winters and warm to hot dry summers. The peak of the yacht charter season is during the summer months from June through August, however, May, September, and October are a wonderful time to visit the area by sea.
A rich cultural heritage
Greece’s incredible history spans four millennia and the country is referred to by many as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy, the Olympic Games, and Western philosophy. Begin or end your yacht charter exploring its historic cities and towns.
Which charter regions are there in Greece?
The Greek Tourism Board reports a figure of 6,000 Greek islands with 227 of them inhabited. They account for about 17% of the country´s total territory and most of them are situated in the Aegean, the rest of them in the Ionian Sea. The most important archipelagoes are the Ionian, the Sporades, the Cyclades, the Dodecanese and the Aegean Islands. These cruising grounds would constitute a classic yacht week in Greece, for example. For something more special or if you like to go off the beaten track, head to the peninsula Chalkidiki south of Thessaloniki. Here you can sail in complete peace and enjoy the unspoilt, natural beauty of the place.
All those islands have many ports with marinas of all sizes and different services for every taste and budget. The most frequented sailing yacht charter bases are Athens, Kalamaki, Lavrion, Lefkas, Kos and Corfu, for instance.
What are the prevailing wind systems relevant for your bareboat charter in Greece?
The main charter season in Greece runs from May till the end of October. From June to September the ´Meltemi` – a northerly sea breeze – is possibly, not necessarily prevalent mostly in the Central Aegean. The summers are hot and dry with temperatures in July often exceeding 30°. July and August are the hottest months and even at night temperatures will rarely drop below 20°. This is when the Meltemi winds are strongest and can reach gale force at times. The safest areas and most recommendable for family sailing holidays are the Ionian, the Sporades or Chalkidiki, for example.
Brief summary of the sailing weather in Greece with the example of Athens:
- Average wind speed: 3 – 4 Bft.
- Main season: May – October
- Month with highest average temperature: August, 34°
- Month with lowest average temperature: January, 13°
- Month with highest average precipitation: December, 98 mm
- Months with lowest average precipitation: July/August, 6 mm
- Months with most sunshine hours: July/August, 12 per day
- Month with least sunshine hours: December, 3 per day