Greece is the birthplace of western civilization, a country of great warriors and philosophers but also a country with thousand of islands, tiny villages with white houses, deep blue sea and everlasting sunshine, a country that has been identified with the sea and sailing for many years.
Thousands of islands lie close to each other separated in induvidual clusters to explore and enjoy on a yacht, each one entirely different from the others, yet all intrinsically Greek in nature. Dotted with countless picturesque and unspoiled bays, tranquil places for ideal relaxing, traditional houses and churches, windmills but also harbours and villlages with cosmpolitan and vibrant night life.
In Greece the fun continues when the sun goes down. Small bars overlooking the sea, clubs with famous DJs, traditional Greek nightclubs with live ethnic "bouzoukia" music where you can dance until dawn and experience the pleasure of breaking plates Greek style.
For those who love really challenging sailing, the Cyclades are the perfect sailing region. While the Ionians and the Argo Saronic Gulf, with moderate winds, are appreciate for those looking for a more gentle sailing.
Best time to charter a yacht The charter season in Greece runs from May to October or early November with an extensive variety of options.
Climate The temperature is around 25ºC/ 75ºF and reaches 35ºC/95ºF in July and August. The warm crystal-clear waters along with the bright blue sky make Greece a yacht charter paradise in the Mediterranean.
Gastronomy Greek cuisine is the meeting point of tastes from East and West. It is based on the most natural and fresh ingredients that creates an extensive diversity of traditional tastes supplemented with a selection of foreign cuisine. Vegetables, seafood, virgin olive oil, fantastic cheeses (being the most famous the "feta" a white goat cheese), honey and deliciuos yogurt. Mezedes, small plates of food similar to tapas, are widely used as starters and accompanied by local wines or "ouzo" the most famous greek liquor. You can't miss the famous Aegean lobsters, tuna, red mullet, swordfish and many others. Greek cuisine will not disappoint you either.
Charter a catamaran, motor yacht or gulet and discover the wonders of this beautiful jewel of the Mediterranean.
Scattered along the western coastline of Greece, the Ionian Islands include Zakynthos, Ithaca, Corfu (Kerkyra), Kefalonia, Lefkada, Paxi, the smaller islands of Antipaxi, Erikousa, Mathraki, Othoni, Meganisi and the deserted islets of Strofades south of Zakynthos. These islands have a mild and temperate climate which make them an ideal location for a yacht charter holiday. In summer, the heat is tempered by the Meltemi,the soft northwestern winds, and the sea breezes. Thanks to the prevalent winds on the Ionian islands, many of the beaches have become very popular with windsurfers.
The Ionian Islands have been inhabited since Paleolithic times and were ruled by a number of foreign conquerors who have have left the influence of a variety of cultures.
There is no much boating to be done in Athens, of course, but Greece's ancient capital city is highly-recommended and makes a great starting point or base for your yacht charter holiday.
Explore ancient archaeological wonders, including the Acropolis itself. Hunt for little treasures in the back street markets. Life the vibrant nightlife and delight in the exquisite Greek cuisine, as you plan your boating holiday.
The Cyclades Islands are a group of more than 220 islands located in the middle of the South Aegean sea, only 22 of which are populated. The best known is Mykonos, in the middle of this group of islands. Its picturesque little town of the same name has long been a meeting place for artists, VIP's and international glitterati. The dazzling white houses of the old town contrast sharply with the blue sea. A must-see is the district of Little Venice, with its picturesque buildings on the edge of the water acting as a reminder of the time when Mykonos belonged to the Venetians. Why not treat yourself to a lovely meal or a delicious frappe in one of the seaside establishments there?
In Paros everything is beatiful: the traditonal houses, the blue cupolas, the carefully protected nature the beaches...There are two large bays, one in the north in the village of <i>Naousa</i> and the other in the west being <i>Parikia</i> the capital town. Naousa is on of the pretiest villages of the Cyclades with narrow alleys, white houses, tiny chapels and excellent beaches. Parikia stands on the site of the ancient city, with the church of Katapoliani, the ruinous Venetian Castle.
Santorini is the Southerly of the Cyclades Islands, a breathtaking paradise of rock, lava, sea and light. The island is as famous as Mykonos, but entirely different geologically speaking as a result of the volcano actions.
The rocky Delos was in ancient times the center of commerce of the Cyclades Islands. Today only a few security guards and their families live there, protecting Greece's most extensive region of prime archaeological importance. Delos well deserves its monicker: the Pompei of the Aegean, even though its treasures are still well hidden.
Naxos is the largest of the Cyclades Islands. Rocky bays around the town on both sides. Naxos probably possess the most beautiful harbor on the Cyclades - colorful fishing boats lie anchored together and traditional taverns complete the romantic scene.
Ios is a typical Cycladic Island with sandy beaches with crystal clear seas. Narrow alleys, lots of chapels, windmills, traditional white houses, vineyards, olive trees and a nice harbour. A night life paradise either down in the port at Gialos town or in the Chora on the hill.
Kea only a short distance from Athens mainland the island maintain a genuine cycladic charm. The Chora is amphitheatrically built , on top of the hill, just a few kilometres from the main port, and provides a spectacular view of the mainland and the nearby islnds. Famous for its kean thyme honey, the "Pasteli" is a local specialty made with sesame seed and honey.
The Argo Saronic Gulf islands in Southern Greece include Aegina, Agkistri, Spetses, Hydra, Poros, Salamina and the peninsula of Methana. Enjoy natural beauty, historical treasures, unique architecture, and glamorous, yet romantic atmosphere in these small havens a stone's throw from Athens.
Aegina is a lovely island close to Athens. Agia Marina, Souvala and Marathon with its relaxing beaches are the most popular places to visit , while the seaside village of Perdika is also worth a visit. Explore Aegina town and the port promenade with its narrow streets and Neoclassical buildings. Don't miss the Ancient Temple of Athena Aphaia, constructed in the 6th century BC. Agistri is a tiny island famous for its nice beaches such as Aponissos, Dragonera and the naturist beach of Halikiada. Hydra is full of small coves with crystal waters and lush green vegetation and Agios Nikolaos, Bitsi, Vlichos and Kaminia are the most beautiful beaches on the island. As you arrive by boat you will see the impressive town built on the slopes of a hill, with the port below. You can ride up the hill on a donkey as cars and other motor vehicles are completely prohibited on the island. Poros is a beautiful island with relaxing atmosphere. Enjoy lovely beaches, the picturesque town and the laid-back nightlife. Spetses is famous for its yacht marinas, boutique hotels and fancy restaurants. Go for a walk along the lovely sea promenade of the town and swim in the secluded beaches for truly memorable moments.