10 Reasons for a Yacht Charter in Greece
Due to Greece's ancient history, natural beauty, turquoise seas and some of the world's most special routes for sailing holidays, it is a destination that deserves to be moved to the top of the list of “things to do before you die”. Let's take a closer look at what makes Greece so special for sailing...
1. The geography where the term “Island hopping” was born
In the 1960s, Greece was the birthplace of the term "island hopping", with its islands of unmatched beauty and diversity. Each island has a different natural beauty, a different lifestyle and a history that goes back to mythology. Consisting of approximately 6,000 islands and islets, the Greek Islands are divided into six groups: Cyclades, Dodecanese, Ionian Islands, Sporades, North Aegean Islands and Saronic Gulf Islands. Almost all of these islands, 200 of which are inhabited, are a paradise!
2. Chance to be in those famous “photos”
Greece is the protagonist of many iconic photographs of the Aegean. Blue-roofed houses, narrow streets, infinity pools opening to the Aegean Sea are among the most memorable photos.
3. Endless sunshine and clear sea
With more than 250 days of sunshine, Greece is also quite mild in spring and autumn, apart from the hot summer months. You have to see and feel its light on your skin, which has been praised by poets and artists for centuries; because it is impossible to describe. In Greece, which has an untouched beauty of islands that can only be reached by boat, many of the touristic islands are blue flagged.
4. History and Mythology
In Greece, which we can call the cradle of Western civilization; you will find traces that take you back to ancient times everywhere, on and under water, on islands, in bays. Researching the mythological legends of the places you visit during your Greek boat vacation can turn your trip into a much deeper experience.
5. Magnificent underwater
On your boat holiday, where you can see dolphins jumping next to you from time to time, we can say that if you are interested in underwater, you will witness a rich variety. If you are lucky, you can also examine historical artifacts and shipwrecks during your dives, where you can encounter Mediterranean monk seals in the Aegean Sea and Caretta carettas in the Ionian Sea. Of course, you don't have to be a Scuba diver; we recommend that you bring goggles and snorkel with you, and discover the vibrant underwater life of Greece in beautiful bays.
A Journey into the Land Where It All Began
Greece‚ namely the cradle of Western civilization‚ is a main attraction for sailors from around the world. With more than 6000 islands scattered between the two sides of the Aegean Sea and a strong heritage‚ Greece has a lot to offer yacht charterers.
6. Delicious food
Greek cuisine will not disappoint you, with fresh seafood, delicious olive oil, appetizers, vegetable dishes, wines and of course ouzo. Some of the dishes we recommend you to try; Moussaka, dolma, gyros, souvlaki, spanakopita, saganaki and tzatziki…
7. A quiet, secluded holiday
From mid-September to November and in May-June, you can have a calmer and cooler sailing holiday compared to hot summer days. You can choose these months to find a comfortable place in the marina, stay at a secluded beach or anchorage, and live the moment to the fullest in a quiet tavern. On the other hand, even in the most crowded time of summer, you can find quiet islands, islets, coves and towns in Greece.
If you are going to stop by the mainland, you can “float” to the nightlife in Athens. If you are going to island hopping in the Greek Islands, we recommend the Cyclades for nightlife. You can try the beach clubs of Mykonos, the most famous island of Greek nightlife, and famous venues such as Lola, The Garden and Cavo Paradiso. Again, Ios in the Cyclades is famous for the town of Mylopotas, where there is uninterrupted music and dance 24 hours a day. Santorini is of course one of the best islands to party.
On the Ionian Sea, Corfu and Zakynthos can thrill you with stylish venues and DJ parties at beach clubs.
Athens & Saronic Gulf
Athens - All time classic
One of the earliest cities in human history is Athens. Some of the greatest minds in history have called this Greek city‚ which is regarded as one of the world's cultural centers‚ home. The city's long‚ 3‚400-year history is attested to by impressive historical sites like the Parthenon.
The birthplace of democracy and the foundation of western civilization are both typically referred to as Athens. This is as a result of the effects it has had on a large portion of the European continent. Despite not being immediately on the shore‚ the city-state of Athens was a strong force on the Mediterranean at its height. Athens was able to expand its influence well beyond the Greek peninsula because to the adjacent port of Piraeus‚ one of the busiest and largest ports in the modern world.
Athens is a thriving city today‚ with millions of sailiors yearly who are interested in culture. In Piraeus‚ there are many marinas that are perfect for exploring the magnificent Greek islands.
9. Reasonable prices
It would not be an exaggeration to say that Greece is the “cheapest sailing destination in Southern Europe”. From boats to charter to marinas, to bills to pay at restaurants and bars, many things are more affordable than in Western Europe.
10. Wide variety of boat rental options
Greece has one of the largest charter fleets in the world. On GotoSailing.com, you can find a wide variety of alternatives for every boat type you can think of, whether with or without a captain, crew, motor yacht, sailing yacht or catamaran. By comparing them, you can choose the best one for you and get quality service.