If you wish to explore the Greek isles, chartering a yacht is one of the more interesting ways to do it ( that is, if you don’t get seasick).
With over 2000 islands boasting mild Mediterranean weather, Greece is a popular destination for many yacht sailing enthusiasts.
When Is The Best Time To Go?
It is possible to charter a yacht in Greece at any time of the year. However, the yacht sailing season, starts from March to late October. This peaks during the summer holidays.
If you prefer to miss the crowd or to take advantage of lower rates from yacht charters to a restaurant meal, the low season is a viable alternative.
Here’s a summary of Greece’s yacht sailing season:
March – April: This is Springtime in Greece and it is when the sailing season starts. Tourists are just beginning to arrive and the weather though often sunny may be a bit cool. If you don't mind a less than summer weather, this is a good time to see the islands.
May - October - Are the busiest sailing months of the year. July and August can sometimes be a bit windy especially in The Cyclades.
Late October - November - Is a quiet time for sailing but is nonetheless a special way to sail around the different islands. It is definitely much quieter at this time. The cool temperature of fall makes for a different view of seeing the islands.
Remember: During the off season season, some tourist sites will not be open
How Long Should I Charter A Yacht?
This depends on your time and budget. Yacht cruises can range anywhere from 1 day around a specific island or as long as 14 days.
Requirements If You Opt For A Bareboat Charter:
To sail in Greece, one person ( as of 2004 ), needs an international certificate of competence or national equivalent. If your certication is not in English, it must have an English translation.
Popular Places To Sail On A Yacht In Greece
All 2000 islands and islets are yours to explore during a yacht vacation. The only limitation is your time and budget. If you do want to focus your sailing trip on only one group of islands, here’s a birds eye view of popular yacht sailing areas in Greece.
The Ionian Islands is made up of seven major islands: Corfu, Paxi, Lefkada, Ithaki, Kefallonia, Zakynthos, and Kythira. It is Greece’s greenest islands and is deemed to have the most beautiful beaches in the country. A lot of motorboat yachts go to this area. It is an excellent place to charter a yacht as the wind is not that strong in this area.
A lot of tourists visit this popular group of islands. It is therefore quiet easy to be not very far from both a bustling night life and the serenity of a quiet beach. Yacht sailing here can be a bit rough with the Meltemi ( strong wind ). Unless your sailing skills are par excellent, it is best to hand the responsibility of yacht sailing to the more experienced ones. Popular destinations Andros, Ios, Mykonos, and Santorini.
These are the islands closest to the Greek capital, and are the most popular place for many yacht charter enthusiasts largely due to its proximity to Athens.
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