Renting a boat in Greece is the ideal way to explore the hidden treasures among the 3000 islands that are scattered in the vast Ionian and Aegean sea. Although Greece has tremendous history and beautiful tiny villages in enchanting landscapes, the best way for anyone to explore Greece is to go island hopping through a simple yacht charter from Athens, Corfu, Lefkas or Kos which all serve as excellent starting points for one to begin their sailing route. Greece has 5 different island-chains with a plethora of marinas where you can pick the ideal catamaran, sailboat or motor yacht of your choice. You can directly contact the owners or simply allow a BednBlue travel expert to guide you with some suggestions for your trip.
You have plenty of available options for sailing:
You can hire a sailboat or speedboat with a skipper or without if you have a license, and enjoy an one-day cruise to the coastline of your preferred island in Greece.You can completely customize your boat charter in Greece from the island you are determined to visit first. For mini-sailing cruises in Greece that can last half a day or a full day you can hire a motorboat which has the fastest cruising speed allowing you to tour the beaches you desire with ease. You also have the magnificent option to throw a special event on board a catamaran such as a birthday, a bachelor party or celebrating a wedding anniversary. If you want to visit further destinations at a decent price for a week or two then we recommend you to rent a sailboat which is the ideal boat for multi-day adventures.
Greece represents the cradle of democracy in the western civilization and is a top destination for those yearning for adventure. The Greek islands are separated in 5 different complexes known as the Saronic, the Cyclades, the Ionian, the Sporades and the Dodecanese islands. Every island in Greece has its own wild and unique natural beauty each offering impressive natural landmarks, endless beaches and sunshine. Aside from the Parthenon Temple in Athens, some other sites worth visiting include the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights in Rhodes, the Palace of Knossos in Crete, the windmills of Mykonos, the Achilleion Palace and the Old Venetian Fortress in Corfu. This is just a glimpse of the places you can visit during your summer holidays in Greece. You cannot miss the chance to treat yourself with traditional greek food including feta, moussaka and sample on different mezethes as you dock into several ports and restaurants nearby the coast and discover the jewels that exist in the Mediterranean sea.
From the renowned harbor of Piraeus, Port of Lavrion being a second option or to generally avoid the local ferries that have long queues, you can charter a yacht in Athens from any of the top marinas and hop by the near islands including Poros, Aegina, Spetses and Hydra part of the Saronic Gulf. This island chain is only a couple of hours away from Athens making them a great cruising ground for family sailing holidays and day-to-day tours. The islands are also relatively close to the Peloponnese so you will have the option to discover Nafplio, Porto Heli, Hermioni, the Methana peninsula which is an ancient volcano and Salamis which is the largest island in the Gulf.
Further afield in the Aegean Sea, If you are into interesting geological or volcanic landscapes, architecture or even romance as some may see it, then you can charter a yacht in Santorini or Milos in the Cyclades region which has gorgeous sunsets and whitewashes houses that make the perfect backdrop to your sailing vacation in Greece. For those committed to rent a yacht in Mykonos, the summer hotspot offers exhilarating parties and pristine beaches in a crescent bay. You can also go for an excursion to Delos which will give you a complete picture of ancient life, many relating it to Italy’s Pompeii. Sailing in the Cyclades region is common for longer itineraries, maybe even up to 2 weeks as there is so much to see and do, the fishing villages of Kea and Kythnos are other options for one to fish, dive, enjoy folk music and be part of the traditional Greek culture.
The Ionian islands are at the west coast of Greece and are brilliant for nature lovers and sailing enthusiasts. Boat rental in Zakynthos can take you to the famous shipwreck beach, Navagio which remains to be the most photographed beach in Greece.Every island here has its own natural beauty and purpose, for example Kefalonia, Corfu and Lefkada in the Ionian islands are perfect sailing destinations for those who want to explore the beaches by boat. Paliokastritsa Beach in Corfu, Myrto Beach in Kefalonia and Porto Katsiki beach in Lefkada are all top beaches that make people want to stay in Greece forever. Looking for endless sunshine, the perfect tan, turquoise waters? The Ionian islands have a calm sea and are a top choice for swimming and relaxing.
The Sporades islands are situated at the North of the Aegean Sea and the Dodecanese islands on the southeastern side of Greece. Both island-chains have authentic and varied landscapes, the former being the quietest and cleanest which include Skopelos, Skiathos, Alonisos and Skyros and the latter being ideal for the curious explorer yet experienced sailor as it blends Hellenic architectural beauties with it’s rugged landscapes. Rent a yacht in Greece and explore the Dodecanese islands which have lots of sunshine and are great for in-between sailing, you will be able to stop by many unique ports such as those of Kos, Symi, Nisyros and Rhodes which offer their own cosmopolitan atmosphere.
The one thing that the Greek islands have in common is keeping the tourists excited and making their appetite to come back for more, there is no best place to rent a boat in Greece so pick your destination and depart from the island marina with the ideal yacht, catamaran, sailboat, or speed boats BednBlue offers.
Picking a Boat and Prices
Selecting your desired boat often depends on your group size and sometimes the islands you will circumnavigate. The most significant advantage of hiring a boat in Greece is that the costs are relatively lower than other yachting destinations and you can sail anytime, peak time being July and August. There is a big demand for sailboat rentals in Greece and they can often go as cheap as 50 euro per person a day for a group of 8, they are great for adventure and long cruising experiences that will travel you back in time. If you want to hire a boat in the Cyclades islands or the Dodecanese complex then a sailboat is your best bet as they are often very stable, efficient and ideal for the open waters that one can expect since the distances between each island are large and wind gusts can reach up to 8. Catamaran rentals in Greece are very similar to the benefits that a sailboat offers. For those looking for spacious cabins, speed and luxury with additional packages such as paddleboards and kayaks and still a safe adventure in the sea, then this is your best choice. Catamarans can range from 3,000 euros per week and may even go up to 20,000 a week according to the luxury bracket it falls in. Lastly, the motor yacht and the speedboats which are ideal for daily charters can start from as low as 150 euro a day, they are fuel-efficient but fast and great for reaching secluded spots and coves. Larger motor yachts can provide very spacious cabins making them great for overnight trips but even romantic cruises, prices can get a little hefty if you don’t book in advance (ideal dates are early March), allowing a BednBlue travel expert to guide you through your booking process will ensure you have premium quality holidays.
There are many marinas in Greece that offer class accommodation and services for the most demanding traveler. Some of these marinas are included below:
Poros Harbour: care must be taken when entering the channel but generally if you stick closer to the side of Poros instead of the Peloponnese side you will get good shelter from the weather.
Hydra Harbour: this is a favourite docking spot for many Greeks so you might want to tie your boat as early as possible. Cross anchors are common here but provisioning and water is available on the quay.
Mandraki Marina: the bay is located ¾ of a mile East of Hydra. A nice bay for swimming with taverns ashore and fairly sheltered.
Port of Aegina: a lot of yachts berth at the main harbour, but a lot of sailors also tend to simply dock in the port of Hydra instead which is only 45 minutes away.
There are many other anchorage spots available in Spetses as well as it forms a triangle of islands with Porto Heli, Nafplion, Gythio and other sailing spots surrounding the large bay.
Skala Harbor- the main harbor of Santorini where you can get provisions from the main town just like Ios, there is a small quay where you can tie up your vessel.
Tourlos Marina- the main port of Mykonos, a fantastic place where you can spend hours walking down the narrow lanes and even have a drink overlooking the sea
Marina Gouvia: a vast number of docking facilities accommodating over 1,000 boats, great starting point for anyone wishing to begin their ionian sailing route to the nearby islands.
Marina Lefkas: can accommodate yachts of up to 45 m in size and can host up to 650 berths, also a great for anyone wishing to start their Ionian sailing route.
Marina kos: has a capacity of 250 berths and is a great starting point for island hopping the chain of islands in the Aegean sea.
Marina Rhodes: Great marina that can host up to 382 berths and functions as a main starting point for exploring the Dodecanese islands. Rhodes also has its own international airpot which is only half an hour away from the marina.
Volos: ideal for starting point for a cruise to the Sporades islands and is at the gulf of Pagasitikos.
Skiathos Marina: can host up to 350 berths and offers high standard services.Skiathos is the largest island in the Sporades and it’s marina serves as the main charter base to explore the island complex.
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