Chartering a yacht in Chios will give you the opportunity to explore the Aegean Islands with all their hidden beauties. Chios is an internationally renowned destination, attracting millions of tourists yearly. The island has excellent beaches, both organized and remote. Additionally, you can anchor your yacht or depart from the main port and marina, whenever you like. You can contact the owners directly or simply allow a BednBlue travel expert to guide you with some hand-picked suggestions.
You have plenty of options:
You can book and hire a yacht with a skipper--or without one, if you have a license--and enjoy a one-day cruise to Psara, Oinousses, and Ikaria. You can also rent a motor yacht and visit Mykonos, Paros, Naxos, and Tinos in a shorter amount of time, compared to other vessels. Finally, Chios is the ideal destination to enjoy a corporate charter at an affordable price while being on a luxury motor yacht.
An excellent suggestion is to rent a yacht from Chios Marina and tour the coastline located on the south side of the island. There are many places of outstanding natural beauty in Chios, as well as monuments, and sights. Before you begin yachting Chios, you can visit the New Monastery, the Castle, the Mastic Museum, the Archaeological Museum, the Byzantine Museum, the Castle of Volissos, and the Botanical Garden of the Aegean. Chios is also known for its traditional products. The most popular is the world-famous Mastic--only produced in Chios. The capital of Chios, Hora, has a long history of timeless traditions, influenced by colossal powers that will make you travel back in time. You can wander around the coast or stroll through the center where you will catch sight of Ottoman structures, Neoclassical mansions, and the imposing castle of Chios. If you have more time, you can visit the medieval mastic villages; there are plenty of which you can pick from Armolia, Vesta, and Olympi are just some examples.
By yachting in Chios, you will discover virgin seashores, rocky reefs, inhabited villages, and pristine landscapes for moments of relaxation. Oinousses has a long naval history and has been named as the island of the seafarers, with thousands of captains being awarded for serving the merchant navy worldwide. During your stay there, you cannot miss visiting the maritime Museum of Oinousses, which exhibits nautical instruments and model ships that were used within the biggest merchant fleet in the world. This beautiful island has crystal-clear waters. Simply set an anchor with your motor yacht and go kayaking in its spectacular rocky formations. Some great stops during your trip are Donkey Island or Karaada island where you will find comfort anchoring your vessel. For a longer cruising experience, you can visit the island of Lesvos, known for its Greek Ouzo and Meze; a perfect treat to your journey where you can enjoy the seaside taverns and fresh fish with your loved ones. Do not miss the chance to visit the beach of Eressos, on the west side of the island, known for its refreshing waters and beautiful sunset.
One can also have the extraordinary opportunity to rent a yacht in Chios and visit Cesme in Turkey. Cesme is known as the pearl of the Aegean Sea and is only 6 km away. Thanks to the breathtaking beaches and its rich culture, you can return home with a souvenir or a variety of olive oil products. If you have decided to explore Chios by yacht, you have the magnificent option to combine your adventure with several destinations that are part of Turkey too.
Below you will find some useful information for your yacht hire in Chios.
Main Marina of Chios: Located 1 mile north of the capital; the marina can accommodate roughly 200 berths for all types of boats. The marina, however, has no electricity, water, or sanitary facilities.
The main port in Hora is roughly 7km away from the Airport.
Lagkada Marina: A picturesque marina that attracts many visitors during the weekends and summer holidays. It is located on the northeastern coast of Chios and lots of boats depart from here to the islands of Oinousses or the bay of Lagada.
Omiros Airport, in Chios is roughly 30 min away from Lagkada Marina.
Lithi Marina: Mainly used as a fishing shelter but a great marina for boats to set anchor and enjoy a swim on the closest beach. Lithi is situated 4km from Vessa and 23.5km from the town of Chios. Worth visiting to enjoy its fresh fish and beautiful sunset.
Mesta Port: On the southwest coast of the island, a pretty busy port with several ferry connections. This port belongs to the mastic villages and you can enjoy long walks within its labyrinthine streets and beautiful facades.
Mesta Port is roughly 45 min away from the airport.
Port of Kardamyla: A traditional seaside village and port on the northern side of the island. A great place to depart for your boat trips to Oinousses; it also has plenty of shops and restaurants nearby.
Omiros Airport in Chios is roughly 45 min away from the Port of Kardamyla.
Marina Oinousses: Offers adequate shelter from the winds both in summer and in winter. It is the main connection between Chios and Oinousses. Here you will find many churches and chapels as well as beautiful beaches with clear waters.
Setur Cesme Marina, Turkey: Offers plenty of space for vessels and mooring spots. A well-run marina and perfect to drop anchor during your boat trips from Chios.
You can book tickets from Athens to head directly to Chios; this trip should take 40-45 minutes, or you can take a boat from Piraeus, in Athens, to Chios.
Chios is also connected with ferries to Mytilene/Lesvos, Limnos, Syros, and Mykonos.
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