A Mediterranean paradise where you can rent a boat
Explore and discover the wonderful islands of Greece
Greece is the most popular sailing destination in the world and justifiably so, with 6,000 islands, 13,000km of coastline, a lovely climate, ancient culture and an abundance of quayside tavernas. Throw in five unique sailing areas that share warm clear waters, sandy beaches, plenty of friendly faces and you'll find Greece a truly great yacht charter destination.
Embarking from Athens, the Saronic Islands is the most balanced sailing area in Greece, with a perfect mix of good wind, quiet bays, lively islands, friendly tavernas and great value.
The 'easiest' and probably most popular area in Greece in terms of numbers of yachts. Sail from either Corfu in the north or Lefkas in the south; think short sailing legs, light winds & quayside tavernas.
The host of the most iconic Greece photos, blue domed roofs of Santorini, windmills of Mykonos & plentiful golden sandy beaches.
The wonderfully diverse 'Dodecs' lay sprawled along the Turkish Coast, in the eastern Aegean from Kos & Rhodes.
The Sporades offers a mix of fortified old towns, nature reserves, beautiful secluded beaches and lively sailing from Skiathos.
Head to the Ionian Islands for gentle, picturesque sailing from taverna to taverna; the Saronic Islands for the best balance of sailing, sites, value, food and tradition; the Cyclades Islands for the iconic Greek snapshots, golden beaches and the rich and famous, but with a bite to the winds that needs to be respected; the Dodecanese Islands, with a great mix of 'touristy' locales and get-away-from-it-all islands; and the Sporades Islands, with its national parks, isolation, great sailing breezes and 'Mamma Mia' backdrop.
Head to the Ionian Islands for gentle, picturesque sailing from taverna to taverna; the Saronics for the best balance of sailing, sites, value, food and tradition; the Cyclades for the iconic Greek snapshots, golden beaches and the rich and famous, but with a bite to the winds that needs to be respected; the Dodecanese, with a great mix of 'touristy' locales and get-away-from-it-all islands; and the Sporades, with its national parks, isolation, great sailing breezes and 'Mamma Mia' backdrop.
Sailing the Saronic Islands A wonderful balance of islands, bays, tavernas and breezes The most balanced of any sailing ground in Greece, the Saronics offer a fantastic mix of diverse islands, character harbours, archaeological treasures, gentle winds, short-hop sailing and quayside bars and tavernas. Historical Athens provides the perfect launching pad into this diverse and rewarding area. By strict definition, the Saronic Islands include just four islands: Salamis, Aegina, Poros and Angistri. However, for the purpose of our sailing holidays, we include the islands of Hydra, Dokos and Spetses in the mix - collectively the 'Argosaronic Islands'. Whatever you do though, don’t forget the lovely mainland harbours as well, including Epidavros, Ermioni, Vathi and a host of lovely villages stretching down the long Peloponnese peninsula ‘finger’ from Nafplion, the former capital.
There's a lot of places to take in, we know, but it illustrates the sheer number of lovely villages, islands and towns to visit. Many start with a false impression that due to the close proximity to Athens that this area will be ‘packed to the gunwales’. Fortunately, as there is just the one main marina in Athens serving both the large Saronic and Cyclades Islands, the reality is much better. Sure, it gets as busy as other destinations in peak season, but it may surprise you to know that for a two week sailing holiday, this is arguably the 'least busy' destination in the Mediterranean.
The further you sail from Athens the quieter it gets. As most people only do a one-week holiday, beyond this radius is appreciably quieter and more serene. Sailing the Saronic Islands at a Glance
The most balanced sailing area in Greece with a perfect mix of great sailing, perfect weather and interesting attractions
Lovely character harbours, quayside tavernas, lively bars, as well as quiet bays and anchorages
Athens is a rewarding starting point, with easy access to the islands and numerous historical sites to start & end your holiday
Sailing the Ionian Islands
Gorgeous and idyllic sailing holidays in gentle conditions
The Ionian is a gorgeous, idyllic and gentle sailing area that British sailors have made their second home for decades now.
Stretching from Corfu to Zakynthos, the Ionian is characterised by light winds, short sailing legs, small villages, quayside tavernas and a relaxed disposition.
The Ionian is generally offered as two parts, the north and the south Ionian. Both areas have their own airport and primary base, though on a two week yacht charter you can do the 'whole' Ionian, which is a lovely holiday.
South Ionian – Lefkas Base
The southern Ionian is the more popular and busier of the two areas, consisting of a selection of small islands bounded by the Greek mainland to the east and north and the Lefkas and Kefalonia Islands to the West. Our base is located in Lefkas town, 40 minutes from Preveza airport.
Combined with generally gentle winds and no tides, this area holds very few demons for inexperienced sailors, families and those on a sailing holiday who perhaps see ‘sailing’ as secondary to the ‘holiday’. While you can choose to indulge in longer sailing legs if you wish of course, the south does tend to encourage short sailing legs, perhaps leaving you more time for the tavernas or beaches!
North Ionian – Corfu Base
The north is dominated by Corfu, a perennial favourite holiday island for western tourists, and the Greek mainland, which provides many lovely villages to discover. Holding a very fond place in many visitors hearts is the wonderful Paxos and her smaller sister island, Antipaxos. Picturesque and hospitable, these islands are a real highlight of every sailors visit to the north Ionian.
The northern Ionian, as with its southern counterpart, is non-tidal and also offers lighter sailing winds, though does benefit from slightly longer sailing legs so you can enjoy the sails being up and the wind in your hair.
Gouvia Marina, our base in this area, is located just 10 minutes from Corfu airport and has a smattering of bars, tavernas and hotels if you wish to prolong your holiday. With lots of flights, a base with close proximity to the airport and lots of sailing to be had in a compact area, the northern Ionian won't let you down.
THE IONIAN AT A GLANCE
Light winds, short hop sailing and flat seas
The most popular sailing area in Greece for Brits, primarily due to flotilla sailing
Formed of the north and south Ionian, each has its own airport and respective bases on Corfu and Lefkas Islands