Sailing in Greece
Greece is genuinely as pretty as a picture. Those stunning island views, the white sandy beaches and the whitewashed houses are all just as you probably imagined them. What that means is that you’ll get one of those ‘Wow’ moments, probably every day while sailing in Greece.
Finding a sailboat or catamaran rental to explore the stunning Greek islands is one of the best ways to see this fantastic country and it’s beautiful islands. There are over 6,000 islands in the Greek archipelago, with 227 of these containing permanent settlements. What this means is there are plenty of places to rent a yacht and get sailing in Greece.
One of the most popular ways to explore the stunning Greek seas is by island hopping. Many use ferries to get between the most popular islands, but by using a private sailboat or catamaran rental you can see the best that Greece has to offer. Spend a few days, or a week, finding quaint fishing villages, mooring in bays lapped by crystal waters, and discovering your own slice of Greek paradise.
By enjoying a week on a sailboat or catamaran rental in Greece you’ll get to call the high seas home and visit a different port every day, if you choose. The Cyclades and the Dodecanese are two of the most famous islands for hopping with some of the most beautiful in the Mediterranean to explore at your leisure.
The Cyclades Islands
This archipelago is situated south of Athens, between the mainland and Crete. Some of the most famous islands in the Cyclades include Mykonos, Santorini and Paros. You’ll find plenty of opportunities to rent a yacht across the Cyclades and explore these beautiful islands as a day trip, or a longer charter.
The beauty of exploring when you rent a yacht in Greece is that you can choose what kind of sailing holidays you want. Looking for vibrant towns with nightlife and music? Mykonos is where many choose to go for a great party, with nightclubs and bars to tempt you into the early hours.
Prefer a more sedate and laid back feel on your sailing vacation? Set sail to Ios or Donousa to enjoy a slower pace of life and a more relaxed way to enjoy your glass of wine at sunset
Of course, Santorini is one of the picture postcard images of a Greek island. Arriving into the caldera of Santorini by chartered sailboat is one of the most unforgettable ways to experience this stunning island.
This cluster of islands sits closer to Turkey than to mainland Greece. The Dodecanese have a vibe all of their own, and some great opportunities for amazing sailing holidays in Greece. Hire a Sailo boat in Kos and explore neighboring islands such as Pserimos, Kalimnos and Nisyros. Some of these little explored islands make a great stop as part of either a day trip or to explore on a week-long sailing trip.
Like most places in Greece, many of the Dodecanese islands are dotted with old fortresses and fortifications, scenic walking routes and sleepy villages just begging for you to stop for a sundowner.
Another of the most popular places to explore is Rhodes, one of the biggest of the Greek Islands. The north coast of Rhodes is relatively unspoiled and a great place to moor your catamaran rental for some uninterrupted relaxation far from the madding crowds.
Island hopping between the Dodecanese and Cyclades islands is perfect if you rent a yacht from Sailo for a week or more. In fact, choosing the islands to stop at on your island hopping adventure could be the biggest challenge before you start your Greek island adventure.
On the western side of the Greek mainland, you’ll find the Ionian islands. This cluster includes some other familiar names such as Zakynthos (Zante), Corfu and Kefalonia.
Zakynthos is home to another of the most well known postcard images in Greece, with Navagio beach, known also as the shipwreck beach being a must visit. This is only accessible by boat, so why not arrive in style on your yacht charter and beat the crowds?
Rent a yacht from Corfu or Kefalonia is the perfect base for exploring the Ionian islands. If you’re looking for perfect seclusion then you’ll find plenty of opportunity to moor on your own private beach in the Ionian islands. Head to islands like Meganisi, Ithaka or even far flung corners of Corfu to find your own slice of Greek paradise.
No matter where you choose your starting point for sailing holidays in Greece, you’ll find plenty of choice for all types of sailboat charter with Sailo. From day trips, to weekly cruises aboard luxury yachts, you’ll find something to tempt you.
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