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Where To Explore On A Yacht In Greece

Greece's waters were designed to be visited by yacht. With dark pine trees mirrored off sparkling, blue seas and white beaches surrounding each coast, its complex shorelines conceal tremendous beauty behind every curve.

Thanks to hundreds of kilometers of pristine coasts, intimacy, and natural solitude are fundamental components of Greece's attractiveness. The temperate environment of the Eastern Mediterranean encourages yachting all year, with pleasant temperatures and splendid sunshine even in the fall months, all while maintaining the absolute safety that the Greek waters are renowned for. A cool summer wind permeates every one of the scores of charming islands and deserted islets to be explored, with a sweeping, clear sky. The combination of safe seas and a sense of isolation creates an unrivaled sailing experience.

If you are wondering about destinations to explore on a yacht in Greece, we have outlined a handy list that you can look into for your yacht vacation.


Mykonos

Mykonos is our overall winner since it offers the best of both worlds. It boasts the most beautiful beaches in Greece, with more than 20 stunning golden sand strips. These beaches appeal to a wide range of interests, including family beaches like Lia, fashionable beaches like Psarou, and calm beaches like AgiosSostis. Mykonos is located in the midst of the Aegean, making it quite easy to go either east or west if you want to later.

When it comes to dining out, there are both inexpensive (try Bandana) and premium (Nobu) restaurants featuring food from all over the globe. Large yachts may anchor in two or three bays, most notably Psarou and Ornos. Of course, the islands are well-known for their nightlife and are considered one of the top party locations in the Mediterranean.


Rinia

Rinia is a little island immediately south of Mykonos that caters to a certain market. It only has two or three tiny bays that large boats may utilize, but the bays are relatively deep, providing excellent weather protection. It offers the cleanest oceans in the world and a vast, wonderful sandy beach that is shallow for miles. Apart from a few old remains and the houses that farmers use when they visit by boat to care for their animals and land, there isn't much on the island.

Because there aren't any taverns or restaurants on the island, you may dine right on the beach in perfect privacy. Rinia is approximately 45 minutes by boat from Mykonos, so if you want a bit of a change, go to Rinia, rest, and enjoy the peace and quiet. You may immediately return to Mykonos if you get bored.


Koufonisia

This is really two islands located near Naxos and Mykonos. They have Rinia's calm and tranquil charm, yet there are just a few tiny hotels and tavernas. You can find some of the nicest coastlines in the Mediterranean on the upper island, as well as exquisite natural saltwater pools.

Finikas and FosFanari, two tiny rustic eateries, provide exclusively fresh fish obtained by local boats. Because there are just a few ferries and only two or three hotels, it is not extremely congested. If you want a beautiful sea to swim in, amazing beaches, plenty of fresh fish and lobsters, and relative seclusion, here is the place to go. A large harbor is available for boats up to 50 meters to anchor.


The Cyclades

The Cyclades are a very appealing sailing destination, owing to their close vicinity to Athens and the wide range of activities they offer. Greece's signature globally is the juxtaposition of their immaculate white dwellings by the deep blue color of the sea, not to forget the colors of its flag. Since the distance between the two islands is so short, a yachting vacation may involve a lot of ports and coves in a short amount of time. You could even cruise to a new island every day, but each one will need careful scrutiny.


Milos

Further south, Milos provides stunning lunar vistas as well as dramatic beaches and coves accessible only by sail. It also contains one of the Mediterranean's biggest, virtually enclosed harbors, Adamas, which is safe in all types of weather and includes yacht-servicing facilities. If you visit Milos, the volcanic rock structures at Kleftiko just on the southern edge are a must-see.


The Dodecanese Islands

The ability to charter a boat locally makes cruising around distant Dodecanese simpler. The Meltemia, especially in the summer, makes sailing a particularly appealing choice for skilled sailors since the waters are unrestricted. However, don't expect to arrive in one day. Almost all of the islands have airports, making travel from Athens simple.

Apart from Kastellorizo, these islands, like the Cyclades, are very near to one another, allowing you to explore a new one every day. Please remember that every island has much to offer to justify a longer visit. This group has a lot to offer, from Rhodes, the chain's hub, to the little islands of Arki, Lipsi, and Agathonisi. Leros, Kos, and, of course, Rhodes all have wonderful marinas that can accommodate boats of all sizes.


Sporades

The densely forested Sporades islands are fantastic for yachting. The greenest of the three islands, Skiathos, Skopelos, and Alonissos, is a toss-up. Its ‘brother' Skyros, to the south, is pine-wooded and rugged, with the white Hora on a barren peninsula seen from miles away and a modern harbor. The distance between the islands is quite short, and you can easily visit all of them, as well as their smaller deserted cousins within the Sporades Marine Park.


Crete

Crete, the biggest of all Greek islands off the coast of Africa, is a fantastic sailing destination with enough to see and do. Unwind onboard and be mesmerized by the magnificent and dramatic hues of the water as you dock in secret coves and hidden beaches. When on land, see various snow-capped mountains, Minoan historical sites, green valleys, and beautiful beaches, dine at wonderful waterfront restaurants, and make lifelong memories.


Thassos

Thassos is a lovely and peaceful island that is ideal for one full-day sailing adventure. See dolphins in Panagia, a preserved marine environment that is part of the Natura 2000 network on the southern shore, or view the spectacular rock formations and sea near Giola, farther east. Swim at Aliki and interact with Greek locals at Archodissa, a modest bar providing wonderful meals. Then proceed north to Paradise Beach along the shore. The lush islet called NisidaKinira is ideal for a quick exploring stop or a relaxing night at the little harbor of Thassos town's main port.


Ionian Islands

Begin your voyage in the shimmering Ionian Sea by stocking up on provisions at Zakynthos' harbor before touring tiny beaches and pausing by small harbors for lunch or supper. Don't miss the Blue Caves or the famed Navagio Beach, both of which can only be reached by boat. Then go north to the stunning island of Kefalonia, which requires a minimum of two days to really appreciate. aThe friendly Ithaca and the satellite islands around it await you next, followed by the magnificent Lefkada – don't hurry to the next destination and take time to enjoy its numerous wonderful beaches. Before arriving in Corfu, stop in at Paxi and Antipaxi, which are known for their beautiful beaches and quiet coves.


Chios

Chios is located on the eastern Aegean Sea, near Turkey. It's the fifth-largest of the islands around Greece, and it lacks the abundance of excellent sandy beaches seen on the top three. There are still beautiful locations to swim, including the Karfas and Maura Volia, and the water is very clean if a little cooler than usual due to its location within a stream of cold waters.

Instead, you'll discover wonderful medieval towns, as well as the castle and excellent museums, as well as the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Nea Moni, a Byzantine monastery founded in the 11th century. This island has a lot of history, so if you prefer historical civilizations, monasteries, and medieval towns, come here, rent a scooter, and have a look about.

Chios has a large airport, so you may ship the yacht ahead and fly in. There are very few international tourists on the island, but there are a lot of Greek visitors. Since there aren't as many high-end visitors or large yachts arriving, the cuisine is extremely fresh, and lobster is significantly cheaper than on Mykonos. Finally, you can even combine the tour with a charter flight to Turkey.


Vouliagmeni

Although it is not technically an island, we are putting it on the list since it has lately gained a lot of popularity recently. Vouliagmeni is a small beach town 13 miles south of Athens. If you reside in Athens, this is the best area to swim since the water is pure. Mooring in the harbor with a breathtaking view of the biggest hotel south of Athens, Astir Palace Hotel.

This also has some of Greece's most costly real estate, making it very exclusive, and so many boats stop here for a few days before or after visiting Athens. If you have business in Athens, a helipad on top of the Astir Palace Hotel allows you to travel from the boat to the city every day. It's as though you're on an island rather than in a major city. It offers a beautiful sandy beach with excellent restaurants, particularly, and you may utilize all of the amenities.

We hope now you have some idea of where to explore on a yacht in Greece! Have fun on your next cruise on the beautiful waters of Greece.


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