The Greek Islands, quite simply, are just fantastic! Stunning scenery, welcoming locals, delicious cuisine and great nightlife make them an awesome destination.
Surrounded by warm, clear and spectacularly blue water, they are superb for sailing. Lovely sheltered bays, great beaches and relatively easy sailing conditions make the islands an ideal place for your sailing holiday.
There are numerous options for either one or two week charters and below are some possible itineraries:
One week – Saronic Gulf (option 1)
During one week from Athens it is possible to visit Poros, Hydra, Hermioni, Spetses and Aegina before returning to Alimos Marina for the last night. Each place is unique and special, making this a very popular sailing route.
One week – Saronic Gulf (option 2)
A slightly easier cruise from and back to Athens would enable visits to Aegina, Vathi, Korfos, Epidavros and Perdika. Less mileage and potentially lighter winds make this trip ideal for younger or less experienced crew members.
The Cyclades definitely offers more challenging cruising. Longer distances and the likelihood of stronger winds make sailing to the Cyclades more demanding and thus not ideal for young or less experienced crew.
One week – Cyclades (option1)
Depending on the winds, it is possible to sail to Kea, Syros and either Mykonos or Paros before returning to Athens via Kithnos and Poros. The round trip is in excess of 200 nautical miles, making each sailing day quite long.
One week – Cyclades (option 2)
From Athens to Kithnos, Sifnos and Milos before returning via Hydra or Poros and Aegina. This trip is also in excess of 200 nautical miles, requiring long sailing days.
If you decide on a two-week charter, then far more options are possible. For example:
Saronic Gulf and Argolic Gulf
As well as taking in such great spots as Aegina, Hydra and Poros, you can now venture further afield to one of the gems of the Aegean – the Peloponnese. A little off the beaten track, you will see fewer boats while enjoying such wonderful destinations as Navplion, Astros, Kiparissi, Leonhidion and, if time allows, Monemvasia. While you would cover about 250 nautical miles, over two weeks this itinerary is very manageable and thus possible with younger crew members.
Again, having two weeks opens your options and the potential to sail as far as Ios and Santorini. Of course it would involve greater distances and stronger winds.