The Greek Islands were made to sail. Greece is known as the Mediterranean home of sailing, and has long been a favourite of travellers, island-hoppers and sailing enthusiasts from all over the world. For those who want to explore its beautiful beaches, coves and the many timeless ancient archaeological sites this country has to offer, Greece is a fantastic destination to visit on your next sailing holiday. Our Greece travel guide will bring you one step closer to your dream sailing holiday in Greece.
The sun shines over Greece all year long and the climate is one of the best in Europe, with mild winters and hot summers. Mainland Greece has an enormous 14,000km of coastline to explore – not including the thousands of picturesque islands sitting off the coast – and the best way to see it all is to rent your own boat and design your own journey. One could spend years sailing around Greece and continue to discover not only new inlets, bays and islands, but whole new areas, stretching from the Aegean in the east to the Adriatic and Ionian in the west.
There are so many versatile islands—each with their own unique personality, but all sitting conveniently close to each other—that every stop in a new port feels different and fresh. The five main sailing destinations in Greece include the Ionian Islands, the Cyclades Islands, the Saronic Islands and Argolic Gulf, the Sporades Islands and the Dodecanese Islands. The Ionian, Cyclades and Saronic, however, are the most popular.
The Ionian Islands are generally regarded as the least challenging area to sail to, with sheltered sailing and protected coves prevalent throughout the entire area. The Cyclades Islands mix more challenging daytime sailing conditions with exciting nightlife on their most famous islands, including Mykonos, Santorini, Syros and Ios. The Saronic Gulf, which includes Spetses, Poros and the island of Hydra, offers brilliantly balanced sailing conditions and a host of stunning islands with more historical sites than you’ll ever be able to explore.
From the turquoise waters of Corfu and Lefkas, to the bustling port of Lavrion and the hidden coves of Skiathos - Greece has it all. A sailing vacation around Greece offers traditional fishing villages with simple, delicious food on vine-shaded terraces. You’ll see shady olive groves, classic whitewashed houses and blue-domed churches set against the backdrop of azure skies. You’ll experience excellent sailing conditions in the afternoon breeze before mooring up for the night in a bustling Greek harbour, where you can step off your yacht onto a quayside full of shops and tavernas. Or, you can drop anchor in a quiet bay and enjoy the peaceful beaches and coves under a starry night sky. The possibilities are endless.
Along with the Corfu and Heraklion airports, Athens is generally the most accessible airport to fly into. Modern restaurants, trendy boutiques and a bumping nightlife scene are scattered all throughout the streets of the Hellenic capital, which makes this city a chaotic but exciting destination to start your sailing holiday around Greece. Athens is the largest port district in Greece, and also where Zizoo has their largest collection of boats in Greece, so there are an abundance of sailing options from here.
Imagine cruising past classic whitewashed houses with cobalt-blue doors and rows of red geranium-covered terraces, all overlooking the aquamarine rainbow of the sea below. Picturesque fishing harbours, idyllic anchorages, history and culture - Greece is the perfect destination for your next Mediterranean sailing holiday. With thousands of stunning islands and a multitude of excellent boating options just waiting for you on its shores, let the waves pull you into the Grecian harbours and experience life as the Gods once did! Click through now to start planning your dream sailing holiday around Greece.