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    Sailing holidays in Greece

    A guide to setting sail in Greece: Discover stunning islands, breathtaking sunsets and traces of ancient civilizations

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    Zizoo's Guide to Sailing in Greece

    Charter a yacht in Greece and experience the beauty and wonders of a nation made up of 6,000 islands and over 13,500 km of inspiring coastline. Meander from island to island, stopping for a swim in the gorgeous bays or to discover ancient ruins before catching the breeze to sail to your next destination.


    • Breathtaking beaches
    • Charming hilltop villages
    • Ancient ruins
    • Best time to sail
    • Currency
    • Boat base locations
      Athens, Mykonos, Crete, Corfu
    • Languages spoken
    • Closest airports
      Athens, Thessaloniki, Rhodes, Crete
    • Tips
      Acropolis, volacanic beaches of Santorini, party island of Mykonos
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    Sailing in Greece

    Whether you are seeking a romantic getaway, family fun or partying with friends, you’ll be sure to find your own piece of paradise on a sailing holiday in Greece. Greece enjoys a warm, sunny climate with a sailing season that starts in April and lasts throughout the middle to end of November. 

    The capital of Athens is easily reached from numerous countries worldwide, making it an excellent starting point for a sailing holiday in Greece. If venturing to other parts of the country, you can easily do so on a domestic flight, by ferry or on your own private boat from Athens. Sailing around Greek Islands is easy because many of Greece’s most popular islands have airports, including Rhodes, Santorini, Mykonos, Crete and Zakynthos. As part of the EU, the Greek currency is the Euro and while many establishments accept credit cards, it is always good to take out some cash or exchange your local currency. 

    Sailboats in Greece

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    Sailing along the greek islands
    Greek islands

    The Greek Islands remain one of the top summer destinations for lovers of the sun, history, art and parties. A sailing holiday in Greece is the best way to explore the country’s diverse landscapes, historic sites and beaches. From the iconic Acropolis perched on the rocky hill above the city of Athens to the white washed houses and indigo blue roofs of Santorini to the quiet beaches of Crete, Greece’s rich history, charm and breathtaking coastline make it one of the best destinations to explore by boat.

    Greece is also well known for its cuisine and hospitality. Relax and prepare to be pampered as you enjoy traditional dishes of grilled lamb or freshly caught fish with tasty herbs, garlic, and olive oil in the local tavernas. Order a glass of domestic wine and top your meal off with a small shot of ouzo. 

    Mainland Greece is surrounded by about 6,000 islands and islets set in the stunning indigo and aquamarine waters of the Aegean and Ionian Seas. Greece's diverse islands offer visitors an abundance of striking beaches, charming clifftop villages, unforgettable sunsets and impressive archaeological sites. Enjoy the best views of the islands from your Greek sailing yacht. Spend a summer holiday island hopping in Greece and relaxing on some of the country's best beaches. Some of the most celebrated beaches in Greeceare, Myrtos on Kefalonia, Porto Katsiki on Lefkas, Balos on Crete and Navagio on Zakynthos. For more travel inspiration, check out our Guide to the Greek Islands.  



    Three different plates with traditional greek food
    Traditional Greek food

    Catamarans in Greece

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    Sailing and sunbathing at the beach in Lefkas

    Given its popularity and ease of transportation, many Greek sailing holidays begin in the capital. One of the most popular regions to sail to from Athens are the Saronic Gulf Islands. Also referred to as the Islands of Argosaronic, this group of islands is located in between the Peloponnese and Athens and include the islands of Angistri, Aegena, Poros, Salamina, Spetses, Hydra and the peninsula of Methana. These peaceful havens are among the most visited Greek islands to visit from Athens due to their close proximity (Aegina is only 16.5 nautical miles from the port of Piraeus). Alternatively, you can sail from Athens to the Sporades and discover the natural beauty of Alonissos, Skiathos, Skopelos and Skyros.

    In the south you can charter a yacht in Rhodes and go island hopping in the Dodecanese Islands, a cluster of 50 beautiful islands located off the coast of Asia Minor. 

    Another great spot for island hopping in Greece is the region of the Ionian Islands. Located on the western coast, the Ionian Islands of Zakynthos, Ithaca, Corfu, Kefallonia, Lefkada, Paxi, and Kythira make up the famous Eptanisa or “the Seven Islands” and are said to be Greece’s most green and fertile islands. While Zakynthos and Corfu are the main attractions, you will find several smaller islands in this region that make for a perfect Greek island hopping adventure. 

    Greece’s diverse landscapes and multitude of breathtaking island regions provide endless opportunities for sailing. Once you’ve explored one island region, you’ll surely want to discover more. Fortunately, Zizoo offers a variety of yachts in many locations throughout the coast of mainland Greece and the islands so you’ll have the chance to discover more. For more information about bareboat island hopping holidays in Greece, click here

    Catamaran in Greece
    Catamaran in Greece
    Sailboats at the greek harbour
    Harbour in the Greek Islands

    Greece is an ideal location to charter yachts thanks to its pleasant weather conditions and winds that make sailing a breeze. If you plan to set sail around the mainland or go island hopping in the early or late summer (end of April to around mid-October), you can look forward to the finest weather with sea temperatures in the low to mid 20’s. Temperatures around the Greek Islands range from the mid-20s in May and June to the upper 30s in July and August. Taking a sailing holiday in Greece in the summer also means you'll experience vibrant nightlife, bustling yacht parties, and inspiring landscapes full of blossoming wildflowers, olive trees and grapevines. While the sun can beat down pretty heavily on summer days, the “meltemi” sea winds will likely bring a cool breeze whether you are onboard or exploring a coastal village.

    The Greek Islands are an excellent sailing destination for both beginners and experienced sailors. For more relaxed sailing holidays in Greece, cruise around the inland sea, where you'll find many harbours and anchorages in addition to ideal wind conditions. Many of the island regions offer ideal sailing conditions for chartering a yacht including those located in the Saronic Islands and the eastern coast of the Peloponnesian Gulf, as they are well protected from strong winds. If you plan to charter a yacht in in the Cyclades, you should know that it is one of the most challenging, yet fun sailing areas due to strong winds in July and August. If you prefer to relax while sailing in the Cyclades, getting a skipper to do the navigating would be the best option. You can easily book a skipper with your sailing yacht in Greece with Zizoo. 

    Cliff in Greece
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