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to Charter a Yacht in Greece.
are generally six cruising Areas in Greece. I often get asked
which is the "best" place to cruise. My standard answer
is that there is not a single best area. Wherever you decide to
cruise you will have a great time and won't leave missing that
you had wished you gone to another area.
Islands- This group of islands is south of Athens and
you can be to Aegina in a couple of hours after leaving Athens.
The main islands to visit are Aegina, Poros, Spetse and Hydra,
but you also have the whole northeastern of the Peleponnesus(southern
mainland of Greece) to explore because the Saronic islands are
only a few miles off the coast! These islands are close to Athens
and very sheltered so they offer better sailing conditions when
the weather is rough!
Islands- These islands are to the east of Athens in
the Aegean Sea and are the most visited islands of Greece(Santorini
and Mykonos are in the Cyclades). These are a great group to sail
through because there are so many of them. Once you get into them
you can sail at almost any direction to get to another one which
means you can have the best sailing angle and not have to fight
the waves and wind! You can either sail there from Athens are
start you charter in the midst of them. If you start in the Cyclades
you'll have to take into account the cost of getting to the yacht.
Islands- These islands are in the eastern Aegean, close
to Turkey. Some of the main islands are Kos, Patmos, Chios, Kalymnos
and Samos. They are for the most part less touristy, but you'll
have to take into account getting there which can cost over $200
for air fare or take 10-12+ hours by ferry.
Islands- The Ionian Islands are off the western coast
of northern Greece and include Kefalonia(Captain Corelli's Mandolin),
Corfu and Zakinthos. This area is also a little trickier to get
to as you'll have to either fly or take a bus and ferry.
Islands- These islands are located north of Athens
and include Skiathos, Skopelos and Skiros. They are are also tricky
to get to as you'll have to either fly or take the bus and ferry
from Volos. If you have the time to get there it can be a very
never sailed in Greece(or never sailed), I recommend leaving from
Athens. That will give you the advantage of being able to cruise
either the Saronic Islands or the Cyclades. If the weather is
rough, go to the Saronic, if it's great weather then head east
to the Cyclades. Both areas are great to visit.
been to Greece before, or if you have more time(or more money
to spend on a charter), then head out to the Dodecanese or any
of the other sailing grounds, but to be honest you could probably
sail for months in the Cyclades before you get tired and want
to move on to another area!
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