Top 10 Islands to Visit on a Greek Islands Yacht Charter

With Over 2,000 Islands to Explore, a Greek Islands Yacht Charter is Perfect for Discovering Beautiful Destinations.

Top 10 Islands to Visit on a Greek Islands Yacht Charter

Greece has over 8,000 miles of unique and beautiful coastline, but its real magic is found within its 2,000 + islands. A Greek Islands yacht charter is the perfect way to discover a number of these islands and experience their magic, just choose the route you want to travel.

On a Greek Islands yacht charter, visitors can explore inhabited and uninhabited islands, with picturesque beaches, small quaint villages, secluded bays, and unique anchorages. Greece is filled with ruins of their ancient history, delicious cuisine, and lively evening activities.

Sailing on a Greek Islands yacht charter, sailors can experience line-of-sight cruising, and a variety of sailing conditions depending on the area. The Ionian Sea offers light winds suitable for every ability, or the Saronic Islands offer long stretches of open water to enjoy.

The larger Greek Islands have their own regional airports and can connect to all over Europe and the rest of the world. The smaller Greek Islands can only be reached by boat, as with the uninhabited islands.

1. Santorini

Santorini is one of the most noticeable Greek islands yacht charter destinations, whitewashed buildings and incredible sights.

Santorini. One of the most recognisable Greek Islands is Santorini, with its idyllic clifftops, white-washed buildings, and incredible views. The island is shaped like a crescent and was created by a volcanic eruption hundreds of years ago.

The Cyclades. Santorini is part of the collection of Cyclades Islands, which offer a great place for a Greek Islands yacht charter. Santorini is known for having beautiful picturesque views, its small towns with colourful buildings, and its traditional produce.

Greek Islands Yacht Charter. Santorini is a great Greek Islands yacht charter destination, with turquoise blue waters, beaches with volcanic pebbles, black sand, red sand, and pure white sand.

2. Mykonos

A white-washed paradise in the middle of the Cyclades.

Mykonos. A Greek Island where glam meets simplicity, with marble streets, pure white buildings giving the towns a pure glamorous feel, with their colourful doors and window frames. Mykonos is a popular sailing destination for Greek Islands yacht charters, with azure waters to anchor in or quaint fishing ports and marinas to berth in overnight.

Greek Islands Yacht Charter. Visiting Mykonos on a Greek Islands yacht charter will allow visitors to discover islets, secluded beaches, and great diving destinations. Try some delicious typical Mykonos cuisine of kopanisti, which is a type of soft cheese seasoned with pepper and can be topped with grated tomato and meat dishes.

Little Venice. The 18th-century district of Little Venice has colourful and stylish windows, balconies, waterfront cafes, and quaint windmills in the distance.

3. Corfu

Corfu has a multi-cultural heritage, with natural landscapes, historic buildings, and a Mediterranean feel.

Cosmopolitan Island. Corfu has been influenced throughout time by the Venetians, French, and British, which can be seen throughout the island. The Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with palaces, fortresses, narrow cobbled streets which have a resemblance to Naples.

Greek Islands Yacht Charter. Located in the Ionian, Corfu is a great sailing destination, with surrounding islands to discover, great diving destinations, and secluded beaches.

4. Crete

The Largest Island in Greece with beautiful beaches and national parks.

Crete. Crete is home to ancient treasures, vibrant cities, sleepy villages, a collection of beaches, and beautiful landscapes. The picturesque beaches of Chania, Falarsana, Elafonissos, Agios Nikolaos, and Elounda, offer beautiful sights to visit.

Greek Islands Yacht Charter. The northern wind blows down from the mountains. The meltemi can blow at between 35-45 knots if not stronger. Great places to visit on a Greek Islands yacht charter in Crete are the Gulf of Mirabello on the northeast of the island with beautiful sunsets. Spinalonga Island has superbly clear waters perfect for snorkeling and swimming.

5. Rhodes

Site of the first Greek Island, with the ancient town of Lindos.

Rhodes. Rhodes is considered to be one of the first Greek Islands and is filled with historic buildings and sites from the middle ages. Lindos is a beautiful town to visit with lots to see and do while taking in the historic sites of the Old Town, which is one of the biggest medieval towns in Europe. Here you can sample the local Greek delicacies especially moussaka. On a Greek Island yacht charter, you can explore the island as well as swimming in the clear warm waters which surround it.

Greek Islands Yacht Charter. Located within the collection of Dodecanese islands, Rhodes is a great Greek islands yacht charter destination with a northwest or west breeze or soft wind system called the ‘Meltemi”, which can become rougher and winder on long stretches between islands. In summer months the wind is often stronger between islands and between 11 and 25 knots.

6. Zakynthos

Discover some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Zakynthos. Best known for its thriving party culture Zakynthos is much more than just a party island. With the major bars and clubs confined to one street and area of the island., the rest of the island is home to beautiful bays, turquoise waters, caves, and Navagio Bay. Otherwise known as Shipwreck Bay, Navagio Bay is one of those places you have to see to believe. With its perfectly turquoise waters, white sandy beach, and even a rusty shipwreck. The only way to reach the beach is by boat, although there is a viewing platform from above.

Greek Islands Yacht Charter. Located within the Ionian collection of islands, Zakynthos has idyllic sailing conditions, with a pleasant north-west wind which typically rises in the afternoon, reaching up to 25 knots. Occasionally you can experience violent gusts on the eastern coastlines of Zakynthos.

7. Lefkada

A great place to stop for calamari and a dip in Porto Katsiki.

Lefkada. Connected by a bridge to mainland Greece, Lefkada is a unique island with an island feel but also the influence from mainland Greece. Lefkada is surrounded by bright blue waters, which are crystal clear, the beaches of Kathisma, Egremni, Porto Katsiki, and Milos beach are well worth anchoring in at. Lefkada Town is a great destination to moor up at for a great meal, shopping attractions, and even just to walk around the town.

Greek Islands Yacht Charter. Lefkada is located within the Ionian collection of islands and is generally sunny and warm with light breezes in the afternoon, the South Ionian really is a sailor’s paradise.

8. Paros

Greece's best-kept secret.

Paros. Located in the Aegean Sea north of Santorini, Paros is a beautiful island with traditional villages and picturesque landscapes. Some of the most beautiful places to visit are the Old Port of Naoussa, swimming at Kolymbithres Beach, and visiting some of the best restaurants on the island.  Paros is often referred to as Greece’s best-kept secret, with monuments such as the sanctuary of Delian Apollo and Artemis.

Greek Island Yacht Charter. Located within the Cyclades collection of islands, Paros has the same Meltemia strong northerly winds as the rest of the Cyclades, during late July until the middle of August. This gives more advanced sailors an opportunity to take on the stronger winds on a Greek islands yacht charter.

9. Kefalonia

A treasure in the Ionian Sea.

Kefalonia. A beautiful Greek island with the historical Argostoli, explore the Melissani Cave, Assos village, Fiscrado, and Myrtos Beach. Kefalonia is a great Greek island yacht charter destination with turquoise clear waters, rich in culture and traditions. Kefalonia is a great destination for snorkelling and diving with clear water and a soft seabed.

Greek Island Yacht Charter. Kefalonia is located within the Ionian collection of islands. The island as a sailing destination is suitable for all sailing abilities, the Greek island also offers safe anchorages and picturesque bays to swim in or stop for lunch.

10. Kos

A beautiful historic island

Kos. Inhabited since the 5th-4th BC, Kos is an island filled with castles, forts, monuments, and 112km of coastline to explore. Make sure you visit the medieval castle of Nerantzia castle, the Elefteria Square, and the beaches of Lambi, Kernagio, Psalidi, Aghios Fokes, Thermes, and Tigkaki.

Greek Island Yacht Charter. Located within the Dodecanese Islands is the island of Kos. The Meltimi blows through the islands, with an average of force 4-6 winds, with stronger gusts.

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