5 Best Places to Go On a Greece Yacht Rental

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5 Best Places to Go On a Greece Yacht Rental

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A Greece yacht rental is the perfect summer vacation, in the sun and social distancing, enjoying your vacation out on the ocean. Greece has five main sailing areas the Dodecanese, the Ionian, Saronic, Cyclades, and the Sporades. Each of these collections of islands has something different to offer on a Greece yacht rental. The Ionian islands are often calmer than the other collections of islands, making them ideal for beginners, while the Cyclades offer a more challenging Greece yacht rental with higher winds and longer passages between destinations.

In this guide to the 5 best places to go on a Greece yacht rental, we will explore these five collections of islands to give you a better understanding of each and help you to decide which is the best collection of islands to discover on your Greece yacht rental.

5 Best Places to Go On a Greece Yacht Rental

1. Ionian

Ideal for Sailors of All Abilities

The collection of islands located off the west coast of Greece is called the Ionian islands. These islands stretch from Corfu in the north to Zakynthos in the south. Some of the more well-known islands in this chain are Corfu, Antipaxos, Paxos, Zakynthos, Ithaca, Kefalonia, Lefkada, Kythira, and many smaller islands. There are also some great town and small villages on the west coast of mainland Greece which make for great Greece yacht rental destinations, such as Syvota, Parga, and many more.

The Ionian islands are known for their north-westerly prevailing winds, which are fairly consistent, which are ideal for sailors of all abilities. On a Greece yacht rental in the Ionian, you can choose from the north or south Ionian itinerary, meaning small distances between passages and idyllic conditions.

2. Saronic

Steady Meltemi Winds

The Saronic islands are located close to mainland Greece and Athens. Many Greece yacht rental Saronic itineraries will begin and end in Athens. The Saronic Gulf is formed by two of the most prominent peninsulas in the Aegean Sea. In between the areas of Attica and Argolis, the gulf offers several islands worth visiting and the steadily-blowing Meltemi winds.

The most popular Saronic islands are Hydra, Spetses, Aegina, Poros, and Agistri. On a Greece yacht rental, you can spend days exploring the smaller islands and discovering the variety of wildlife, including friendly short-beaked common dolphins and fin whales. History and relaxation meld together in this land of the Greek gods.

3. Dodecanese

North Winds Perfect for Everyone

On a Greece yacht rental in the Dodecanese, there are 15 larger islands and over 150 smaller islands, located in the Southeastern Aegean Sea. Within this collection of islands, only 26 are inhabited. The Dodecanese islands cover an area of 1,048 square miles.

Often referred to as the ‘sunniest corner of Greece’, with crystal clear turquoise waters, sandy and stone beaches, stunning archaeological landmarks, and traditional settlements. There are also unique Byzantine and medieval monuments which cover a large number of the islands.

A Greece yacht rental in the Dodecanese is perfect for everyone and all abilities.

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4. Cyclades

More Challenging Wind Conditions

The Cyclades collection of islands has around 220 islands located southeast of mainland Greece. The circular series of islands is located in the heart of the Aegean Sea. Many of the islands are famous for their blue and white architecture, food scenes, sophistication and sun-drenched rocks, as well as one of a kind archaeological sites.

The Cyclades islands include Mykonos, Kea, Syros, Naxos, Koufonissia Islets, Paros, Sifnos, Amorgos, and many more. Two of the main sailing routes start from Athens and Paros.

On a Greece yacht rental, the Cyclades are perfect for intermediate or advanced sailors with varying winds, which can become strong when the Meltemi hits.

A Greece yacht rental to the Cyclades is ideal for families and couples who want to explore the beautiful Aegean Sea and experience a wilder and more dramatic area of Greece. 

5. Sporades

Ideal for Intermediate or Advance Sailors (Level 3)

On a Greece yacht rental, the Sporades are a great collection of islands to visit with 24 islands in the Aegean Sea. Four of these islands are completely free of human residents – you’ll only find gorgeous scenery and empty beaches. Much of the area is considered a national park, and guests are encouraged to explore the area while leaving things carefully preserved behind them.

The four main islands in the collection are Alonnisos, Skiathos, Skopelos, and Skyros. These islands are like stepping back in time on your Greece yacht rental with small quaint villages and fishing ports to explore.

This is a slightly more challenging Greece yacht rental ideal for those with a few sailing trips already under their belt (Level 3).

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