SAILING THE GREEK ISLANDS WITH HELLENIC YACHT CHARTERS
The Cyclades Islands by HELLENIC YACHTS CHARTERS
The most famous of the Greek Islands, the Cyclades are composed of 56 islands, only 24 of which are inhabited. It is a magnet for sailors all over the world thanks to its gorgeous sandy beaches, traditional blue and white architecture and warm and hospitable people. The most well known amongst them are Amorgos, Andros, Antiparos, Delos, Ios, Kea, Folegandros, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Santorini, Serifos, Sifnos, Syros and Tinos.
Wind and Sailing Conditions. The ideal time to visit the Cyclades Islands is June through mid July. By the end of July and August however, the ‘Meltemi’ wind that blows from the north, northwest can reach Force 5-6 and even on occasion Force 7-8 so caution is advised.
The Saronic Islands by HELLENIC YACHTS CHARTERS
Located within easy reach of Athens, this charming and understated group of islands has much to offer the visitor including great dining, shopping, charming Greek towns, and the convenience of its proximity to the country's dynamic capital city.
Made up of Aegina, Agkistri, Spetses, Hydra, Poros, Salamina and the peninsula of Methana, it is a wonderful destination all year round for your luxury yacht charter due to its sheltered location and delightful natural beauty.
Wind and Sailing conditions: The Saronic, Argolic and eastern coast of the Peloponnesian Gulf is a very well protected cruising area making it fantastic for those charterers looking to sail for the first time. It has mild winds, usually from the north to northeast and that average Force 3-4 as it is predominately sheltered from the strong Meltemi wind that affects most of the other Island groups in Greece. This sheltered location and its close proximity to Athens makes it a brilliant sailing destination by motor boat.
In the Argolic Gulf and Hydra Island, the wind blows mainly from the southeast. The Meltemi wind can be strong in the afternoon, but otherwise it is normally calm. The Kabatic wind also affects the region coming off the mountaintops of the Peloponnese though very rarely reaching higher than Force 5 and blowing for short periods of time. The average temperature from June to September in this region is 25-34C (77-93 F) but in May and October the weather is a little bit cooler.
Evia by HELLENIC YACHTS CHARTERS
The prefecture of Evia (which also includes the island of Skiros), is next to the prefecture of Viotia on the east and on the south touches the Aegean Sea, on the north and northwest to the Pagasitiko and Maliako Gulf, while on the west and southwest with the north and south Evian Gulf.
KALAMOS - EVIA
The Sporades Islands by HELLENIC YACHTS CHARTERS
The Sporades Islands lie on the eastern coast of mainland Greece and consist of 11 islands of which only 4 are inhabited: Skiathos, where the worldwide acclaimed feature Mamma Mia was filmed, Skopelos, Alonnisos and Skyros.
The Sporades Islands are a fertile and green archipelago that are different to that of anywhere else in Greece.
Known as the emerald of the Aegean, its pine-forested mountains slope down to some of the best beaches in the Mediterranean and pristine green – blue waters. It is unspoiled and authentic and will be sure to provide sailors with a magical vacation on your Greece boat charter.
Wind and sailing conditions. The summer months in the Sporades are dry and warm. The prevailing wind in the summer is the ‘Meltemi’ (force 3-4) that provides fantastic sailing conditions but do also look out for the ‘Sirrocco’, a southerly wind that blows every few weeks in early and late season.
The Ionian Islands by HELLENIC YACHTS CHARTERS
The Ionian Islands are found in the cool deep waters just off the west coast of Greece. Comprising of 12 islands and islets, their lush vegetation, beautiful beaches and charming villages makes it an ideal chartering destination. Corfu, Lefkada, Kefalonia, Zakynthos, Ithaca and Paxi are the six large Ionian Islands and Antipaxi, Erikousa, Mathraki, Othoni, Meganisi and the deserted islets of Strofades south of Zakynthos make up the rest. You will be sure to find the true meaning of Greek hospitality here.
Wind and Sailing Conditions. The wind and sailing conditions in the Ionian Sea are steady and predictable which makes it fun for sailors of all abilities. Winds normally start to build around midday but drop off towards sunset – perfect for sailing to your evening destination after a morning spent snorkelling and enjoying the pristine waters. From May to September the wind tends to blow from the Northwest at Force 2-5. In spring and autumn the wind is less strong and blows usually from the Southwest.
Dodecanese Islands by HELLENIC YACHTS CHARTERS
Made up of 12 large islands and numerous smaller ones, the Dodecanese Islands again are unique in what they offer the charterer. This sunny, far-flung corner of Greece features stunning sandy or pebble beaches, traditional Greek towns, imposing monuments as well as typically excellent Greek gastronomy. Astypalea, Leros, Lipsi, Nisyros, Kalymnos, Karpathos, Kastellorizo, Kos, Patmos, Rhodes, Tilos are just a few that make up this beautiful Island chain.
Wind and Sailing Conditions. During the summer, the prevailing wind is the ‘Meltemi’, which blows from the northwest. It blows fitfully in June and October but regular winds between force 4 and 6 can be expected in between. In the spring and autumn, the wind is usually force 2-4 and blows from the southeast. The daily weather forecast in English is at 1.30pm on 1493 kHz.
Crete by HELLENIC YACHTS CHARTERS
Crete is the largest island in Greece and is located in the southern part of the Aegean Sea. Avoiding the touristic traps, this island is one of the most beautiful spots in the world.Cretan cuisine, the paradigm of the Mediterranean diet, will make you feel you’ve die and gone to heaven! Self sufficient, this is probably the place where organic food was born!
The islands of Gavdos (situated south of Crete), Elafonissos (in the Gulf of Laconia) and Trizonis (in the Gulf of Corinth), do not forming a group but are still of unparalleled natural beauty.
The Greek coast has a total length of approximately 16,000 km. Half of this length includes the thousands of Greek islands scattered through the Greek seas, while the rest extends along the mainland.
The Greek shores are world-famous and exceedingly popular because they are known for their crystal clean and clear waters, as well as for their unique diversity.The visitor has the opportunity to enjoy beaches stretching along over many kilometers, sheltered bays and coves, golden stretches of sand with dunes, pebble beaches, coastal caves with steep rocks and dark sand typical of volcanic soil. Every year hundreds of beaches and marinas in Greece are awarded with the “Blue Flag”.
Most of the thousands of Greek coasts are freely accessible and you can easily discover and enjoy them.
There are also many organized beaches in the country, with the necessary infrastructure providing high-quality services (umbrellas, reclining chairs, change booths, cafes, bar-restaurants etc), where, apart from swimming, you can enjoy water sports (water skiing, windsurfing, diving, etc) as well as other means of having fun in the water, such as the parasailing, “inner tubes”, “bananas”, wakeboard, jet ski, etc. All organized beaches also have manned lifeguard towers, ensuring safe swimming in the area.