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Sail and yacht charter Greece

Currency
Currency
Euro(EUR)
Language
Language
Greek
Coastline
Coastline
13676 km
Number of islands
Number of islands
6000

About Greece

Greece, or Hellenic republic is a country located in Southern Europe. It is consisted of mountainous and peninsular mainland and myriad of islands. Its coast is highly indented and with all islands creates 11th largest coastline in the world. Greece is one of the most mountainous lands in Europe, with 80% of its surface covered with mountains and hills. Total land surface of Greece is 131957 km ². Capital city is Athens, old cultural and political center of Greek people, all the way from antics. After Athens, largest cities are Thessaloniki, Patras, Heraklion, Larissa and Volos, with only Larissa not being situated on the coast.

Climate of Greece is primarily Mediterranean, featuring mild, wet winters and dry, hot summers. Mountainous climate can also be found, but Mediterranean climate is dominant in most of Greece, especially on the coast and islands. Big number of islands, indented coast and hot summers are the main reasons why tourism is so developed in Greece and why is important part of its GDP. Nautical tourism is one of most important tourism branches of Greece, because country is one of the world’s top spot for sailing.

Requirements for bareboat charter

Since 2010, requirements for bareboat charter in Greece are somewhat different than before and laws are strictly enforced. Harbor authorities in Greece no longer accept national equivalent to International Certificate of Competence (ICC), they only accept ICC. But, all national permissions can be easily converted to ICC.

Licenses issued outside Europe, such as American license ASA 104, are not accepted, but those kind of licenses can also be converted to ICC. The only exception are RYA (Royal Yachting Association of United Kingdom) licenses and certificates. Nevertheless, it is always recommended to obtain an ICC. It was possible before to sign statement that you’re skilled and experienced to skipper the yacht, now it is forbidden to make such statement. Some Greek port authorities require two ICC licenses – one for a skipper and for crew member.

Bareboat charter
Bareboat charter

Tourist tax

Residence tax is payable on a flat rate, even if you are only a day in Greek waters. Residence tax is paid for boats over 7 meters in length, for others it is free of charge. For boats from 7 to 8 meters you pay 200 €, for vessels from 8 to 10 meters length you pay 300 €, for those from 10 to 12 meters charge is 400 €, and for vessels above 12 meters it is paid 100 € per meter.

Oceanis 54

Kalamaki (Alimos Marina), Athens, Greece

from 6205 EUR

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Sun Odyssey 49i

Lavrio Port, Lavrio, Greece

from 3320 EUR

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Bavaria Cruiser 45 (4 cab)

Lavrio Port, Lavrio, Greece

from 3460 EUR

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Catamaran sailing in Greece

Greece is great country for catamaran sailing. Because of its huge number of islands and rugged coast with lot of beautiful bays. Historical places are sometimes right in front of place you dropped the anchor, like on the island of Delos, where you can find famous archeological museum, but the whole island is a museum for itself.

Either archipelago you choose it will be great for catamaran, but it’s good to know that you can choose from 5 island regions. Cyclades, Sporades, Dodecanese islands, Saronic and Ionian islands. Perhaps most attractive are Cyclades, archipelago of about 220 islands relatively close to each other, so you can sail with your catamaran, do good old island hopping and get very fast to the nearest port if in any kind of need. Big sailing destinations there are Santorini, Mykonos, Naxos and Andros.

Catamaran sailing in Greece

If you need more experience in sailing, catamaran is great solution for your vacation and sailing Cyclades just great place to start. Note that Aegean Sea is sometimes challenging and that you’re not sure you can handle it, hire a skipper.

Lagoon 440

Kalamaki (Alimos Marina), Athens, Greece

from 6496 EUR

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Belize 43

Lefkas Marina, Lefkas, Greece

from 3900 EUR

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Greek coast

With its length of 13676 km, Greek coast seems endless. Just to sail around big Ionian Islands of Corfu and Cephalonia is a great adventure and there are so many even bigger challenges. Regions and micro-regions of Greece are vast in numbers, so there are really lot of things to consider when thinking about sailing in Greece. So if you want to:

  • Sail near the coast, choose Peloponnese and visit ruins of Mycenae
  • See something truly attractive, sail through Corinth canal
  • Island hopping and sightseeing, sail Cyclades
  • Enjoy one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, drop anchor in Zakynthos
  • Try some open sea with big island in the back, go to Crete
Greek coast

Of course there are also Sporades, North Aegean islands, like Lesbos, and Dodecanese, with big island of Rhodes. Any place on the Greek coast you choose, be sure you’ll step on beautiful place full of history and Mediterranean charm.

Greek coast

Top destiantions

Cyclades islands

Although Aegean Sea can be challenging, it is great for sailing and Cyclades are its best part. Sailors from all over the world come here to taste great wind for really adrenaline sailing and big reward after adventurous day – unforgettable nightlife. But, you have so many options, so if you want to choose more calm places, you can. Santorini and Mykonos are known for nightlife, but other islands, like Naxos, offer lots of other options. For example, there are plenty archeological sites on Naxos. Best time for sailing Cyclades. are spring or autumn, because of softer winds in this periods.

Destination 1
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Oceanis 41

Kalamaki (Alimos Marina), Athens, Greece

from 2700 EUR

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Lagoon 420 (4 cab)

Corfu (Gouvia Marina), Corfu , Greece

from 5130 EUR

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Oceanis 461

Kalamaki (Alimos Marina), Athens, Greece

from 2000 EUR

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Ionian Islands

If you like to start your sailing vacation in the Northern Greece, it is good to choose northeast. There you can find Ionian Islands. Biggest Ionian Islands, Corfu and Cephalonia offer so much history, with big Venetian stamp visible on Corfu. Vegetation is richer here, so you’ll see pine forests, olive and citrus plantations all over the islands. Winds are favorable here in the summer, with lot of light and warm breezes. One of most popular Ionian island is Zakynthos, known for its night life and one of the most wanted destinations for sailors – Navagio beach or Shipwreck beach, named after ship wreck left there on golden sand, near turquoise sea.

Destination 2
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Sun Odyssey 439 (4 cab)

Kalamaki (Alimos Marina), Athens, Greece

from 3141 EUR

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Gib Sea 51

Corfu (Gouvia Marina), Corfu , Greece

from 3300 EUR

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Saronic Gulf

Relatively close to Athens, but not so much to feel the rush and crowdedness of metropolitan area, Saronic Gulf has great places for sailing and beautiful islands to visit. Winds are mild here, comparing them to Aegean Sea and you’ll find nice and calm cove to drop your anchor. One of most important places to visit is the island of Hydra, where notable artists, such as Leonard Cohen used to live. This island tries to maintain old way of life, you, when you moor there, you’ll need to walk all around the town, because motor vehicles are forbidden on the island and town of Hydra. Important destinations for navigators are also Poros, Salamis, Aegina, Spetses and Dokos.

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Bavaria 42 (3 cab)

Skiathos Marina, Skiathos, Greece

from 2360 EUR

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Lagoon 380

Volos marina, Volos, Greece

from 4000 EUR

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Nautitech 47

No primary base

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