With their clear emerald-turquoise waters and pretty villages of whitewash and windmills, the Greek islands are one of the greatest yachting cruising grounds on earth. Featuring crumbling temples, stunning beaches, and a rich history of myth and legend under endless blue skies, a Greek Yacht Charter is paradise found.
Yet it’s not quite as simple as chartering a superyacht in Athens and floating off into the Aegean Sea, as there are over 2000 Greek islands scattered across the sea in five major (and many minor) archipelagos – each with its own unique history and charm. Deciding where to go on your Greek Island yacht charter can certainly be a challenge.
The majority of Greek Island superyacht charters focus on the glamorous Cyclades and the Ionian Island chains, with some splendid cruising also found in the Dodecanese, Aegean, and Northern Sporades.
The superyacht fleet flocks to the Cyclades each summer, anchoring in the shadow of magnificent Santorini or docking near the famous windmills of Mykonos. A Cyclades yacht charter is sipping a cocktail at sunset by a cliff-top infinity pool high above the Aegean, or shopping in designer boutiques along the whitewash and bougainvillea lanes of Mykonos. The Cyclades have a thriving nightlife and a great superyacht scene, making this archipelago the epicenter of summer action in Greece for yacht charters.
The Ionian Islands
The Ionian chain is also irresistible to yacht charterers, boasting some of the most spectacular beaches in the world, epic watersports, and incredible Byzantine palaces. Everyone must visit the unforgettable Shipwreck Beach on Kryathos, relax or kitesurf beneath the towering cliffs of Lefkada, or drift through the ethereal blue caves of Kefalonia. The cultural landscape in the Ionian Islands is as rich as the geography, with the stunning architecture of Corfu telling the tale of ancient hordes, and the island of Ithaca forming the backdrop to some of Homer’s greatest legends.
If your dream is to escape into a pristine, wild Greece with less of the bustle and tourists of the other chains, then the Dodecanese islands are for you. Savor the history of the island of Rhodes, or just float through the quiet islands, hiking up forested mountains, sunbathing on quiet beaches, and eating in local tavernas by the sparkling sea.
Much like the Dodecanese but lusher, the Aegean islands are the ideal place to float away from all the cares in the world. Quiet and steeped in Greek history, these islands are covered in mountains and deep pine forests, with tranquil villages and sunlit coves. Hike the wonderful paths of Somothraki or Samos, or visit Lesvos, considered the ancient birthplace of art and philosophy.
The Northern Sporades
If you want lots of action and nightlife and aren’t so fussed about the ultra-high end experience, then the extremely pretty Northern Sporades are an excellent option for yacht charters. The towns are lively and the beaches here are some of Greece’s best, but be warned, you will have to share them as the Northern Sporades get very busy in the summer months.
So, what will it be? The glamor of the Cyclades, the spectacular beaches of the Ionian, the quiet beauty of the Dodecanese or Aegean, or the lively beach and nightlife scene of the beautiful Northern Sporades?
Wherever you end up in Greece, you’ll be sure to encounter extraordinary natural beauty and an enchanting yachting experience. To find out more about a Greek yacht charter contact Worth Avenue Yachts.