For unique sailing holidays it pays to look at the east Aegean
, notably at the Southern Sporades directly north of the famous Dodecanese
. One of the gems of this archepelago is the island of Chios
, also known as Hios or Khios. Although there is no base for yacht charters
on the island itself it is well within reach from the yacht charter base in Samos
(one week) and certainly also from Kos island
if you are planning a two week itinerary
or longer. Ferries from Athens
or the Cyclades
are rare and very time consuming, better to arrange a domestic flight from Athens
to Chios. Alternatively fly on Samos or Lesbos (Lesvos), good ferry and hydrofoil connections between these islands.
The extra logistics are very much worth a visit to Chios and Psara as well as the rest of the Sporades islands in the east Aegean. And indeed these remote islands are often included on Blue Cruises
from İzmir, Kuşadası, Çeşme and even as far south as Bodrum
. Although sailing across the border
is troublesome and expensive many sailing holidays
organized from the Ionian Coast of Turkey
include both the Turquoise coast and the Sporades islands, which can easily be done on gulets or motorsailers
as long as the total number of guests isn't larger than twelve. (note that blue cruises are identical to blue voyages).
Sporades yacht charters
The predominant sailing holidays in these waters concern sailing yachts
, mostly from the Samos and Kos yacht charters bases, but also privately owned yachts that wish to avoid the melee near Athens and the Saronic
, especially in the main sailing season
of July and August. The Kos marina is home to one of the largest fleet of catamarans in the east Mediterranean.
From Chios one can sail to Limnos, Lesvos, Psara, Ikaria, Samos, but also cross towards the Cyclades, particularly Tinos and Andros islands.
Nea Moni (see image) is one of the important historic sites to visit, but much of the cultural heritage is older than Roman times. When planning an itinerary in these glorious waters, allow plenty of time on each island to explore the rich ancient archaeological sites
and medieval history.
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