Apart from the more advanced sailing area of the southern Aegean
- particularly the famous south Cycladic islands below Paros
, etc. - every sailing area of Greece
is suitable for regular bareboats
and ideal freedom yacht charters
. In the Saronic and Argolic
(out of the Athens' Kalamaki base: Alimos marina
) and the Ionian (out of the Lefkas/Nidri or Corfu/Gouvia bases) even the beginners can get a real taste of chartering bareboats themselves since these waters are very easy and suitable for novice sailing. For this very reason also the flotilla fleets
can be found here, and all the reliable charter businesses offer yacht charters
out of the aforementioned bases and have crew (skippers, hostesses, instructors, cooks
) as well as yachts stationed there because of the popularity of these venues.
This is for the same reason also a drawback: most experienced sailors with bareboats in mind aim for more tranquil seas which can be found for instance in the Dodecanese and especially the Eastern Sporades, which is certainly off the beaten track. Starting out of Kos, Samos or Rhodes will allow for quiet sailing and anchoring in secluded bays, perfect terrain for the bareboats available there. Also note that the Eastern Sporades are rather less windswept than the Cyclades. Furthermore, a oneway itinerary from Samos to either Kos or Rhodes has the prevailing winds from aft.
Ionian itineraries should include: Meganisi, Kalamos, Kastos, Astakos, Vathi, Ithaca, Kioni, Sivota, Poros, Paxos, Parga and Mourtos.
Dodecanese itineraries should include: Nisyros, Symi, Patmos, Kalymnos, Leros and Astypalea.
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