Yachting in Greece, especially in the Greek islands, is a unique and fascinating experience, not just for Greeks, but mostly for visitors that arrive in Greece to have a dream come true.
Greece’s geographical position, ideal weather conditions, the breathtaking beauty of its island clusters – DODECANESE, AEGEAN ISLANDS, IONIAN ISLANDS, CYCLADES, SPORADES and the PELOPONNESE – are beckoning to explore them sailing aboard a yacht along its 3,000 islands and over 20,000 km of charming coastline, a very popular activity among visitors in Greece.
A trip on the calm Greek waters, on your own or a chartered yacht, is a one-of-a-time adventure while sailing among beautiful clusters of islands, such as the Aegean Islands, the Ionian Islands, the Cyclades, Sporades, Dodecanese, Crete, Rhodos, Corfu, Paxoi and many more, offering the possibility to anchor in naturally protected bays of rare beauty, visit inaccessible beaches and swim with safety in exceptionally clear and transparent waters.
Greek yachting has become very popular in the past two decades and has developed into a vigorous industry with new marinas boasting excellent infrastructure, providing mooring and maintenance services to a range of yachts, small or large.
There are three main groups of yachts: crewed, bareboat and flotillas. Most of them are based in the marinas along the coast of Athens and Pireaeus, but also the Cyclades, Rhodos, Corfu, Thessaloniki, Chalkidiki, Sporades, Crete, Peloponnese and several other Greek islands.
Sailing the Greek waters aboard a yacht provides for easy and safe navigation, given the large number of lighthouses, excellent visibility and absence of fog. Most importantly, all yachts can be accommodated at most Greek ports at any time with the assistance of a VHS network sponsored by the Greek Ministry of Mercantile Marine.
Infrastructure in Greece is continually improving to meet the needs and demand of a rising yachting tourism.
Greece responds to the challenge of rising yachting tourism with the construction of new marinas, including in its development projects the construction of new ports with services for yachts and cruise boats, aiming to attract more visitors who wish to sail the Greek islands aboard a yacht.
In Greece there are several marinas with over 8,000 mooring berths and state of the art facilities, in Athens, Piraeus, the Saronic Gulf, Peloponnese, Crete, Rhodos, Kos, the Cyclades Islands, the Ionian Islands, Chalkidiki, Aegean Islands and Sporades, as well as readily available supplies in most islands and the coastal areas on the mainland.
Yachting holidays in Greece and the Greek islands is a dream-come-true, under ideal weather conditions, a truly unique experience.
MAIN MARINAS AND HOTEL BAYS IN GREECE
1. Piraeus, Attica, Argosaronikos Bay
• Zea Marina
• Flisvos Marina
• Alimos Marina
• Glyfada Marina
• Vouliagmeni Marina
• Olympic Marine, Lavrion
• Methana Marina
• Xylokastron Marina (Corinthiakos Bay)
• Patras Glyfada Marina (Patraikos Bay)
• Kalamata Marina (Mesiniakos Bay)
3. Crete Island
• Porto Gouces Marina, Iraklio (Cretan Sea)
• Aghios Nikolaos Marina, Lasithi (Cretan Sea)
4. Dodecanese Islands
• Mandraki Marina, Rhodes (SE Aegean)
• Kos Marina, Kos (SE Aegean)
• "Lakki Marina" protected bay, Leros (SE Aegean)
5. Cyclades Islands
• "Porto Paros" hotel harbour, Paros (SE Aegean)
6. Central Macedonia
• Kalamaria Aretsous Marina, Thessaloniki (Thermaikos Bay)
• "Porto Sani" Marina, Cassandra, Chalkidiki (Thermaikos Bay)
• "Porto Karras" Marina, Sithonia, Chalkidiki (Cassandra Bay)
7. Central Greece
• Vounaki Marina, Palero, Etoloakarnania (Ionian Sea)
• Cleopatra Marina, Aktio, Etoloakarnania (Amvrakikos Bay)
8. Ionian Islands
• Gouvia Marina, Corfu (Ionian Sea)
• Lefkada Marina, Lefkada (Ionian Sea)