Greece welcomes EU and non-EU vaccinated tourists from 14 May, which must make it the
ultimate yacht charter destination for island-hopping this summer. Bounded on the west by
the Ionian Sea, on the south by the Mediterranean, and on the east by the Aegean Sea,
Greece has 13,676 kilometres of sea coast and over 6,000 islands and islets to explore.
Experience your very own luxury yacht charter over the extended summer season from May
to October; the only problem being, with so much choice where do you begin?
The chic Cyclades islands lie approximately 150 nautical miles south-east of Athens,
considered by many to be the archetypal Greek islands they are home to some of Greece’s
top superyacht destinations. Mykonos and Santorini boast sugar cube villages and attract
throngs of well-heeled partygoers, while for those seeking a more off-the-beaten track
experience head to Kea and the elegant Syros.
Journey north into the Aegean Sea to the Sporades, aptly named ‘emeralds of the Aegean’
offer exquisite anchorages framed by lush slopes. The four main inhabited islands of
Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos and Skyros are resplendent with glittering coves ripe for yacht
The lesser-known but equally magical Saronic islands including Poros and unforgettable
Hydra, unfurl like stepping stones from Athens, and are sprinkled with Byzantine castles,
charming harbours, ancient towns and stunning anchorages.
On the west coast of Greece, the seven main islands of the Ionian – Corfu, Paxos, Lefkas,
Meganisi, Ithaca, Kefalonia, and Zakynthos (Zante) boast some of the best beaches in
Greece. These west coast verdant islands extend to the southern tip of the Peloponnese
with maquis-dotted hills and bright turquoise bays, tranquil coves and pristine shores.
The much-mythologised Dodecanese islands lie a short cruise from the south-west coast of
Turkey and are sprinkled with ancient ruins, and restful islets. In addition to the hubs of
Rhodes and Kos, Leros and Pserimos offer an extended adventure for yacht lovers.
The region is well set up for Marinas, in Athens Zea Marina accommodates yachts up to
120m. In the Ionian, Lefkas Marina has berths for yachts up to 40 metres and Gouvia Marina
in Corfu has berths up to 80 metres. Skiathos Marina accommodates yachts up to 80 metres
and Rhodes Marina has moorings for craft up to 120 metres. The undeniable allure of any
Greek charter, however, is the plethora of serene and restful coves, ideal for simply dropping
down the hook.
Getting to Greece
Commercial and private jets operate at Athens airport, Santorini (Thira) International airport,
Skiathos Island airport, Mykonos airport, Corfu International Airport, Rhodes International.
For the Dodecanese, Kos Ippokratis Airport and Rhodes International airport are best