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At the edge of a translucent sea, and close to the Mediterranean sun, nautical tourism keeps going back and forth in between the Cyclades and Crete. Renting a motorboat or a sailboat in order to get away from the crowded places in the summer and be delighted by beautiful Islands, is the best way to enjoy your Greek trip.
Chartering a boat in Greece is a great opportunity to explore the area by catamaran, sailboat, or motorboat, with your family or your friends. Rent directly in the Cyclades and make the crossing to the many surrounding islands, with or without skipper and discover heavenly islands full of traditions and culture. We recommend you to explore the Aegean Sea, Paros, Mykonos and Rhodes on the Ionian Sea; perfect places to charter a yacht, enjoy scuba diving, or learn to kite surf. Renting a boat in Greece and navigating in between the islands will be a great experience and allow you to enjoy Greece to the fullest.
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No, you do not need a boat license to charter a yacht in Greece. However, if you do not hold a relevant license, you will need to rent a boat with a skipper. On Click&Boat you can find thousands of boats in Greece available for skippered rentals.
You can rent a wide range of boats, from classic sailboats to modern motorboats and comfortable catamaran. If you opt for a sailing trip in the Aegean Sea, be prepared to tackle the notorious meltemia winds: strong, dry north winds from late spring to early autumn.
Everyone knows Greece as a summer destination. Particularly the Cyclades Islands in the Aegean Sea and the Ionian Islands in Western Greece are visited by millions of tourists from late May to early September. However, Crete in Southern Greece is an ideal destination for a spring or mid-autumn boating holiday, with temperatures around 20 – 30 degrees. As for the main cities, Athens and Thessaloniki, they are popular city break destinations around the year.
Of course you can! If you rent a boat in the Dodecanese Islands, for example Kos or Rhodes, you can sail to the Turkish Riviera and visit resorts such as Marmaris, Bodrum and Fethiye. Many sailing enthusiasts choose to rent a gullet, a traditional wooden sailboat with two or three masts.
In the summer, when most people choose to charter a yacht in Greece, temperatures range between 25 and 40 degrees; often close to 42 degrees in a case of a heatwave.
TAs in other Mediterranean yachting destinations, high season starts in mid-July and end in late August. Early June up to July and September are also quite busy, while between April and late May you can find great boats at affordable prices.
If you have a valid boating licence in another EU country, you may indeed opt for a bareboat yacht charter. However, this depends on the size of the boat you want to hire in Greece. You can ask the boat owner via Click&Boat’s messaging tool.
You can fly to Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (AIA). From there you take the underground to reach downtown Athens within around 40 minutes– currently the price for a ticket is 10 euros. Other options include taking a bus to the Syntagma Square, the central square of the Greek capital for 6 euros, or taking a taxi (average price 30-40 euros depending on the destination). Other cities with large airports include Macedonia Airport in Thessaloniki (the go-to airport if you are heading to Chalkidiki) and Heraklion Airport N. Kazantzakis in Heraklion, Crete. Many major islands also have their own airports with regular flights from and to major European countries.
If you are heading to the city’s port, Piraeus, you can take a bus (X96) from the airport or take the metro up to Monastiraki station where you have to change and take the line to Piraeus.
Greece is a member of the European Union, and therefore all European citizens can visit the country without a visa; passport or just a national identity card will do. For American citizens, no visa is required if you are planning to stay less than 90 days. Citizens of other countries will have to check with their local authorities.
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Greece is located in the south of the Balkans, between the Ionian Sea and the Aegean Sea. Nautical tourism is well developed in Greece, thanks to its paradise islands and translucent sea, which makes it a perfect destination for sailing. If you don't have your boating licence yet you can choose to sail with a skipper.
While wandering through the streets of Athens, taste the delicious Moussaka, the Skordalia and the local Tzatziki, much better than the ones in our supermarkets! To finish your meal, try some Baklavas. The Greek gastronomy also boasts two well known beverages: Retsina, with a pine nutty flavour, and the famous Ouzo, an alcoholic beverage made with anise.
Greece, composed of 80% of mountains and high peaks such as Mount Olympus, is a country with an extremely rich cultural background. Explore beautifully preserved architecture and historic monuments and be prepared for beautiful evenings on the beach and dining next to the sea. Athens is not the only great city, don’t forget to discover the major cities like Thessaloniki, Patras, Heraklion and Corfu. The smaller cities are also equally charming with their strong cultural influence and untouched beauty.
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We sailed to Egine (main marina), Poros (main marina), Hydra (Nikolaos) = an amazing cruise of one week :) Poros is well protected from N winds. It is a wonderful place to visit and there are very nice restaurants. I recommend. We didn't spend a lot of time in Athens. Maybe next time!
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