Greece is definitely the place to go if you want a luxury cruise full of unforgettable experiences. Take a look back in time at the Acropolis or venture into the bustling capital city of Athens to see how Greeks live today. Explore the magical landscape, enjoy the crystal blue sea, try Greek food and get to know the wonderful culture and history of Greece. Greece has a rich history, fantastic weather throughout the year and many beautiful beaches that attract tourists from all over the world. A catamaran or sailboat cruise in this European capital of culture gives you the opportunity to experience this stunning country like never before!
General about Greece
The Greek islands make up 20% of the total area of Greece, an ideal area for sailing, creating a coastline of more than 15,000 kilometers. Greece has about 6,000 islands and islets scattered in the Aegean and Ionian seas. Just 12 privileged islands (Astypalaia, Chalki, Ikaria, Kalymnos, Karpathos, Kasos, Kastellorizo, Leros, Nisyros, Patmos, Symi, Tilos) have so much to offer that you’ll want to have enough time to explore their unique nature, culture and heritage! The Greek islands are grouped into the following groups: Argo-Saronic Islands; Dodecanese; North Aegean Islands; Sporades and the famous islands of the Cyclades-Kikládhes, a large but dense collection of islands and islets occupying the central part of the Aegean Sea. The beautiful Cycladic islands form a circle around the holy island of Delos where, according to Greek mythology, Poseidon, the god of the sea, enraged at the Cycladic nymphs, turned them into islands! The Cyclades group of islands is the perfect choice for your sailing trip as it is a stunning combination of lifestyle, culture, history, cuisine and natural beauty that can rival any dream island getaway in the world.
Nautical infrastructure in Greece
People have sailed in Greece since ancient times. The ancient Greeks worshiped the gods of wind and sea, and since there are many islands, sailing was part of everyday life and trade throughout Greek history. As a result, every small village has a harbor or wharf, and you’ll find that you’re never far from a safe haven or anchorage.
Climate and cruising conditions in Greece
The climate along this coast has a Mediterranean character: mild, wet winters and dry, hot summers. The sailing season in Greece lasts from May to October. Mid-season weather is mild with very few storms, making it the perfect time to sail the Greek Islands. The main months for sailing in Greece are July and August. This is the perfect time to sail to the Greek islands and enjoy the Mediterranean climate of hot, dry summers with average temperatures between 26 and 30°C.
Sailing locations in Greece
Cruising Greece is a special experience, whether you stick to the mainland or visit the surrounding islands. The islands near the mainland have something special that makes them unique and unforgettable, and by entering the port of Piraeus you enter a world of rich history that will delight you. The capital of Greece, Athens, is home to the impressive ruins of the former city fortress. The Acropolis of Athens is one of the most famous, best-preserved depictions of an ancient citadel that you can still see today. On Corfu, an island once ruled by the Venetians, the French and the British, you can visit the town of the same name, which has the influences of many contrasting but complementary cultures. One of the places that everyone must see during a Greek sailing or catamaran cruise is Santorini, the pearl of the Mediterranean. Located in the southern Aegean Sea, an eruption of volcanic lava created this archipelago approximately 1,500 years ago. White houses with blue domed roofs stand high on the cliffs, passive guardians of the island, beckoning tourists from near and far. Crete, the largest of the Greek islands, is also one of the most popular. To visit this island during your cruise, dock in Heraklion or Chania and discover the many cultural attractions the island has to offer. Mykonos is a party island in the Aegean Sea, many bars lined up along the promenade with a sensational view of the sea. Watch one of Mykonos’ magnificent sunsets before partying the night away.
Diving in Greece
With more than 240 inhabited islands and a significant coastline, you’ll find a wide variety of diving that includes walls, wrecks, caves and reefs. The Peloponnese Wreck near Mykonos is one of the most legendary dives in the islands, so be sure to dive into this 1930 shipwreck. On Naxos, see the seaplane wreck, Arado 196. Koundouros Reef teems with marine life and visibility can be excellent.
Nightlife in Greece
When the sun goes down, you’ll find that Greece is also home to a vibrant nightlife, and that’s something you don’t want to miss. Enjoy dancing to everything from cutting-edge electronic music to traditional Greek songs, or relax in an Irish pub or jazz bar. Some of the more famous locations for a varied and rich nightlife are: the island of Mykonos, Paros, Ios, Rorfu, Rhodes, Zakynthos.