The long charter season starts as early as March when air temperatures rise above the seawater temperatures, which has a stabilizing effect. Around mid-May the Azores High gradually becomes more dominant and the Euro-Asian High loses its influence, resulting in very stable weather.
July and August peak in high temperatures and sun hours - the high season for chartering! In Oct/Nov the Azores High becomes less dominant and frontal systems - followed by cool air masses - start entering the East Mediterranean from the north. The contact with the relative warmer seawater will subsequently lead to an unstable atmosphere and showers.
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The best bases for yacht charters are Athens, Lavrion, Syros, Kos, Paros, Samos, Corfu, Lefkas. Yet, also look at Rhodes, Skiathos, Mykonos etc.
Moreover, see my guide to yacht charters in Greece and Turkey!
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When in doubt of your capabilities or just a little rusty, a flotilla might be a nice compromise. This way you sail along with other boats, yet you are still the captain of your own boat but can turn to an “admiral” for advice if you want to. Though, you have to go where the rest goes. Most flotillas take place in the Saronic, the Ionian, and to a lesser extend the Argolida.
A little niche are the assisted bareboat charters, which are a blend between the standard bareboats and flotillas.
You get more freedom of course - though with a stranger on board - with a crewed charter or the comfortable gulet charters. These fine yacht charters vary from just one skipper/instructor onboard to additional cooks, hostesses etc. On the larger yachts you can also opt for a cabin charter, effectively like a cruise, in which you rent just your own cabin.
Best to sail with the reliable companies of course, but many of these are not very keen on their yachts ending up downwind of Athens or other larger bases. Therefore, a one way charter comes with an additional fee, but it is definitely worth your money.
During the sailing season the winds blow from the north-west or the north-east in most areas: Corfu to Lefkas, Athens to Syros, Athens to Paros, Kos to Rhodes, etc. are some examples of one-way itineraries.
Finally, Lavrion port (on the mainland at the south-east tip of Attica) is often overlooked as a perfect start into the Cyclades.
Again, it is always better to start at a major base like Athens and perhaps Lavrion, since the owners of the charter company would very much like to meet you and help you with the additional requests you might have.
The requirements to charter bareboats.
Selecting your charter yacht.
Catamarans vs monohulls.
How to prevent prevent seasickness.
The Greek sailing areas.
Itineraries in the Ionian.
Itineraries in the Argolis and Saronic.
Itineraries in the Dodecanese.
Itineraries in the Cyclades.
Oneway itineraries in the Aegean Sea.
Indispensable books about (sailing in) Turkey and Greece.