Yacht charters : sailing adventures in Greece

Yacht charters adventures

The two main sailing areas in Greece - the Ionian to the west and the Aegean to the east - are difficult to mix in one yacht charter holiday since the vast land mass of the Peloponnese peninsula is in between. The most used charter bases are Athens (serving the eastern Peloponnese (Peloponnesus, Πελοπόννησος) the Saronic, the Argolic and the Cyclades) and Lefkas (serving the south Ionian and the western Peloponnese coast). There are few crewed yacht charters along the south coast of the Peloponnese due to the distance away from either Lefkas or Athens. Hence most sailing adventures here and bareboat yacht charters. Kalamata is sometimes used as a starting base. No gulets or motor sailers, yet predominantly catamarans and monohulls. To sail the southern Peloponnese usually more than 2 weeks charter time is necessary. For bareboat sailing holidays this can be a real adventure since the area will offer advanced winds/waves in the main season (July and August), so an experienced skipper and crew will enjoy this Greek area more. A typical example of the seriousness of cruising the south coasts is the notorious Cape Malea! But all this is worth it: there are many archaeological sites to explore and picturesque fishing villages to visit. Moreover, few tourist will sail this waters.

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