Greece has several large island groups, with a total of around 6,000 islands and islets that allow for diverse trips from one island to another. In combination with the eastern Mediterranean sun and wind, what more could a sailor want?
Let yourself be enchanted by the charm of the Mediterranean. Greece offers endless possibilities for very special sailing holidays. With its many beautiful islands, it is no wonder that Greece is a popular destination for tourists from all over the world.
Depending on the area of Greece, you can expect a comfortable wander through the bays in calmer regions such as the Ionian Sea, the Saronic Gulf, or the Sporades. Alternatively, you can wrestle with the vivacious currents of the Cyclades or the Dodecanese.Whether you are looking for an adventurous sailing experience, a family holiday on the water, or a relaxing trip on a luxurious catamaran, you can experience a holiday according to your taste when you rent with us in Greece.
In addition to the boating experience, the traditional Mediterranean country offers exciting sights and activities. This includes the numerous cafés, bars, restaurants and shops as well as the beautiful coasts and bays with their wide beaches that provide a balance of history and culture. Sail from island to island on your catamaran charter in Greece and discover a different port of the Aegean Sea every day.
Prices range depending on the island, the number of people on board, and the time of year. On average, a catamaran hire for around 12 people is about €4,000 / week in the low season and €10,000 / week in the high season.
With thousands of islands, Greece offers a variety of sailing opportunities and thus an optimal destination for your sailing trip. Exciting excursions and beautiful coasts to impress even the experienced sailors await you. The Greek sailing area can be divided into four areas, each of which has two bases. From here you can start your journey. Modern marinas and well-equipped moorings ensure fun and relaxation even at anchor.
Greece has a predominantly Mediterranean climate. In general, the summer months offer ideal conditions for sailing. In the dry summer season between May and September, temperatures typically range between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius. Precipitation is rather rare during this time, however, heat storms may occasionally occur. In winter there is more rain, but the weather remains rather mild.
In the Saronic Gulf and the Cyclades, the tidal range is so low that it can be neglected. Moreover, the water level in this area is more influenced by the wind than by the tides. Similarly, the tidal range of 0.1 to 0.5 meters in the Ionian Sea is negligible.
The water current flows counter clockwise to the north along the coast. It then turns west and flows south along the Italian coast. Throughout its course, the current is rarely stronger than one to one and a half knots, except for narrow sea channels such as in Preveza where it can rise to up to three knots.
The sea level is generally influenced more by the wind than by the tides in the eastern Mediterranean. In addition, the air pressure has an impact on the water depths. The following applies: High air pressure and offshore winds lower the sea level while low air pressure and onshore wind cause the sea level to rise.
In the eastern Mediterranean, the wind system called Meltemi prevails predominantly. In the summer months, this repeatedly ensures strong periods with four to six wind forces, which are especially noticeable during the day. This is particularly noticeable in the Cyclades, Sporades and the Dodecanese. Typically, the Meltemi usually subsides in the evening and is not an issue. However, on particularly stormy days, wind currents can sometimes reach strengths between six and eight Beaufort, which then also make themselves felt at night. These periods of strong winds can last up to three days. The wind coming from the northwest makes the area a challenging sailing area to rent a catamaran in Greece.
If you are looking for a more relaxing journey, particular attention should be paid to the strong gusts of fall on the leeward side of the islands, which blow over the anchor bays, as well as cape and jet effects on the sides of the island or between them. Otherwise, the Ionian Sea is a bit quieter and more stable because the charter area here is dominated by the thermals.
The many bases on the islands and the mainland form many attractive starting points for a sailing trip – with numerous interesting and impressive points of contact. We have put together some highlights for you.
There is likely an option to hire a skipper and a crew on catamaran charters. While they come with an extra price, there are many advantages to having them onboard with you as you explore the gorgeous islands of Greece. To begin, this means that you and your party do not have to know how to sail and you can relax as a professional will take care of the sailing. Moreover, a skipper will be familiar with the islands and be able to accommodate the journey to your liking as well as teach you about the local waters, history, and culture. Finally, it can be organized for a skipper and crew to cook and clean for you, providing the ultimate luxurious experience in which you can feel safe and comfortable as you get to know Greece.