In Greece, you will find a large number of different archipelagos. Each of them has all the ingredients for a unique and special Greek catamaran hire that you will remember with fondness for years to come. Along with the Mediterranean sun and reliable wind conditions, we are certain that you’ll have a fantastic time, whether you’re travelling with friends, family, or a mixture of the two.
Greece is a region of exceptional diversity. In some regions you can look forward to relaxed strolls along the beach, while in others you should expect something a little more adventurous, with strong winds and currents. For a relaxed trip, visit the protected areas in the Ionian Sea, the Saronic Gulf, or the Sporades. For a more sporty experience, visit the Cyclades or the Dodecanese, where you can benefit from the influence of the Meltemi wind.
Go on an enchanting cruise through the Mediterranean Sea and discover a world full of ancient ruins that offer a unique window into a past world. With a plethora of idyllic islands just a stone’s throw away, it’s no wonder that they are a veritable hub of tourist activity. From sporty sailing experiences to family holidays, or even luxurious cruises, you can make your sailboat hire in Greece whatever you want.
Set sail on your Greek sailboat hire and discover a different port every day!
Greece boasts an impressive 3054 islands, only 87 of which are inhabited, which means that you have plenty of options. You should be prepared for exciting excursions and fantastic coastlines that will impress everyone, from the most experienced sailors, to those who have never set foot on a boat before. In general though, people consider that there are four main areas in which you can go sailing in Greece and in each of these areas,, there are two main bases from which you can start your journey. These bases are characterised by modern marinas with well-equipped facilities that ensure the perfect blend of fun and relaxation, even once you’ve dropped your anchor.
The main bases when setting sail in Greece are:
In order to ensure that your Greek sailboat hire goes smoothly, you should bear the following things in mind:
Get all your documentation before setting sail, in order to ensure that your trip is plain sailing.
The climate in Greece is predominantly Mediterranean, which means that you can expect temperatures ranging from 25 to 30°C in the summer, which lasts from May until September. In July and August, the temperatures can get as high as 40°C. During this time of the year, you won’t see much precipitation but there might be the occasional storm. During the winter, there is typically more precipitation, but the weather remains mild throughout. This means the summer months generally offer the best conditions for sailing.
When sailing in the eastern Mediterranean, the Saronic Gulf and the Cyclades, there is little to no tidal range, with the water level being more influenced by the wind than the tides.
In the Ionian Sea, the tidal range is also so small that it is insignificant at just 0.1 to 0.5 metres. The surface current here flows anti-clockwise towards the north along the coast. From here, it then turns west and flows south along the Italian coast. The strength of the current rarely reaches stronger than 1-1.5 knots, except in Preveza, where it can reach as high as 3 knots.
There are a large number of places from which you can hire a sailboat in Greece, both on the mainland, and the offshore islands.
The Meltemi winds are predominant throughout the eastern Mediterranean, especially in the Cyclades, Sporades, and Dodecanese in the summer months, where it causes multiple significant weather events with wind speeds of 4-6 on the Beaufort scale. These winds are especially noticeable during the day, but usually ease off in the evening. On a particularly stormy day, the speeds can get as high as 6-8 on the Beaufort scale and when this happens, the winds remain noticeable well into the night. For a calmer trip, you can instead try the Ionian Islands, where the wind speeds are rarely higher than 5 on the Beaufort scale.
If you would like customised help planning your sailboat hire in Greece, feel free to get in contact with our customer service team, who will be happy to help you from 09:00 to 17:00 on +49 40 388422. We look forward to helping you book your dream sailing holiday!