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Planning to sail the Greek Islands? Here’s a few things you should know

With over 15,000 kilometers of coastline, it’s no wonder why one of the best ways to explore the blue and mesmerizing Greek islands is by sailboat. For beginners and experienced sailors alike, you’re just a hop away from embarking on a journey as the islands are filled with companies, yachts and cabin cruisers, and skipper-owners cruising the Aegean and Ionian seas every day.

There’s more than enough here to last you a lifetime of sailing, so take your pick based on your wishes. When you’re still not sure, check out our destination guides for some recommendations and tips&tricks for each of the destinations.

History, culture, food and good company are sure to follow wherever you choose to go.

Planning to Sail the Greek Islands? Set Sail with Enaviga. Oia on Santorini  in Greece

Santorini is one of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea.

How to find a Boat

To find your perfect sailboat, jump quickly to enaviga.com – your holiday travel companion. Did we mention you can earn Miles&More miles for booking a boat with us? Great for planning your complete trip. Choose your preferred boat type and get going by air and sea. The important thing here is to bear in mind the destinations you want to visit. Athens is the go-to marina for most rentals, but there are others like;

  • Alimos (Athens) – our destination guide for Alimos
  • Volos – our destination guide for Volos
  • Lefkas – our destination guide for Lefkas
  • Kos – our destination guide for Kos
  • Mykonos – our destination guide for Mykonos
  • Zakynthos – our destination guide for Zakynthos
  • Corfu – our destination guide for Corfu
  • Lavrio – our destination guide for Lavrio
  • Perigiali – our destination guide for Perigiali
  • Preveza – our destination guide for Preveza
  • Elliniko – our destination guide for Elliniko

Deciding on a skipper

Depending on your experience, you may need or want to hire a skipper. In this case, a charting company will provide you with one, costing roughly 1,000 euros a week. Skippers are especially beneficial due to their expertise, guiding you to the best beaches and hidden spots scattered among the islands. We recommend you take one for complete relaxation and making the most out of your holidays.

If sharing your space with a skipper is not desirable for you, the other option would be to “bare boat”, in which case one passenger must be certified with a RYA Day Skipper International Certificate of Competence (ICC) or the equivalent license from a registered sailing school.

Making the decision to charter a boat without a skipper, you inevitably would need to have the appropriate experience level according to the area you plan to sail. For example, sailing around the Ionian Islands is generally suitable for bare-boating as the winds tend to be light and the sea calm.

Costs of sailing the Greek Islands

Cost ultimately depends on the size of the boat, duration of your journey, whether or not you hire a skipper, and the time of year. In high season, expect to pay around 2,000 euros a week for a three-cabin sailboat. This does not include the skipper, fuel or harbor fees, which are around three euros a day in most areas.

Planning to Sail the Greek Islands? Set Sail with Enaviga. Ionian Sea and Aegean Sea
The Ionian sea is at the West and the Aegean is at the East Sea.

Best time to go

The main sailing season in Greece is from mid-April until mid-October. Outside of these months, you may still manage to find light and friendly winds in areas such as Ionian Islands and Saronic Gulf, for example, but for the overall best experience it is recommended to sail between April and October.

Planning to sail the Greek Islands: Set sail with Enaviga

Once you’ve booked your boat be sure to download our app and learn more about the boat you have rented. It will allow you to ask all the question once the boat handover is scheduled, as well as upload your documentation to avoid the busy office mornings on a Saturday.

We wish you a great holiday and to make the most out of it.

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Planning to Sail the Greek Islands? Set Sail with Enaviga

Planning to sail the Greek Islands? Here’s a few things you should know

With over 15,000 kilometers of coastline, it’s no wonder why one of the best ways to explore the blue and mesmerizing Greek islands is by sailboat. For beginners and experienced sailors alike, you’re just a hop away from embarking on a journey as the islands are filled with companies, yachts and cabin cruisers, and skipper-owners cruising the Aegean and Ionian seas every day.

There’s more than enough here to last you a lifetime of sailing, so take your pick based on your wishes. When you’re still not sure, check out our destination guides for some recommendations and tips&tricks for each of the destinations.

History, culture, food and good company are sure to follow wherever you choose to go.

Planning to Sail the Greek Islands? Set Sail with Enaviga. Oia on Santorini  in Greece


Santorini is one of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea.

How to find a Boat

To find your perfect sailboat, jump quickly to enaviga.com – your holiday travel companion. Did we mention you can earn Miles&More miles for booking a boat with us? Great for planning your complete trip. Choose your preferred boat type and get going by air and sea. The important thing here is to bear in mind the destinations you want to visit. Athens is the go-to marina for most rentals, but there are others like;

  • Alimos (Athens) – our destination guide for Alimos
  • Volos – our destination guide for Volos
  • Lefkas – our destination guide for Lefkas
  • Kos – our destination guide for Kos
  • Mykonos – our destination guide for Mykonos
  • Zakynthos – our destination guide for Zakynthos
  • Corfu – our destination guide for Corfu
  • Lavrio – our destination guide for Lavrio
  • Perigiali – our destination guide for Perigiali
  • Preveza – our destination guide for Preveza
  • Elliniko – our destination guide for Elliniko

Deciding on a skipper

Depending on your experience, you may need or want to hire a skipper. In this case, a charting company will provide you with one, costing roughly 1,000 euros a week. Skippers are especially beneficial due to their expertise, guiding you to the best beaches and hidden spots scattered among the islands. We recommend you take one for complete relaxation and making the most out of your holidays.

If sharing your space with a skipper is not desirable for you, the other option would be to “bare boat”, in which case one passenger must be certified with a RYA Day Skipper International Certificate of Competence (ICC) or the equivalent license from a registered sailing school.

Making the decision to charter a boat without a skipper, you inevitably would need to have the appropriate experience level according to the area you plan to sail. For example, sailing around the Ionian Islands is generally suitable for bare-boating as the winds tend to be light and the sea calm.

Costs of sailing the Greek Islands

Cost ultimately depends on the size of the boat, duration of your journey, whether or not you hire a skipper, and the time of year. In high season, expect to pay around 2,000 euros a week for a three-cabin sailboat. This does not include the skipper, fuel or harbor fees, which are around three euros a day in most areas.

Planning to Sail the Greek Islands? Set Sail with Enaviga. Ionian Sea and Aegean Sea

The Ionian sea is at the West and the Aegean is at the East Sea.

Best time to go

The main sailing season in Greece is from mid-April until mid-October. Outside of these months, you may still manage to find light and friendly winds in areas such as Ionian Islands and Saronic Gulf, for example, but for the overall best experience it is recommended to sail between April and October.

Planning to sail the Greek Islands: Set sail with Enaviga

Once you’ve booked your boat be sure to download our app and learn more about the boat you have rented. It will allow you to ask all the question once the boat handover is scheduled, as well as upload your documentation to avoid the busy office mornings on a Saturday.

We wish you a great holiday and to make the most out of it.

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Itinerary Ideas from Athens, Greece

Sailing the Greek islands is on just about everyone’s bucket list, and Athens is a clear first stop, especially if it’s your first time in Greece. If you’re taking off from Athens, be sure to spend some time in the city. We recommend a visit to the Acropolis to see the Parthenon and the Monastiraki neighborhood. Once you’re on board and ready to go, consider this itinerary to tour the Saronic islands and nearby coast.1

As you begin your trip, keep in mind that many Greek places have similar names, so it’s always a good idea to double check your plans and destinations.

Stop 1: Aegina

Logistics: The trip is about 18 nautical miles to the south-southwest, and the main port is on the northwest side of the Island, near Aegina Town.

What to see and do:

  • Eat pistachios. They’re grown on the island and are a local specialty.
  • Visit the temple of Aphaia, a doric temple from the fifth century B.C. with sea views. Admission is less than 5 euros.
  • Make pottery in old Aegina village. You can arrange for private lessons with locals who have passed the craft down through generations.
  • Visit the fruit boats near the Agios Nikolaios church.
  • Stock up on any provisions you forgot to get in Athens; Aegina is a fairly popular island with ATMs and other modern conveniences. 

Tip: Because Aegina is popular and close to Athens, the harbor can be crowded, particularly on weekends. Be sure to get there early. You can also use the secondary harbor or any of the three anchorages.

Stop 2: Poros 

Logistics: Sail 15-20 nautical miles to the south. To reach the harbor, sail through Poros Lagoon, watching for ferries and hydrofoils.

What to see and do:

  • While en route, keep your eyes and nose peeled for Methana. This dormant volcano is on your starboard (right) side and smells distinctly of sulfur.
  • Hike up the hill in Poros Town to enjoy the view. You can also visit the Poros clock tower for another great view of the town and sunset, if you’re there at twilight.
  • Snorkel in Vagionia Bay, where you can see the remains of an ancient city below the water.

Tip: On your way to the harbor, anchor in Poros Lagoon to swim and eat lunch.

Stop 3: Palaia Epidavros (or Archaia Epidavros)

Logistics: Leave Poros Lagoon and sail around the Methana peninsula and follow the coast to the town of Palaia Epidavros on the mainland.

What to see and do:

  • Archaia stands for ancient, and ancient Epidavros is the town of Argolid from the Illiad. You can visit historic sites, including a large historic theatre.
  • A smaller version of the ancient theatre still hosts productions during a summer festival.
  • Consider a paragliding session, leaving from the beach.

Tip: Epadavros is sometimes spelled Epidaurus, which can help as you research the destination.

Stop 4: Korfus (or Korfos)

Logistics: Sail north up the coast toward Korfus. When you arrive, you can either anchor at the small shingle beach for the evening or stop off at a restaurant pontoon for lunch.

What to see and do: 

  • Korfus can be a great place to eat and drink, and is often a good day stop.
  • Locals on AirBnB recommend a fish restaurant at the end of the town’s port, called Selana, and Valera beach bar.

Tip: As you sail up the coast, keep an eye out for dolphins. When researching this destination, make sure you are looking at the coastal town; some internet searches may redirect to the island by the similar name of Corfu.

Stop 5: Agistri

Logistics: After a day-time stop in Korfos, head southeast about 10 nautical miles to the Island of Agistri.

What to see and do:

Tip: The harbor in Agistri is notoriously shallow, though the north end offers more depth.

  • Take photos for social media and people watch: Agistri is a picture-perfect Greek town, filled with cobbled streets and whitewashed houses.
  • While there are plenty of places to jump off rocks and swim, Skala beach is a popular sand beach. It is also the shallowest beach on the island, so it’s the perfect go-to for families.
  • Chalikiada beach is popular with naturists and campers.
  • The southern portion of the island is mostly wild, with thyme and woodland growing up to the water’s edge. To experience this part of the island, consider a horseback ride.

As a final stop, you might consider heading back to Aegina, or returning to Athens from Agistri.

If you’re interested in traveling the itinerary in this article, explore the boats available in Athens.

1 Everything in this article is accurate to our knowledge. If you find something isn’t as stated here, or discover new tips and trips to try, send us an email at info@enaviga.com.

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from Lefkas, Greece

The white beaches and light winds of the Southern Ionian are calling for your next Enaviga charter. If you are collecting your yacht from Lefkas, then our sample itinerary may offer you some ideas of places to moor up.

Lefkas

Lefkas is also known by the locals as Lefkada. A  hilly island steeped in history and beauty. Many say that it remains as one of the most unspoilt Greek Islands, unaffected by tourism. It is definitely a relaxing place to enjoy – take books, people watch and enjoy greek delicacies. 

Sail to Nikiana

Once you are ready to cast off, set sail to Nikiana. A small fishing village with a picturesque harbour. Dock for the night at the town quay or anchor off and dinghy in. There are plenty of  local taverna’s. Enjoy a drink or some local fare. A nice relaxing stop for your first evening onboard.

Your next destination is Sivotas on Lefkas Island

Located on the south east of Lefkas Island. Sivotas is a picturesque harbour with lots to see.  Not easy to spot from the sea, you can choose to moor on one of the quays or anchor in the bay. A popular place to stay, moorings fill up early afternoon.

Sail onto Ayia Eufimia on Kefalonia

Ayia Eufimia is on the East coast of Kefalonia, the largest of the Ionian Islands. An excellent stop to take on water, recharge batteries and provision.

This is a great location if you wanted to go ashore and visit the Cave of Melissani. This  underground lake, fed by a stream which flows all the way across the island from Argostoli. You can hop aboard a  small row boat and the boatmen will guide you through the turquoise waters.

Kefalonia

Sail to Kastos

Keep your eyes peeled for Dolphins as you set sail to your Kastos.Anchor off and swim or dingy into the beautiful beaches. Port Kastos is always quick to fill up. You can choose to berth there or anchor.

Sailing onto Meganissi

The old village of Spartachori located on a cliff above Port Spilia on Meganisi Island. It’s well worth the hike up to the village, which offers magnificent views over the harbour. You have the choice of 3 ports to dock in or you can anchor on the NE coast of the island.

For your last day sail over to Palairos

Palairos is a harbour where the old agricultural ways are blending with tourism. You can moor on the harbour breakwater or on the pontoon. If the weather is good you can also anchor north of the harbour.

On the final day of your charter, sail back to Lefkas.

If you have time before you leave the Island. Speak with the team at the yacht base for ideas of local places to visit.

Enaviga have a variety of Monohulls and Catamarans than can be chartered from Lefkas. Click here to see what is available for your next Ionian adventure.

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