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Sailing vacation in Greece

Best places and routes to sail in region. Weather, trade winds and important details for perfect sailing holidays in Greece.

Sailing trip in Greece

Greece is well known in Europe for it's great yacht sailing destinations. From the times of Odisseus, it attracts sailing enthusiasts. This country has perfect conditions for yacht holidays and regattas. If you’ve traveled here once, you’ll definitely come back to repeat your trip once again or try some new Greek sailing destinations. Sailboats, motorboats and catamarans ply among 2000 islands and islets. If you interest hire a boat in Greece - follow the link to catalog. Best places to sail in Greece are waiting for you!

Sailing season
June - August
Travel season
May - September
Marinas in this location
91
Boats in this location
735

Main facts about region

Capital:
Athens
Telephone code:
+30
Language:
Greek
Timezone:
UTC+2 (EET), in summer UTC+3 (EEST)
Currency:
Euro (EUR)
Population:
10,768,477

Why do yachtsmen love sailing holidays in Greece so much:

  • The possibility to make up infinite routes amount with different length and difficulty level.
  • One of the widest choices of sailboats, catamarans and motorboats rentals in Mediterranean.
  • Well-developed boat rental and maintenance infrastructure.
  • Many options of boat rental prices in Greece, both affordable and luxury options present.
  • Wild islands with unspoiled nature and great centres of Ancient Greek culture.
  • Mild climate and long sailing season for sailing vacation in Greece. First tourist start their yachting trips in April, the activity remains till the end of October.
Greece - Yacht Charter Sailica
Greece - Yacht Charter Sailica
Greece - Yacht Charter Sailica

Sailing itineraries in Greece

Traditionally, you can rent a boat for yachting vacation in Greece for one week in Saturday till the next Saturday. But the weekend sailing trips in Greece are possible too. You need to return boat to the same marina you’ve started from. If you want to sail one way in Greece, you’ll have to pay more or wait till the end of the season when the costs will be lower. Take one of those sailing routes for best sailing in Greece:

 

Route 1. Saronic bay (7 days) 146 NM

Route 2. Saronic bay (2 weeks) 378 NM

Route 3. Cyclades (7 days) 194 NM

Route 4. Cyclades (14 days) 321 NM

Route 5. Ionic sea (7 days) 156 NM

Route 6. Ionic sea (14 days) 291 NM

Route 7. Dodekanese (7 days) 170 NM

Route 8. Sporades (7 days) 176 NM

Available yachts in the region

900 €
per week
6
Guests
3
Cabins
35 ft
Length
2003
Built in
1065 €
per week
6
Guests
2
Cabins
31 ft
Length
2008
Built in
1072 €
per week
6
Guests
2
Cabins
31 ft
Length
2008
Built in
1080 €
per week
6
Guests
2
Cabins
35 ft
Length
2013
Built in
1080 €
per week
6
Guests
2
Cabins
35 ft
Length
2012
Built in
1110 €
per week
4
Guests
2
Cabins
32 ft
Length
2010
Built in
1165 €
per week
8
Guests
3
Cabins
35 ft
Length
2010
Built in
1189 €
per week
8
Guests
3
Cabins
35 ft
Length
2008
Built in

Nearest Airports

Athens International Airport ATH
Heraklion HER
Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia SKG

Sailing season and weather in Greece

The weather for sailing is wonderful in Greece. Mediterranean sea has 315 sunny days a year in average. It's more than enough to visit all best yachting destinations in Greece. In Greek season, which lasts from April till October, clear sky prevails with a hot weather. Sailing vacation in Greece in summer are longer evenings, bright sunsets, light winds and calm sea. Water temperature is 63°F (17°C) in spring and autumn, and 79°F (26°C) in season.

Tides

Eastern Mediterranean has small tides: 12–24 inches (30–60 cm) depending on the place.

Water temperature in sailing season +21...+27 °
Air temperature in sailing season +30...+35 °
Wind speed in sailing season 10 - 20 knots

Weather forecast for sailing in Greece

You can get the forecast for the nearest 24h on your arrival at marina. You can also listen to the weather forecast on any tv-channel in any restaurant or tavern shown right after the evening news at 8:50PM (local time). The wind direction is also clearly indicated on the weather map.

 

Harbor services receive fresh forecasts regularly. You may also learn about it on the website http://www.poseidon.hmcr.gr. Radio forecasts have English and Greek options.

 

Frequency and time of weather forecasts in Greece:

 

6.30AM Athens 729 KHz 412 m

1.10PM Corfu 1008 KHz 298 m

1.30PM Rhodes 1494 KHz 200 m

12.00PM Patras 1485 KHz 202 m

 

The Italian Radio One broadcasts in the Ionic sea at 7.40AM and 11:45PM at frequency 567, 657, 666, 675, 1032 and 1332 KHz.

 

On the east of Greek archipelago, the forecast is translated in German at 9.45AM and 2.00PM at short waves 6150 MHz. You can connect with HELLAS RADIO via VHF channel 16 in English. You’ll be provided with the forecast for your zone after you name your VHF sygnal and say your boat name.

People talk about Sailica

Rinke Tiegel
5
Full recommendation. Great service & support. We chartered a Beneteau 45 in Athens for our trip around Peloponnes. Great service and perfect customer support from beginning to the end. Due to corona we had to postpone our trip - Sailica managed all the communication with the charter agency and negotiated a great new deal for us. This was already the 2nd time we charted with Sailica and it won't be the last time. Full recommendation
Kyle Redstone
5
I took Dufour Grand Large 560 at Croatia using online yacht rental service sailica.com It's easy to use their mobile app with fair prices and enough quantity of boats which suits to my parameters. Their managers assisted me through whole communication with charter company. It was pleasant to receive a small gift – free of charge transfer from airport to marina. We didn't request it and appreciate their overexpected level of service.
Julian Lehmann
5
Amazing 1 week in Turkey! I sailed with Sailica on a tour in the gulf of Fethiye in Turkey. Overall it was a great experience and a great crew, even if I did not know them before. The area is amazingly beautiful and if you go in April you can avoid the crowds. The skipper was very proficient and knew what he was doing. Highly recommended!
Mykyta Semenoff
5
Great company! The guys answered all our questions which were very important since it was our first sailing experience. Moreover, they advised us not only on a charter but also on the tour itself. This was not the responsibility of the company, but we needed help and the company managers helped us for free. I highly recommend the team. The guys are really reliable, proactive and customer-oriented.
Vadim Rogovskiy
5
Excellent trip to Croatia! The trip was organized on an excellent level since the very beginning - from the yacht search to the trip itself. The team was fast and responsive. Highly recommended to everyone who wants to hang out with family on a beautiful yacht or catamaran!
Nikolaus Haufler
5
Super Beratung - sehr schnell wurde für mich ein passendes Boot in der Türkei gefunden. Sehr guter Preis, und ich konnte einen Skipper aussuchen, den ich bereits vom letzten Mal kannte. Volle Empfehlung!