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. Best places to sail in Greece are waiting for you!

Sailing season
June - August
Travel season
May - September
Marinas in this location
48
Boats in this location
2281

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 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

849 €
per week
8
Guests
3
Cabins
40 ft
Length
2004
Built in
884 €
per week
6
Guests
2
Cabins
34 ft
Length
2002
Built in
887 €
per week
6
Guests
2
Cabins
34 ft
Length
2002
Built in
891 €
per week
4
Guests
2
Cabins
33 ft
Length
1995
Built in
938 €
per week
6
Guests
2
Cabins
35 ft
Length
2008
Built in
947 €
per week
7
Guests
3
Cabins
39 ft
Length
1998
Built in
949 €
per week
4
Guests
2
Cabins
31 ft
Length
2002
Built in
950 €
per week
8
Guests
3
Cabins
34 ft
Length
2005
Built in

Nearest Airports

Athens International Airport ATH
Heraklion HER
Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia SKG

Sailing season and weather 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. In summer you can expect long 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.

Malta 44
Kalkara 44