Where to sail in Greece?
Greece has an island, or more, for every sailor. Discover Corfu, Mykonos, Santorini, the Cyclades Islands or the Sporades from the sea. Athens is an excellent starting point for sailing adventure.
What is the price of renting a boat in Greece?
Prices vary depending on the season, destination and type of boat. A small motorboat can cost anywhere from € 130 per day in mid-season, while one for 12 people can cost from € 600 up.
What boat to choose to sail in Greece?
The most common types of boats for rent in Greece are sailboats, catamarans, motorboats and yachts. Choose the one that best suits your needs.
What license do I need to rent a boat in Greece?
To sail without a skipper in Greece (except for small boats which do not require a license) you need to have a valid offshore navigation license, for over 12 m, and another experienced crew member. Licenses will be approved at the port before leaving. If in doubt, consult an advisor or the boat owner.
All about Boat Rentals in Greece
Greece is an oasis for sailing holidays, offering everything from lazy day excursions to full-blown month-long adventures. Whatever itinerary you choose and whichever part of Greece you decide to visit, you will be spoilt for choice throughout your journey. Many visitors will decide to base themselves in a particular island region — whether the idyllic and sun-soaked Ionian Islands, the rugged Cyclades or the authentically charming Sporades — or hug Greece's main coast. Skippered charters are the best way to explore this vibrant region, with plenty of off-the-beaten-track and adventurous locations to counteract the more tourist-oriented areas.
Charter a boat in Greece and experience the gorgeous mediterranean climate coupled with the warm glistening sea on an idyllic sailing holiday. Wherever you choose for your boat rental in Greece, we’re confident that you can find beautiful settings with charming Greek villages on every coastal corner. You can sail the Saronic Gulf and visit some of Europe’s most ancient heritage landmarks in the historical capital, Athens, or visit paradisiac islands and volcanic archipelagos such as the sensational island of Santorini in the Cyclades.
Island-Hopping and Coastal Cruising in Greece
Families and couples will want to charter a boat for a week or longer to explore Greece properly. No prior experience is needed to learn how to rent a boat, simply choose from a wide selection of chartered vessels with a skipper and finalise your destination. With over 3,000 islands to explore, the choices are quite literally unlimited. Favourite itineraries include setting off from Athens and heading either for the Ionian or Saronic Islands, but the Peloponnese is also a fantastic region with bustling towns like Poros. Poros is one of Greece's prized archaeological wonders, with the Temple of Poseidon nestled close to a bucolic coastline.
Sail Through History and Mythology
Greece is the land of Homer and the Titans, with a plenitude of easy-access routes for calm sailing year-round. For the best in climate, head for the paradisical beaches or The Dodecanese, an area consisting of such famed islands as Kos, Rhodes and Patmos, as well as smaller, more secluded gems. To chase Greece's mythology, sail to the Ionian Islands through Corfu and Lefkada. Closer to Athens, the Saronic Islands offer much to explore with calm and clear waters off Aegina and Hydra.
Boat Rental Areas in Greece
Our boat rentals are based all over Greece. From the historical city of Athens, to island archipelagos dotted from left, right and centre.
There are three boat rental bases in Athens
Agios Kosmas Marina
Other mainland locations include:
We also rent boats in the Cyclades, Sporades, Dodecanese and Ionian Islands, as well as the Saronic Gulf.
Mooring fees are almost non-existent in Greece compared to other European destinations. On the occasion that you’re asked to pay a fee, it’s often no more than €20.
Climate and Sailing Conditions in Greece
You can sail in Greece from May and experience mild temperatures in the low twenties. The temperatures peak in July and August with various areas reaching up to 30°C during the daytime. Athens can sometimes be rather overwhelming in August with its hot weather and tourism in full swing. Albeit, this might be much easier to remedy if you have a tranquil boat rental waiting for you at sea!
If you’re sailing during the peak summer seasons, the key wind to know about is the meltemi wind. The meltemi, a northerly wind, generally picks up by June/July time and blows at its strongest in August. Areas such as the Cyclades Islands have more forceful winds due to the lack of mainland encircling the archipelagos. The wind force in the Cyclades is normally 5-7. Whereas, for example, in the Ionian islands the wind force ranges from 2-5.
Unless an experienced sailor, we usually recommend sailing with a skipper. Not only do you have to worry less about weather and wind direction, but you can put your feet up and enjoy the view! A skipper is also a great way of learning more about sailing and can be a great option for beginner sailors willing to improve.
Itinerary Ideas for Greece
Visiting Athens or sailing near the Attic Coast and Saronic Gulf? Your number one priority should be viewing the Acropolis and Parthenon. Athens is a historical landmark for Europe and still holds many of its ancient treasures and buildings. Its centre also has plenty of lovely bars, restaurants and cafes for refuelling after sightseeing!
For the Ionian Islands, you can find party destinations such as Kavos and Corfu Town for those willing to party the night away or host a private boat party, yet there are also stunning beaches and quiet coves where you can unwind in the peaceful harmony of light waves against the pearl white sand with the scent of fresh sea salt. Tip: Myrtos Beach in Kefalonia is a personal favourite of ours!
Islands off the eastern coast of Greece, for instance the Sporades Islands, are encompassed in gorgeous stretches of sand and pebbles where you can bathe and snorkel. The islands have their own fair share of historical buildings, churches and fortresses where you can lose yourself in Grecian archeology and architecture.
The Cyclades possess vibrant towns with plenty of nightlife in the summertime, as well as unique landmarks such as the windmills of Kato Mili in Mykonos. Santorini’s blue domed churches are postcard perfect against the shimmering sea, though this island is also renowned for its wine, due to the fertile earth of the island.
Travel Tips for Greece
We have linked the closest airports to our boat rental locations for you below.
Athens, Attic Coast and Saronic Gulf: Athens International Airport (ATH)
Port of Kyllini: Araxos Airport (GPA)
Preveza, Palairos and Lefkada island: Aktion Airport (PVK)
Thessaloniki and Macedonia: Thessaloniki International Airport “Macedonia” (SKG)
Corfu: Corfu International Airport (CFU)
Kefalonia: Kefalonia International Airport (EFL)
Skiathos and Skopelos: Skiathos International Airport (JSI)
Paros: New Paros Airport (PAS) - please note, this airport only flies to other Greek destinations.
Mykonos: Mykonos International Airport (JMK)
Santorini: Santorini (Thira) International Airport (JTR)