Sailing Vacation in Greece: Discover the Mediterranean Sea

Sailing Area Greece |

Boats for rent in: Greece


Greece is one of the most popular sailing areas in the Mediterranean. Over 1400 islands and 13,500 km's of coastlines waiting to be explored.

  • Mediterranean climate
  • Sailing season from April to October
  • Meltemi winds at various levels
  • many islands and bays
  • good charter infrastructure

Greece has a rich diversity

Greece is situated in southern Europe, and has borders with Albania, the Republic of Macedonia, Bulgaria and Turkey. The seas surrounding Greece are: the Aegean Sea on the east, the Ionian Sea on the west, and the Mediterranean Sea on the south. The 1,400 islands that belong to Greece all have their own unique character and a lot to offer. History buffs can explore the ancient ruins and medieval marvels, adventure lovers can kayak, dive, hike and climb amongst the diverse landscapes, and party animals can let loose in the lively resorts.

Many different sailing areas

The most popular sailing areas are: the Ionian Islands, the Cyclades, the Saronic Islands, The Dodecanese, and the Sporades Islands. The Ionian Islands are an ideal place for beginners. Corfu and Paxos are the two main starting points for yachtcharter in the area, and other interesting islands in the group are: Lefkada, Kefalonia, Meganisi, Ithaca and Zakynthos. Fascinating mythology surrounds these islands, and both lively resorts and traditional fishing villages can be found in the Ionian Islands. Paros is a good starting point for exploring the Cyclades, and the islands of Naxos, Mykonos, and Santorini are popular tourist destinations within this group. Smaller islands such as Little Cyclades and Andros are quieter and less crowded during the summer months. The best times to sail in the Cyclades is during spring and autumn, as strong Meltimi winds occur during July and August that can blow at 8 Beaufort.


Challenging sailing conditions

Athens is the starting point from which to explore the Saronic Islands, and the islands of Aegina, Poros, Hydra and Spestus are easily accessible from the capital. These islands have pebbly beaches and picturesque harbors, and are popular escapes for Athenian city dwellers during the weekends. The distances between the islands are small, and the Meltimi blows from the Northeast at around 4 - 6 Bft in the area. Rhodes is at the center of the Dodecanese and has an attractive medieval old town. From here, one can easily reach Kos, Patmos, Astipalea, Kalimnos, Karpathos, Kasos, Leros, Nisyros, Symi, Tilos and Kastelorizo. Sailing conditions in the Dodecanese during summer can be challenging, and will appeal to sport sailors. The Sporades islands host some of the best beaches in Greece and combine cosmopolitan culture with a relaxed way of life. Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos and Skyros are wonderful places to sail to. The Meltimi blows at 3-4 Beaufort from the Northeast in the Sporades, and there are many safe anchorages.

Sailing Routes Greece

Become inspired for your next charter in Greece and check out some of our recommended itineraries below:


Airports nearby Greece

  • Athens International Airport
  • Rhodes International Airport
  • Corfu International Airport


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Climate & Weather in Greece

Greece has a Mediterranean climate and the sailing season lasts from April to October. It is hot, dry and sunny during the summer. Temperatures can exceed 40°C inland, but stay in the mid-30s on the islands and coasts. The predominant wind is the Meltimi, which blows at different strengths depending on the area.