Athens Sailing Holidays
Athens is a destination you can’t miss while sailing and exploring the treasures of Greece. This fascinating city will leave you breathless with its architecture, which serves as its best story teller. Visit rich museums and ruins of old temples such as Acropolis and Parthenon. If you are sailing in Greece from May to October, don’t miss the famous Athens - Epidaurus Festival where you can enjoy the traditional bouzouki music or perhaps even learn a folk dance!
Yacht Charter in Athens
There are some wonderful islands located in the vicinity of Athens that offer not only sandy and rocky beaches, but also a number of fascinating historic monuments. These beaches have everything you could wish for, from isolated spots only reachable by a yacht, to family-friendly places and sports centers.
Yacht charter in Athens really offers everything for everyone. You can see this for yourself by visiting the old town district Monastirak, where you can find very affordable souvenirs and some truly expensive brands. Experience the gastronomy of this city in a friendly atmosphere of traditional taverns and restaurants which always offer fresh ingredients with a lot of spices and olive oil. Enjoy an amazing sailing experience and have fun in this city full of rare and attractive spots!
Sailing routes - Athens
Athens (Alimos/Kalamaki) route
When you land in Athens International Airport, take a 40-minute bus or taxi ride to Lavrion, your starting point. After check-in, make yourself comfortable on a yacht and sail around 15 NM east towards the island of Kea. Moor in the biggest and safest bay of the Cyclades, Aghios Nikolaos, in the small fishing village of Vourkari. Its location grants Vourkari to be protected from winds. Therefore, you will see a lot of fishing and sailing boats in the area.
Restaurants have specialized in fish food (make sure to try lobster) and you can always try some traditional specialties with a glass of Greek wine. Visit a small art gallery that houses island-related paintings. The island has beautiful beaches, such as Liparo and Kambi, where you can peacefully lounge, swim or wreck dive, and there is a good system of walking paths.
Raise your sails early to reach Finikas on the island of Syros located around 41 NM east. Make a swimming stop at bays of Loutra or Agia Irini on the island of Kithnos to break the long journey. Enjoy nice and relaxing beaches near Finikas (Kokkina, Fetouri and Finikas beach) equipped with tourist facilities and accommodation. Since Finikas is a rather small sheltered harbor in a naturally beautiful bay, it can get a bit busy during high season.
Moor at the marina or anchor offshore, but be careful about winds. There are all needed facilities, supplies and services in the marina. Greek cuisine is a must-try in one of taverns and bars. The island’s atmosphere is ideal for families and couples.
Your next destination Parikia is 24 NM southeast and is the capital, main harbor and cultural center of the island of Paros. It is amphiteatrically built around the port in a typical Cycladic architecture. A magnificent whitewashed trademark windmill will greet you at the entrance of the port. The town’s road divides the town into two - one side is occupied with restaurants and bars, while the beach occupies the other side.
Parikia is also built around the hill of Kastro with ruins of the castle built in 13th century on top of it. The most important and oldest church is the Byzantine Church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani that also houses a museum, and you can visit the Archaeological Museum of Paros as well. The most famous beaches on the island are Golden Beach, New Golden Beach, Kolymbithres and Santa Maria, ideal for windsurfing and kitesurfing.
Sail 29 NM to the west and you will reach the island of Sifnos. Surround the island on its north side to reach a beautiful bay and the village of Kamares, a port village on the island of Sifnos. The island is perfect for relaxing on calm sandy beaches (Cherronisos, Kamares and Vathi) that have watersport facilities and crystal clear sea.
Moor in Kamares and stroll the narrow paved streets set between stone houses. The village is one of the best-known ceramic production centers in Greece. Make sure to try delicious Greek specialties, such as Greek salad, chickpea soup and Moussaka, in seaside taverns.
The last island you will visit is the mountainous island of Kythnos and the village of Loutra located around 32 NM north. The island is a wild beauty with small secluded beaches perfect for complete relaxation. On the west side of the island, there is the most beautiful, the most famous and the most crowded beach - Kolona - a long stretch of sand that gets into the sea thus creating two beaches.
Loutra literally translates to ‘baths’ and is a popular spa resort with healing mineral springs and thermal baths. It is situated in a natural bay and is close to an important archaeological site. You can sunbathe on the beach and enjoy Greek delicacies in a variety of restaurants with friendly vibe.
Return to your starting point Lavrion located 27 NM north-northwest. The bay has an amazing view of the island of Makronisos. Lavrion is famous for silver mines (silver was mainly used for coinage) and ruins of the oldest and biggest amphitheatre in Greece.
Do some souvenir shopping. Opt for fresh fish in a restaurant or for a traditional meal and distinguished barbecue dishes, and drink a traditional aperitif Ouzo, as well as a glass of white or red wine.
Best time to sail
April - November
Number of boat bases
Acropolis, Plaka District, Cape Sounion, Delphi