Blue & Beyond #10 - The Beauty of Greece

With its spectacular landscape of whitewash and windmills, blue skies and emerald seas, Greece is one of the world’s ultimate yacht charter destinations.

By Jo Morgan • 24 January 2018
With over 6,000 idyllic Greek islands to choose from, as well as Athens and the superb Peloponnese Peninsula, it can be a little hard to know where to start. Our charter team has summarised some of the must-visit places and can create a bespoke yacht charter itinerary to fulfil your every wish.

The Best Greek Islands to Visit by Superyacht

While there are dazzling cruising grounds across all of the Greek islands, the most popular islands to visit by motor yacht or sailing yacht are the famous Cyclades and Ionian archipelagos, as well as the dreamy islands of the Saronic Gulf.

On a Cyclades yacht charter you might have an afternoon drink at a cliff-top bar in Santorini, watching the sun sink into the Aegean in a stunning volcanic landscape. In Mykonos, stroll the whitewash and bougainvillea-lined streets for a spot of designer shopping, and as the sun sets head for dinner at one of Mykonos’ stylish restaurants before hitting the A-list clubs to dance until dawn. The nearby island of Delos is like an open-air museum, with sculptures and ruins crumbling under an ancient sky, and you can dive with rare Mediterranean monk seals off the island of Dragonisi.
In the Ionian Islands, you will drop anchor off breath-taking Navagio Beach, where a huge shipwreck sits on soft sands, hemmed in a sweep of towering cliffs and crystal-clear seas. Swim with loggerhead turtles at Turtle Island, windsurf at Lefkada, or stroll the olive groves of Ithaca, the suspected birthplace of Homer’s hero Odysseus. Marvel at the acoustics of classical concerts held in a cave in Kefalonia, explore the many blue grottos carved into the soft limestone coast, and wander the Byzantine palaces of charming Corfu.

The sheltered Saronic Islands are exquisitely beautiful, set just off the glamorous Peloponnese Peninsula and within easy reach of Athens. Hydra is the most exquisite of them all, with a jet-set clientele and donkeys roaming the pretty cobbled streets, while the pine-scented coves and pretty architecture of Spetses make this island a tranquil jewel in the Saronic Gulf. The upscale Peloponnese town of Porto Heli is just a short cruise away on the mainland, with Nikki Beach, designer boutiques and glamorous hotels lending an ultra-decadent vibe to this ancient village.

The Best Superyacht Marinas in Greece

Greece offers some world-class superyacht marinas across Athens and the Greek islands, while new luxury marinas are being built along the stunning Peloponnese coast.

In Athens, the luxury Flisvos Marina has been developed expressly for the superyacht market with a boutique and restaurant district onsite, while Zea Marina remains one of the favourites with the superyacht crowd, offering a vibrant waterfront scene and large-capacity marina. Athens Marina, meanwhile, was built to accommodate yachts during the Olympics, and offers superb security, peace and privacy for visiting yachts.

Out in the stunning Ionian Islands, Lefkas Marina is one of the best, with its modern facilities, cafes, and waterfront pool, while in the Cyclades, Mykonos Marina is a spectacular sight in summer, with superyachts moored alongside colourful fishing boats, and an exclusive party atmosphere hanging over the town.
This summer, picture yourself on a yacht in Greece, translucent blue-green waters lapping at limestone cliffs under a clear Mediterranean sky. Dive off the swim platform to explore blue grottos, eat seafood at waterfront tavernas, and relax in day spas perched high above the Aegean.

To find your bliss on a Greek islands yacht charter, contact bluewater.