Greece is made up of many beautiful islands, making it the perfect destination for a yacht rental! 212 Yachts have used our extensive experience in luxury crewed yacht charter to produce your guide to destinations in this amazing region.
The most popular island in the Cyclades, Santorini is known for its unique landscape. A sea of villas, experience all the beauty of this island from the comfort of your luxury yacht. Cruise here to gaze at the stunning skyline and discover the volcanic black-sand beaches which line the island. These are perfect for an afternoon swim, with many of them tucked behind private coves. To experience some Greek culture, sail to the west of the island to catch amazing views of Panayia (Church of Virgin Mary) and Akrotin lighthouse. If you are brave enough, there are a number of hiking trails on this island which offer breath-taking views once you reach the top! To watch the amazing sunset in style, book a table at Flyaway Creative Restaurant. Offering a boutique outdoor terrace, this is the ideal romantic setting to enjoy some Greek cuisine.
Featuring in the Bond film ‘For Your Eyes Only’ in 1981, the island of Corfu has always attracted those looking for luxury. Corfu Town is the capital city of the island and is rich in history and tradition. To explore on shore, berth your yacht in Corfu harbour and travel east to reach the old town. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to palaces, fortresses and ancient relics that will keep you entertained for hours on end. Wander through the streets of the old town to the Church of Saint Spiridon. Honouring the patron saint of Corfu, the building’s clock tower can be seen across the island and features breath-taking architecture and attention to detail. For dinner, book a table at The Venetian Well. Set in the beautiful Kresmati Square, the restaurant offers fine dining with a large selection of Greek wine and cuisine. If you want to get in touch with nature, visit the Donkey Rescue Centre on the west of the Island. There are many donkeys here that have been saved from neglectful owners, you can easily spend an afternoon relaxing with them! From your luxury yacht you can sail around Corfu’s coast, enjoying hours of views of the hills and white sandy beaches. If you are keen to venture further, just south of Corfu lie the islands of Paxos and Antipaxos. A favourite for swimming, these are ideal locations to anchor and enjoy the azure sea.
Just an hour’s cruising from Athens will take you to the small island of Kea. Until the 13th century, Nikolaos Bay in the south of the island was a pirate stronghold. If you cruise around this area you will be able to see the columns of Ancient Karthea and the ancient town walls. Here you will also find the Sanctuary of Apollo, where the Ancient Greek cities displayed their wealth and strength in the form of statues. For a relaxing afternoon, drop anchor near Koundouros Beach. A swimming hotspot, feel your worries melt away as you float in the clear waters and gaze at the surrounding hills. Sail to the northeast of the island to see unbeatable views of Panagia Kestrani Monastery, standing majestically at the top of the cliffs. For an unbeatable dining experience, head inland to the aptly named Aigis Sunset Bar Resto. Here you can enjoy local cuisine while watching the sunset behind Kea’s dramatic peaks.
Home to one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Colossus of Rhodes, this island has plenty to discover. If you would rather stay in the comfort of your luxury yacht, you can see many of the main landmarks from the water. Cruise around the main harbour to see the medieval walls, the Colossus of Rhodes. the Rhodes Windmills and the Fort of St Nicholas. This is the perfect place to relax and absorb history as you sail. If you choose to explore more on land, anchor in Mandraki port and walk south towards the medieval city. The ancient walls and turrets will take you back to another era as you stroll. The main attraction here is the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights. Standing in the centre of a grand square, explore here to discover more relics such as the Gate of Amboise and the medieval clock tower. For a taste of the high life, head to Melenos Lindos Hotel for dinner. The restaurant features high quality local cuisine and a roof-top terrace with stunning views of Lindos bay. For a romantic meal, come here at dusk. You can relax from the lantern-lit terrace as the sun sets over the horizon.
The island of Skiathos is best known for its beautful beaches and is the ideal stop on your Greek yacht rental. There is no need to disembark from your luxury yacht here, the majority of sites can be experienced from the water. See the beauty of Palaria Lalaria (pictured above) with its astounding rock formatons. As one of the quieter Greek islands, Skiathos offers serene sailing where you can experience the beauty of the rugged cliffs in total peace. If you do wish to venture ashore, Monastero di Panagia Evangelistria is worth a visit. Nestled in the hills, the monastery has been standing since 1806 and is surrounded buy well-kept gardens and beautiful seascapes. Stroll around here to unwind and really experiencece Greek culture. If you like bars and clubs, you will want to be in Skiathos Town at night. The island totally transforms as its night scene unveils. Visit Marilyn in the harbour for beachside cocktails by candlelight. Alternatively, Danny and Zoe’s Blind Dog is a popular choice, featuring nightly live music performances by local artists.
Just 3 hours cruising from Athens will take you to the beautiful island of Hydra. Centred around the port, the main town is the perfect place to drop anchor and take in your surroundings. If you choose to explore on land, berth your yacht in the harbour, and walk south to discover the town centre. Hydra is an island complerely free of wheeled vehicles so you at liberty to wander its winding streets, seeing the occasional donkey as you go! There are lots of boutiques to fulfil your curiosity here, you could spend hours browsing and exploring the lemon tree- lined alleys. To relax here, walk west to Avlaki beach. This area features a large crescent-shaped bay and crystal clear waters, away from the hubub of the town centre. If you’re hungry on the island, Techne Restaurant & Social is the place to be, Book a table here for stunning sea views and a high quality selection of local cuisine. Alternatively, head to Flora’s Pastry Shop to sample some local delicacies and enjoy them in the comfort of your luxury yacht, enjoying the views as you cruise.
Greece’s largest island, Crete is a combination of beautiful beaches, ancient treasures and breath-taking landscapes. An ideal place to cruise, you can experience a number of the main landmarks from the water. Sail to the west of the island to see the wonders of Elafonissi lagoon. With pink sands and bright azure sea the area reminds many of the Caribbean. With shallow waters of just 1 metre depth in certain areas, this is the perfect place to anchor, swim and take in the stunning scenery. Cruising around this peninsula will allow you to gaze at the mountains which dominate the Cretian skyline. If you choose to explore on land there is lots to fulfil your curiosity. Berth your yacht in Port Heraklion and walk south to experience the old Venitian Harbour, Morosini Lions Fountain and more key landmarks, Take a trip inland to see the wonders of the Palace of Knossos, These ancient labrynth ruins are said to have once been home to the infamous minotaur. For a fine dining experience, head to Poseidon Gourmet restaurant in Elouda. Featuring a terrace with breath-taking views of the surrounding mountains and a quality selection of local produce, this is the perfect place to relax and watch the sunset.
Yacht Rental Greece: How to Plan Your Trip
Planning a yacht rental in Greece may seem like a daunting task. But don’t worry; 212 Yachts are here to make your planning carefree and enjoyable. Reach out to one of our expert charter brokers via email or telephone, and let us know your possible plans. We would love to know;
Your ideal dates
Your preferred port of departure and disembarkation
The number of guests with you
The number of cabins you require
The kind of charter you enjoy (active, relaxed, spontaneous etc)
Approximate weekly budget
Based on this information, we will be in a great position to advise the best yachts available to you, the best itinerary for your Greek yachting vacation, and to answer any other questions you may have. 212 Yachts have years of experience with global yacht charters, ranging from 20 metre yachts for a long weekend, to 70 m super yachts for a month of cruising.
To begin planning your Greek yacht rental, contact our team today.