A GREEK ODYSSEY
Whether you are searching for cerulean waters and secluded bays, bustling tavernas and cobbled streets, or the ancient ruins of once great empires, a superyacht charter in Greece has it all.
They say that the classics never go out of style. With its indigo blue waters, sun-kissed coastline, picturesque islands and ancient allure, Greece is a classic that has enticed travellers for decades. As a yachting destination, it could not be more perfect. Not only is this is a country with an endless list of things to see and do, from archaeological wonders to chic hot spots, but it is also a place of incredible natural beauty. While away the hours with only the sound of the waves and rustling pines to interrupt your reverie.
In a country as diverse as this, the possibilities for a superyacht charter are almost infinite. While you can take in some highlights in a week or less, it is worth taking your time if you can. This is especially true since, due to Greece’s charter regulations, non-Greek flagged yacht charters must begin and end outside Greece. There are some beautiful and convenient countries nearby – Croatia, Turkey and Albania – that you can build a wonderful itinerary around on the yacht of your choice, regardless of flag, but if you would like to start and end in Greece, you’ll have to find a Greek-flagged vessel.
Whether starting in Greece or elsewhere, a nine-day cruise from Mykonos to Athens will ensure you have a memorable Grecian voyage. The most popular time of year to visit is June to mid-July, but those keen to see the country at its best without the crowds will enjoy quieter September.
Mykonos is a special place to start any Greek visit. This island is full of life, combining worldly glamour with authentic charm. Down its winding streets of white-washed buildings and tumbling bougainvillea, you’ll find plenty of stylish hideouts, world-class restaurants and VIP night spots. From Mykonos, you can head to Naousa on the relaxed island of Paros, a quaint village huddled around an old harbour that is scattered with bobbing fishing boats. Famed for its white marble, from which the Venus de Milo and Napoleon’s tomb were carved, Paros is a great place for those looking to kitesurf, dive or hike, as well as sit and eat your share of feta cheese and olive tapenade.
Next, hop from Paros to Ios – with its glorious sandy beaches – and then on to Folegandros, a quiet island where you’ll find the most beautiful, secluded anchorages and bays to tuck into. The town of Agali is fringed by a long stretch of sandy beach – an ideal spot to enjoy watersports – while smaller Ligaria has a tranquil cove that is ideal for snorkelling.
The largest uninhabited island in the Aegean is Polyaigos, an area of outstanding natural beauty where the craggy hillsides are populated only by goats. Anchor in a protected cove and take the tender around the coastline’s sea caves to look for Mediterranean monk seals and migratory birds. Just an hour away is Milos, the volcanic island of the goddess of love Aphrodite. Once a hub for pirates, today it is a natural and historical haven. Explore perfect beaches and epic caves, as well as archaeological sites, monasteries and cobbled medieval towns.
Overnight, move your yacht to Spetses, where fragrant pines line the shores and dot the hills. Charming cobblestone streets meander past mosaic houses, shaded courtyards blooming with hibiscus and bustling tavernas. A popular island with celebrities and VIPs, Spetses has a unique polish that lacks any pretentiousness. Just 20mins from Spetses port is Zogeria beach, a beautiful and secluded cove covered in thick pine forests, ideal for a relaxing afternoon spent in blissful isolation.
From here, your superyacht can move to Hydra, an island well-known for its rugged hillsides and forested valleys. A place of peace and serenity, Hydra is car-free, so you’ll have to rely on your own two feet or the island’s friendly donkeys to help you explore the town’s crescent harbour, boutiques and friendly tavernas.
For a small island, Hydra’s Saronic neighbour Poros will keep you busy and enchanted in equal measure. Anchor in Rosiko Bay, or Russian Bay, with its ancient fortress; the scent of eucalyptus is heavy in the air here and the water is crystal clear. Climb to the top of the clock tower in the colourful hillside town of Poros Port and gaze out over the breath-taking vibrancy of the landscape below.
After breakfast in Poros, a two-hour cruise will bring you to Athens – the heart of Greece and of ancient civilisation. Amidst the city’s Michelin-starred restaurants, must-see markets, chic rooftop bars and designer shopping, you’ll find the ruins of some of ancient Greece’s most celebrated temples, amphitheatres and monuments.
Don’t hesitate to contact an Ocean Independence charter broker to plan your perfect Greek itinerary.