Sailing in Greece & the islands
Sailing in Greece is one of the many activities that one can do during their holidays in this beautiful country!
Whether you wish to sail for pleasure or practice sailing as a sport, Greece will meet all your sailing expectations. Greece is considered a paradise for sailing and, as it has many gulfs and archipelagos, it offers all kinds of seas and winds. A trip around the Greek islands on a privately owned or chartered pleasure bareboat, is, hands down, a wonderful experience!
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Greece has more than 2,000 islands, 169 of which are inhabited, boasting a unique beauty, charm and many virgin bays accessible only by boat.
The winds in Greece are divided according to the country’s two sea regions: the Aegean Sea and the Ionian Sea.
The Aegean Sea winds usually blow during the summer, from May to September. The winds that blow during July and August are known as "Meltemia". “Meltemia” blow mostly during the day, for about 2 to 4 days at a time. These winds don’t follow the same direction in the whole Aegean sea. In the northern Aegean, they come from the NE, in the central Aegean (Cyclades) from the North and in the South Aegean from the NW. The intensity of the winds depends on the area where they blow. One of the strongest “Meltemi” winds blows in the island of Naxos, which, thanks to its ideal wind conditions, is also a popular windsurfing destination. Apart from the summer, strong winds blow in the Aegean sea during the winter with speed of 8-9 Beaufort.
As for the Ionian Sea winds, they usually blow from the NW during the summer and are known as “Maistros” winds and are mostly thermic.
Sailing areas, winds, companies and federation
We propose essential information in order to get an idea about conditions for sailing in Greece: sailing areas, winds, agencies in the islands and information about the Hellenic Yachting Federation.
Famous Sailing Areas
Some of the most famous areas for Greece sailing are the islands of Poros, Lefkada, Paros, Skiathos, Corfu and more. Many yacht charter agencies are settled there. Read more: Top Sailing Destinations in Greece
The winds of Greece
The country's winds can be divided into two sea regions: the Aegean Sea and the Ionian Sea.
The Aegean Sea Winds usually blow during the summer season, from May to September, but they are particularly known for the months of July and August. Those winds are called "Meltemia" and they are mostly blowing during the day and their average duration is from 2 to 4 days.
The Meltemia do not have the same direction in all the regions of the Greek Seas. In the Northern Aegean, they come from the NE, in the central Aegean (Cyclades) from the North and in the South Aegean from the NW. The intensity of the winds depends on the region. One of the stronger Meltemi can be found in the Island of Naxos, in the Cyclades, which attracts many windsurfers. Strong winds blow on the Aegean Sea also during the winter with a power of 8-9 Beaufort.
The Ionian Sea Winds usually appear during summer season and are called Maistros. They are blowing from the NW.
Greece sailing federations
The Hellenic Yachting Federation is the organisation which supervises all the sailing races in Greece. Many sailing races are organised every year by the 134 sailing clubs operating in the country.
Some sailing companies in Greece
Vyra.com is a leading online booking platform to easily discover, book and enjoy affordable sailing holidays and yacht charters with skippers. For travellers craving for a quick escape on water, Vyra.com provides daily trips to the most wish-listed Greek islands, such as Athens Riviera, Mykonos, Santorini, Astypalaia, Zante and Lefkas.
Exadas Yachts offers Bareboat and Crewed Yachts of all types – sailboats, motor yachts, luxury yachts and catamarans through out the whole of Greece. Coupled with our expert’s in-depth knowledge of the area and the boats, we can be sure to provide guests with a yacht that will complete your dream Greece yacht charter.
Escale Yachting was created in Greece in 1987 by Denis Kyriazis and is the first cruise specialist that has launched the concept of active sailing cruises in Greece. The company has its base on the island Syros, the capital of the Cyclades, and consists of a team of professional and enthusiastic people with vast experience.
Anchors Away is a newly established company. Mrs Katerina Vlachou, the founder of the company, as an ex-champion in sailing -420 type- and still a participant in a crew for the greek IMS championship, is the person you need to have by your side. The first impression you get when you enter the "world" of Anchors Away is the kindness and warmness of our staff. You will find out that we take our job very seriously as we want to fulfill our customers, friends, needs. We can do it for you, just choose our company for your Greece yacht charter holidays and a new world will be revealed to you, a world of kindness, friendship, commitment.
Alpha Yachting offers crewed yacht charters in Greece, Croatia, Italy, France, Turkey, Spain and the Mediterranean sea. We are proud to offer a wide selection of luxury charter yachts for hire in Greece (group and private charter) to meet all your needs. All our yachts are clean, fully equipped and well maintained, our crew members are polite and can help you with all your travel needs, charter a crewed mega motor yacht, motor sailer, sailing yacht, skippered sail boat, bareboat, catamaran and set sail from Athens Greece to the Greek Islands of Mykonos, Santorini, Corfu, Rhodes, Crete, Zakynthos, enjoy your sailing holiday cruises in Greece.