Sailing in Greece will open you to world of a thousand wonders. Many boaters on Navily have visited the mythical coasts and islands of Greece. The greek territorial waters are a precious jewel of the Mediterranean sea and numerous natural anchorages are to be found in this setting of sharpened cliffs, bushy vegetation and turquoise waters.
From the Ionian Islands to the Dodecanese, here is our discovery guide for sailing in Greece, inspired by the experience of Philippe, an experienced navigator and great lover of these waters.
Best sailing destinations in Greece
The Ionian Islands
Corfu, Lefkas, Meganisi, Ithaca, Kefalonia are full of magnificent places to discover.
These islands with unique rock formations bordered by crystal-clear waters, are the perfect playground and discovery ground for sailors seeking heavenly anchorages. The region indeed has a large number of wild anchorages of unique charm and beauty.
Despite large rental fleets in high season and very high attendance, they remain a destination of choice for a cruise in Greece.
The islands offer a simple and protected navigation, especially to the south of Lefkas, in the small inland sea which has ideal conditions for a relaxing boating experience (protection from winds and swells). For one to two weeks of sailing, this is a fantastic body of water to go discover when sailing in Greece.
best anchorages in Corfu
best anchorages in Lefkas
best anchorages in Meganisi
best anchorages in Ithaca
Best anchorages in Kefalonia
The Saronic and Argolic gulfs
Easy to reach from Athens rental bases, these regions are rather sheltered from strong summer winds, especially the Meltem, a strong wind coming from the north and blowing from May to October. Well protected, the Saronic and Argolic Gulfs offer numerous possibilities for navigation along the coasts and around the numerous islands of the lake. They are also very popular due to their proximity to Athens, but offer a large number of anchorages, so there are no shortage of places for a quieter experience even in high season.
For lovers of ancient history, there are many famous archaeological or historical sites to discover in the region. The island of Aegina, the city of Nafplion, or Corinth, without forgetting Athens, the cradle of modern European civilization, are all places that will transport you back in time. Other famous sites like Hydra and Spetses are less accessible by boat but the alternative ferry to the mainland is still an option. Finally, you will have to deal with the overcrowding of the high season in its highly frequented sites. It is therefore preferable to visit these out of season.
One to two weeks allows you to already have a good itinerary in this exceptional region of Greek waters.
Best anchorages in the Saronic Gulf
To visit Corinth
To visit Athen
Best anchorages in the Argolic Gulf
North of the large island of Euboea (Euboea) also called the Thessalian Sporades, they are fairly easy to reach in two or three days from Athens. This archipelago is less frequented because it is a bit far from the rental areas. The islands are very different from each other and have many little wonders. Indeed, small ports dot the coasts of these islands, and some very wild anchorages will delight boaters in search of escape.
Take the time to explore them by scooter or car to discover their many historical and natural attractions. Alonissos is a favorite not to be missed. It’s best to plan three weeks to get the most out of a cruise in the Sporades.
Best anchorages in Skiathos
Best anchorages in Skópelos
Best anchorages in Skyros
Best anchorages in Alonissos
Between Samos in the north and Rhodes in the south lies the famous Dodecanese region also known as the Southern Sporades.
It is an archipelago where you can sail by sight, filled with small coves and microscopic harbors on more than 160 islands and islets for the most part uninhabited. Samos and Rhodes are large and rich in archaeological sites. You have to spend a few days with a car to fully benefit from their uniqueness.
Leros is a small, fairly touristy island with pretty beaches and a very good port in Lakki (good plan for wintering).
You can tour the Dodecanese in five weeks, but in two to three weeks you can see a lot. There is a large rental center in Kos, in the archipelago. But it is still less crowded than the Athens or Lefkas area.
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Two other regions off the beaten tracks are interesting but less accessible. The Gulf of Patras has few stops between Patras and Corinth, but Galaxidi is worth a visit. Finally, the south of the Peloponnese offers some equally nice stopovers but few in number and much less well referenced.
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