The islands of the Gods, perhaps? Greece is one of the most desirable regions for the most inhabited islands on the globe and island hopping galore of course! It’s no wonder Greece possesses that never-ending desire for exploration by holidaymakers every year. But the allure is not just the islands. The combination of history, culture, and gastronomy also play a huge role in drawing travelers to these ancient volcanic islands.
There are five main island groups for chartering a yacht in Greece. This includes the Dodecanese, Cyclades, Sporades, Peloponnese, and Ionian. From this selection of five, the most popular are the characteristics opposite; Cyclades and Dodecanese. The Peloponnese combined with the Cyclades is also desirable depending on the time of year.
The one main thing you need to consider when choosing the island group is the weather. This is particularly important if you are interested in sailing in the Cyclades to islands such as Santorini, Mykonos and the central Aegean islands. The strongest of winds in the summer are the North Winds called the Estisian by the Greeks, the Meltemi by the Turkish. You can read more about the Meltemi winds here. The best months to explore the Cyclades in more calmer sea conditions is the first 2 and a half weeks of May, the latter part of September, and the first few weeks of October.
The Dodecanese is the best region with the highest selection of Turkish gulets and motorsailers. This is due to the close proximity of the islands to the Turkish coastline. Travelers embark and disembark in Turkey however the itinerary can be in Greek waters. If however there is a Greek-flagged gulet, then, of course, travelers can start and end in Greece without having to visit Turkey. But there are only very few gulets with Greek flags. Contact a Mirya Yachting yacht charter specialist for selection and other information.
Charter Greece this season and explore the treasures of the islands.