Greece – Sailing on Mythical Shores
There are over 2000 islands in yacht charter Greece
and if you take into consideration the fact that the only way to get to some is with a boat, you understand why sailing is such an important part of this country and why you’ll find here one of the best sailing infrastructures in all of the Mediterranean
Among the best places to visit in Greece for yacht charter are the Cyclades
islands, the Dodecanese, the Sporades and the Peloponnese. There are miles upon miles of coastline to explore in Greece, the only country with more coastlines in Europe being only Norway. This would explain why Greece constantly ranks among the top 20 most popular tourist destinations in the world. Widely regarded as the birthplace of Western civilization, ancient Greece is the cradle of such concepts as sports, philosophy, mathematics and drama as well as hosting one of the most influential ancient civilizations in the world.
With openings on both the Aegean and the Ionian Seas, yacht charter Greece
is truly a paradise for sailing enthusiasts offering such famous ports like Athens
, Crete, Ithaca, mount Athos, Rhodes
, Santorini and Skiathos
(which is also known as the Pearl of the Aegean).
The local marinas hold almost everything from common fishing boats to luxury yachts owned by the world’s millionaires. And since there’s a good infrastructure here with good marinas that can cater to almost every taste and pocket, lots of skippers choose to winter their boats here. The rates are lower than they are in other yacht charter classical locations in the Mediterranean such as Italy
Since you’re never too far from water when in Greece, you’re never really far from a boat either, whether it’s a ferry, a yacht, a cruise ship or a fishing boat, so it’s a good thing to have the proper yacht charter skipper documentation. You’ll need to have a skipper’s license for coastal sailing which should be enough for most harbor authorities.
Just make sure that at least another one of the crew members has the ability to navigate the boat as this is the law in yacht charter Greece
. This member does not need to provide proof of prior experience but he/she will have to sign a declaration with the port authority in which he takes full responsibility for his actions. Some charter companies might oblige you take on one of their skippers along with you if they’re not sure of your experience level.
If your sailing license was obtained outside of the European Union make sure you have an English translation with you at all times or a Greek one, just to be safe. For travelling into yacht charter Greece, citizens of EU countries and the EEA don’t need a travel visa, not even a passport. A valid ID card will suffice.
Also a good thing for those coming from European countries that are part Schengen agreement is the fact that there are no passport checks being performed by Greek officials which significantly decreases the check time at the border. Hopefully, you’ll get to your yacht as soon as you can and enjoy the maximum time on the water from you sailing vacation.