Considered the birthplace of Western civilization, Athens boasts some of the world’s finest examples of Hellenic architecture that bears witness to the ancient city’s golden age, dating back 2,500 years. However, the bustling cosmopolitan capital also offers a wealth of cool hangouts – from hip rooftop bars and chic restaurants to neighborhood tavernas and modern Greek bistros, all spilling out onto tree-studded pavements alive with warm chatter and a vibrant atmosphere, making this the perfect stop-off for a Greece yacht charter.
Located on a peninsula surrounded by islands, Athens is the perfect place to kick start your crewed yacht vacation. Offering a wealth of ancient historical monuments, museums and a veritable patchwork of narrow streets, markets and sun-kissed piazzas, you’ll be spoiled for choice with so much to fit in.
A trip to Greece's capital would not be complete without a visit to its famous Acropolis. Rising 500-feet above sea-level, access to this majestic UNESCO Heritage Site is found via a winding path on its southern flank that leads up to the majestic Doric-columned oblong temple, home to Athens' crowning glory; the Parthenon.
Other highlights include Lycabettus Hill, one of the highest peaks in Athens offering sweeping views of the city and beyond, complete with its own open-air theater, as well as the Cine Paris – an outdoor cinema with glorious views over the Acropolis. For beautiful sunset views, head to the Temple of Poseidon, a striking series of towering columns that stand 60 meters above sea level against the backdrop of the glittering Saronic Gulf. Another must-visit is Athens’ Plaka neighborhood, stretching out under the shadow of the Acropolis it plays host to a wealth of ancient sites, museums, historic churches and picturesque piazzas with bustling cafes and restaurants.
A Greece luxury yacht itinerary can commence in the capital city of Athens and incorporate the beautiful Saronic Islands, Peloponnesus or, slightly further afield, the ever-popular Cyclades archipelago, home to the celebrated islands of Santorini and Mykonos. With countless beautiful islands on its doorstep, yacht charter itinerary options from Athens are bountiful.
Offering excellent transport links – including a nearby International Airport – long summer season tempered by fresh northeasterly breezes, deeply rich cultural heritage and close proximity to a trove of idyllic islands, Athens is the perfect base for yacht charters.
For more information about renting a private luxury charter yacht in Athens please contact your preferred Yacht Charter Broker who can help you plan your dream itinerary, combining your party's needs with advice about the best time to visit.
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