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Discover why Greece should be on your shortlist for a yacht charter in 2024

By Nina Done   Last Updated: 23 March 2023

For the ultimate getaway Greece yacht charters have it all; with its vast array of sun-kissed island clusters, dreamy beaches lapped by vivid ultramarine waters, strikingly rich cultural heritage, and phenomenal nightlife, the possibilities for unforgettable yacht charters around this enchanting Mediterranean slice of paradise are simply endless.

With so many beautiful islands to explore, you might find it hard to know where to begin. To make things easier we have compiled a list of some of the best yacht charter destinations around this spectacular region, along with sample itineraries hand-picked by experts, showcasing picture-perfect idyllic escapes this summer.

Ionian islands

For yacht charters on Greece’s eastern flank, an absolute must-see is an Ionian Islands yacht charter. A chain of strikingly beautiful verdurous islands, characterized by lush mountainous interiors, dramatic coastlines, charming fishing villages, intriguing cultural heritage, and some of the finest beaches in Greece. 

Blue caves in Zakynthos, Greece

Head to Corfu, renowned for its rugged charm, extraordinary wildlife and rich history. The island has recently gained a cult following after the success of the Netflix series, The Durrells, which showcases Corfu’s striking natural beauty to perfection. 

Beautiful secluded beach on Corfu Island, Greece
Parisian promenade The Liston in Corfu, Greece
Corfu Angelokastro Castle
Shipwreck beach in Zakynthos, Greece

In the southern end of the Ionian archipelago Zaknythos yacht charters remain a popular choice, renowned for a buzzy night scene and jaw-dropping beaches – including the highly Instagrammed Shipwreck Beach. It also offers a rich marine ecology, idyllic landscapes, and breathtaking sunsets.

To the north of Zakynthos (Zante) you’ll find the enchanting Kefalonia, the largest and most diverse in this island cluster. Kefalonia yacht charters introduce charter guests to out-of-this-world beaches, exquisite, tiny multi-colored villages, magical iridescent sea caves, and beautiful Venetian architecture, making it hardly surprising that this coveted island was selected as the backdrop for the romantic Hollywood film Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.

Picturesque village of Assos in Kefalonia, Greece
Beautiful Melissani Cave in Kefalonia, Greece

Cyclades Islands

Cyclades Islands yacht charters circulate a large island cluster of mainly submerged mountainous terrain in the south-eastern region of the Aegean Sea. This is a hugely popular destination for luxury crewed yacht charters, well-known for its glittering azure coastline, vibrant beach club scene, and boutique shopping, as well as for its incredible scenery and a vast array of ancient archeological sites.

Hilltop white stucco village in Santorini, Greece
Akrotiri ruins in GreeceWindmills in Mykonos, Greece

The volcanic island of Santorini is by far the most famous Mediterranean yacht charter in this vicinity, with its iconic blue and white stucco villages overlooking the sea, uniquely-colored sand beaches, sweeping breathtaking vistas, and amazing hot spring thermals courtesy of its simmering underfloor volcano!

It also boasts an ancient Minoan archeological site in Akrotiri, located south of the capital Fira, which dates back to the Bronze Age.

For charter guests that love to party, look no further than a Mykonos yacht charter, a party island where world-famous DJs play their sets to crowds of adoring fans on the island’s most celebrated shores, Mykonos sports many popular attractions including the aptly named Paradise and Super Paradise beaches.

Beach in Mykonos at sunset in Greece
Temple of Isis on Delos, Greece

For something a little more sedate, but no less spectacular, take a boat trip to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Delos, considered to be the birthplace of Apollo. This uninhabited sacred island is home to some of Greece's most treasured ancient temples, including the Temple of Delians and the Sanctuary of Apollo.  

Sporades Islands

Characterized by their rugged terrain, beautiful secluded beaches, and pine-clad forests, the Sporades are a group of tranquil islands and islets off the eastern coast of Greece’s mainland, of which only 4 are inhabited: Alonissos, Skiathos, Skopelos, and Skyros

Sporades island in Greece

The most popular of these East Mediterranean yacht charters is the scintillating Skiathos, which also boasts an international airport, offering a variety of traditional tavernas, buzzy cocktail bars, hilltop monasteries, and swathes of golden beaches fringed by translucent waters, whilst Alonissos, which lies in the center of a beautiful marine park, is the perfect location for lovers of nature and wildlife.

Luxury charter yachts can anchor on its shores where guests can marvel at the island’s inquisitive dolphins and monk seals as they frolic in the crystalline waters.

Skopelos island in the Sporades, Greece
Rock on Alonissos in the Sporades Islands, Greece

The island of Skopelos is larger than Skiathos, yet boasts a quiet savage beauty, which was perfectly showcased in the much-adored Hollywood musical Mamma Mia! where wild olive and juniper trees and charming white hilltop villages perfectly encapsulate the rugged charm and quintessential warm hospitality of Greece.

Dodecanese Islands

Inhabited since prehistoric times, the Dodecanese is a group of islands located in the sun-drenched southeastern Aegean Sea, close to Turkey.

These comprise 15 major islands, and numerous smaller islets, which are steeped in a rich architectural and cultural history heavily influenced by their various rulers over the centuries, from crusading knights and Ottoman armies to 20th-century Italian chieftains.

The islands offer sensational scenic views, tranquil golden-hued beaches with extensive coastlines for iconic watersports yacht charters, Byzantine churches, medieval castles, and a huge raft of impressive ancient archeological sites.

Kos Island, Dodecanese, Greece
The Knights Grand Master Palace, Rhodes in GreeceA turquoise beach in Rhodes, Greece

The Dodecanese offer absolute prime island-hopping opportunities around the myriad islands and islets dotted throughout this archipelago. The most popular of these are the larger cosmopolitan islands of Rhodes and Kos, which both offer a variety of vibrant clubs and bars, stunning beaches and busy waterfronts contrasting with their array of ancient monuments, charming fishing villages and spectacular sweeping vistas.

Stunning Apella Beach on Karpathos Island, Greece

For those looking to escape the hustle and bustle, head to Karpathos. Mentioned in Homer’s Iliad, this beautiful island offers a range of glorious ancient monuments that date back to 6BC, picture-perfect mountain villages and secluded sandy coves lapped by calm turquoise waters – accessible only by yacht – as well as some fantastic windsurfing beaches.


No visit to Greece would be complete without a visit to its glorious capital Athens, the ancient birthplace of western civilization which lies at the heart of this phenomenal country. 

Parthenon in Athens, Greece

Dominated by a plethora of 5th Century BC landmarks, Athens yacht charters give charter guests access to enticing attractions including the majestic hilltop citadel of the Acropolis.

Meander the Doric-columned marble ruins of the Parthenon and tour the museums, home to a vast array of priceless Ancient Greek artifacts, before stopping off at a traditional taverna for a well-deserved Mythos Beer, where guests can enjoy the clamor and bustle of this magical Greek city.

When is the best time to embark on a Greece yacht charter?

Greece enjoys a deliciously warm climate that can be enjoyed as early as April through till late Autumn. The peak hottest months are July and August, however yacht charters around Greece’s beautiful islands can take advantage of shore breezes, especially around the Aegean Sea where the annual Meltemi winds pick up between June-August, perfect for sailing and gulet yacht charters, and ideal for tempering Greece’s intense summer heat.

Woman on bow of yacht nears Shipwreck beach in Zakynthos, Greece

As a general rule of thumb, the further south you travel, the hotter the temperatures. Athens also gets stiflingly hot during these months, so it might be worth factoring this in if you plan on stopping off at the capital during your yacht charter vacation.

Book your next Greece yacht charter

To find out more about yacht charters in Greece, take a look at our guide to Greece yacht charters.

If you'd like to learn more about chartering a luxury yacht around Greece, please get in touch with your chosen yacht charter broker for details on availability and yacht charter costs.


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