Sailing in Greece: Everything You Need to Know in 2023

written by local expert Anna Faustino

Anna is a co-founder of Adventure in You and has been traveling the world for the last 9 years. She has spent time living in Thailand, Mexico, Indonesia, and Spain and is our local expert in these areas. Her expertise on travel, gear, and building businesses have been featured on Foundr, Business Insider, Yahoo Travel, and more.

Have you ever thought about sailing in Greece?

Let me tell you, it’s every bit as dreamy as it sounds. My husband Tom and I chose to go sailing in Greece as part of our honeymoon, and it was the best decision!

Imagine sailing with the bluest waters, crystal clear coves, stunning sunsets, and delicious Greek food sourced from local ingredients? Pure magic!

In this article, I will tell you everything that you need to know about sailing in Greece so you can plan your own Greek adventure.

Anna relaxing on the yacht
Sailing around the Cyclades Islands in Greece on a catamaran

Best Time to Sail in Greece

If you’re thinking of going sailing in Greece, you’ll need to know when to go:

Late Spring (May to early June): Oh, this time is just lovely! The sun’s out, but it’s not too hot. The waters are warming up, and the best part? Not too many tourists around. Plus, if you’re thinking of a charter sailboat Greece-style, you might snag some sweet deals.

Summer (Late June to August): Okay, so this is when everyone wants a piece of the Greece Sailing pie. It’s sunny and vibrant, and the islands are buzzing.

Just a tip: if you’re eyeing this period for your sailing Greek adventure, book your boat charter Greece spot early. Oh, and watch out for those Meltemi winds, especially if you’re heading to the Cyclades.

Early Autumn (September to October): This is my personal favorite and this is when Tom and I enjoyed our sailing adventure. You’ll be sailing with a warm breeze, taking a dip in the sea that’s just the right temperature, and enjoying the islands without the summer rush.

Pure bliss! The weather does tend to change towards the end of October and the winds pick up so keep this in mind when looking to book. When it comes to the best time to visit Greece, it depends on your personal preference.

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Small churches that we saw along the way

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Sailing Holidays Greece

If you’re dreaming of a sailing adventure, let me introduce you to Yacht Getaways. These guys have been crafting the most memorable sailing holidays for over a decade. Their expertise shines through in every detail, ensuring you have an experience that’s nothing short of magical.

Now, let’s talk about their boats. They’re catamarans are modern, stylish, and decked out with all the latest safety gear.

And the crew? Absolute pros. Their skippers and hostesses are not only experts in their field but are also passionate about the sea. They love sharing stories, and tidbits, and ensuring you’re having the time of your life.

Our skippers Daan and Rom were amazing throughout the whole trip!

So if you want to island hop around Greece but don’t want to worry about the logistics of getting ferries, a sailing trip might be perfect for you.

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A catamaran in Greece

Popular Sailing Routes in Greece

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1. Sailing Around Paros Island (Cyclades Islands)

If you’re dreaming about sailing in Greece (and who isn’t?) this route is a great place to start. In fact, this was the exact route that we took for our honeymoon sailing trip!

What’s Include:

  • The Yacht Life: Picture yourself waking up on a sleek catamaran, with the gentle waves rocking you and the sun peeking through. These boats aren’t just any boats; they’re spacious and super comfy. Imagine having a room with a view that changes every day!
  • The Crew: You have a pro skipper to steer the ship and a tour manager like your personal travel buddy. They’ll share all the cool facts and hidden gems of each place.
  • Foodies Rejoice: Every morning, you get to enjoy a delicious breakfast, and they whip up a light lunch of local and fresh produce too. In the evenings you dock up to enjoy the restaurants on the different islands you explore.

Sailing stops when sailing around Paros:

Paros: Starting in Paros. Think sandy beaches and a buzzing nightlife. Don’t miss the ancient old town and that super old church, Panagia Ekatontapiliani.

Naxos: This place is HUGE and filled with ancient ruins. Oh, and there’s this massive stone gateway, the Portara – perfect for those Insta shots.

Schinoussa: It’s all about the local vibes here. Grab a meal at a cozy taverna and chill on the beach.

Koufonisia: Two words: Beach paradise. If you’re up for it, explore those sea caves.

Antiparos: This place has a cool cave and a nightlife that’ll make you dance the night away. We recommend renting an ATV or buggy as it is the best way to see the island.

Back to Paros: Round off your trip with some shopping or just laze around on the beach.

At each spot, there’s always something more to do. Whether it’s a guided tour, some water sports, or just wandering around, there’s something for everyone.

The Paros Explorer sailing route wonderfully fuses historical richness, pristine beaches, and culinary delights. The gorgeous destinations, vibrant activities, and the essence of Greek culture promise a memorable sailing journey in the very soul of Greece.

Anna on a catamaran sailing around the Greek Islands
Anna on a catamaran sailing around the Greek Islands

2. Sailing Around Corfu Island

Embark on a memorable sailing adventure with Yacht Getaways as you explore the enchanting waters of Greece. The Corfu Explorer route promises a blend of stunning landscapes, rich history, and vibrant local cultures.

What’s Included:

  • Accommodation: You’ll be accommodated in state-of-the-art catamarans that are designed for comfort and luxury. These vessels are equipped with spacious cabins and modern amenities, perfect for relaxation and entertainment.
  • Professional Skipper: A skilled skipper will steer the sea, ensuring a safe and enjoyable trip.
  • Breakfast & Lunch: Delicious meals to start your day right and a hearty lunch to keep you going.

Sailing Stops when Sailing Around Corfu:

Corfu: Kick off your adventure in Corfu, a UNESCO World Heritage gem brimming with Venetian charm and one of the best places to visit in Greece. Wander around the Old Town, check out the age-old fortresses, and treat yourself to some yummy local bites.

Mourtos: Welcome to Mourtos, a dreamy coastal town with serene beaches and sparkling waters. Why not take a dip in the Blue Lagoon or venture into the nearby sea caves?

Plataria: Say hello to Plataria, a peaceful fishing village where relaxation is the name of the game. Savor the fresh seafood, amble along the beach, or just bask in the golden sun.

Gaios, Paxos: Gaios, the lively heart of Paxos, invites you to meander through its quaint streets, pop into local boutiques, and soak up the buzzing nightlife.

Lakka, Paxos: Nestled amidst olive trees and cypresses, Lakka’s natural harbor is a haven for nature enthusiasts. Dive into the azure waters or trek the picturesque trails.

Petriti: Step into the world of Petriti, a classic fishing village that oozes authentic Greek vibes. Relish the day’s fresh catch at cozy tavernas and watch the sun bid adieu over the Ionian Sea.

Corfu: And just like that, circle back to where it all began, Corfu. Cheers to an epic journey!

At each stop, you’ll have the opportunity to explore. Whether it’s diving into the deep blue, hiking up scenic trails, or indulging in local cuisines, you’ll find a Greek adventure for you!

The Corfu Explorer sailing route combines historical exploration, serene relaxation on stunning beaches, and authentic Greek experiences. With its captivating stops, luxurious catamarans, and diverse activities, it guarantees an unforgettable trip through the mesmerizing waters of Greece.

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Sailing on a yacht in Greece during sunset

3. Sailing Around Lefkada Islands (Ionian Islands)

Experience the magic of the Greek islands as we navigate through its azure waters, creating cherished memories at every picturesque stop. Join us on this captivating journey!

What’s Included:

  • Accommodation: Guests will be accommodated in state-of-the-art catamarans. These vessels are designed for both comfort and performance. They offer spacious cabins, modern amenities, and a luxurious ambiance, ensuring that travelers can relax and enjoy the journey in style.
  • Experienced Skipper: A professional skipper will be on board to navigate the waters and ensure a safe and enjoyable journey.
  • Host/Hostess: A dedicated host or hostess will be available to cater to the needs of the guests, ensuring a comfortable and memorable experience.
  • Breakfast & Lunch: Delicious meals are provided daily, with a variety of options to suit all tastes.

Sailing Stops:

Lefkada: A dazzling island with dreamy beaches and shimmering waters. A fantastic spot to start your adventure!

Meganisi: You’ll love this picture-perfect island where you can unwind and soak in the serene vibes all around.

Kalamos: Discover Kalamos, a little secret oasis filled with lush forests and untouched beaches. It’s the perfect hideaway for nature buffs.

Atokos: A snorkeler’s paradise, its clear waters are teeming with colorful marine life. A treat for all underwater adventurers.

Ithaca: Dive into the tales of the legendary Odysseus in Ithaca. With its deep-rooted history and breathtaking views, this island is pure magic.

Kastos: Welcome to Kastos, a cozy island that offers genuine Greek vibes and warm hospitality.

Lefkada: And here you are, back in Lefkada. Whether you’re up for more exploring or just want to chill and chat about your epic sail, it’s all good!

You can enjoy additional trips and excursions at each stop to embrace Greece. Specific details about the additional trips at each stop can be obtained from the Yacht Getaways team.

The Lefkada Explorer sailing route offers a perfect blend of adventure, relaxation, and cultural immersion. With breathtaking destinations, luxurious accommodations, and loads of activities, you’ll have an unforgettable sailing experience in the heart of Greece.

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Sunsets and sunrises in the Catamaran are amazing

Things to Consider When Sailing in Greece

A sailing holiday might be different from your usual trip, so I’ll give you some things to consider before booking.

You need to pack light as space on board can be limited. Most islands will have a luggage storage space so make use of it! What you do need to pack is sun protection as you’ll spend most of your day out in the sun. 

You’ll spend a significant portion of your day at sea, so be ready to embrace the boat life. Sea sickness is a possibility so if you think this might affect you, consider some preventive medicines.

Lastly, be warned: the beauty and thrill of sailing might just capture your heart, making you want more! We are already 100% planning our next trip!

Set Sail in Greece

Sailing in Greece offers an unforgettable experience. You’ll love the combination of history, nature, and vibrant Greek vibes.

Whether you’re in for the thrill, some chill, or a taste of Greek culture, you’re bound to leave with memories that’ll stick around forever. We absolutely loved our sailing trip, so why not book your own Greek getaway?

Stunning waters in the Cyclades in Greece
Stunning waters in the Cyclades

FAQ on Sailing in Greece

What is the best month to sail in Greece?

The best months to sail in Greece are May to early June and September to October, offering pleasant weather and fewer tourists. Summer months, while popular, can be crowded and have stronger winds.

Is the sea rough around Greek islands?

The sea around the Greek islands can be calm, especially during the summer months. However, certain areas, particularly the Cyclades, can experience strong Meltemi winds, making the sea rougher during July and August.

Is it safe to sail around Greece?

Yes, sailing around Greece is generally safe, especially with experienced skippers, and by staying informed about local weather conditions. However, it’s essential to be cautious during the summer months when the Meltemi winds can make certain areas, like the Cyclades, more challenging to navigate.

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