Top Marinas in Greece

Destinations

Greece, the cradle of civilisation, is a wonderful place to enjoy a yacht charter holiday. From the laid-back Ionian to the sailor's Aegean and the remote Sporades, Greece's sprawling islands, perfect climate and rich culture mean there's something for every group to enjoy.

Here, we look at some of the very best places to bookend your Greek yacht charter, from Corfu to Kos and beyond.

  • Corfu
  • Kefalonia
  • Athens, Delta
  • Mykonos
  • Skiathos
  • Kos
  • Rhodes



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Where To Start Your Greek Charter

North Ionian

Gouvia Marina, Corfu

A really pretty, clean and tidy marina of Venetian origin, Gouvia is positioned at the eastern tip of beautiful Corfu.

It’s a short 6km taxi to the airport, and the marina has some excellent facilities, including two good supermarkets for provisioning.

Oh, did we mention the amazing hilltop fortress perched just around the corner?

There’s so much to do here before/after your charter that Corfu is always a winner for ‘stay and sail’ holidays.

South Ionian

Sami, Kefalonia

Among the newer charter bases in the Ionian, Kefalonia is a great starting point for the more adventurous sailor, or those a little bored of the shuffle up and down the Lefkas canal.

Sami is a large, well-sheltered port town on the east of Kefalonia, just south of Agia Effimia.

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Saronic Gulf

Marina Delta Kallithea, Athens

A real outlier among several big, dirty and decrepit Athens marinas, the newly completed Marina Delta is an absolute joy to spend time in.

This clean, modern marina has great transport links to the city and airport (45 minutes away) thanks to a newly built road.

The modern facilities include a café, restaurant, opera house and cinema complex and even a maritime museum housed in an old warship. This is a surprisingly serene place to start and end a charter out of Athens.

Cyclades

Mykonos

Known as the capital of the Cyclades’ party scene, Mykonos has to be seen to be believed.

Surrounded by gorgeous sugar-cube houses set among winding crazy paving streets and overlooked by hilltops studded with abandoned windmills, it’s easy to imagine yourself in a romance novel.

Set about 2km from the town, the marina is well sheltered from the prevailing meltemi, and lets you easily strike out to nearby Naxos, Paros, and Santorini

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Sporades

Skiathos

According to legend, the Sporades were created when the gods tossed some coloured pebbles into the Aegean. Beautiful and off the beaten track, with only 4 inhabited islands in the group, these ‘scattered islands’ are a great place to spend a week.

Tucked up the armpit of the remote Sporades, Skiathos makes for a useful launchpad to explore this less trodden area of Greece.

A small, attractive town with a wide promenade, Skiathos has many good bars and restaurants to spend your first and last nights, and has an international airport just 5 minutes away.

Dodecanese

Kos

For a trip full of history and mythology, look no further than the amazing Dodecanese.

Starting your charter from Kos is incredibly convenient as it sits in the heart of this string of islands.

Explore north to Kalymnos and Leros, or venture south, skirting the Turkish coast en route to Symi and ancient Rhodes.

Just 30 mins from the airport, Kos marina is convenient for transport, and a 15-minute walk into the town centre, where you will find an interesting blend of Greek and Roman ruins, as well as a majestic Ottoman mosque.

Provisioning is simple, and there is a good chandlery and restaurant in the marina.

Dodecanese

Mandraki, Rhodes

Rich in culture and history and right in the heart of Rhodes town, Mandraki is a really great base for Dodecanese trips. Legend has it that the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the ancient wonders of the world, once stood astride the entrance to the harbour. There is an old fort and 3 traditional windmills on the eastern seawall.

Rhodes is a large town with a well-equipped marina and ancient ruins and artefacts dotted around the old town. The Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights is well worth a visit.

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Which would you choose?

We've gone through our favourite charter bases, but with all things, it's often a matter of personal preference.

Let your HELM broker know what you're looking for in terms of transport links, culture, provisioning, nightlife, etc and we'll find you the perfect yacht in the perfect place.

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