Our charter company friends, MG Yachts, have been operating in Greece for more than 30 years. Assistant Manager, Laurence, has taken the time to share with us the team’s knowledge and experience about how to design an exciting charter itinerary from Athens. Read on for his recommendations on landmarks, secluded coves and restaurants to include in your trip.
Autumn weather in Greece
Laurence says: “In the autumn the weather is still warm here. You’ll find strong sunshine, good winds, hot water temperatures and, even better, good charter prices.”
Design your perfect itinerary
Laurence says: “Athens is a big capital and there is a wide choice of things to do. In my city, my personal preference is to enjoy seaside walks at night followed by some traditional Greek food.
“If you’re looking for peace and quiet, the uninhabited island of Dokos has a lovely cove with clear waters. The rocks and trees around its shore give it a natural beauty and it’s a great spot for snorkelling. You’ll find an excellent overnight anchorage at Poros, which is easily accessible both on anchor and on the pier with facilities available on the island. Those planning on leaving from Alimos can head for Agia Marina on Aegina. It’s a great first stop, as it’s only two hours from Athens.”
Sail and discover Greece
From Athens visit
- Aegina – the main harbour is attractive with a lively atmosphere and good all around shelter
- Poros – a beautiful island with good facilities, excellent beaches and shelter both in the harbour and on anchor
- Hydra – although it can be difficult to find a place in high season, it is amazing once you get in
- Spetses – an old, traditional and worthwhile stop-off
Laurence says: “Athens has the Acropolis and the ancient city at its feet. It doesn’t matter if you’ve seen it before, as it still has the power to enthral with its magic every time you see it. Each island has something unique to boast about and some fantastic landmarks include the church tower on Poros, the volcano in Methana and the old theatre in Epidavros.”
Local restaurants as rated by locals
Laurence recommends: “Tzieris restaurant in Ermioni is on the edge of the rocks, overlooking the sea. From here you’ll find a fantastic view of Hydra and Dokos islands opposite. The food isn’t that expensive and the fish selection is a highlight. My personal tip is to try the octopus on the grill, which is something you will never forget.”
To eat and drink like a local when you are on charter, Ouzo is the drink you must try – just take care with it as it is a strong spirit! Don’t leave Greece without trying a souvlaki, the original tasty Greek fast food with small pieces of meat and vegetables grilled on a skewer.
How to keep charter costs low
- Plan ahead
- Know where your next stop is in advance
- Research the facilities available at each of your stops so you can get what you need
- Ask at your base for local advice on shopping and places to visit while you are waiting for the yachts to be prepared
- Check out Marine Planet app, which has a lot of local knowledge.
Find out more
Read our previous LateSail Lowdown post on tips on sailing Croatia in the autumn, put together by NCP & Mare in Šibenik and SunLife Charter in Split. To request a quote, talk to our team on 01227 479 900 or contact us.