The next time you set sail, why not do it from a brand new base with beautiful new boats in the heart of Greece.
We are delighted to partner with Hermes Yachts in Athens to bring you some truly outstanding bareboat charter offers, all departing from their recently opened base in Alimos, near Athens. The Marina Delta is a small marina close to the town which is a 45-minute drive from Athens International Airport, and acts as a great base for discovering the Peloponnese and the Argo-Saronic Islands, including Poros and Salamis. In 2019, the marina will be welcoming five brand new Dufour yachts to add to their already 45-strong fleet.
Before setting sail, take in the legacies of mythical Greece in the capital, Athens with a visit to the famous acropolis, the Parthenon sitting majestically at the peak, acting as a lookout over the ancient city. Once you hop onboard you’ll be spoilt for choice with ancient cities and stunning islands, all waiting to be discovered. We’ve pulled together a list of our favourites to give you some itinerary ideas:
Mycenae: situated in the north eastern Peloponnese, Mycenae is a large archaeological site full of ancient ruins and marvellous history. Positioned between two hills, the fortified citadel was of great significance during the Bronze Age and the acropolis dates back to the late 13th century BC. A climb to the peak will reward you with impressive views.
The Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus: as its name suggest, this colossal stone theatre is located in the great city of Epidaurus and is dedicated to Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine. During its use, the theatre played host to singing and dancing concerts as well as gladiatorial battles and could seat around 14,000 guests.
Olympia: no visit to the Peloponnese would be complete without a visit to Olympia, the home of the very first Olympic games and around a 50km from the northern Peloponnese coast. The location is distinctive thanks to its huge stone pillars which line the roads leading to the centre. Visit the Temple of Hera, an ancient site built in dedication to the Queen of the Greek Gods and Zeus’ wife, Hera, and the Archaeological Museum of Olympia where you can see the famous statue of the bull.
Poros: located off the southeast coast of the Peloponnese is Poros, one of the Saronic Islands. The island is actually formed of two separate pieces of land, Kalavria and Sphairia, which are connected by a bridge. With just under 4,000 inhabitants, the island is small compared to others in Greece, but has equally, if not more, charm. The beautiful beaches are surrounded by cobalt blue waters, perfect for swimming and snorkelling and are home to an array of wonderful marine life. Visit Russian Bay beach to combine sunbathing with architecture.
Salamis: the largest of the Saronic Islands, Salamis lies to the north west of the Marina Delta and is approximately 10km away. Famous for the Battle of Salamis, which took place in 480 BC, Salamis has a great historical significance and has the architecture to prove it. Visit the stone lighthouse for spectacular views out over the Saronic Gulf and head to the tiny fishing village of Paloukia on the north west of the island for some delicious freshly caught seafood and Greek cuisine.
Greece is very often referred to as a sailor’s paradise, partly down to the tricky Meltemi windstream, which attracts thousands of adventurous mariners. In addition, this European gem sits perfectly in the centre of the Mediterranean, offering thousands of miles worth of stunning coastline and hundreds of tiny (and some not so tiny) islands.
This new Marina Delta is fully equipped to service all of your provisioning needs, with onsite restaurants and bars and is a short distance from the local town of Alimos where you will find a whole host of restaurants serving wonderful Greek food alongside a glass of ouzo. We recommend trying the Kleftiko, a traditional Greek dish of slowly cooked lamb marinated in garlic, lemon juice and olive oil.
Its location makes for a long sailing season, but the best times to sail the Greek islands are between April and October, when temperatures will sit comfortably at an average of 27ºC. It’s important to remember that when sailing in Greece, you must hold an International Certificate of Competence (ICC) as a day skipper licence is not sufficient.
If you’d like to experience this beautiful part of Greece, why not take a look at our fantastic offers available sailing from the Marina Delta take a look at our deal finder or call our specialist agents on 01227 479900.
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