When you think of Greece, the Ionian island chain is one of the most popular bareboat charter cruising grounds in the Mediterranean for good reason. It's sparking jewels, Kefalonia, Corfu, Lefkas, Zante and Ithaca, are all known for their lively atmospheres, beautiful beaches and calm, warm waters. Indeed it is an "sailing introduction" destination, as many people get into sailing bareboat after first experiencing sailing as part of a flotilla in Greece.
The 12 major Dodecanese islands and 120 minor isles are known for their beauty and medieval towns with Venetian-influenced architecture. Among this island group, located in the southern Aegean Sea, off the Turkish coast, you'll discover ancient archaeological sites, fine beaches, the birthplace of medicine, volcanic landscapes, superb rock climbing and diving. It's a great jump off point to enjoy an exciting yacht charter.
The Cyclades islands deliver everything you see in photographs of Greek islands. Explore whitewashed houses stretching up into sun-drenched hillsides, flanked with olive groves. Relax on golden sand beaches with emerald waters where you can spot turtles and seals. Kayak the coast and find hidden coves and quiet bays, or enjoy thermal hot springs and ancient architecture. This part of Greece is perfect for a wonderful yacht charter.
Athens / Saronic
There are few cities anywhere that can match the artistic, scientific, and cultural contributions that Athens has made to the modern world. It's a fantastic gateway to the Saronic islands, which you can find between the Peloponnese north-east coast and the Attica peninsula. Sail Hydra, Kea, Spetses, Poros, Epidavros and Aegina to name a few in this iconic island group.
Head to northern Greece and experience the beautiful islands of the Sporades in the Aegean Sea, just south east of Mount Pelion. Explore the four main islands of Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos and Skyros, as well as uninhabited islets in the National Marine Park of Alonissos, which is home to the endangered Mediterranean monk seal. Within this island chain you will find sandy beaches, lively nightlife and opportunities to learn Trojan War mythology, all of which will give you a wonderful bareboat charter experience.
Charter a yacht in Slovenia and explore Portoroz bay. Visit spots such as Piran, a historic town that at first sight bears a striking resemblance to nearby Venice and represents the heart of the Portoroz area and Community of Piran.
Montenegro, a small but beautiful state, is known as the Pearl of the Mediterranean, famed for its mountains, canyons, rivers, lakes and beaches. Montenegro displays a wonderful combination of culture, history with natural beauty.
Sail for one or two weeks along this stunning coastline and enjoy reliable sailing breezes in clear turquoise waters.
Marmaris is a bustling resort with a lovely seafront of restaurants and cafes, with traditional gullets all moored at the town quay.
A Gocek yacht charter allows you to explore the mountainous pine-forested shores, ancient ruins and peaceful anchorages that adorn Turkey’s Turquoise Coast at your own pace.
Zadar & Kornati
Just 15 Nm south of Zadar is an amazing group of islands called the Kornati archipelago. This beautiful and scenic National Park is home to 89 islands, islets and reefs, attracting divers from all over Europe.
The medieval city of Dubrovnik on Croatia’s Adriatic Coast is known as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ for good reason. At night Gundulic Square comes alive with cafes but in the morning is used as a farmer's market.
Whether you want an early spring or late autumn charter, Croatia is a fantastic bareboat destination with warm weather from April to October. Split is Croatia's second largest city and a popular sailing base, built around the UNESCO Roman Diocletian palace. Stroll around the old town, play Picigin or cruise the Dalmatian Coast and nearby islands of Brač, Hvar, Šolta and many more.
Pula & Istria
At the northernmost part of the Island chain is the Istrian peninsula and here the islands are relatively untouched. The Istrian coastline with its clear seas, gentle summer climate, quaint villages and historic towns, is a magnificent cruising area.