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 name for the Dodecanese Islands comes from the Greek word for “twelve,” because there are 12 major and 120 minor islands located in the southern Aegean Sea, off the Turkish coast.
If you have seen pictures of perfect Greek islands with white houses on sun-drenched hillsides, it’s likely it a picture of one of the Cyclades islands.
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.