Sailing holidays in the Aegean
A sailing holiday in the Aegean will suit more experienced skippers as the passages between the islands can be exposed. In general the sailing conditions are more demanding than in other areas of Greece.
The best times to sail in the Aegean are May/June and September/October when you are less likely to be affected by the prevailing meltemi wind from the north which blows strongest in July and August at Force 5-6 and may reach Force 7-8. The meltemi can blow for 1 day or it can blow for 1 week continuously. In the Spring and Autumn the wind strength is less, around Force 3-4. Summer temperatures reach 25-27ºC.
There are many sailing itinerary options available in the Aegean so you can plan your itinerary to best suit your sailing experience and the weather forecast. Your itinerary in this area must be flexible to cope with wind conditions. The prevailing wind is northerly or north-easterly so keep an extra day or so in hand to allow for adverse weather on the return leg. Distances between the islands in the Aegean are longer so you may spend much of the day sailing.
Start your bareboat yacht charter holiday from Lavrion, close to Athens airport, and sail south to the Cyclades islands of Kithnos, Sifnos and Paros. Return via the islands of Serifos and Kea. On a 2-week yacht charter, if the winds are favourable, more experienced sailors will want to plan a sailing holiday to head further south as far as Ios and the dramatic island of Santorini (Thira).
Or start your yacht charter at Paros in the centre of the Aegean for easy access to the Cyclades islands. See our suggested sailing itineraries below.
We offer high specification Bavaria yachts from Olympic Yachts based in Lavrion Harbour, easily accessed from Athens airport. Charters start and finish on Saturdays. We can also offer bareboat charter yachts from several other charter fleets in Lavrion so we are sure to have the perfect charter yacht for your next sailing holiday in the Aegean.
Kiriacoulis run one of the largest fleets of bareboat charter yachts in the Mediterranean, and have charter yachts at bases all around Greece including Paros. These yacht charters can start and finish any day of the week, giving you total flexibility over your sailing holiday dates.
For yacht charters starting in Lavrion, fly to Athens. British Airways, Aegean Airlines & Olympic Airlines operate flights from Heathrow to Athens. easyJet operate flights from Gatwick. Transfer time to Lavrion 40 minutes. With daily flights you can add on a few days for a city break in Athens before or after your yacht charter.
Paros is a popular holiday island but has no direct flights from the UK. For yacht charters starting in Paros, fly to Athens. Olympic & Aegean Airlines have a 30 minute flight from Athens to Paros or catch the ferry from Pireaus Port in Athens to Paros which runs daily and takes 4-5 hours.