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Enjoy fresh breezes, unspoilt harbours and fine sandy beaches on a sailing holiday from Skiathos exploring the beautiful Sporades islands.

The Sporades islands of Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos, together with the more sheltered Gulf of Volos, offer excellent sailing among very pretty islands. This attractive sailing holiday destination will suit sailors who relish the challenge of fresh sailing winds and the charm of exploring quieter islands and harbours off the beaten track.

A sailing holiday is the perfect way to explore this beautiful group of islands, completely unspoilt by tourism. Start your bareboat yacht charter in Skiathos harbour, just 5 minutes from the airport. The town has a maze of cobbled streets divided by the Bourtzi, once a Venetian fortress, now a cultural centre with great views. There’s a lively nightlife with shops, bars and restaurants around the harbour.

As you sail westwards from Skiathos to the islands of Skopelos and Alonissos or eastwards into the Gulf of Volos the pace of life becomes quieter and more tranquil. You’ll discover picturesque fishing harbours, deserted anchorages and lovely sandy beaches. There is a limited number of charter yachts in this area so you’ll find the harbours uncrowded.


Skiathos Yacht Charter

  • Overview
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    Steni Vala

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    Skiathos Old Town

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    Skopelos

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    Mamma Mia church!

    Sailing holidays from Skiathos

    • Flights to Skiathos on Fridays from many regional airports
    • Small selection of yachts so contact us early!
    • Average distances of 15nm/day
    • Level 2 sailing
    • Average summer temperatures of 26-30 degrees
    • Average winds force 4-5
    • Great for Greek charm without the crowds
    • Most charters start and finish on Fridays to fit with flights from the UK
    • Flotilla option
  • 1 Wk Itinerary

    Suggested 1 week sailing itinerary from Skiathos

    DAY 1 : Skiathos

    Skiathos harbour is just a few minutes from the airport. Whitewashed houses up the steep slopes of the harbour make this a very picturesque place to start your holiday. Tavernas, restaurants and busy bars fill the bustling narrow streets.

    DAY 2 : Skopelos (10nm)

    Panormos is a beautiful bay for lunch. Overnight at Skopelos Town.

    DAY 3 : Patitiri, Alonissos (14nm)

    A very attractive harbour with plenty of waterfront tavernas and cafes.

    DAY 4 : Peristeri (15nm)

    An uninhabited island but full of legend, including the Cyclops Cave at Yioura.

    DAY 5 : Steni Vala, Alonissos (18nm)

    A picture-postcard fishing village with a nice beach. Great fish restaurants at the harbour.

    DAY 6 : Koukounaries, Skiathos (27nm)

    One of the best beaches in Greece. Waterskiing and fun rides on offer at the beach.

    DAY 7 : Skiathos (6nm)

    Skiathos 1 week sailing holiday itinerary

  • Sailing Conditions

    Sailing conditions in Skiathos

    Weather conditions in the Sporades are very favourable for a sailing holiday from Skiathos. Afternoon breezes Force 3-5 from the north-east give good sailing from mid-morning to early evening. In July and August the meltemi can bring stronger winds Force 5-6, but all the islands have good shelter. Summer temperatures reach 27-29ºC.

    We have rated this destination a 'Level 2' (levels info) and you will need RYA Day Skipper or ICC qualification for bareboat charters from Skiathos.

    For those wanting more support or who are looking for more of a social holiday then why not take a look at our Sporades flotilla holidays.

    You can see all of the bases we offer in Greece along with the level ratings here so that you can find the most suitable destination for you. If you are at all unsure about a destination then please get in touch and our sales team will be more than happy to make their recommendations for you.

  • Getting There

    Getting There

    Flights to Skiathos

    Bonded for your financial protection under ATOL 3016 Thomson and Thomas Cook have flights to Skiathos from most UK airports on Fridays.

    Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights. If you would prefer a flight-inclusive holiday Nautilus Yachting is a fully bonded ATOL tour operator and can book flights from the UK to fit your sailing holiday. Choose from a wide choice of airlines - we are not tied to any particular airline. All flight-inclusive holidays are fully bonded for your financial protection under our ATOL 3016.

    Transfers

    The transfer time from Skiathos airport to the harbour is only 5 minutes so it usually works out better to simply jump in a taxi when you arrive. Occasionally it may be possible to book transfers in advance if this is what you require. Please speak to one of our helpful sales team who can advise you on current transfer information.

"We chartered Icarus to celebrate a big birthday and could not have made a better selection. A beautiful boat with excellent skipper and hostess who will make you feel at home within minutes and you will wish for nothing. Robert is an expert skipper and teacher if you want to get involved, as well as having tremendous knowledge and experience of the area. The yacht is spotless, cabins are spacious and well equipped, the deck is spacious and sunbeds are laid out to sunbathe in comfort. Thank you for a fantastic holiday!!"

Crewed Yacht Icarus 2016 - B.M.

Skiathos Yacht Charter prices

Athenian Yachts Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red.

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Athenian Yachts Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

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Athenian Yachts Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

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Athenian Yachts Prices shown are in GB£ per yacht for 1 week

EARLY BOOKING OFFER PRICE shown in red.

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Yachts from Skiathos - Athenian Yachts

FREE outboard

Extras payable on embarkation:

YACHT SECURITY:

Refundable deposit €2000 -€4000 OR Non refundable insurance €20-40/day + €500 deposit
EXTRAS:
End cleaning €40/cabin
Fuel used (fill up on return)
Optional extras (i.e Outboard, SUP's etc) available on request.
SKIPPER: €1050/week + food and drink + own cabin

Sailing Qualifications

To skipper a bareboat charter or flotilla yacht, you need to hold a practical sailing certificate equivalent to RYA Day Skipper Practical qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC). You must also be assisted by at least one competent crew member over the age of 18.

For charters in Croatia, Malta and the Canaries, at least one member of the crew or the skipper will also need a VHF licence.

RYA qualifications can be obtained by RYA sailing schools in the UK or alternatively choose from one of our overseas centres in Gibraltar, Greece or Turkey.

For Caribbean and Tropical charters, formal qualifications are not compulsory, however, you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew. A brief sailing resume should be provided to outline your experience.

If you don't hold the relevant qualifications then why not add a skipper?

Sailing Levels

Level 1

Winds force 2-3 (4-11 Knots)combined with generally shorter distances. Good for beginner or intermediate sailors. Line-of-sight navigation but basic knowledge of charts and ability to plot your position required.

Level 2

Winds force 3-5 (7-21 Knots) with approximately 15-20nm per day. Intermediate experience required. Predominately line of sight navigation but an understanding of how to sail in open water.

Level 3

Winds force 4-6 (11-27 Knots) with mileage of approximately 20nm+ per day. Ideal for experienced skippers looking to venture out to new destinations. Day skipper standard but with experienced crew would be recommended.