Sailing Holidays

Yacht Charter from Skiathos

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 the beautiful Sporades 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.

To book your next sailing holiday in Greece, give us a call or fill out the Quick Quote Form.

Sailing conditions

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.

Sailing area

Start your bareboat yacht charter in Skiathos harbour and sail westwards from Skiathos to the attractive harbours and bays on the islands of Skopelos and Alonissos. Drop anchor at Peristeri and Pelargos, uninhabited nature reserves at the far west of the Sporades archipelago. See our suggested sailing itinerary below.

Or sail east into the Gulf of Volos and discover fishing harbours and deserted bays completely unspoilt by tourism. On a 2-week sailing holiday you can plan a sailing itinerary to include both the Sporades islands and the Gulf of Volos

Charter yachts

For bareboat yacht charter from Skiathos Harbour we are pleased to offer yachts from Athenian Yachs, a fleet we have worked with for many years. Their fleet of Sun Odyssey yachts ranges from the smallest 32’ to the largest 53’. All yacht charters include dinghy with outboard. These yacht charters can start and finish any day of the week, but most flights from the UK to Skiathos are on Fridays.

We can also offer bareboat charter yachts from several other charter fleets in Skiathos Harbour so we are sure to have the perfect charter yacht for your next sailing holiday from Skiathos.

Travel arrangements

The only direct flights from the UK are the holiday charter airlines. Thomson and Thomas Cook have charter flights to Skiathos from most UK airports on Fridays. Transfer time to Skiathos Harbour 5 minutes.

DAY 1 : Embark at Skiathos harbour, 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) is a very attractive harbour with plenty of waterfront tavernas and cafes.
DAY 4 : Peristeri (15nm) is an uninhabited island but full of legend, including the Cyclops Cave at Yioura.
DAY 5 : Steni Vala, Alonissos (18nm) is a picture-postcard fishing village with a nice beach. Great fish restaurants at the harbour.
DAY 6 : Koukounaries, Skiathos (27nm) is one of the best beaches in Greece. Waterskiing and fun rides on offer at the beach.
DAY 7 : Return to Skiathos (6nm).

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Discover Skiathos

Discover Skiathos

Charter from Skiathos and discover the Sporades in northern Greece this summer. Friendly little harbours, sandy beaches and the whole area is so uncrowded! Sail east to the islands or west into the Gulf of Volos. If you want company, join the Sporades flotilla from Skopelos.


Prices given below. Click on the yacht names to view yacht layout & specification

Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights.

If you want 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. 

Thomson and Thomas Cook have flights to Skiathos from most UK airports on Fridays. Transfer time to Skiathos Harbour 5 minutes.

To charter a yacht bareboat or on flotilla you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew.

At present you need an RYA Day Skipper qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC) for charters in Croatia, Mallorca, Tenerife and Malta.

The RYA ICC will be ever more required by overseas port authorities but if you have skipper experience it is easily obtained in a day from RYA sailing schools in the UK such as Hamilton Sailing or Brixham Sea School

Whether you are an experienced sailor or setting foot on a yacht for the first time, we can offer you a holiday afloat to suit you. We have given all the sailing areas a level with 'Experience Level 1' suitable for less experienced crews and 'Experience Level 3' for the experts.    

This takes into account the wind strength, tidal range and currents, distances between stops and ease of mooring. Of course even experts may choose to sail in Level 1 areas as they still offer stunning scenery and great sailing.

Experience Level 1: Ionian

Generally light winds Force 2-4, line of sight navigation, shorter sailing distances under 20nm. You will be Day Skipper standard having sailed at least 1 week or 100nm as skipper

Experience Level 2: Saronic Gulf & Sporades

Stronger winds up to Force 3-5 with some longer passages up to 30nm. You will be Day Skipper standard having sailed at least 2 weeks or 200nm as skipper

Experience Level 3: Aegean & Dodecanese

Stronger winds up to Force 4-7 which can lead to bigger seas on long passages between the islands. You will be Coastal Skipper standard with experience to a higher level having sailed at least 4 weeks or 400nm as skipper

The island of Skopelos is your favourite in the Sporades. The harbours of Skopelos town and Glossa are small, traditional and unashamedly Greek and there are some lovely beaches and anchorages, such as the pine-clad bay of Panormos. This secluded bay features in Michael Carroll’s 'Gates of the Wind', which describes these enchanting islands before tourism. Watch out for the chapel on the cliff at Kastri where the wedding scene from the movie ‘Mamma Mia’ was shot.

The Alonnisos Marine Park is a protected habitat for the Monk Seal, one of the largest seals in the world but now numbering only 600 worldwide, making it one of the most endangered mammals in the world. These shy seals have tried to avoid human contact by breeding in the underwater caves off Alonnisos, rather than on beaches, but this is more dangerous for the new born pups which have a high mortality rate.

"A mail to say how much we enjoyed last week's flotilla. The lead crew were really excellent, we are full of compliments for them. They were ever patient, helpful, genuinely kind people who went out of their way to make everyone relax and feel included. The rest of the people on the flotilla were all really lovely and great group meals in some very well chosen restaurants added to the memory. Thanks to you all for a really great holiday. "
Athens Flotilla 2016 - A.O.


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