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7 Islands For A Sailing Adventure In Greece

7 Islands For A Sailing Adventure In Greece

Greece has been known as a great boating destination for many decades. Located in Southeastern Europe, Greece offers to those who love adventures on the sea some wonderful destinations to visit. From their archeological significance to their breath-taking beauty, the Greek islands have something for every traveler. Here are just seven of them for you to make a port of call.

Sailing is one of the most interesting things to do in Greece. There are a ton of beautiful places you can see on a boat and a yacht charter in Greece is the perfect way for you to explore them. To use a Greek phrase, this list is not the Alpha and the Omega of sailing locations in Greece. Instead, it is a starting point to know what you can expect.

#1 Santorini

Surrounded by the deep blue of the Mediterranean Sea, Santorini is a famous honeymoon destination. The island features small picturesque whitewashed houses, making its coasts postcard sceneries. Being there is an opportunity to take a step back in time from the busy day to day routine and just relax. Wine tours and black sand beaches make a visit to Santorini a memory any honeymooner will remember forever.

#2 Hydra

Located between the Saronic Gulf and the Aegean Sea, Hydra is one of the Saronic islands. Although it does not have many sandy beaches, it makes up for it with beautiful galleries and a splendorous Byzantine cathedral. The island itself is a throwback to a time when life was simpler. Cars for example are banned on Hydra. The only modes of transportation are water taxis and mules. How’s that for a real serene experience? As with all Greek islands, the waters around Hydra are turquoise blue. This island is just over one hour from Athens on a boat, so it is easy to get there if you opt for a yacht charter in Athens.

#3 Zakynthos

Located between two Whitestone cliffs, Zakynthos is the third largest Ionian island. Navagio Beach or Shipwreck Beach, is an cove, sometimes referred to as “Smugglers Cove”, on the coast of Zakynthos, here you will find a rusting Freightliner that washed ashore. Another unique feature of this island is that during the months between May and October you can see hundreds of loggerhead turtle hatchlings make their way to the sea. What a sight to behold!

#4 Paros

If you enjoy windsurfing or kiteboarding, this is the perfect destination for you. There’s also about a half mile long stretch of sandy beach named Golden Beach.

#5 Milos

If you love Greek history and natural beauty, this is a destination for you. This is where the famous statue of Venus of Milos was discovered – today you can admire its unique beauty at the Louvre Museum in France. There are also uninhibited offshores islands around Milos that make this destination a true sailing adventure not to be missed. Particularly moon-like rock formations and sea caves make Milos a popular destination if you enjoy yacht cruising.

#6 Crete

This is the largest of the Greek islands and probably the most famous one for its rich history, proud people, vibrant culture and delicious food. Although Crete makes up a significant part of the cultural and historical heritage of Greece, the island preserves its own local character and traditions, Cretan music being a great example.

#7 Corfu

If you love Greek history, this is your port of call. It is said that Hercules, Jason and the Argonauts and the God Poseidon visited this island. You can explore the ancient history of Corfu or visit its lush green mountain forest. If that does not excite you, there are pebble and golden sand beaches to welcome you for a relaxing stop.

Remember, there are more than 6,000 islands in Greece, of which only 227 are inhabited. Do you find it difficult to decide where to go? Here’s what we recommend!

  • For honeymooners and lovebirds in general: Santorini
  • If you’re a party animal: Mykonos
  • For family-centered activities: Naxos
  • For couples: Paros

Of course, these are just our suggestions. You might also want to sail to some of the largest Greek islands with a yacht charter, such as Euboea, Rhodes, Chios or Lesbos. No matter where you choose to go, Greece is stunning and exciting, a true boating gem to discover!

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Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.


  1. Hi Carmen, if you like travelling, you have also to visit Greek islands aboard a private sailing yacht! This is an amazing experience 🙂
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    • Carmen Edelson

      It’s certainly a fabulous way to see the country!

  2. his sounds absolutely amazing.. so gorgeous
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    • Carmen Edelson

      Greece is just so beautiful!

  3. The.Holidaymaker

    Beautiful photos and helpful breakdown. #3 was my favourite, but guess would have to delve a bit deeper to see what beyond the photo might be best suited.

    • Carmen Edelson

      Hope you make it to Greece soon!

  4. The Greek islands (and traveling to Greece means hitting the islands) have long been on my list. I’ve seen much information about the ferries, but i never once thought about doing a yacht charter. i suppose the slower transport would eat up some time, but it sounds like a grand way of making the journey, and making it uniquely yours. Have you sailed to all these islands?

    • Carmen Edelson

      Yes, and they are all so unique and beautiful!

  5. Sandra Stafford

    Do you have any names of sailboat charter companies in Athens or the Greek islands?

    • Carmen Edelson

      Yes, I’d definitely recommend Click & Boat 🙂

  6. This looks like such a fun way to explore the different islands. And, they all look so beautiful! I’m hoping to get to Greece in the next year or two, so appreciate the brief highlights of the different islands. You made some recommendations at the end, but curious if you have a recommendation for a solo female traveler – if one island might be more interesting than another for solo exploration.

    • Carmen Edelson

      I honestly think all of them are fun and safe for a solo female traveler 🙂

  7. Sailing from island to island in Greece is such an wonderful way to explore the country. We spent two weeks, a number of years ago, on a bike and hike sailing adventure where we would pull into the port, unload the bikes, take off and explore the island, and then come back to spend the night on the yacht. It was amazing and I would do it again in a heartbeat.

    • Carmen Edelson

      That sounds like a dream, Michael!

  8. Wow, I love Greece! Can’t wait to visit Santorini, and maybe trying a tour with a yacht!

    • Carmen Edelson

      I hope you enjoy yourself, Alistair!

  9. Nice read. Enjoyed it
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    • Carmen Edelson

      Glad to hear it, thank you!

  10. Great guide for of all these beautiful destinations, but I’d have to be sure and stop at Zakynthos. Those white cliffs and seeing so many turtles would be very memorable. What a dreamy post!

    • Carmen Edelson

      Yes, it’s certainly very memorable!

  11. There are so many Greek islands that one can not just spoilt for choice, but even too confused to decide. Your list is useful as it defines each island with its unique offerings. I’ve been to Hydra, and I loved it.

    • Carmen Edelson

      I’m so glad you liked Hydra!

  12. Next year, my fiance and I want to go sailing the Mediterranean and the Aegean. These islands are already on the list, I can’t wait to discover or revisit them!

    • Carmen Edelson

      That’s great to hear, enjoy every minute 🙂

  13. Ah, Greece. This post makes me want to fly half way across the globe, rent a skipper and spend some time exploring the country by sea. I remember Corfu from when I was 18, on my first trip away from my parents. A tour took us on a boat to the islands of Paxos and Antipaxos nearby, and the snorkelling was amazing. Kefalonia is also a wonderful island and famous for it’s literary connections to Lord Byron and recently Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Berniere. Thanks for posting, I really enjoyed reading this.

    • Carmen Edelson

      Sounds so amazing, Chris! Thanks for reading.

  14. What a beautiful place! The water is such an incredible shade of blue. Visiting these islands on a private yacht sounds like an adventure of a lifetime.

    • Carmen Edelson

      Yes it really is!

  15. This would be an absolute dream trip! Santorini will always be my favorite (though I´ve heard it´s gotten terrible touristy as of late) and I loved hiking in Corfu as well. I´d aso propose a visit to Rhodes which was one of my favorite and a big surprise for me. Now to do it sailing… that would be a whole other dream come true!
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    • Carmen Edelson

      It really is a dream and I’d recommend going in the shoulder season to avoid major crowds!

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