One of the world’s oldest cities, Athens’ location in Southern Greece made it an important gateway to Europe, Asia, and Africa. Today, Athens remains beloved of sailors for much the same reason. Our base in Athens’ Zea Marina offers rewarding conditions for experienced sailors, with strong winds and exhilarating blue water crossings between the Saronic and Cycladic islands satisfying your taste for adventure.
The human race may belong to Africa’s Great Rift Valley, but Western civilization can trace its origins to Athens. Beyond the history, culture, and lifestyle of this 5,000-year-old city, the Mediterranean offers a world of opportunities for coastal and ocean sailors to explore. Greece boasts more than 2,000 islands of great variety, including the lush and historic islands of the Saronic Gulf and the world-famous Cyclades.
Picturesque Kea lies a stone’s throw from Athens itself, offering sandy beaches, traditional fishing villages, ancient ruins, and even the remains of a bronze-age settlement. Whatever you want from a Greek sailing vacation – fine food and drink, open water adventures, sun-drenched beaches or wild nights out – it’s all in reach on an Athens sailing holiday.
Crystal seas, paradise islands
Discover the Saronic and Cycladic islands on a bareboat charter vacation from our base at Zea Marina. Strong winds and long spells of blue water sailing make the Saronic Gulf ideal for more experienced skippers, with the famous Meltemi wind. This wind can occur anytime between May and October but is most frequent in summer, June through September. Its maximum strength and duration is during July and August. It may blow for a single day or up to a week, although usually, 3 to 4 days is most common. This wind can offer welcome relief on a hot summers day when temperatures in and around Athens can be very hot.
Sail at your own pace and discover the ancient relics, stunning scenery and lively culture of the Aegean Sea on a bareboat charter vacation.