Greece

Travel Information

Athens

 

As you prepare for departure, please reference the Athens Cruising Guide to learn more about chartering in this destination.

Address & Map

 
Address

Sunsail
Zea Marina Freatida
18536
Pireaus
GREECE

Map
Base Open Hours

Monday -Thursday:   9am-5pm
Friday - Saturday:      9am-8:30pm
Sunday:                      9am-2:30pm
Season: The base is open from early April to mid-November.

Location

Sunsail’s Zea base is conveniently located in the port of Pireaus, around 1 hour from Athens International Airport. Zea marina lies on the Northwest coast of the Saronic Gulf, about 16nm from Aegina.

Base/Shore Facilities

Zea Marina facilities include:

  • Fuel
  • Electricity
  • Water
  • Supermarket
  • Chandlery
  • Restaurants, cafés and bars
  • Toilets and showers open 24 hours
  • Laundry and dryers
  • Postal Services
  • Wif-Fi Internet

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Arrival & Departure

 
Transfers

Transfers from Athens Airport to the Sunsail Base are approximately 60 minutes.

Upon your arrival at Athens Airport there are several ways to get to Zea. Options include:

  • Athens Metro – take the Metro to Monastiraki and change for Pireaus
  • Bus – Route X96 to Pireaus
  • Taxi – The easiest way to reach the marina is to take a taxi from the airport (plenty of taxis waiting just outside the airport). A taxi transfer takes about 60 minutes. Our base staff is happy to organize a taxi transfer for you. Please contact the base at [email protected]. 1-4 people 55 Euros, 5-10 people 75 Euros
On Arrival

Your yacht will be ready at 1800 hrs for boarding. Chart and Boat briefings will be scheduled. The chart briefing describes the cruising area and any potential hazards.

The yacht briefing introduces you to your yacht, its systems and rigging. It is carried out individually for each yacht. It is important that all systems and equipment are fully understood. Briefings are mandatory.

Out of Hour's Arrival Procedure

The base personnel will wait for you until 9:00pm. After 9:00pm, you will find an information sign at our reception office with a message for you indicating your yacht's berth. Your boat will be open and indicated by a sign with your name. The boat's equipment will be ready for the night. The base personnel will be available the next day at 9:00am.

On Departure

Disembarkation: All charterers must return to base by 5:00 pm the night before disembarkation for debriefing and checks. Disembarkation is at 9:00 am the following morning.

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Sailing Information

Sailing Experience Level 3
Experience levels are based on sailing conditions and the length of passages within your chosen sailing area. Follow the link for more information on the sailing conditions.

Click here to view the sailing requirements in Greece.

Sailing Licences

 Why do I need a Day Skipper or ICC with Sunsail when other companies don't ask for it?

By Greek Law, Port Police officials require a ‘Solemn Declaration’ to be signed and presented on request alongside the official boat papers, stating that you hold the relevant qualifications to sail in their waters. With 40 years’ at the forefront of the sailing holidays industry, we pride ourselves on being the best. Our valued reputation is second to none and we conduct all operations with great diligence, and according to the current laws and regulations of each destination. This is why we ensure that you have the necessary qualifications and paperwork to fully enjoy every sailing destination, and that you are made aware of any clauses or terms and conditions that may affect your holiday.

To charter a yacht in Greece, there must be at least one certified skipper and one experienced crew member, both over 18 years old. The skipper should be competent at handling a yacht in close quarters, anchoring and mooring in varying conditions and be able to use navigation and pilotage skills to plan the day’s sailing and know your position at any time.  The Skipper should be accompanied by at least one crew member (First Mate) of “Competent Crew” level (ASA 103 or RYA Competent Crew Course) or a similar/equivalent certification from any recognized sailing association.*  As a yacht skipper, you are required to have a sailing license or a certificate from a recognized sailing association AND/OR an ICC or IPC as detailed below:


Skipper is REQUIRED to have one (1) of the following: 
• US Sailing “Bareboat Cruising Course” or above 
• ASA “104 Bareboat Cruising Course” or above 
• RYA “Day Skipper Course” or above 
• Or a similar/equivalent certification from any recognized sailing association

AND/OR

Skipper is REQUIRED to have one (1) of the following: 
• ICC (International Certificate of Competence), International – Prerequisites: RYA “Day Skipper Course” or similar/equivalent certification from any recognized sailing association or complete the ICC Assessment form to prove competence from previous experience. 
• IPC (International Proficiency Certificate), America – Prerequisites: ASA 104 or US Sailing “Bareboat Cruising Course”

It is mandatory that skippers take their original copies of certificates with them, in case they are requested to present them in person.  If you do not have a recognized certificate, you should obtain one before your departure. 
*If the First Mate does NOT have a sailing license, they must fill out a Sunsail sailing resume to confirm that they have the necessary skills to sail in Greece aboard a Sunsail vessel.  They must also fill out a Declaration of Honor to provide a legal declaration to the Greek Port Authorities that said crew member is competent to crew aboard a chartered yacht. 

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Banks

 
Banks

Banks are open Monday to Thursday from 8:00 - 2:30 pm and Friday from 8:00 - 2:00 pm.
There is often small exchange offices in town offering a better exchange rate than the bank. They are open from 8:00 am - 8:00 pm.

Banks are available in Piraeus close to Zea Marina, Epidavros, Ermioni and also on the larger islands of Aegina, Hydra, and Spetsai.

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Restaurants

 

There is an excellent choice of tavernas and restaurants throughout these islands. Local Sunsail base staff will advise you of their whereabouts.

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Provisioning

Sunsail Provisioning offers a wide range of Food and Drinks packages to suit your party’s needs. Find out more about Provisioning options.

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Supermarket

The supermarket Sklavenitis is situated 5 minutes by foot from the base.

Hotels

Savoy Hotel
Iroon
Politeneiou 93
Piräus
[email protected]
+30 2104284580

Drone

The use of flying drones may be restricted in some areas. For current drone regulations in this destination, please visit https://uavcoach.com/drone-laws-in-greece/

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