Are you looking for captivating beaches close to Athens? These are the heavenly beaches to visit at any price during your boat holiday:
Moni Island, Aegina (Aegina)
The island of Moni, opposite Aegina, whose only inhabitants are animals, is a corner of paradise for lovers of nature, the sun and the sea.
The bay to the north of the island with its fine sandy beach and emerald coloured waters will make you want to dive in immediately!
Love Bay (Limanaki agapis), Poros
Love Bay is located on the south side of Kalavria, the largest of the two parts of Poros Island.
As its name suggests, “Love Bay” is a small romantic cove, popular with couples for the beauty of its landscape.
The contrast between the blue-green of the water and the white stones gives it a peaceful and charming atmosphere.
Chalkiada Beach, Agistri
Agistri’s beaches are each one more beautiful than the other, but we prefer Chalkiada, an isolated and unorganized rocky cove known for its crystal-clear waters and wild and rocky landscape.
Thanks to its difficult access by road (only on foot), Chalkiada is the perfect beach in Agistri when you are looking for a little more tranquility, while enjoying the surrounding beauty.
Note that Chalkiada is also appreciated by nudists!
Zogeria Beach, Spetses
Zogeria Beach is located at the northern tip of Spetses, in a pretty cove surrounded by a pine forest. According to some locals, Zogeria is the most beautiful beach in Spetses.
There is sand, rocks and pebbles, some deckchairs but above all a breathtaking landscape with a sea of crystal-clear waters!
A dirt road leads to a whitewashed chapel dating from 1853 and a traditional tavern.
Spilia-Hydronetta Beach, Hydra
To the west of the port of Hydra, Spilia (Greek for cave) is a vast area of rocks with concrete platforms arranged in solariums, much appreciated by tourists in summer. It is not exactly a beach but a very practical place to swim (especially if you are moored and do not want to move).
Spilia is a very nice spot with a breathtaking view of the azure blue sea and the port of Hydra. The rocky beach of Hydronetta, below the city’s Canons, is accessible by stairs from Spilia’s bar-restaurant.
After an afternoon of swimming, don’t forget to admire the sunset from the terrace!
How to choose between a sailboat or a catamaran?
We will help you choose:
The number of people
The sailboat is ideal for a family or a small group, generally from 4 to 6 people. The catamaran is more suitable for larger groups such as two families. The catamaran is therefore ideal for a group of between 6 and 10 people.
Seating and comfort
Thanks to its central platform, the catamaran offers the advantage of a large living space and thus frees up the hulls to accommodate spacious cabins.
4 cabin catamaran: 4 real cabins with private bathroom + 2 top cabins for a skipper and hostess crew.
NB: Below 40 feet, the catamaran is less spacious than a sailboat of equivalent size.
To really enjoy a spacious catamaran, it is better to look for larger catamarans.
The sailboat remains very comfortable, especially in the owner’s version (3 cabins).
Sailboat 3 cabins: a forward owner’s cabin (very spacious) and 2 aft cabins with low roof.
The sailboat remains very comfortable, especially in the owner’s version (3 cabins). It offers only one or two bathrooms but generally it is more spacious than in a catamaran.
Sailboat 4 cabins: two receding forward cabins (owner’s cabin cut in half see plan) and two aft cabins with low roof.
The experience & sensations
On a monohull yacht, you will enjoy a more pronounced sailing experience.
Indeed, the cottage and the proximity of the water accentuate the feelings of navigation! Also, with its all-purpose side, a monohull slips more easily into coves and especially into ports; the sailboat can arrive at the port later than the others because it will find more space than a large catamaran.
The catamaran, on the other hand, offers a more comfortable experience. It is less easy to sail upwind than a sailboat but at anchor it is more comfortable because it offers great stability. Also, the absence of a keel allows it to venture into shallow water.
All you need to know about boating
The purpose of this short guide is to remind you of the peculiarities of the sea and the essential things to know for the smooth running of your cruise.
The environment and rules
The boat is the best way to get closer to nature. Indeed, it reminds us every day that nothing can be taken for granted; as much for the management of water, electricity and waste, as for life and the codes of boating.
The rule is simple: all waste remains on board, our check-in agents will explain the colours and functions of the bags. At each stop, you can get rid of your garbage cans.As a company, Greek Style Yachting takes the respect for the environment very seriously.
The toilets drain directly into the water, think about anchoring if people are swimming! It is possible to switch the drain to a black water tank. The valves will be shown to you at check-in. Also, don’t forget that nothing is to be flushed down the toilet!
When you leave, your boat’s water tank will be loaded with 150 to 500 litres, depending on its size. This capacity is sufficient for washing and cooking until it is replenished at the next base. You will need to monitor your consumption on an ongoing basis. NB: On large models, it is common to have a watermaker.
During navigation, you will have the possibility to connect to 12V to charge your mobile phones through USB. To have access to a 220V power, it is only possible by connecting to the dock or using the generator, if your boat has one.
With the electric toilets, lights and fridges, the batteries are constantly being used. As in your car, an alternator coupled with the engine charges the batteries, but this is not enough, especially if you sail! Be careful with your consumption (especially with lights and opening the fridge constantly).
On-board and community rules
Please take off your shoes to get on board.
After swimming in the sea, you must rinse yourself with soft water if you want to go inside the boat (a shower is outside)!
In addition, you should always stow objects that are likely to move, even if the sea is calm. It should be a reflex. Another boat’s wake is enough to send all unsecured objects (glasses, plates etc.) to the ground.
When navigating, you must always check that all windows are closed.
Also, even in calm weather, you should always have one hand in contact with the boat when you are travelling and sailing.
If you are berthing with another boat, you will have to go through the other boat to get out on the dock. This often happens and you have to follow 3 rules:
- Ask permission to dock and align with the neighbor’s departure time;
- Take off your shoes to get on the other boat until you get out;
- When passing on the host boat, go forward to get out at the dock. Even if this rule requires more time, it is in order to disturb as little as possible the privacy of the neighbors in the cockpit located at the stern.
Safety and security
Be aware of the location of all safety equipment: life jackets, life rafts, pharmacy, fire extinguisher etc. The location and use of safety equipment are always shown at check-in before departure. Do not hesitate to ask for further explanations, it is necessary to understand how the equipment works.
Provisions for liabilities and charges
Before your departure, you must provide the boat with water and food:
Take bottles of water. We recommend at least one pack of 6×1.5l per person per week from the start.
Always have provisions in stock and preferably non-perishable foodstuffs (pasta, canned food etc.) Indeed, you could find yourself in a situation without the possibility of getting supplies; either by choice (decision to anchor ina creek) or by obligation (problem that blocks you in a place without possible supply).
If you are taking medication, plan to bring enough for the duration of the cruise because it can be difficult to get supplies on the islands. Also, if you suffer from allergies, health problems, or if you are undergoing a specific treatment, you must inform the skipper before departure. This way, he will be able to react quickly in the event of a problem.
Travel light! We advise you to avoid suitcases and take flexible travel bags. This way, once your belongings are tidied up, you can easily tidy up your bags. Indeed, even on a large boat, it is difficult to store the luggage of everyone.
Our team will take care of advising you for the period of your holiday on the quiet areas before your trip. In addition to his experience, the skipper will also hand you over the weather reports during your cruise to avoid turbulent areas. On your side, remember to stay well hydrated, not to eat too heavy and especially not to enter the cabins during navigation. If you follow these rules, everything should go well!
For any questions regarding the booking, do not hesitate to consult our F.A.Q. section.
Greek style yachting wishes you a good trip!