By booking Greece yacht charter destinations, you are getting an opportunity to discover the birthplace of western culture and democracy and impregnate yourself with the art of enjoyment, known to this people from the ancient times. This land of brave sailors, brilliant philosophers and admirers of life has kept these traditions thru the ages and welcomes you today to share the pleasure from visiting historical sites, tasting great food and contemplating the amazing richness of its natural beauty. Allied Yachting, well-known as a highly professional yacht charter broker on the western and eastern Mediterranean, offering a vast variety of motor yachts, sailing boats, Turkish Gulets and large luxury vessels for rent, invites you to navigate through the magnificent and mysterious Greece.
The names of the ancient Greek Gods, heroes and conquerors such as Alexander the Great, their cities and lifestyles are known to everyone, thus choosing Greece charter, you will be able to partake this culture and see world famous places with your own eyes like Athens, Lesbos, Sparta, Rhodes, Crete, the Peloponnese peninsula and the Greek Islands. Greece is a country of thousands of islands, so for guiding thru this area, it is be best to name the archipelagos for your consideration, as seeing everything might require more than one trip: Ionian Islands, Dodecanese Islands, Cyclades Islands, Northern Sporades. The main islands, popular when you choose Greece destinations, are : Santorini, Amorgos, Sifnos, Symi, Kos and Nisyros, Tinos and Andros, Hydra, Astypalaia, Patmos, Arkoi and Agathonisi and Ithaca.
ATTRACTIONS OF GREECE YACHT CHARTER DESTINATIONS
Greece destinations are limitless varieties of places to see and things to do, thus Allied Yachting will gladly assist you in finding the navigation itinerary matching your wishes at the best for renting a boat in eastern Mediterranean. There are some popular routes for the yachting enthusiasts, which offer the balanced impressions of urban entertainment, history, natural beauty and sea activities. One of them would be sailing to the Argo-Saronic islands.
This area includes the 3400 years old capital of Greece: Athens, the birthplace of democracy, the city where Plato and Aristotle shared their philosophy with the people, and where one can still explore the masterpieces of the ancient architecture. Mooring at one of the most important ports in Europe, the Piraeus, you can start the city-trip by visiting the historic monuments of the Acropolis hill: Parthenon – an ancient temple, an example of the classical style and the symbol of the power of the city; Odeon of Herodes Atticus – an ancient theatre, still offering performances and the magnificent Temple of Zeus the Olympic. Further on, on the “Agora”, which used to be the central market square of the city, it is worth to visit the temple of Hephaestus.
Besides seeing local museums of archeology, ceramics and numismatics, feel the history by wandering along the old streets of Athens, climbing up the Tower of Winds with the solar clock, visiting Adrian’s Library and taking a little rest in the old calm and nice quarter of Plaka. Athens offers a very rich nightlife, after which one would wish to relax and dip into the softness of the sea and sun. This can be found on the peninsula of Methana or the islands of Hydra, Spetses, Poros and Aegina with their beautiful beaches, strong maritime culture, and provincial lifestyle. For example on Hydra, as on some other islands, the use of modern means of transport is not allowed, letting the inhabitants and visitors use only donkeys, horses or just walking. Yet the famous Kamini Yacht Club, located here, is gladly welcoming boaters from all over the world.
To make your visit to this island complete, go to one of the six Orthodox monasteries or numerous churches, some of which date back to the 10th century. On the Poros island do not miss a chance to touch some history, by going up the hill with the Sanctuary of Poseidon and go in for water sports at its magnificent beaches; at the island of spices (Spetses), visit the monuments telling about the war for independence in the 19th century and relax at the azure beaches embraced by the pine trees; enjoy typical Greek villages and the gorgeous Temple of Athena Aphaia on the island of Aegina.
While enjoying yacht charter in Greece, one can also choose to sail to the famous island of Crete located to the south of the mainland. It is one of the biggest islands in the Mediterranean, offering a lot to see for the admirers of history, architecture, nature and resorts. The main attractions include the sunken town of Olous, which can be seen either by diving or by sailing around or even by walking on the water surface; Knossos-Heraklion Palace – a masterpiece of Minoan architecture also considered to be the Minotaur’s Labyrinth; legendary Voulismeni Lake, rich in unique flora and fauna; the longest gorge in Europe of Samaria; Ancient town Gortyna, revealing a lot about the life BC; a 700 years old Monastery of Kera Kardiotissa; the cave of Zeus and many others.
Another destination for renting a boat in eastern Mediterranean is the Cyclades Islands, said to be a Neptune’s creation and located to the south-east from the Athens in the heart of the Aegean Sea. This area offers a wonderful opportunity to visit famous places such as Santorini and Mykonos, where you can find calm harbours and enjoy the beaches, the old villages and local food and wine. The typical Greek villages, with shiny white houses and sky blue roofs, which images can be seen on many postcards, can be found on these islands. Explore a hiking trail from Fira to Oia and enjoy the sunset at Santorini, love the scenic views of Kleftiko and Sarakiniko beaches, get impressed at the Monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa, admire the Venetian castle at Naxos town, and taste magnificent wines and cheeses at Santo Winery.
The Dodecanese Archipelago, including world-known isle of Rhodes, at the east of the Aegean Sea, welcomes you with the virgin harbours, dazzling bright colours of the sea and land, calm picturesque villages and perfect infrastructure for yachting. Home to one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, the Colossus of Rhodes was a statue of the Greek titan-god of the sun Helios, erected in the city of Rhodes by Chares of Lindos in 280 BC. It was constructed to celebrate Rhodes’ victory over the ruler of Cyprus, Antigonus I Monophthalmus, before its destruction in the earthquake of 226 BC, the Colossus of Rhodes stood over 30 metres (98 feet) high, making it one of the tallest statues of the ancient world.
If you wish to see the area, where the Mama Mia movie was shot – lead your rented yacht to the Sporades islands. This archipelago will also pleasantly surprise you with its magnificent views and rare marine flora and fauna.
The Northern part of the Aegean Sea and Khalkidhiki is not widely visited by the foreign yachtsmen; nonetheless it has its unique charm and attractions as well. Besides picturesque coastlines one can find here also a fantastic place for shopping in Thesaloniki and an ancient Orthodox brothers Monastery on the Mount of Athos. The tradition is still so strong there, that women are not allowed to visit it.
When considering yacht charter in Greece, you should also sail in the Ionian Sea, thus visiting it’s Venetian and medieval sites. The main islands to see are Corfu, which keeps the legacy of many cultures and offers a luxurious level of relaxation; Lefkas, astonishing the tourists with its variety of bright colours, exciting smells of local cuisine and pleasant melodic sounds; Kefalonia, famous for its musical heritage, Robola wine, honey and cottage cheese; and Zakynthos rich with its magnificent views and beaches.
Greece yacht charter destinations are a great opportunity to enjoy an eventful voyage to history, ancient culture, beauty and relaxation. It is a wonderful chance for anyone to figure out whether the world-known myths are true or just a fantasy of our ancestors, to feel the lifestyle kept by the local populations thru the ages and get to taste the variety of local cuisine. Don’t forget that Greece also offers a fun and exuberant nightlife. For such versatile destination, Allied Yachting charter brokers will be happy to guide you thru the sailing specifics of each part of the country and elaborate the best itinerary matching your preferences, tastes and expectations.
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