Experience the magic of Greece with a superyacht charter
When it comes to charter yacht destinations, it is hard to beat the magic of Greece. The country boasts stunning beaches, countless islands, a rich culture, vibrant nightlife, fresh local food, a busy social calendar and a diverse range of activities. Add in over 8,500 miles of coastline and 250 days of sunshine a year, and Greece is truly the full package. A superyacht is the perfect base for exploring all of Greece’s delights, with visitors quickly falling under the spell of this special country.
Read on to discover more about this one-of-a-kind destination for yourself.
It would be impossible to count all of Greece’s beaches, many of which are regarded as some of the best in the world. A superyacht is the perfect base for discovering your own private slice of Greek paradise from the water. Come ashore and enjoy a relaxed beach picnic, luxuriate on the warm sands, or sip an ice cold beverage in a beach-side taverna. Different terrains are on offer, from rugged pebbled stretches to squeaky white sand. If blue skies and white shores appeal, then make sure to visit the Ionian Islands where you’ll be spoilt for choice around these much-loved islands. Voutoumi beach on Antipaxos, an islet south of Corfu, has a particularly surreal beauty with crystal clear waters and vibrant colors that contrast with the jungle-like vegetation on the island.
Thousands of islands
You cannot visit Greece by yacht and not encounter one of the thousands of islands. It’s estimated that Greece is home to more than 2000 islands, most of which are uninhabited. Island hopping in Greece is a bucket list experience. There are six main island groups – the Cyclades, Ionian, Sporades, North Aegean, Saronic and Dodecanese – and has its own unique flavor. Whatever type of vacation you are after, there is an island to suit, including the iconic Santorini, all-rounder Mykonos, culture-rich Ithaca, and the lush Skiathos.
Greece is a varied playground for the adventurous of spirit. Whether on land or on the water, there is a diverse range of activities to be enjoyed. Explore Greece’s underwater world with an excursion to one of the countless dive sites – Chios is known for being particularly spectacular, with everything from coral reefs to shipwrecks. Back above the waves, Greece’s warm waters are the perfect playground for water sports – your charter yacht captain can take you to the perfect spot for trying out all your yacht’s water equipment. On land, there are beautiful hikes for all fitness levels, taking you through the varied scenery on offer around the country.
As one of the most historic countries in the world, with a rich history, Greece will not disappoint culture-lovers. Enjoy a plethora of archaeological and historic sites alongside the modern day culture. Make sure to take in one of Greece’s many festivals, including religious events, to experience the authentic side of the country. Kefalonia – the biggest of the Ionian islands – is particularly popular for enjoying festivals, with a busy calendar in August. The annual Easter festival is another must-do with celebrations around the country. Almost every inhabited island will be home to beautiful churches, and often monasteries, that are well worth a visit. Old and new combine in a spectacular way in Greece.
The freshest fare
Taste the flavors of the Mediterranean with vibrant, local Greek cuisine. Dine on seafood that has only been out of the ocean a matter of hours, savor local specialties, or wander through local markets and select an edible souvenir to take home. Greece is also packed with welcoming restaurants, from relaxed family-owned tavernas to Michelin-starred establishments. Make sure you try some of the local dishes; the rich history of Greece means that there are many influences that contribute to the different tastes and cooking styles.
Something for everyone
One could return to Greece hundreds of times and still have plenty to see and do. Whether you are seeking a total switch off from real life, an activity-filled family vacation, or a charter packed full of action, Greece will deliver. This is the perfect destination for keeping every member of the charter group happy. IYC’s expert charter team will work with you to craft a bespoke itinerary that ticks every box.