THE BEST SPOTS FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING ON A YACHT IN GREECE
During this time of global social distancing, there is no easier place to put this into practice than the endless coastline of Greece, where approximately 9,000 miles of coastline and over 2,000 islands offer pristine pockets of solitude and safety to cruising superyachts.
There is a plethora of secluded bays, deserted beaches and uninhabited islands to choose from throughout Greece, with many of the most beautiful anchorages only accessible by boat. Sail to your own private paradise and stay for an hour, a day or a week, safe in the knowledge you will only be sharing it with nature.
Here are our recommendations for the top secluded spots in beautiful Greece.
1. Polyaigos – Cyclades
Don’t be fooled by the barren appearance of the island of Polyaigos, as it is the island’s outstanding beaches that make it an unforgettable destination. The coastline consists of sweeping sandy beaches and epic sea caves that offer hours of relaxation and exploration in equal measure. Avoiding crowds is easy, as the only residents of the stunning Polyaigos are a herd of goats.
2. Rineia, Mykonos – Cyclades
Mykonos itself is a famously busy island, but it is easy to escape the crowds by sailing just a few miles to the tiny, deserted island of Rineia. This rustic island has crystal clear waters that invite you to go snorkeling, and beautiful sandy beaches.With no current inhabitants, the only reminders of civilization are the ruins of Rineia’s ancient Hellenistic town.
3. Navagio Beach, Zakynthos – Ionian Islands
Accessible only by boat, Navagio is known locally as “Shipwreck Beach” due to the stunning wreck that sits upon the white sands. This bay has been suggested to be the most spectacular in the world and, as you step off your yacht to be surrounded by white limestone cliffs plunging into sparkling turquoise water, only the hard hearted would disagree.
4. Antipaxi – Ionian Islands
The tiny island of Antipaxi is famous for its beaches, in particular the heavenly Voutoúmi, considered by many to be the most beautiful cove in the world. Enjoy its exotic turquoise waters, pebble beach and surrounding limestone cliffs, topped with lush vegetation. Inland, the island is crisscrossed with vineyards, which produce a range of high quality Greek varietals, including the respected “mavrodáfni”. With only two of its 150 houses inhabited over winter, visitors can enjoy Antipaxi’s delicious wine and beautiful beaches undisturbed.
5. Platia Ammos, Kefalonia – Ionian Islands
Sail to the western side of Kefalonia to be greeted by the rugged beauty of Platia Ammos. As you cruise along the coast watch out for the Monastery of Kipouria, perched on the edge of the cliffs. You can imagine the life of the single monk who lives there, as you lie on the soft sand and gaze out to the deep blue waters that the monastery watches over.
6. Nanou Bay, Symi – Dodecanese Islands
The sweeping pebbly bay of Symi is found only by the most dedicated explorers, as the only route in is a long and winding walk or by sea. The stunning clear waters are perfect for snorkeling and lack of road access means that you’ll never have to jostle for space on the beach. Sit and have a drink and a chat to the locals at the small taverna, or take a walk up toward the nearby cliffs.
7. Seychelles Beach, Ikaria
For a rejuvenating sense of peace and quiet, head to Ikaria to enjoy the white beaches and let the striking blue waters lap at your feet. Seychelles beach is 25km from the nearest town, and accessed only by boat or a small path. Surrounded by unusual limestone formations, there is something distinctly tropical about this beach, and the lack of visitors and secluded cove give Seychelles Beach a particularly special and intimate feel.
8. Agios Georgios Beach, Symi – Dodecanese Islands
Sheltered by impressive cliffs, this natural large pebble beach is said to be one of the loveliest in Greece. Accessible only by boat Agios Georgios is a quiet haven away from the tourists. Enjoy the striking scenery from the comfort of your yacht; for the more adventurous, the clear waters make for excellent snorkelling or diving.
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