The Greek Islands

The Aegean Sea lies to the East and South, the Ionian Sea lies to the West and a vast number of islands are scattered in the eastern Mediterranean basin giving charterers plenty of variety for their sailing holidays.

Greece is officially the Hellenic Republic and is situated at the most south-eastern part of the Balkan Peninsula and is bordered by Albania, Bulgaria and Turkey. Greece’s total territorial area is 131,990km² which includes over 2000 islands and islets of which only 227 are inhabited.

Greece has a lush green mountainous and rugged terrain with rolling fertile plains, pine forests, cascading clear waterfalls, magnificent rock formations that rise up from the ground and the most stunning landscape views. Rich in Greek mythology and history, Greece offers connoisseurs of art and culture a fascinating variety of archaeological sites with ancient temples, theatres, spiritual monuments that pay tribute to the Greek Gods, spectacular Byzantine Meteora monasteries and dazzling mosaic masterpieces.

The Greek islands are stunningly beautiful and boast clear azure waters, golden beaches, secluded coves and bays, caves and dramatic gorges along with fascinating ancient Greek history. With so many varied and contrasting islands to explore charterers will be delighted with this diverse and spectacular cruising ground. Several groups of islands including the Ionians, Cyclades, Saronic, Sporades, Dodecanese, Eastern Aegean and Crete offer very different sailing experiences and places to visit and explore.

Sailing Greece will give you a unique vacation experience like no other. With its beautiful waters, perfect anchorages, ancient historic sites and mythology, you will find Greece a delightful magical country. With many yacht charter base locations throughout Greece sailing in the Greek islands presents multiple options for your sailing vacation.

Ionian Sea

If embarking your yacht in Corfu or Lefkas you will have access to a completely different cruising area - The Ionian Islands. Located in the Ionian Sea (Adriatic Sea) in western Greece. Corfu will give you access to the North End of this Island group and Lefkas the southern end, however much of the cruising ground will be the same.

The Ionian Islands are some of the most popular Greek Islands and attract many people to this area. They are well known for their beautiful beaches, charming villages and their verdant landscapes. 7 Principal Islands from the cosmopolitan Corfu to the picturesque Paxos.

A mixture of civilizations and cultures is harmoniously welded together into one piece that is undoubtedly Greek. The green luxuriance of the islands is in direct contrast to the high mountains of Albania and the mainland of Greece. Rich in history & architecture, with a multitude of protected waters, safe anchorages and beautiful secluded stop offs.

Aegean

If embarking in Athens you will have access to the Sporades, Saronic & Cyclades Island Groups and the Aegean Sea. The Cyclades has 39 Islands of which 24 are inhabited. Each has its own charm and special character. This is considered to be the ‘typical’ Greece with white washed houses and windmills, beautiful sunny beaches, ancient ruins, small taverns with good food and wine.

Variety is abundant with the lively nightlife of islands such as Mykonos (a tourist favourite), the cosmopolitan flavour of Paros, Naxos and Ios, the natural beauty and architectural style in Santorini, or Tinos the center of orthodox faith. In complete contrast you can enjoy the pleasures of the other islands such as Kea, Sikinos, Kithos, Serifos, Sifnos, Milos, Amorgos and Andros - all mixed in with quiet secluded anchorages, beautiful warm water and spectacular scenery.


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» Varied and interesting sailing areas
» Breathtaking Scenery
» Several itinerary options
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» Welcoming firendly people
» Picturesque harbours to historical ports

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Paxos and Anti-Paxos

Paxos, or Paxoi, and its sister Antipaxoi are two tiny islands just south of Corfu. The beauty of these islands is their simplicity. Paxoi is covered with about half a million ancient olive trees and with tiny coves of crystal clear waters, this is where you come to really get away from it all. Paxos has three main towns, all located at natural anchorages: Gaios, Lakka and Loggos. Lakka is at the northern tip of the island is set in a horse shoe shaped bay and flanked by high ground covered in olive and cypresses trees. The bay is almost completely sheltered from the open sea which makes it excellent for swimming and for mooring boats.

Paxoi, ( despite its size ) has over 30 beaches to choose from. The west coast is mainly sheer cliffs, but the eastern coast is full of small pebble bays which shelve gently into crystalline waters. Some can only be reached by boat, which is the best way to explore the local coastline.

The cave at Kastanida is the most impressive at 600 ft high though the largest is at Grammatiko. All are worth a visit. Quieter spots can be found further to the south.

AntiPaxoi covers four square kilometres and instead of the olive groves of Paxoi there are many small vineyards. Antipaxoi is very popular with tourists because of its beaches of soft sand and Caribbean-hued waters, such as Voutoumi, Vrika and Mesovrika and emerald green waters. There are no shops on the island, or people, only small houses which are used mainly at weekends. The tiny neighbouring island of Daskalia has a secluded beach with stunning views of the mountains of Lefkas.

Lefkas

Separated from the mainland by a small canal, Lefkada is an exceptionally beautiful island.

Lefkas boasts a well equipped marina in established and pleasant surrounds. Local facilities are plentiful and you are ideally placed to begin or continue your exploration of the delightful, northern and southern Ionian islands along with neighbouring resorts on the mainland. The waters, especially to the south are sheltered and distances between anchorages and harbours can be kept short. There are numerous bays to visit and tiny harbours, along with some larger towns. The waters are crystal clear and ideal for swimming and snorkelling.

Ithaca

Ithaca or Ithaka has a land area of 45 square miles (120 km2) and a little more than three thousand inhabitants it lies off the northeast coast of Kefalonia and to the west and within sight of continental Greece. Ithaca has some small islets and the capital, Itháki (Vathý), has one of the world's largest natural harbours.

The smallest island the Ionian Islands, lthaka throughout the ages has been known as the home of Odysseus (one of the Greek leaders of the siege of Troy whose 10-year adventurous trip back home to Ithaca, after the fall of Troy, is the subject of Homer's Odyssey).

Ithaki is separated from Kefalonia by a channel some 2 to 4 Kilometres wide. The west coast of the island is steep and almost barren in contrast to the green, gentle shoreline on the east.

Ithaca is a delightful island to sail around and Frikes, on the north east coast, is a lovely harbour to stop at and spend some time absorbing the relaxed ambience. The village is situated at the bottom of a steep, wooded valley with old houses clustered around the harbour and two windmills standing on a rocky outcrop above and to the east of the village.

We definitely recommend you to visit the wonderful beaches of western Ithaca, ( accessible only by boat ) for the unforgettable experience of swimming in a beautiful, empty beach.

Meganisi

Meganisi, is an island with a population of less than 2000 people which offers complete relaxation in a typical Greek atmosphere. Here, there is no need to fill your days with activities. Laze by a beautiful beach with lovely views over the surrounding countryside; take a slow stroll down to the beach, or sip an Ouzo with the locals in the village taverna. There are 3 main villages: Vathi, Katomeri and Spartochori. Vathi is a tiny port on the Northeast coast. In a sheltered position at the end of an inlet, it has a few waterfront tavernas that are ideal for sitting with a drink and a Greek salad and watching the ferry and fishing boats come and go. Some beaches you can visit are Limonari, Elia, Loutrolimni, Fanari and Atherino. Also, on the north part of the island you can find Spilia, Pasoumaki, Kexrinia and Ambelakia. Don’t miss Bereta on the southern part of the island.

Kefalonia

Kefalonia or Cephalonia is the largest island in the Ionian Islands. It has been justly called the island of contrasts: Roman, Venetian and Byzantine ruins, side by side with famous beaches.

Because of its innumerable beauties and charms and because it has everything to offer to every visitor, Kefalonia is one of the most popular of the Ionian Islands.

Zakynthos

The yachtsmans paradise, beautiful Zakynthos (Zante) Island or fiore di levante - the flower of the East as it was called by the Venetians, is a fertile island with olive trees, vineyards and a rainbow of flowers, and offers to the visitors an easy going pace of life, vibrant night life coupled with small friendly resorts with excellent beaches. You can moor your boat in town or in one of the many beautiful bays or beaches.

There are dozens of beaches to choose from, sandy and sheltered with invitingly sparkling water. You should also visit on the northern part of the island Cape Schinari, and to the east of the cape the Blue Caves in the region of White rock, a series of geological formations that have created a unique seascape. Don ’ t miss the exotic island Marathonisi where sea turtles caretta-caretta make their nests ( You may visit the Island only during the daylight).

Highlights

Athens

Athens, the capital and largest city of Greece, dominates the Attica periphery; as one of the world's oldest cities, its recorded history spans around 3,400 years.

A cosmopolitan metropolis, modern Athens is central to economic, financial, industrial, political and cultural life in Greece and it is rated as an alpha- world city. Classical Athens was a powerful city-state - A centre for the arts, learning and philosophy, home of Plato's Academy and Aristotle's Lyceum, it is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy, largely due to the impact of its cultural and political achievements during the 5th and 4th centuries BC on the rest of the then known European continent.

The heritage of the classical era is still evident in the city, represented by a number of ancient monuments and works of art, the most famous of all being the Parthenon, widely considered a key landmark of early Western civilization. The city also retains a vast variety of Roman and Byzantine monuments, as well as a smaller number of remaining Ottoman monuments projecting the city's long history across the centuries. Athens is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Acropolis of Athens and the medieval Daphni Monastery.

Landmarks of the modern era, dating back to the establishment of Athens as the capital of the independent Greek state in 1833, include the Hellenic Parliament (19th century) and the Athens Trilogy consisting of the National Library of Greece, the Athens University and the Academy of Athens. Athens was the host city of the first modern-day Olympic Games in 1896, and 108 years later it welcomed home the 2004 Summer Olympics. Athens is home to the National Archeological Museum, featuring the world's largest collection of ancient Greek antiquities, as well as the new Acropolis Museum.

A sailing holiday that starts from Athens gives you the opportunity to combine an exploration of the city’s fascinating past, visiting extraordinary sights such as the Acropolis and the Parthenon, with time spent enjoying the vibrant and cosmopolitan city that it is today before setting sail on the Athens yacht charter holiday of a lifetime.

The Cyclades Islands

The Cyclades is a Greek island group in the Aegean Sea, south-east of the mainland of Greece. They are one of the island groups which constitute the Aegean archipelago. The Cyclades comprise of about 220 islands, the major ones being Amorgós, Anáfē, Ándros, Antíparos, Dēlos, Eschátē, Íos, Kéa, Kímōlos, Kýthnos, Mēlos, Mýkonos, Náxos, Páros, Folégandros, Sérifos, Sífnos,Síkinos, Sýros, Tēnos, and Thēra or Santoríni. Most of the smaller islands are uninhabited. The islands are peaks of a submerged mountainous terrain, with the exception of two volcanic islands, Milos and Santorini (Thera).

The Cyclades islands are one of the most popular charter destinations in the world. They offer abundant beauty and adventurous sailing holidays. The main charter bases in the Cyclades are Alimos (Kalamaki) marina and Lavrion port in Athens. The area is renowned for its clear water, sandy beaches and strong winds. Cyclades islands require moderate to advanced sailing competence and skills. There are a lot of untouched and unspoiled islands that stand off the beaten track, where technical support for the yacht may be limited.

The Saronic Gulf

The Saronic Gulf or Gulf of Aegina in Greece forms part of the Aegean Sea and defines the eastern side of the isthmus of Corinth. It is the eastern terminus of the Corinth Canal, which cuts across the isthmus. The gulf includes the islands of; Aegina, Salamis, and Poros along with smaller islands of Patroklou and Vleves. The port of Piraeus, Athens' port, lies on the north-eastern edge of the gulf.

Beaches line much of the gulf coast from Poros to Epidaurus, Galataki to Kineta and from Megara to Eleusis and from Piraeus down to Anavyssos. Athens' urban area surrounds the northern and the eastern coasts of this gulf. Bays in the gulf include Phaleron Bay, Elefsina Bay to the north and Kechries Bay in the northwest. The volcano of Methana is to the southwest along with Kromyonia at the Isthmus of Corinth, Aegina and Poros.

The Saronic Gulf & Argolic Gulf & Peloponesse east coast is the recommended sailing area for those taking their first sailing holiday in Greece or their first bareboat charter after sailing school. The new Athens international airport provides easy access to the charter bases of Alimos (Kalamaki) marina and Lavrion port in Athens. The area has calm waters, requires a little to some sailing competence / experience, offers all kinds of amenities, sightseeing and a good choice between secluded bays and quiet coves to adventure, fun, and lively night life.

The Saronic Gulf, like the neighbouring Argolic Gulf, benefits from the Attic (mainland Greek) coast providing shelter from the summer Meltemi wind that can reach F7 and above further to the east in the Aegean islands. The Gulf is immediately accessible from the numerous Athens-based marinas making 'plane-to-yacht' transfer times particularly short, however, this does mean that the Saronic can be considerably busier than the Argolic, especially at the weekends as Athenians take to the water. Aegina (Aígina) can be particularly 'bustling' during peak summer weekends. This is also reflected in the ferry services which are numerous and frequent.

The Gulf boasts two particularly notable archaeological sites; the ancient theatre at Epidaurus and nearby asclepieion and the The temple of Aphaia on Aegina.

The Ionian Islands

The Ionian Islands located on the western side of mainland Greece, are seven main islands that distinguish from many of the Greek islands by their fertile land (blanketed with olive groves and cypress trees sustained by the winter rains ) and clear blue waters.

The mixture of different civilizations and cultures is harmoniously welded together into one piece that is undoubtedly Greek, in a complex of islands where the most beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean can be explored. The weather conditions in the area are extremely favourable for relaxing and trouble-free sailing ensuring this is a highly recommended place for family and smooth sailing in July and August - a time that winds in other regions in Greece are strong and sometimes uncomfortable.

The Dodecanese Islands

The Dodecanese are a group of 12 larger plus 150 smaller Greek islands in the Aegean Sea, off the southwest coast of Turkey, southward of the island of Samos and northeastward of the island of Crete. They have a rich history, and many of even the smallest inhabited islands boast dozens of Byzantine churches and medieval castles.

The modern Dodecanese, a subdivision of the South Aegean periphery, consists of 163 islands in total, of which 26 are inhabited. Twelve of these are major, giving the chain its name. The most historically important and well-known is Rhodes (Rodos), which for millennia has been the island from which the region is controlled. Of the others, Kos and Patmos are historically more important; the remaining nine are Astipalea, Kalimnos, Karpathos, Kasos, Leros, Nisyros, Symi, Tilos and Kastelorizo (which actually lies in the eastern Mediterranean).

Other islands in the chain include Agathonisi, Alimia, Arkoi, Chalki, Farmakonisi, Gyali, Kinaros, Levitha, Lipsi, Nimos, Pserimos, Saria, Syrna and Telendos.

The Sporades Islands

The Sporades are a wonderful group of islands in the North West of the Aegean Sea. They are situated on the eastern coast of mainland Greece and consist of 11 islands of which only 4 are inhabited: Skiathos, where the worldwide acclaimed feature Mamma Mia was filmed, Skopelos, Alonnisos and Skyros. This unique group of islands are surprisingly green and have the bluest and clearest waters in Greece.

The island of Alonissos offers peace and tranquillity. It is also a refuge of the protected Mediterranean Seal "Monahous - Monahous". Skiathos is a cosmopolitan island that offers night life, sandy beaches and wonderful scenery.

Skopelos is a traditional island with clear waters and sandy beaches and the island of Skyros will offer you a quieter visit with many sandy beaches and beautiful clear waters. To explore inland the island offers a choice of paths that pass through the stunning green scenery.

The Sporades Islands are one of the most desirable destinations in the Greek Islands. There is so much natural beauty here that it is impossible not to relax and unwind.

Weather Conditions

Climate

General weather for Greece

Greece is a large country and there are many different climates. The weather generally follows a typical Mediterranean climate pattern with hot, dry summers and mild winters. There are really only two seasons in Greece: hot and dry between May and October and mild and wet from October to March.

There are quite varying weather patterns across the country dictated by the mountains, coastlines and wind patterns.

Summer weather in the islands begins in May with daily highs in the mid-20s. By July the daytime temperature is often in the 30s. July and August are the peak summer months when the temperature will rarely drop below 20°C even at night.

The islands are affected by the cooling "meltemi" winds (sea breezes that blow from the north and north-west) which need to be considered depending on where you wish to sail. The winds are strongest in July and August. Please see the detailed weather information for each region below.



  JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC

High Temperature ( C )

13

14

16

20

25

30

33

33

29

24

19

15

Low Temperature ( C )

6

7

8

11

16

20

23

23

19

15

12

8

Precipitation (days)

16

11

11

9

8

4

2

3

4

8

12

15

Average Sunshine Hours

4

5

6

8

9

11

12

12

9

7

5

4


Sailing Conditions:

The Saronic Gulf

The strong Meltemi winds that blow in the Aegean do not usually affect the Saronic Gulf and the Peloponnese east coast. The prevailing winds blow from North to North East, usually about force 3-4 and maybe a little stronger in July and August. It can be windier around Poros, Hydra and Dokos islands bringing some fantastic afternoon sailing breeze. When the wind blows from the south you can expect calm conditions force 2-3.

When sailing from Hydra island to the West (Spetses island and Porto Heli) the wind is mostly from the South East, blowing force 3-5 dying down at night.

Generally you can expect a very light wind will blow in the morning and evening and pickup at midday and through the afternoon with an average 2-4.

Temperatures average between 22 and 25 degrees in May and October and in July and August expect temperatures of 28 to 33 degrees.

The Saronic is a warm and sunny region with little rain and calmer conditions. You can expect smooth family sailing. The Saronic area is a good compromise between the calmer Ionian and the more challenging Cyclades Islands.

The Ionian Islands

The sailing season generally runs from May to October in the Ionian with average temperatures of 29-33 degrees in late June, July, August and September with 23-24 degrees in May and October.

The wind and sailing conditions in the Ionian Sea are steady and predictable. From May to September the wind blows from the Northwest at 2-5 arriving around noon, and calming down before sunset.

In the morning a light Easterly wind may blow at a force of 1-2. During the months of July and August winds can blow a little stronger than usual.

The weather conditions in the area are extremely favourable for relaxing and trouble-free sailing making the area highly recommended for families, beginners, or those seeking a relaxing sailing holiday.

The Cyclades Islands

In the summer the average temperatures in the Cyclades Islands is 27 – 33 degrees. The prevailing wind in the summer is the North wind and is well known as the Meltemi. It begins to blow in mid June, gets strongest in July and August and fades out through September.

In July and August the wind blows at force 5-6 and may reach force 7-8. It may blow for 1-3 days or sometimes even 4-5 days in a row. During other months of the year you can expect a typical force 3-4.

In the Northern Cyclades (Andros, Tinos, Mykonos, Kea, Syros etc.) the wind generally blows from the Northeast. In the Central Cyclades (Paros, Naxos, Serifos, Donousa, Amorgos etc.) from the North, and in the Southern Cyclades (Ios, Milos, Sifnos, Sikinos, Santorini, etc.) it generally blows from the North West. The Southwest Cyclades islands (Sifnos, Milos, and Folegandros) generally have lower winds.

As a general rule the Aegean is more challenging and requires more sailing skill and experience than other areas of Greece. Charterers are advised to exercise caution and good judgement to ensure yachts are returned to the base on time and as such should always be aware of the forecast and prevailing weather conditions.

The Sporades Islands

Summer months are dry and warm with winds blowing from the north, northwest and northeast. The general conditions are calm to moderate with temperatures 26-30 degrees.

The meltemi can also affect this region but is normally much weaker than further down in the Cyclades. It begins to blow in mid June, gets stronger in July and August and fades out through September. Typically 3-5 in strength and rarely ever reaches force 7.

A funnel effect east wind can blow through the channels of Trikeri and Orei, southwest of Skiathos close to the north of Evia. The area can also be effected by the ‘Sirrocco’, a southerly wind that blows every few weeks early and late in the season.

The Sporades offers excellent weather and favourable sailing conditions for most abilities.

The Dodecanese Islands

The Dodecanese islands enjoy a Mediterranean climate characterised by sunny and dry summers. From June to September the prevailing wind is the Meltemi blowing northwest – north as in the Cyclades islands. It begins to blow in mid June, gets stronger in July and August and fades out through September. Typically 4-6 in strength and may on occasion reach force 7. It may blow for 1-3 days or sometimes even 4-5 days in a row.

The gusts off the leeward side of the islands are considerably stronger than those in the open sea or the windward side of the islands - because of the funnelling phenomenon of the wind above the hills and the Greek islands in the vicinity.

Gusts are particularly strong off Patmos, Kalymnos, Kos, Nissyros, Tilos, Karpathos and Astypalea. Even stronger winds and big waves are often seen at the area off Ikria island, while the southern coast of Samos island is considered a calmer place for sailing in Greece and the Greek islands.

It is possible to sail north when the meltemi is blowing, it will certainly be much more comfortable to head south, especially in July and August when the typical short waves of the sea can turn sailing or motoring upwind into an uncomfortable and tiring experience.


Athens 5 day forecast
Day Min Max Wind Weather
Thu
21st
22°C 28°C
W

13 kts

Fri
22nd
22°C 27°C
W

5 kts

Sat
23rd
22°C 27°C
SSW

4 kts

Sun
24th
23°C 28°C
SE

3 kts

Mon
25th
22°C 27°C
NE

11 kts

General Information

Time Difference: GMT + 2 hrs (GMT + 3 hrs from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October)

Flights: There are regular flights to all parts of Greece from all major airports including Gatwick, Heathrow, Manchester, Luton and Glasgow.

Airports: Athens - Elefterios Venizelos Airport, opened in 2001, is approximately 30 kilometres east of Athens. The journey time from Athens International Airport to Syntagma, the centre of Athens, is approximately 25 minutes and to Pireaus ferry port approximately 60 minutes.

Luggage: We would highly recommend packing prescription medicine and essential clothing (swimsuit, t-shirt and shorts) in your hand luggage. Pack using soft-sided bags, as these are easier to store on your yacht.

Passport and Visas: Please ensure your passport is valid for the period of travel and for six months after you return.  Your passport name must match the name on the flight ticket otherwise you may not be able to travel and insurance may be invalid.If your child is not already included on a valid British Passport they are required to hold their own passport. EU Passport holders do not require a visa.

Non-British passport holders should check with their local Consulate direct. It is the responsibility of each individual to ensure relevant visas are obtained where necessary.

Customs and Immigration: All visitors must have a valid passport or an IC for European citizens and onward ticket. Travel formalities for Non EU Citizens: For the citizens of the EU, no passports are required. An ID is enough. There are no currency limit, customs formalities and vaccines required.

Travel formalities for Non EU Citizens: For the citizens from countries other than the EU, a valid passport is required. Visitors of some countries a visa is obligatory. There are currency limits and customs formalities. For more information, contact your embassy.

There is no departure tax for Athens.

Sailing Licences: Greek charter law requirements state that on board a bareboat or flotilla yacht charter there must be at least two adults, holding proper sailing ability licenses - a skipper and a first mate. The skipper and the first mate must be 18 years of age or older.

We therefore strongly advise that you take any sailing certificates on holiday with you.   This may be useful should you be contacted by Customs or Port Police.  If you have not already done so then both the Skipper and 1st Mate will be required to fill in a Sailing CV to confirm that you have the necessary skills to sail in this region.

Cruising Permits & Taxes: In Greece it is essential that we have all of the following details in advance: Full name, date of birth, place of birth, nationality and passport no. /ID card no for every member of your crew so that your boat papers can be prepared. You will not be able to sail without these papers, and failure to supply information in advance could delay your departure from the base.

Please bring any RYA certificates or other sailing qualifications with you.

Mooring Fees and Taxes: Greece does levy mooring fees in some harbours, and these are not included in the price of the charter. Most overnight stops in this area will be ‘bow to’ Mediterranean mooring on town quays. This will cost approximately 10 Euro per night to be paid at each town locally. Marina prices are considerably higher, depending on the size of your yacht. If you stop free of charge at a private jetty it is expected that you will eat at that taverna. Shower facilities are available at most restaurants for a small charge.

Charts & Pilot Book: All the charts and pilot books you will need for the sailing area are on board the yacht

Charts and pilot books can be purchased from the UK chandler Force4 by contacting them direct on 0845 1300 710 or www.force4.co.uk

Currency: The currency in Greece is Euros.

Money changing facilities are present in the majority of towns, although, they are not that readily available off the beaten track. Money changing should be done either with cash or by travellers’ cheques, Euro cheques and credit cards are rarely accepted, with most local tavernas accepting only cash.

Banks: Banks are open Monday to Friday from 8.00 - 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm- 8.00 pm. There are often small exchange offices in town offering a better exchange rate than the bank. They are open from 8.00 am - 8.00 pm.

Credit Card Information: Travellers Cheques and credit cards are accepted in most restaurants and shops in the major towns. Please Note: Bases are unable to accept personal cheques and cannot give cash back on credit or debit (Switch/Delta) cards.  

Language: The Language of Greece is Greek and English.

Cost of living in Greece: The cost of living in Greece is approximately 10% less than the UK.Prices in Greece usually include service charges although it is normal to leave loose change as well.

Tipping: Tipping is standard and expected in all restaurants / bars and for other services undertaken during your holiday. The rule of thumb is generally 10-15% of the amount charged. Some establishments automatically add this onto the bill. Tip according to quality of service.

Shopping: Shops in Greece tend to be open from 9am-1pm and then in the evening, after siesta, from 5pm-8pm. Special purchases include lace, jewellery, metalwork, pottery, garments and knitwear, flokati rugs, leather goods, local wines and spirits.  Athens is the centre for luxury and designer goods and local handicrafts.

Electricity: The standard voltage on all yachts is 12 volts. Electricity in Greece is 220 Volts and uses the standard European 2 pin plug. In order to use electronic equipment that is 220v you will need an inverter suitable for use in a cigarette lighter.

Mobile Phones: GSM 900 and 1800 networks exist. Coverage is good around the major towns on the mainland and on many islands. Main operators include Cosmote, Q-Telecom. Stet Hellas, and Vodafone.  Please check with your service provider for coverage details and call costs. You may need to activate international roaming on your contract.  
Car and Jeep Hire: Car hire is available at Athens Airport and throughout Greece – all international rental companies are available.

Diving: Scuba diving in the Greek Islands with its crystal clear waters gives excellent opportunity for both beginners and experienced divers. There are a number of diving centres throughout Greece.

 

 

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