Rent the yacht of your choice in one of the most beautiful islands in the Cyclades, Ios. This beautiful island has managed to tie in everything, from flowery courtyards and whitewashed houses to hidden beaches and wild parties. Take your chance to explore this southern Greek island with a private yacht charter for an experience like no other. Ios has several picturesque marinas where you can find the ideal catamaran, sailboat, motor yacht or speed boat of your choice. You can directly contact the owners for the ideal boat or simply allow a BednBlue travel expert to guide you with some suggestions.
You have plenty of options:
You can book and hire a sailboat or speedboat with a skipper, or without if you have a license, and enjoy a one-day cruise to Folegandros or Iraklia. You can also hire a motorboat and cruise along the unique coastline of Ios, visiting multiple beaches you desire with ease. With the option to book a catamaran you can throw a party or enjoy a romantic sunset cruise with your special someone. Finally, you can hire a luxury sailboat for island-hopping trips in the Cyclades, where you can get to visit islands such as Santorini and Mykonos and create lifetime memories.
This popular tourist destination has two sides to it, on the one hand you will witness the wild, exciting, fun-filled activities and on the other hand you can enjoy moments of peace and relaxation. Those who favor the latter might like to walk along the shores, enjoy the traditional architecture of the Cyclades in the settlement of Chora or simply admire the beautiful sunset views up the hills or churches. The Church of Panagia Germiotissa is one of the most beautiful churches at the top of Chora and has outstanding views of the whole island. The wilder side is the ideal place to entertain young groups who want to enjoy partying, fun and dancing until sunrise or even the many younger adults who want to partake in an array of watersport adventures. A location where people from all locations and ages can find activities that please them. While you spend all day relaxing under the amazing weather, you can have fun at night or yet engage in the cosmopolitan nightlife. The island has a lot of restaurants where you can eat traditional meals, and when you are not eating, you can shop for clothing, jewelry, and souvenirs at luxurious shops. Ios also has stone windmills, labyrinthine alleys and light blue domes that wows everyone who sees them. If you have had your fair share of fun in the villages and cultural attractions of Ios, you have an exciting trip ahead of you with the yacht of your choice where you can explore several unique beaches in the vast blue Aegean Sea.
Rent a boat in Ios and explore the coastline that stretches 86 miles long. The most beautiful beach from all of them is Manganari, which is about 23 kilometers from the Chora and lies in a remote location. The beach is free of the crowd and offers a serene environment to relax ideally explored with a yacht. Magganari island comprises an exciting lagoon with three serene coves, shielded from the waves and wind. Without a doubt it looks like heaven on earth.
On Ios Island, it is also recommended to visit Agia Theodoti, one of the most peaceful beaches, away from the noise and activities of busier places. The golden sand on the beach and clear waters are beautiful to see and experience. The taverns are also worth touring as they offer delicious meals and drinks. You can also visit Kalamos Beach, an isolated beach that is not frequented by visitors much and offers swimming and snorkeling opportunities in the crystal turquoise blue waters on the beach. Some other well known beaches to add to your Ios boat tours are Mylopotas famous for watersports, Kalamos, Kudara, Psithi which are known for the crystal-clear waters and hidden coves with extraordinary beauty.
Island hopping in the Cyclades can take up to 1 week or more and can be crafted to your liking with the ideal catamaran or sailboat of your choice. Ios has a perfect location for those who are seeking an adventure in the Greek islands. Folegandros is roughly 18 nautical miles away from Ios and therefore makes a great day cruise. With coasts adorned with cliffs and beautiful villages, pristine beaches and a bohemian atmosphere you can have a great time here with your group. For a two-day charter experience, you can even head to Iraklia which is a small beautiful diamond shaped island with a charming harbor known as Agios Georgios where you can dock your boat. Once again you will come across scenic bays and crystalline waters. Finally, for longer cruising experiences you can sail to Santorini where the evocative landscapes influenced by volcanic activity centuries ago has made it a natural wonder you must add to your bucket list. Mykonos is another option which is 72 nautical miles away, as you sail you will cross islands such as Paros and Naxos. It is your choice where you want to begin your trips, you even have the option to start from Mykonos and create your own yacht charter experience in Greece.
Here is some useful information of marinas, ports and Airports for your boating holiday in Ios:
Port Gialos: the island’s central port is one of the three largest natural ports in the Aegean, in which every rally is held with sailboats from all over the world.
Mylopotas: A small marina and an ideal destination for daily boat excursions. Ideal for diving and snorkeling enthusiasts who want to have fun in the nearby beaches. Lots of watersport activities and even great for wild night partying. A walking distance from Chora, the capital of Ios.
Manganari: An amazing beach with lots of space for anchoring for all types of boats. This beach has soft sand and shallow water and has been voted as the best beach in Ios.
There is no Airport in Ios but the closest one is in Thira of Santorini. Most people fly from Athens and take a ferry or boat trip around the Cyclades. Another option is to fly directly to Santorini, Mykonos or Crete and take the ferry or yacht to Ios island.
Ferries to Ios from Santorini depart daily and take approximately 45 minutes. Ferries from Mykonos to Ios take roughly 2 hours and also depart daily.
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