Hiring a boat is the ideal way to explore the hidden beauty of Kythira in Greece. A place that revolves around life at sea and a civilization of explorers, amazing beaches and seaside villages, Kythira offers plenty of moments of true atonement. There are several picturesque marinas where you can find the ideal catamaran, sailboat, motor yacht or speedboat of your choice. You can directly contact the owners of the vessel for the ideal boat or simply allow a BednBlue travel expert to guide you with some handpicked suggestions.
You have plenty of options:
You can book and hire a sailboat or speedboat with a skipper, or without if you own a license, and enjoy a one-day cruise to Elafonisos. With the opportunity to hire a motor boat you can tour various beaches and bays in a short amount of time. You can also book a catamaran for a sunset cruise or a birthday party, they also have plenty of space for family gatherings or overnight trips. Finally, you can rent a luxury yacht to visit multiple destinations in the Ionian Sea and Peloponnese coast.
Kythira is situated on the southern side of the Peloponnese, resting at the corner of the Ionian complex in Greece. This isolated island is also the birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite and has a mysterious feel to it, lots of sailing enthusiasts from Lefkada, Zakynthos and even Crete drop anchor here for crowning moments to their yachting adventure. Kythira also has a rich biodiversity and has kept the locals busy for many years in agriculture, the ethereal peace is still present till today and has brought thousands of visitors yearly. Nature lovers will admire the waterfalls, ponds, hilltops, wild flowers and herbs that create a unique vibe, and those who want to educate themselves with the history of the island can visit many Byzantine castles and historical monuments. This is clearly seen in the capital of the island Chora which from medieval times was occupied by the Venetians, strolling around the small streets you will notice a lot of architecture influenced by them. Kythira is definitely ideal for tranquility and relaxation but also has a vivid nightlife since the tourism sector has consistently climbed. Because of this you will have no trouble socializing with people at the villages in the mainland, you must not miss the resort of Agia Pelagia in the north and the picturesque village of Mylopotamos filled with watermills. The Greek tavernas and specialties are the winning card to your summer holidays, in Kythira you can enjoy tasting fish soup, octopus, stuffed sea urchins, aubergines with tomatoes and onions as well as a variety of dishes made with ouzo or tsipouro. This is just a glimpse of the things you can do in Kythira, if you have decided to go on a sailing trip in Greece you will fall in love with this island and you will certainly have a top-notch charter experience.
If you are sailing in Greece, a journey to Kythira will hold a bucket of surprises. Its location between the Ionian, Cretan and Aegean seas allows one to create some interesting itineraries. you can begin your trips from Zakynthos, Monemvasia, Crete or simply rent a boat in Kythira and start your day by visiting the various beaches, bays and villages by the coast. Some child and family-friendly beaches are Diakofti, Agia Pelagia and Palaiopolis. Diakofti is organized with shallow and turquoise waters, slightly exposed by the northeasterly winds, with your catamaran’s stability you will have no problem swimming all day in the white sandy beach. The bay of Agia Pelagia brings lots of tourists, with panoramic views of the Peloponnese and Cape Malea, you can choose to swim in the red coloured beach of Fyri Ammos or the blue waters of Lorentzo. Palaiopolis Beach has a great view of Antikythera and you always find a good spot to swim since it is the longest beach of Kythira. Hiring a RIB boat in Kythira is always a good chance to visit many more beautiful beaches that have rough paths if you were to go there by foot. Some of these beaches include Kapsali where you may even spot turtles, Kaladi on the eastern side with cliffs that rise up to 80m and Kalami near the monastery of Panagia Orphani. These 3 beaches may even be the top three in the island and boats often take excursions here for moments of fun, relaxation and tranquility.
Alternatively, you can enjoy a one-day or two-day cruise to Elafonisos or Antikythera. Elafonisos has fine white sand, the clear and calm turquoise waters, the romantic and chilled atmosphere appears to be straight from a dream. The small island is located close to the coast and features several paradisiac beaches, yet the most incredible feature is the shallow sandy channel connecting the island to the mainland. You can continue your trip towards the coast of the Peleoponnese, visiting areas such as Monemvasia or the gulfs of Messenia and laconia. Other sights worth admiring or paying a quick visit, including Kalamata, ancient Olympia, Patras or Corinth. This can mark a great week-charter experience. The Ionian islands are also an option, these include Zakynthos, Kefalonia, Ithaca, Lefkada and Corfu, the feeling of sailing along the stupendous destinations being unequaled. If you want to start from any of the Ionian islands or even Crete, BednBlue offers many available catamarans, sailboats, motor yachts and speedboats to satisfy the most demanding expectations.
Below you will find some useful information for your boat trip in Kythira, including marinas, ports and Airports.
Kapsali Marina: Can accommodate up to 15 vessels and is situated in the southern part of the island.
Kythira’s Airport is roughly 23 km away from Kapsali marina
Piso Gialos Marina: Lots of boats moor here from Chania in Crete. It is right next to Kapsali beach with a beautiful view of the castle.
Marina Avlemonas: A picturesque marina mainly for smaller boats, you can enjoy a trip to Antikythera from here.
Kythira’s Airport is roughly 12 km away from Avlemonas marina, should take you 15-20 min by car to reach the marina.
Agia Pelagia: A village with the most accommodations in Kythira and many beaches where you can dock your boat. You can enjoy the beach promenade and eat at spectacular tavernas and restaurants.
Diakofti Marina: situated in the city of Diakofti and can take a maximum area of 60m for vessels with a max depth of 7m. There are restaurants, bars and a market nearby.
Kythira’s Airport is 11.5km away from Diakofti marina, should take you roughly 15 min to reach the center of the island.
Elafonisos Marina: Protected from south and south-west winds, great marina to moor your boat and relax in the sandy beaches and crystalline waters by the marina. You can stop here when cruising to the Peloponnese coast from Kythira.
Neapoli Marina, Peloponnese: Situated in the city of Neapoli and is connected to Kythira and Elafonisos. Great stop with protection from the winds, has been awarded the Blue Flag of Europe for its cleanliness.
There are KTEL Buses operating daily from Athens to the city of Gythio and Neapoli, you can then take a boat to Kythira which takes 2-3 hours.
Kalamata, Monemvasia also have ferry routes to Kythira.
If you fly directly from Athens you can reach Kythira’s airport in 45 minutes. If you take a boat from the harbor of Piraeus or Rafina, the duration of the trip is roughly 8 hours. You can also fly from Zakynthos, Kefalonia and Heraklion to kythira.
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