Hiring a catamaran is a fantastic way to explore one of the most beautiful destinations in Greece, Halkidiki. The coastal region of Halkidiki is a pole of attraction for thousands of visitors. Its unique and countless beaches can simply be explored with a private yacht cruise. Halkidiki has some great marinas where you can easily find the ideal catamaran of your choice. For the ideal vessel, you can directly contact the owners or simply allow a BednBlue travel expert to guide you with some suggestions.
You have plenty of options:
You can book and hire a catamaran with a skipper--or without one, if you own a license--and enjoy a one-day cruise to Kassandra or Sithonia. You also have the opportunity to go for a wine-tasting cruise or sunset cruise aboard a catamaran. Finally, you can rent a luxury catamaran for multiple days, taking your chance to explore Thasos and Limnos or the Sporades islands in the northwest Aegean Sea.
Halkidiki is famous for its Byzantine towers and ancient ruins. It is Aristotle’s birthplace, ancient Stagira, and consists of areas of historical importance, such as the Xerxes canal. Mount Athos is also a top religious destination. Here is where Athos (name of one of the giants in Greek mythology) cast a massive rock toward the god of the sea, Poseidon, which missed and fell into the Aegean waters, creating Mount Athos (with a height of 2000m). The Byzantine and Ottoman eras had an immediate influence on Mt. Athos. Several monasteries had been developed, and the presence of women is prohibited to this day. You can still enjoy a boat trip around Athos to better understand monastic life, which will make you feel closer to the history of orthodoxy. The special geographical composition of Halkidiki, with its three legs that protrude and form two enchanting bays, creates unique natural beauties. Each "leg" has developed its own generous contribution to history over the years, creating a unique charm and beauty to the present day. The three legs consist of Kassandra, Sithonia, and Athos; each offering perfect daily cruises. Halkidiki has dense forests and exotic beaches with clear waters that are waiting to be discovered by you on the sailboat of your choice.
Rent a catamaran in Halkidiki and explore the endless beaches of Sithonia and Kassandra. Some great beaches for your daily cruises in Sithonia are: Paradisos Marmaras, Kalogria, Agios Mamas, and Sani beach. For a fun tour, you can head to Kelyfos island (or turtle island), which has lots of places for diving, and is rich in corals, starfish, seahorses, and other fish. The village of Pefkohori is a great stop for an overnight trip, and Porto Koufo is a natural harbor where you can moor your vessel and can mark an excellent 2-day sailing trip. In the peninsula of Athos, you cannot miss the chance to visit Ammouliani, the only inhabited island of Chalkidiki that enchants every visitor and can only be accessed by boat.
With your catamaran excursions, you can make a stop at Diaporos islands. This is an ideal destination even for non-winter swimmers since the water remains warm all year round. From here, you can point your vessel in the direction of the nearest bay or harbor. Some of our guests book a sunset cruise in Halkidiki around the blue lagoon of Vourvourou, 10km away from Diaporos. It’s a place where you can swim and snorkel in complete privacy on your catamaran. Kavourotrypes beach is another alternative and popular swimming area. You have endless options; pick your route and create your own one-day or two-day cruise with the catamaran of your choice.
By hiring a catamaran in Halkidiki, you can also create your own 5-day or 7-day yacht charter itinerary with other destinations. The Sporades islands in the northwest or Thassos, Lemnos, and Samothrace in north-eastern Greece are some great choices you can consider. The Sporades islands consist of Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos, and Skyros. Lalaria beach and the island of Tsoukgrias in Skiathos, the port of Patitiri in Alonissos, Agios Ioannis church in Skopelos, and the main town of Chora in Skyros are must-visit spots. On the northwestern side of the Aegean, you can visit Thassos, which resembles a floating forest, as most of its surface is covered with greenery. The village of Limenas is the capital of the island known for its large marina and bright blue waters. South-east of the island, you can come across Lemnos, which has many big and small beaches that are great for anchoring your vessel. An adventurous cruise to the non-crowded island of Efstratios is also an option. Finally, Samothrace, which is 58 miles away from Kavala, is an ideal cruising ground for the sailors who prefer a challenge--the choice is completely yours; you have a variety of options and sailing routes you can pick from.
Below you will find some useful information for your catamaran rentals in Halkidiki:
Sani Marina, Kassandra: hosts 215 individual berths for yachts up to 33m in length. Offers a beautiful setting area with lovely beaches and is a great access point to the Sporades islands.
Porto Koufo: a fishing port that allows mooring for several boats and yachts; includes bareboat options for those who want to self-drive in Sithonia. Has outstanding beaches and even a diving center for scuba-diving fans.
Neos Marmaras: Offers bareboat and crewed yacht rentals; allows space for 10 yachts for even 4-cabined vessels. A great port for heading to Kelyfos island and various other beaches and bays.
Marina Kavala: A berthing capacity of 80 yachts; offers excellent protection from the wind.
All types of boats depart or dock here and head to Thassos or Halkidiki.
Marina Miraggio, Kassandra: Offers 81 berths for yachts and has friendly staff and services. A premier year-round recreational yachting environment.
Ormos Panagia, Sithonia: Has a capacity of 100 yachts and is a great overnight stop for pleasure boats around the Athos peninsula. Many boats depart from here and head to Vorvourou and Kavourotrypes.
Port Ouranopolis: Close to Tripiti beach, which has several ferry routes going to Thessaloniki. Several boats depart from here to head to the "Gaidouronisia" ( donkey islands) in Ammouliani.
How to get there: Halkidiki does not have a commercial airport but, 16km away from the center of Thessaloniki, there is the international airport “Macedonia”.
You can also take a bus or taxi to take you to whichever peninsula you wish. Taking an airport taxi will take you roughly an hour, depending on your final destination in Halkidiki.
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