Rent the catamaran 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 sailing cruise to enjoy an experience like no other. Ios has several picturesque marinas where you can find the ideal catamaran of your choice. You can directly contact the owners for the ideal vessel 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 have a license--and enjoy a one-day cruise to Folegandros or Iraklia. If you book a catamaran, you have the magnificent option to throw a party with your friends or enjoy a sunset cruise with your partner. Finally, you can hire a luxury catamaran for an island-hopping trip in the Cyclades, taking the time to visit many more islands, such as Santorini and Mykonos.
This popular tourist destination has two sides to it. On the one hand, you will witness the wild, exciting, fun-filled activities. 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, have fun, and dance until sunrise or even the many younger adults who want to partake in an array of water sport adventures.
Rent a catamaran 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 crowds and offers a serene environment to relax, which is 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 visiting 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 to, as they offer delicious meals and drinks. You can also visit Kalamos Beach, an isolated beach that is not very frequented by visitors; it offers swimming and snorkeling opportunities in its crystal turquoise-blue waters. Some other well-known beaches to add to your Ios catamaran tours are Mylopotas, famous for watersports, Kalamos, Kudara, and Psithi, known for its crystal-clear waters and hidden coves.
Iosis the perfect location for those who are seeking an adventure in the Greek islands with a private catamaran. Folegandros is roughly 18 nautical miles away from Ios, and it therefore makes for 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. This is a beautiful small diamond-shaped island with a charming harbor known as Agios Georgios, where you can dock your vessel. 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 its volcanic activity centuries ago have made it a natural wonder you must add to your bucket list. Mykonos is another option (72 nautical miles away). As you sail there, you will cross islands, such as Paros and Naxos. It is your choice where you want to begin your trips, and you even have the option to start from Mykonos and create your own sailing itinerary.
Here is some useful information of marinas, ports, and Airports regarding your catamaran charter in Ios:
Port Gialos: It’s the island’s central port and 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. It provides lots of watersport activities, and is even great for a wild night partying. It’s within walking distance from Chora, the capital of Ios.
Manganari: It’s an amazing beach with lots of anchoring space for all types of boats. This beach has soft sand and shallow waters, It has also been voted as the best beach of Ios.
There is no Airport in Ios, but the closest one is in Thira, 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 to arrive. Ferries from Mykonos to Ios take roughly 2 hours and also depart daily.
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