Hiring a sailboat 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 are waiting to be discovered with the yacht of your choice. Halkidiki has some great marinas where you can easily find the ideal sailboat of your choice. For the ideal boat, 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 sailboat with a skipper, or without 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 with a sailboat charter. Finally, you can rent a luxury sailboat 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, including the Birthplace of Aristotle, Ancient Stagira, and areas of historical importance such as the Xerxes canal. Mount Athos is also a top religious destination. Here is where Athos (the name of one of the giants in Greek mythology) cast a massive rock to the god of the sea, Poseidon which missed and fell into the Aegean waters creating Mount Athos (with a height of 2000 m). The Byzantine and Ottoman eras had an immediate influence on Mt.Athos. Several monasteries were being developed, and to this day the presence of women is prohibited. Today, you can still enjoy a boat trip to Athos to better understand monastic life, bringing you closer to the history of orthodoxy. The special geographical composition of Halkidiki with the three legs that protrude and form two enchanting bays create 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 for you to be discovered with the sailboat of your choice.
Rent a sailboat in Halkidiki and explore the endless beaches of Sithonia and Kassandra. Some great beaches for a full-day cruise in the Toroneos Gulf are Elia, 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, 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.
If you are sailing in Halkidiki make a stop at Diaporos islands. This is an ideal destination even for winter swimmers since the water remains warm all year round. From here, you can point your boat in the direction of the nearest bay or harbor. A top beach in Vourvourou which is 10 km from Diaporos, offers great swimming and snorkeling opportunities in complete privacy. Kavourotrypes beach is another alternative and popular swimming area where you can head during your private boat cruise. Pick your route and create your own one-day or two-day cruise with the yacht of your choice.
With your sailing holidays in Halkidiki, you can 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 sailing-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.
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