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Greece Sailing Vacation Guide

Greece Sailing Vacation Locations

Greece is a sailing vacation dream destination. But, it is more than just history, culture, arts, and food. The birthplace of Western civilization features beautiful crystal clear Mediterranean waters and a vast collection of pristine islands. We’re breaking it all down in this informational blog to help you chart your next Greece getaway.

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Greece Sailing Vacation Overview

Unsure where you should go on Greece Sailing Vacation? It was all Greek to me too until I put this map together! Unsure when to go? Read our blog Destination Inspiration for sailing seasons around the world.

Greece features an enormous number of islands. These islands are traditionally grouped in various clusters, each with their own Greek character. Below’s the overall layout, followed by information on each area:

The Greek Seas
The Greek Seas

The Saronic / ArgoSaronic Islands & the Peloponnese

  • Located in the Saronic gulf near Athens
  • Historical and relaxing atmosphere; change to visit numerous islands and villages without going far
  • Popular islands/villages include: Aegina, Hydra, Poros, and Ermioni
  • Charter base: Athens
  • See our blog series on these islands >
Argo-Saronic Islands
Argo-Saronic Islands

The Cyclades

  • Located in the central/southern part of the Aegean Sea.
  • The pictured typical Greek islands with whitewashed homes, white and blue architecture, crystal blue water and gorgeous beaches.
  • Large cluster of islands forming rough circle around Delos
  • Popular islands include: Mykonos, Santorini, Paros, Kea, Kythnos, and Ios
  • Charter bases: Lavrion, Paros, and Mykonos
Cyclades Islands
Cyclades Islands

The Dodecanese

  • Located in the south- eastern edge of the Aegean Sea near Turkey
  • Medieval architecture, peaceful beaches, archeological finds, a bit rustic
  • A long string of islands, and the popular ones include: Rhodes and Kos, and the lesser known islands of Leros and Pserimos
  • Charter bases in Kos and Rhodes
Dodecanese Islands
Dodecanese Islands

The Sporades

  • Located off the east coast of Greece in the northwest Aegean Sea
  • Thickly forested with fertile pine landscape; mountainous terrain; recognizable from Mamma Mia
  • Small group of islands, and the popular populated ones include: Skiathos, Alonnissos, Skyros, and Skopelos
  • Charter base in Skiathos
Sporades Islands
Sporades Islands

The Ionian Islands

  • Located in the Ionian Sea in the northwest coast of mainland Greece.
  • Closer to Italy
  • Italian style, lush green landscape, scenic countryside and charming villages
  • Chain of islands, and the popular ones include: Corfu, Paxos, and Lefkas
  • Charter Bases in Corfu (North Ionian) and Lefkas (South Ionian)

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Ionian Islands
Ionian Islands

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*Note: The Greek Sailing Vacation Guide was originally published as Unsure where you should go in Greece? on October 10, 2019 and was updated to include more current information.

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Last updated on March 29th, 2023