"I love this Greece above all else. It bears the color of my heart. Everywhere one looks, there lies buried a joy."

Friedrich Hölderlin

Catamaran Charter in Greece

A catamaran vacation in Greece cannot be missing from a sailor resume. While sailing on the routes of mythological heroes you will be catapulted into another era, enraptured by countless white cottages, by the typical cuisine, and by the endless shades of blue of its sea.

Greece has a boundless stretch of sea that consists of over 6,000 islands, of which only 227 are inhabited, grouped into four macro archipelagos: the Ionian Greece is the perfect destination sheltered from the wind, the Cyclades are a spectacular mix of quaint villages and fabulous bays, the Dodecanese will know how to enrapture you with its oriental flavor, and finally in Sporades Archipelago you will discover the most authentic Greece.

Catamaran vacations in Greece

Catamaran Charter in Ionian Greece

Ionian Greece has the undoubted advantage of being sheltered from the Meltemi, the prevailing wind in the Aegean Sea, and is definitely the most suitable choice for spending a catamaran vacation there if you are visiting the country for the first time. The landscape here is gentle and verdant, fading into a beautiful cobalt blue sea.

Lefkas is the ideal starting port, full of small bays perfect for approaching the Greek atmosphere. From here, the week-long itinerary can head north in the direction of Paxos, with its bustling village a stone's throw from the sea, and Antipaxos, a speck of green surrounded by remarkably blue waters. A short distance away we will visit Corfu, an island with a cosmopolitan flavor where Greek and Italian architecture come together. After an evening of social life we will set sail for the west coast of the island, which alternates between long sandy beaches and semi-deserted coves.

Alternatively, from Lefkas one can point the bow south to Cephalonia, the largest of the Ionian Islands. Here the water takes on silvery hues in Mirtos Bay and warmer shades in Xi Bay, thanks to its distinctive pink sand. The Melissani Cave has nothing to envy our Grotta Azzurra in Capri, with hundreds of stalactites reflected in the water along its 150-meter length. Sailing a few miles further south we will discover the highlight of the itinerary, the Wreck Beach onZakynthos Island with its white sand, huge sheer cliffs, and bright blue water that made anyone looking at it in photos fall in love.

The last stop of our catamaran vacation in Ionian Greece will be the legendary Ithaca. The exploits of Ulysses come to mind as we sail downwind to the rocky coast, dotted with olive and cypress trees, as opposed to the dark sea that seems to be lost in infinity.

Catamaran Charter Ionian Greece

Catamaran Charter in the Cyclades

A catamaran vacation in the Cyclades runs through the heart of Greece, hundreds of islands that emerge from the Aegean Sea. The ideal starting point is the island of Paros, well-connected thanks to the large airport, rich in enchanting scenery, a mix of white villages and hidden bays. From here the routes are potentially endless and one more scenic than the other, and that's why the Cyclades are the most popular choice along with Ionian Greece.

Heading east we will explore Amorgos, where you'll still find the hippie atmosphere intact in the "chora," the typical Greek-style old town. We recommended a visit to the scenic Monastery of Hozoviotissa, from which there is a breathtaking view of the boundless Aegean. Between Amorgos and Paxos we will discover many smaller islands called Small Cyclades, which include Schinoussa and Koufonissia, characterized by crystal clear water and authentic villages.

Those who choose to sail west instead will first come across the island of Sifnos, much greener and more fertile than its neighbors. Those who love trekking can take an unforgettable hike to the ancient settlement of Kastro and the Chapel of the Seven Martyrs, a white pearl set in the cliff overlooking the sea. Last in order of appearance is the island of Milos, of volcanic origin, characterized by its rocks ranging from white to red and yellow, forming lonely bays where you can enjoy a refreshing dip.

Catamaran Charter Cyclades

Catamaran Charter in Dodecanese

The Dodecanese is an excellent alternative to the other archipelagos, blending classical Greek, Eastern and Turkish culture in an atmosphere tending toward the mystical. The most convenient starting point is definitely the island of Kos, the most touristy and cosmopolitan, but still able to offer glimpses of rare beauty. 

One only gets into the real Dodecanese by taking off to the island of Kalymnos: Strolling through the quiet villages, time seems to have stopped when Greek fishermen used to dive into the depths to gather sponges, a tradition carried on through the centuries. The vertiginous cliffs overhanging the sea, and the scent of oleanders that grow wild all over the island complete the experience of this magical island.

Patmos is one of the finest islands in all of Greece, where nothing is out of place and where the locals will make you feel right at home. The more daring will tackle the climb to the monastery where the evangelist st. John had his visions of the apocalypse; the steep climb will be rewarded by a beautiful sunset, which seems to set the white houses of the chora ablaze.

Closing the circle of our catamaran vacation in the Dodecanese we find the island of Arki where you can get around only by foot or bicycle, a distant experience from the chaos we are used to. We will discover hidden bays with clear water, in this atoll among the most beautiful in Greece.

Catamaran Charter in Dodecanese - Greece, Kos

Catamaran Charter in Sporades

We also wanted to add the Sporades to the list of possible itineraries, because it is a destination of rare beauty fortunately still untouched by tourism, in which we can discover the most authentic Greece. Check in usually takes place in Skiathos, the liveliest in the archipelago, offering all the amenities of a resort such as supermarkets, restaurants and nightclubs. 

Unlike Skiathos, the rest of the islands of the archipelago are mostly home to small villages or completely deserted such as the beautiful Kiria Panagia, where we will spend an unforgettable night anchored under a clear sky full with stars. The island of Skopelos offers a great variety of landscapes, from sheer cliffs to verdant hills. The highlight is undoubtedly Glossa, the quintessential Greek village, with its countless ups and downs among the off-white buildings.

Alonissos is the farthest island as well as the last stop on our catamaran trip to Greece. There is a seraphic atmosphere of peace here, in the few towns and along the gravel roads, thanks to niche tourism that is good for the heart (and eardrums). Much of the island has been declared a nature park and offers truly pristine scenery, so much so that it is still one of the few remaining homes of the monk seal in the Mediterranean.

Catamaran Charter Sporades - Skiathos, Greece

Catamarans for Charter in Greece

The following catamarans are available for your catamaran cruise in Greece:

Catamaran charter info in Greece

  • When: Year-round.
  • Catamarans: Lagoon 40, Lagoon 400 S2, Lagoon 42, Lagoon 450 F.
  • PricesPricelist.
  • Where: Lefkas, Paros, Kos or Skiathos depending on the itinerary chosen.
  • Duration: Weekly weekend charter with embarkation on Saturday at 6 pm, disembarkation the following Saturday at 9 am.
  • Crew: Possibility of catamaran rental in Greece with skipper and hostess or in bareboat.
  • Reservations: email to info@mistralsailing.it or call the number +39 347 949 8966 (Luca)

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