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Sailing area: Athens


Athens, the pearl of the Mediterranean.


Athens is the capital and the largest city in Greece. It is the birthplace of western civilisation and is the political, economic and cultural heart of the country. It is home to most of the national institutions, such as the Parliament and Supreme Court. Democracy and philosophy were born in Athens, therefore, it is at the heart of European culture.


Sailing from Athens


Greece offers 315 days of fine weather a year. Therefore, blue skies and a mild climate are practically a constant feature with a sea temperature of 28°C on summer days. The dominant north-westerly wind can blow up to 27 knots. The western coasts are the windiest and it is more sheltered on the eastern side, With your boat rental from Athens, we invite you to discover Kea, Kithnos, Serifos, Sifnos and, finally, Milos. Places to visit
Before embarking for your cruise on your rented boat, we suggest that you pay a visit to the magnificent city of Athens. The first image that springs to mind is that of the Acropolis and the Parthenon. This monument is one of the Seven Wonders of the world and is, without contest, the symbol of the Greek capital standing proudly on its hill visible from all over Athens. The Parthenon was dedicated to the Goddess Athena and shelters her statue to which Athenians used to make offerings. Its architecture has inspired most of the buildings of the local institutions.
On the way down from the Acropolis, you will find the Ancient Agora, the largest public square in Athens. It used to be a trading place as well as an administrative and religious centre. Opposite the Theatre of Dionysus, you will find the large promenade that runs along the Acropolis to the Ancient Agora. Also, rising to an altitude of 147 metres, you will find Mouseion Hill, also called Philopappos Hill. When you arrive at Syntagma Square, in front of the Greek parliament, you will be able to see the soldiers of the presidential guard, a unit that protects the building and the Presidential palace. Close to the Parliament, in the heart of Athens, you will also find the National Garden. A genuine haven of peace, the Garden is open from sunrise to sunset and access is free of charge. The more athletic among you will enjoy taking a tour of the Olympic Stadium, the Panathenaic, built in 4 BC.
Near the stadium, at the foot of the Acropolis, you will find the temple of Zeus, a must if you want to avoid the wrath of the father of the Gods of Olympus. You will also find Hadrian’s Gate which used to mark the boundary between the Greek city of Athens and the Roman city of Athens.
Next, set sail for Kea in the Cyclades. This island is sadly famous for the wreck of the Britannica which sank off its shores in 1916. Nevertheless, it is an island with a good quality of life that can be enjoyed at a leisurely and comfortable pace. It is an excellent alternative to more touristy islands. In addition to taking advantage of its peaceful atmosphere, you can enjoy water sports there, such as wakeboarding, water skiing and jet-skiing.
Continue your journey to Kythnos, a very beautiful island with two main villages that are well worth a visit: Chora and Dryopida. These picturesque villages with their narrow streets and light blue woodwork decorating the vivid white houses will offer you many surprises. Chora is the largest village. Its architecture is different from that found in Dryopida: it is a hilltop village, typical of the Cyclades, with winding streets and windmills. Dryopida is a traditional village with typical architecture and a large amount of pottery. You will be discover some interesting sites, in particular the Folklore Museum and the Byzantine Museum as well as Katafyki Cave, one of the largest caves in Greece.
Next, make a stopover on the island of Serifos! It is an authentic and preserved wild island with white rocks. It offers very beautiful sandy beaches, coves, a lively port and a picturesque village. Serifos is ideal for walking and bathing. Above all, it is interesting for those who want to get away from the crowds and mass tourism.
Now, make a stopover in Sifnos and discover the authentic beauty of its many villages and luxuriant natural environment. Visit the port and Kamares Bay, particularly lively when the boats arrive. Pay a visit to the main street "Steno", which is very busy in the evening, and then enjoy a drink at one of its trendy bars. Set out to discover the village of Artemonas and its magnificent Venetian style houses, as well as the village of Kastro with its fortifications and ramparts formed by the facades of houses.
Before heading back, make one last stop at the island of Milos. Famous for its magnificent beaches, including Sarakiniko and Firiplaka, you will also discover charming villages such as Klima with its colourful houses hollowed out of the rock and the fishing village of Mantrakia.
Wait no more, contact Coolsailing to rent a boat in Athens! We offer several ranges of boats, from catamarans to luxury yachts. You will be able to set sail with a skipper who will be in charge of the boat or a crew if you looking for a luxury cruise! Do not hesitate to contact us. It will be our pleasure to help you!


Worth knowing/Advice

Sustained winds Excellent sailing conditions from April to October A range of anchorages: at mooring posts or in the docks of small traditional ports. Beautiful offshore crossings in the high-seas or hops from island to island, from cove to cove... Historical sites and archaeological ruins Protected sites: Poros, Hydra, Spetses, Nafplio  

The ports in this sailing area

Agios Kosmas Marina - Athenes, Alimos, Antiparos, Athenes, Kalamaki, Lavrion, Pirée, Poros, Santorin, Zea ...


Formalities

To sail in Greece: A sailing licence Sailing resume To rent a large sailboat 2 Sailing Licences are required

When to travel?

Very hot temperatures...1, 2, 3, jump in the water! It is important to keep in mind that, despite mild temperatures in the summer, the Meltemi wind is quite strong between Turkey and Croatia. Don't hesitate to ask for advice

Winds

summer
10-20 knots
(average)
Winter
15-20 knots
(average)

Temperatures

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
10° 12° 14° 18° 20° 24°
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
27° 27° 24° 19° 17° 14°