Croatia is the “coast of a thousand islands” and what better way to explore them than from the comfort of your yacht! The locals are some of the friendliest and most welcoming in the Mediterranean. The towns of Split and Dubrovnik are steeped in history of a war that happened in most of our lifetimes, they are wonderful places to wander and if your a fan of Game of Thrones you could even find yourself at Kings Landing. The islands offer a variety of small uninhabited bays or small villages, with local restaurants serving fish and great Croatian wine, it’s so good that they keep the best for themselves and don’t export it. It’s a wonderful place to island hop with so many islands to choose from each day.
There are two areas to the Ionian, the north which is Corfu, Antipaxos & Paxos and to the south Kefalonia, Lefkas, Meganisi, Atoko, Zakynthos and Ithaca. The northern Ionian offers picturesque waterfront villages, you can explore small fishing villages, Paxos and Anitpaxos offer crystal clear water perfect for swimming and snorkelling, secluded bays and white sandy beaches. East of these islands is the western coast of mainland Greece, the towns and villages have many of the same characteristics as the Ionian islands. The southern Ionian has more beaches and islands so offer a wider choice of itineraries. There are more than twenty smaller islands dotted within Kefalonia and Lefaks including Meganisi, Kastos, Kalamos and Ithaca. Meaning everyday you can decide where you want to head next.
Starting in Athens the islands directly south are the Cyclades in the Aegean Sea, they seem to be making a come back with Mykonos being the current place to be. With islands like Andros, Tinos, Santorini, Kynthos, Sikinos, Sifnos, again lots of opportunities for your itinerary, it is renowned for the Meltemi wind which is at its strongest in the afternoon and usually dies down at night but has been known to blow for days. The islands are known for their beautiful sandy beaches, ancient ruins, rugged landscapes and of course, the traditional houses with white walls and blue roofs overlooking the sea.
The Saronic coast is becoming increasingly popular as it benefits from the mainland partial shelter from the Meltemi wind, with islands including Poros, Hydra and Spetzes you can island hop up and down the coast.
Athens, home to the famous Acropolis is also a fantastic destination to begin your charter. With direct access to both the Saronic coast and the Cyclades islands you’ll be spoilt for choice.