If you are planning on visiting Greece anytime soon, you know you’re about to visit one of the most stunning countries on the planet. However, you’ve likely found an overwhelming amount of information regarding where to go, what to see, how long to stay, etc. It will probably be impossible to see it all in just one trip. How will you make the most of your adventure? One way might be by enjoying a yacht tour. Chartering a yacht is a guaranteed way to get you to all the places you want to go with and it gives you flexibility. Here are just five examples of beautiful Greek islands that you will be able to visit that way.
Something interesting about Kea is that many of its historic towns have streets that are so narrow there is only room to walk or, if you’re a local, you might ride your donkey through. There is no room for modern-day vehicles in these picturesque towns.
The island of Kea has been described as the “hiker’s paradise.” Trails and paths cover the island and take you to the impressive ruins of ancient cities and to hidden coves along its amazing beaches. If you’re ready to explore, Mavrabeli beach, which is only accessible by boat, could be an option. Or you might venture out to the Old Lion Trail. It will lead you to a giant 6th-century B.C. sculpture of the famous Lion of Tzia.
The food on Kea is known as some of the best in Greece and many of the restaurants host a variety of exciting events, including outdoor movies in English.
Kea provides a family friendly, relaxing atmosphere that will make leaving its peaceful beaches difficult.
The island of Syros stands apart from the rest of Greece because it was one of the only places in Greece to experience the Renaissance, making it rich in history and culture. One site that captures the beauty of Greece’s history is the Apollon Theater. Built by an Italian architect in 1864, the stunning creation is more like a work of art than a building. It still hosts many of local cultural events, theatrical performances, and operas.
While you are on your history kick, head to town hall in Ermoupolis to see the archeological museum. There you will learn about the island’s history through a large collection of artifacts.
If all of this discovery is making you hungry, you will not want to forget to sample the local food. You can find local figs, cheeses, and Syros famous nougat pie at most markets. Most restaurants serve locally grown and prepared food and some even offer a show with dinner if you’re in the mood for some live music. Its rich culture makes Syros nearly impossible to miss on your journey.
Did you know Delos is considered to be the birthplace of both Apollo, the God of Light, as well as Artemis, the Goddess of Hunting? If you are at all interested in Greek mythology, Delos cannot be missed. Ruins and artifacts cover the small 1.3 square mile island and include the famous Terrace of Lions. These large, marble lions look over the Sacred Lake and are said to be protecting it. Another artifact you can’t miss is the Temple of Isis dating back to the 2nd century B.C. Only a ten minute walk will take you to another archaeological museum housing archaic art and a small cafe.
If you are ready to face a bit of a breeze, you might consider climbing to the top of Mount Kynthos. 113 meters above sea level, Mount Kynthos will give you panoramic views of the ruins and the rest of the island. From there you can even see the islands of Naxos, Mykonos, and Syros. The ancient path will lead you to where the Temple of Zeus and Athena stood in the 3rd century B.C.
When you’re ready to get off the mountain and into the water, head to the island of Sifnos. Famous for its snorkeling and scuba diving, Sifnos has been listed as one of the world’s top ten most charming and exotic islands. The crystal clear water offers many opportunities for discovering how beautiful the underwater world really is. Expect to see parrot fish, octopi, squid, and countless other varieties of sea life. If you’ve never snorkeled before, Sifnos is a great place to try it for the first time as an experienced instructor teaches you the ins and outs of the exciting sport.
After you dry off, you go to the capital city, Apollonia. There you can relax on the terrace of a small cafe for lunch or if you’re in need of something a little stronger, there are several bars in town. The town is filled with souvenir shops and charismatic boutiques where you will be sure to buy something to remember the trip by. Because of the friendly atmosphere, you’re expected to make some friends along the way.
A well-known draw to Kythnos is its hot springs. Apart from the inviting warm water, the peaceful atmosphere leaves nothing to be desired. However, because it is such a popular attraction you will want to avoid the peak season and the crowds as people come from around the world to relax here.
Another thing you will definitely want to take advantage of while visiting Kythnos is visiting the Katafyki Cave. It is one of the largest caves in Greece and has an interesting history as it was once a refuge for pirates. The cave itself is over 600 meters long and the stalactites and stalagmites date back to prehistoric times. You can brave the cave on your own or hire a tour guide who is sure to tell you more about the layout and history of the cave.
These islands are only five of the reasons why the world is so enamored by Greece. You will have the opportunity to enjoy them all and much more on your yachting trip.