If you’re planning a yacht holiday, Greece and its islands really can’t be bettered – think picturesque villages, dreamy scenery, idyllic beaches and crystal-clear waters. But of all the many islands in all the archipelagos, which are the ultimate vacation spots for 2021?
For summer yacht holidays, Greece is the true home of islands in the sun
These five islands are our favourites to visit by Greece yacht charter for a variety of reasons – their natural beauty, secluded coves, gorgeous beaches and of course, fascinating historical sites. At time of writing, they are also currently classed as low-risk destinations for COVID-19.
Corfu: The pearl of the Ionian Sea
Renowned for its natural beauty, Corfu boasts rolling green hills in the south and rugged limestone rock formations in the north. It also has stunning beaches and hidden coves, and boasts a fine cultural heritage; the UNESCO-listed Corfu old town is guarded by two imposing 16th-century fortresses, and is well worth visiting during a yacht vacation in Greece.
Paleokastritsa is undoubtedly Corfu’s most famous beach, a glorious stretch of indented coast, with six bays sheltering beaches of sand and pebbles and a selection of charming local tavernas. On the west coast, Glyfada beach has fine golden sand backed by pine-covered hillsides.
Zakynthos: Breath-taking beaches
Also known by its Italian name of Zante, here you’ll find dreamy landscapes dotted with hilltop villages and traditional monasteries. A highlight is Navagio beach, one of the most photographed in Europe, with its turquoise waters and white sands backed by dramatic towering cliffs. Only accessible by boat, it is perfect for yacht holidays in Greece. Another popular sight is the Blue Caves, which reflect their surrounding waters to create a magical atmosphere, especially at sunrise or sunset.
Rhodes: The longest summers
Rhodes has a magnificent medieval Old City, full of art galleries and restaurants. Other highlights include the extraordinary Palace of the Grand Master, a rare example of Gothic architecture, and the breathtaking Acropolis of Líndos, which offers wonderful island views. Due to its geographical position, Rhodes enjoys the longest summers, meaning you can even enjoy it during a late season yacht vacation in Greece.
Kos: Charm and extraordinary nature
Sandy beaches, lush vegetation and ancient monuments add to the popularity of Kos, a Dodecanese island that radiates charm and beauty. Highlights are the medieval Nerantziá Castle and the famous Platánou and Elefthería Squares, reminiscent of Italian rule. Check out the plane tree where Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, used to work – at over 2,500 years, it’s the oldest in Europe.
Crete: Steeped in history
A firm favourite during yacht holidays, Greece’s largest island Crete is known as the ‘cradle of European civilisation’ due to it being the home of the Minoans. In Chania’s Old Town, maze-like lanes are packed with boutiques and tavernas, as well as Venetian mansions, churches and fountains. Head to Rethymno for its Byzantine churches, quaint villages and cosmopolitan beach resorts. Nestled between two mountain ranges, Heraklion boasts exceptional archaeological treasures, as well as coastal settlements, sleepy villages and valleys filled with olive groves and vineyards.
If you are planning this summer’s yacht holidays, Greece, with its idyllic bays and beaches, extraordinary history and luscious landscapes, is the place to be.