With famous islands such as Santorini and Mykonos making up part of this beautiful area of the Greek Cyclades coastline, it is easy to imagine, with the images brought to mind, as to why this is such a popular holiday destination. The quaint whitewash streets and stunning scenery are world-renowned with each inhabited island having its own individual culinary specialties to make this a vibrant and exciting charter destination this summer.Due to the beautifully warm climate – ideal for sunbathing, but not so good for agriculture – the inhabitants of the islands rely largely on getting their fresh produce from the sea, making their seafood dishes exceptionally tasty with beautiful tangy flavours of the Aegean Sea. One of the only creatures that seems to thrive on land here is sheep and goats, who often roam freely on the islands which produce the beautiful cheese often associated with this area of the world.
Summer is almost here and the Easter holidays are an opportunity to confer with friends and family and decide about your summer cruising plans. The Greek islands present an excellent all-round destination; Greece is blessed with thousands of islands, and the best way to explore them is by chartering a luxury yacht. Your cruising holiday can be a mixture of cosmopolitan places like Mykonos and Santorini, turquoise waters, lovely beaches scattered in the hundreds of islands, unspoiled sceneries and less touristic islands. Distances are substantial, so a nice motor yacht is the best type of vessel for active charterers who want to see as many islands as possible.
CATHERINE is a lovely Princess 85Ft, built in 2010, hardly used by her owner she is the perfect charter yacht Greece! She combines sleek sportive looks and a high cruising speed (29 knots) with a fly bridge and interiors for 8 guests in 4 cabins.
The Greek islands are the stars that illuminate the world of yachting! Bright stars such as Santorini or Mykonos are dominant, with the Cyclades Islands being another desirable “constellation.”
However, as the night sky is filled with celestial bodies, so does Greece encompass countless islands — each with its own character and individuality.
You do not have to travel far from Athens to find beauty. The Saronic Gulf Islands can be reached by sailing only two hours from the Greek Capital. There you will find the full “island package,” including almost intact ancient temples, serene beaches, high-end hotels and scenery of unmatched beauty. Aegina, Poros, Hydra, Spetses and many smaller islands have always been at the heart of Greek History.
One of the best-kept secrets of the Saronic Gulf: the Temple of Afaia in Aegina
Famous for their beautiful sandy beaches, hospitable people and traditional lifestyle, the Cyclades Islands are probably the most well known in the Aegean Sea. “Cyclades” means circular islands and refers to the islands forming a circle around the sacred island of Delos. According to Greek mythology, Poseidon (God of the sea) was furious with the Cyclades nymphs and turned them into islandsinflatable water slide. With its luminous and serene, crystal blue waters, the Cyclades can best be described as a true paradise. There are 39 islands which make up the breathtaking Cyclades, 24 of which are inhabited. The most well known of these islands are Mykonos, Delos, Santorini, Naxos, Paros, Amorgos, Serifos, Sifnos, Milos and Syros. The small Cyclades include Folegandros, Koufonissi, Schinoussa and Donoussa.
The yachting industry is booming. The MYBA Charter Show 2014 in Genoa, showcasing the most impressive yachts on the charter market, has been nothing short of amazing. Not only are yachts becoming more exciting with indulgent interiors, striking finishes and ever more outrageous water toys, the range of charter destinations is increasing very quickly with captains keen to discover the undiscovered and offer something new and exotic to their guests. LA DEA II’s captain, Mark Hoskins is a key exponent of this new age of exploration as he prepared his stunning 161 foot Trinity for an expedition to circumnavigate the world.
LA DEA II is three decks of utter splendour. Providing the benchmark is luxury yachting, she features all that you could desire in a charter. Her salon, complete with grand piano is simply marvellous whilst the bathrooms, lined with rich mahogany and marble are indicative of true decadence.
The huge swim platform is a great place to spend lazy afternoons right by the water while the flybridge is a real highlight. Whether you’re soaking up the sun on one of the massive sun pads, lying back with a book or sipping on champagne in the jacuzzi, you will feel like you’ve arrived at the pinnacle of luxury.
While LA DEA II is off discovering new and exciting destinations, luxury yachting in Greece continues to hit new heights. Chartering in unknown regions of the South Pacific is undoubtedly an exciting new development but there remains a lot to be said for cruising around the stunning Cyclades and indulging yourself in Santorini.
New legislation has decreed that non-EU registered yachts no longer need a license to charter in Greece meaning that the selection of charter yachts in Greece is bigger than ever. In addition to that the 10% luxury tax previously imposed on pleasure yachts has been abolished, leaving only the 6.5% VAT on week long charters in the Aegean.