A bareboat Greece charter… could there be a more perfect way to explore the nearly 1400 islands of Greece? While most cruises only visit the more tourist-laden ports of call, you can see a side of the Grecian islands that most people will never experience. While on your bareboat Greece cruise adventure, you can witness the Acropolis and sample the local cuisine in Athens, then visit some of the less visited attractions. Nearly 1200 of the Grecian islands are uninhabited, so you can enjoy unspoiled nature and untouched beaches during your vacation.
Speaking of beaches, the Grecian islands beast more than 9,000 miles of coastline, so finding a place to dip your toes in the sand is never a problem.
Here are some other “must see” locations to explore during your bareboat Greece cruise:
- Santorini: This volcanic island, located about 120 miles from mainland Greece on the Aegean Sea, is the site of one of history’s largest volcanic eruptions. Santorini is known for its small but productive wine industry – you’ll find endless miles of grapevines along the island. While you’re here, be sure to try vinosanto (“holy wine”), the island’s prized dessert wine made from Assyrtiko, Athiri and Aidani grapes.
- Hydra: This small village, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of mainland Greece, is a laid-back escape where you can enjoy waterfront dining, enjoy the traditional Grecian architecture and engage in some of the best people-watching on the Grecian islands. This island is known for friendly, inexpensive seafood restaurants and bed-and-breakfast style hotels. You won’t find any beaches here, but diving off the rocks is an experience you won’t forget.
- Corfu: While parts of Corfu Island are known for being tourist traps – particularly the film-set scenery-laden area of Paleokastritsa – inland Corfu offers green valleys and citrus and olive groves, as well as sanctuaries like the Lake Corisson wetland nature reserve. This island provides miles of scenic beaches, but just a half hour’s drive away, you will find yourself at the foot of Mount Pantokrator, where few tourists tread. Corfu is dotted with tiny villages and turquoise inlets well worth exploring.
- Elafonissos: Though you won’t find Elafonissos on the travel brochures of the “big box” cruise outfits, this island is reputed to be one of the most picturesque Grecian Islands – and one that is easily accessible by bareboat Greece vacationers. Elafonissos, located in the Laconikos Gulf, offers some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. While you’re here, be sure to stop by and chat with the locals at one of the island’s fish taverns.
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