Rent your sailboat
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Here you will find a number of useful information about sailing in Greece. You will also find practical information under the individual sailing areas.
In Greece, you are most often located in small, cozy local harbors close to squares and fishing boats. Here, however, there are no facilities apart from restaurants - only a few small pensions offer baths.
You can keep the budget for a week under €10 if you stay away from the private marinas and don't mind a spartan range of facilities.
The Port Police is most often located on the harbor front and is known by a symbolic sign with a large anchor and the text "Liminario" as well as a waving Greek flag. The police usually come on board themselves if they feel like it that day. In addition, the local Port Police will want to see the ship's papers that you have brought from the charter base. They are also a helpful "creature", who also have the latest weather reports and can give some useful tips. The Port Police has the right to prohibit vessels from setting sail in winds above 6 Beaufort.
Remember that your boat sails under the Greek flag. The boat is approved by the Greek maritime authorities for rental with the required safety equipment. The port authorities have great authority in the Mediterranean area, and therefore it is recommended to have plenty of time and be patient, because things are in order.
The Aegean Sea and the Sporades:
During the summer, the wind comes mainly from the NW-NE. The melt mine, as the wind is called, increases in May/June (6-10 m/s) and reaches its full strength in July/August, to decrease again during September/October. The wind is strongest in the afternoon.
In July/August, Melteminen can blow up to 10-16 m/s from a northern direction. Most of the time it is windless in the morning. It is therefore a good idea to start early on the sailing. At lunchtime the wind increases and then decreases again in the evening. When anchoring under high mountains, strong downwinds can occur - also at night.
The Ionian Sea:
Here, the wind is significantly lighter in summer. Typically, the wind comes from the northwest - or from the sea towards the land.
The Saronic Gulf:
The gulf off Athens has relatively mild winds between NE-SE - or from sea to land.
The Greeks enjoy their siesta between 13 and 17. During this time period, basically everything is quiet, and it may be a good idea to have done your shopping in good time for the afternoon.
In many ports you can rent bicycles, scooters (1 and 2 people) or cars. A trip up the mountains through village communities and orchards, or a visit to the countless monasteries and chapels, is a great way to experience Greek daily life. Almost all islands have ruins and temple remains from ancient times, which are also worth a visit.
Normally, you do not tip taxi drivers, waiters, etc. Instead, it is customary to round up the bill.
It is illegal to remove items from ancient Greek history, regardless of where they are found, and the penalties are harsh and Greek prisons are primitive. It is also illegal to take these antiquities out of Greece, even if you have bought them.