- Build year:2023
- Length:54 ft
- Boat type:Catamaran
On a Nikiti yacht charter with Borrow a Boat you can explore the Chalkidiki Peninsula and nearby Greek islands within an easy sail. Whatever it is that you're seeking from a northern Greece yacht charter, from its cuisine, its beaches, the culture or its rich cultural heritage a Nikiti sailing holiday will be a unforgettable experience.
On the middle 'finger' of the Chalkidiki Peninsula, Sithonia, lays Nikiti, a holiday resort with a long sandy beach and promenade. With the marina at the northern end, a walk down the waterfront takes you past tavernas, hotels and restaurants for a good mile, enjoying the relaxed vibe as you go.
Being west facing, Nikiti has some of the best sunsets in the region. It is very popular with couples thanks to the ample opportunities to enjoy dinner and drinks at sunset over the tuquoise waters. By day, you can just chill out on the beach, but equally, there are plenty of water sports to be enjoyed too - and there are a number of diving companies in Nikiti that can take you to some wonderful spots just down the coast to explore.
Old Town Nikiti has a lot to offer too. Just inland, it is where many of the locals live, but many of the old buildings have been converted into high quality restaurants and nightspots for those looking for something a little off the beaten track. There is an old church locally dating back 1600 years that is being renovated, and is renowned for its mosaics dating back to early Christian times.
On your Nikiti yacht charter you'll want to wander a bit. Where to? Let's make some suggestions in the next section.
Sithonia sits on the middle finger of the Chalkidiki Peninsula. This is widely held as being less developed as a tourist destination than the next finger to the west - Kassandra. A short sail across the gulf can take you to explore the nightspots and tourist resorts there.
On your bareboat yacht charter or skippered yacht charter may wish to explore further northeast. Thassos is the nearest Greek island. Very like Halkidiki it is laid back and a great spot to chill out on a sandy beach. Only accessible by yacht or ferry, the island is certainly worth a visit on your sailing trip.
To the south are the Dodecanese Islands of Limnos, Lesvos and Agios Efstratios. These Greek islands are laid back, yet have see their share of history, and as they are the closest to Turkey they have been tussled over until fairly recently. Agios Efstratios was considered remote enough that Greek communists were sent to internal exile there in the 1970s!
To the SW of Sithonia are the Northern Sporades archipelago that include the sailing centres of Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonnisos. The islands are famed for their long, sandy beaches and laid back atmosphere. A national marine park around Alonnisos has has a variety of marina flora and fauna that is definitely worth a visit! Beyond, the Northern Sporades are attractive and enjoyable places for an island hopping sailing vacation.
On a longer Nikiti yacht charter you can reach as far as the Cyclades, perhaps stopping at the tourist hotspots of Mykonos on even Santorini at a stretch.
This is the third largest airport in Greece, and has flights serving it from much of Europe, and for those from farther afield, via Athens. It is a two hour bus ride from Nikiti or a one hour taxi ride.
There is one small marina in Nikiti itself, though there are others in nearby towns. Nikiti Marina has around 100 berths for boats up to around 15m LOA, moored stern-to and a depth of around 5 metres.
Yacht charter company and boat owner have charter fleets that offer bareboat charter and crewed yacht charter of luxury yachts, catamarans, motor boats and monohull sailing yacht to suit a range of budgets from the very small to extremely large.
The marina supplies electricity and water to vessels as well as water collection, and has other facilities such as a restaurant, chandlery and a boatyard.
On your Nikiti sailing trip you can explore northern Greece, the Chalkidiki Peninsula and Kavala as well as Thassos or Northern Sporades on a shorter trip. On a longer sailing vacation on your charter yacht you can head south to the Cyclades on your crewed yacht charter or luxury yacht.
7 days - Sporades Islands: Heading SW your first port would be the Sporades island of Skiathos where you can enjoy the sandy beaches and quaint Skiathos Town. The next day can be spent exploring the south coast in the lee of the Meltemi before heading on to Skopelos (where the Mamma Mia movie was filmed) and then to Alonnisos. After enjoying the east coast of the island and the marine nature reserve you can island hop back to Sithonia and Nikiti.
14 days - the northern Cyclades: This is a nice journey of island hopping, firstly through the Northern Sporades Islands and then to the southern Sporades island of Skyros, before on the island of Euboea at Karystos with its medieval castles and beautiful beaches. From there you can easily access the northern Cyclades - the islands of Andros, Tinos and Siros are just offshore.
The sailing season runs from late April to October with July and August being the busiest months for yacht charter. This is ironic as July and August can be the worst times to sail! Both extremely hot air temperatures and often hazardous Meltemi winds can make for big winds sailing when you honestly just want to hide from the heat.
The sea is cooler - often quite chilly - at the beginning of the sailing season but it is not rare to experience rainfall in Spring. As the days lengthen you will still see green fields and flowers in May and the winds can be quite benign too. Combined with the crowds being smaller, this suggests that May to early June are the sweet spot for a Chalkidiki Peninsula yacht charter.
Come September and October the seas are still like a warm bath. However there are often water shortages on the islands and everything looks parched.
April to mid June: There is rainfall and the temperatures build steadily from the mid-teens to the mid 20 degree C range. There are sometimes gentle southerly winds, though these are replaced by ever stronger N-NW Meltemi winds that are rarely hazardous but make for exciting sailing at times.
Late June-August: You'll be unlucky if you see any rain, though it could be welcome in the summer heat! Temperatures are from 30s with recent hot days exceeding 40. The northerly Meltemi winds can be fierce and can hit F7 for a solid few days.
September-October: The seas remain warm and the Meltemi eases. These months can be the best time of year to sail as the temperatures are often in the comfortable low to mid 20s.
The main points to consider are firstly, what is your budget? Do you have the necessary sailing experience and qualifications to manage the boat if it's not going to have a skipper? Whom you are taking sailing? And where exactly you wish to go and what will the weather be like on the proposed dates of your trip? Once you know the answer to these questions you are set to plan your perfect charter.
Nikiti Yacht Port has around 100 berths for yachts of up to 15m LOA. It has a depth of around 5m.
The sailing season is quite short in Northern Greece - it being the Northern Aegean Sea you will find that the season starts in mid May and ends in mid October. July and August are the busiest months but the NE Meltemi can be fierce at this time of year. Essentially the best time is in June when the weather isn't so hot and windy and the marinas not so crowded.
You will typically pay 50% up front on booking the yacht hire and the balance on arrival. You will either pay a security deposit with your credit card on departure or can get insurance covering damage in advance. In some cases (such as the recent Covid situation) charter companies may be more flexible but this depends on the individual charter companies themselves.
If you are at sea and in danger, call MAYDAY on VHF Ch16 or ring the coast guard on your phone if you have reception. If you have a mechanical fault and can make it to or are on a mooring you will be able to phone a help line number given by the boat charter company.
You should consider do you have the experience to handle the yacht charter or boat hire before you book and where do you want to go along with what the weather will be like. Bring warm weather and cool weather clothing if it looks like the weather can be cool as well as warm and remember at sea it can be cool on most evenings.
If you want to sail without a skipper then you will need relevant qualifications like RYA Day Skipper/International Certificate of Competence (ICC)/ASA 104 Bareboat certificate or the US Sailing Certificate. For small 'day boats' or if you choose to have a skippered on board your yacht charter you typically don't require licences.
The main points to consider are what is your budget, have you got the necessary sailing experience and qualifications to manage the boat if it's not going to have a skipper, whom you are taking sailing, where exactly you wish to go and what will the weather be like on the proposed dates of your trip.
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