Yacht Charter Thasos
Yacht Charter Thassos
On a Thassos yacht charter with Borrow a Boat you can typically explore Northern Aegean Sea and nearby Greek mainland. Whatever you want from a northern Greece yacht charter, from its cuisine, to beaches, culture and deep cultural history, a Thasos sailing holiday is going to be an unforgettable experience.
The northernmost island in Greece, Thassos is a beach lover's paradise. Whether you seek one with infrastructure like beach bars and sunbeds or one far away from other people you'll be spoiled for choice.
There are opportunities to enjoy a lively bar or restaurant in one of the seaside villages, as well as to explore the ancient ruins inland with its great hiking trails. Inhabited for at least 3,000 years and in ancient times made rich by its copper exports, you'll find Thasos has lots to offer the history enthusiast.
The main town of Limenas has the main marina on Thassos island and is likely the way you'll get to Thassos thanks to its ferry port linking it with Kavala on the mainland. There is an ancient ampitheatre and acropolis here as well as some great shops and bars. Another place to visit is Aliki with its ancient marble quarry that is a must see for those who come to Thasos.
So, what else can you do or see on a Thassos yacht charter? Read on to find out!
Explore Thassos By Renting A Yacht
To the north of Thasos and on the mainland at Keramoti is the large estuary of the River Nestos. Heavily protected under national and international organisations, it has a number of saltwater and freshwater lakes and the most extensive damp forest in Greece. For those seeking escape, the 50km of sand dunes are definitely worth exploring!
On the nearby Halkidiki Peninsula lies the ancient monastic nation of Mount Athos that has been only for men to visit since Byzantine times. Despite the modern age and equality, women can still only see this 10km long area of monasteries, forts and churches from afar. Men who wish to visit can be one of 10 non-Orthodox visitors and 100 Orthodox visitors daily - €30 buys you a pass that you must arrange in advance. Women can see Mount Athos on their boat rental but not if the planned itinerary involves docking there.
Within a week or two's boat rental cruise from Thasos you will be able to reach the Greek islands of the Sporades, Cyclades and Dodecanese Islands. Just to the south and within a day's sail are the Dodecanese islands of Samothraki and Limnos - a step away from the tourist mob, they are quiet beautiful yet authentic in their culture with deep human history to enjoy.
Your Thasos yacht rental puts these and mainland Greece within range. Book your Thassos yacht charter with Borrow a Boat today!
How To Get To Thassos
The third largest airport in Greece, this has flights serving it from much of Europe, and for those from farther afield, via Athens. This is about an hour away by bus from the mainland city of Kavala, from where you take a ferry on to Thassos Town.
Marinas In Thassos Island
There are several small ports around the island but one main marina in Limena (Thassos Town). Yacht charter company and boat owner have charter fleets that offer bareboat charter and skippered charters of luxury yachts, catamarans, motor boats, fishing boat and monohull sailing yachts to suit a range of budgets from the very small to extremely large.
Limenas Thassos Marina:
Max Length unlimited
Max Draught 2.2m (7 Feet)
List of additional services: Water, Shore Power, Waste water collection, Garbage/recycling, Bar, Restaurant
Suggested Sailing Routes From Thasos
On your Thassos sailing vacation you can explore northern Greece, the Chalkidiki Peninsula and Kavala as the Northern Sporades as a sailing destination on a shorter Aegean Sea holiday. On a longer sailing trip on your charter yacht you can head south to the Cyclades on your crewed yacht charter or luxury yacht. Here are a couple of sailing itineraries to consider.
7 days - Dodecanese Islands: As a first port of call, head for Keramoti on the Greek mainland where you can see the Nestos River delta and its miles of sand dunes and protected damp forest. Southeast next, for the Dodecanese island of Samothraki and the beautiful mountainous terrain. Your next destination will be Limnos to the west, before heading north to explore the Halkidiki Peninsula, perhaps landing on Kassandra and Sithonia as you go. The mainland city of Kavala will be a fix of some cosmopolitan buzz before returning to Thassos for handover.
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.
Best Times To Hire A Yacht In Thasos
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 there is 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 Northern Greece yacht charter.
Come September and October the seas are still like a warm bath. With yellowfin tuna migrating into the harbour this could be an excuse for a sport fishing holiday to remember!
Sailing Weather In Thassos Island
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 sailas the temperatures are often in the comfortable low to mid 20s.
What should I consider when hiring a Yacht or Boat?
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.
What are the Marinas in Thasos?
Limenos Thasos Marina has 60 berths. Though the maximum LOA is unlimited, the depth is just 2.2 metres, limiting the size of boat that can get in.
When are the best times to hire a boat in Thassos?
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.
Do you have to pay a deposit when hiring a Yacht in Thasos?
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.
What happens if my Yacht breaks down?
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.
What should I think of before I hire a Yacht or Boat in Thassos?
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.
What Qualifications Do I need to hire a boat or yacht?
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.