Yacht Charter in Kassandra
Yacht Charter Kassandra
On a Kassandra yacht charter with Borrow a Boat you can explore the Halkidiki Peninsula and nearby Aegean islands within an easy sail. Whatever you want from a northern Greece yacht charter, from its cuisine, to beaches, culture and deep human history, a Kassandra sailing holiday is going to be an unforgettable experience.
The westernmost 'finger' of the Halkidiki Peninsula in northern Greece, Kassandra is the most developed of the three prongs of the uniquely shaped peninsula where it comes to tourism. It is an ideal spot for a beach holiday with its turquoise waters and laid back atmosphere.
Around two hours from Thessaloniki airport by bus, Kassandra is a bit of a trek to get to, but it is definitely worth the effort! Jutting out into the sea, the peninsula has all you could want from an escape - great nightlife, excellent hotels and resorts, as well as fun sailing.
Whether on a private cruise or more involved bareboat/crewed yacht charter, there is plenty to do and see on your Kassandra yacht charter. Let's explore this in the next section.
Explore Kassandra By Renting A Yacht
On your Kassandra yacht charter, where is there to visit on your boat trip? Just across the gulf to the east of Kassandra is the next Halkidiki peninsula finger of Sithonia. The beaches if anything are even better, but there isn't so much development or nightlife. You can relax at anchor in secuded coves and watch the world go by off a beach all to yourself.
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 SW of Kassandra are the Sporades Island 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 will often pay you a visit! Beyond, the Northern Sporades are attractive and enjoyable places for an island hopping sailing vacation.
On a longer Kassandra yacht charter you can reach as far as the Cyclades, perhaps stopping at the tourist hotspots of Mykonos on even Santorini at a stretch.
How To Get To Kassandra
The third largest airport in Greece, this has airlines serving it from much of Europe. It is a two hour bus ride from Kassandra or a one hour taxi ride (though far more expensive).
Marinas In Kassandra
There is one mid-sized marina on Kassandra and several smaller ones. Sani Marina has just over 200 berths. Yacht charter company have charter fleets that offer bareboat charter and crewed yacht charter of luxury yacht, catamaran, motor yacht and monohull sailing yacht to suit a range of budgets from the very small to extremely large.
Max Length 33m (108 Feet)
Max Draught 3m (10 Feet)
List of additional services: Water, Shore Power, Fuel, Laundry, Waste water collection, Garbage/recycling, Bar, Restaurant, Weather forecasting and Shipyard
Suggested Sailing Routes From Kassandra
On your Kassandra sailing trip you can explore northern Greece, the Halkidiki Peninsula and Kavala as well as Thassos 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.The Ionian islands are probably too far away.
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 Kassandra.
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 Kassandra
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 Halkidiki 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.
Sailing Weather In Kassandra
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, thoough 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 Kassandra?
The main marina is Sani Marina with berths for 215 yachts of up to 33m LOA.
When are the best times to hire a boat in Kassandra?
The sailing season is quite short in Halkidiki - 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 Kassandra?
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 Kassandra?
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.