Yacht Charter in Keramoti
Yacht Charter Keramoti
On a Keramoti yacht charter with Borrow a Boat you can explore the Nestos River Delta and nearby Chalkidiki Peninsula within an easy sail. Whatever you want from a northern Greece yacht charter, from its cuisine, to beaches, culture and deep human history, a Keramoti sailing holiday is going to be an unforgettable experience.
An idyllic yet quiet holiday resort in Northern Greece, Keramoti sits on a spit at the edge of a large nature reserve centred on the Nestos River estuary, one of the most important wet forest nature reserves in the country.
Around 100km from Thessaloniki, Keramoti is a bit of a trek to get to. If raving and misbehaving is your thing you'd be disappointed too, though that is part of its charm. Its 9km long beach has areas with beach bars, sunbeds and all the things you could want on a beach holiday. For those who want to be undisturbed, there is plenty of space to just get away from the crowds too.
From offshore on your sailing vacation you could easily mistake Keramoti for a Caribbean island for its crytal waters and beautiful beaches. The crowds aren't huge either, with just 600 or so hotel rooms in the village, and these hotels are low-rise and very Greek in nature. Very like the Caribbean you can engage in water sports from the beaches, though you can rent a motor boat with crew and an experienced skipper to explore the Nestos River Delta to explore the reserve too.
For those seeking a true escape, a Keramoti yacht charter could well be an excellent starting point. A journey well worth travelling for its natural wonder and relaxed way of life. Read on to see where else you could explore nearby!
Explore Keramoti By Renting A Yacht
To the north of 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!
Thassos is the nearest inhabited Greek island, just six miles from the coast. If beautiful beaches are your thing, you'll again be spoiled for choice. There is also an extensive nhetwork of hiking trails where you will find caves, monasteries and ancient ruins. Only accessible by yacht or ferry, the island is certainly worth a visit on your sailing trip.
Within a week or two's boat rental cruise from Keramoti you will be able to reach the Greek islands of the Sporades, Cyclades and Dodecanese. Your Keramoti yacht rental puts these and mainland Greece within range. Book your Keramoti yacht charter with Borrow a Boat today!
How To Get To Keramoti
The third largest airport in Greece, this has flights serving it from much of Europe, and for those from farther afield, via Athens. It is a two hour bus ride from Keramoti via the main town Kavala, or a one hour taxi ride (though far more expensive).
Marinas In Keramoti
There is one small marina in Keramoti that can take just 10 vessels. Yacht charter company and boat owner have charter fleets that offer bareboat charter and skippered boat charter of luxury yacht, catamaran charter, motorboat, fishing boat and monohull sailing yacht to suit a range of budgets from the very small to extremely large.
Max Length 18m (59 Feet)
Max Draught 7.5m (24 Feet)
List of additional services: Water, Shore Power, Waste water collection, Garbage/recycling, Bar, Restaurant
Suggested Sailing Routes From Keramoti
On your Keramoti sailing vacation you can explore northern Greece, the Chalkidiki Peninsula and Kavala as well as Thassos or 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 - Sporades Islands: Heading SW your first port on your motorboat or sailing boat would be the Sporades islandof 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 exploring the Sporades, head to Porto Koufo on the Chalkidiki Peninsula and then, after seeing the religious nation of Mt Athos from afar, head to the island of Thassos before returning to Keramoti.
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 Keramoti
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 Keramoti
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.
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 Keramoti?
The tiny Marina Keramoti has just 10 berths for vessels of up to 18m.
When are the best times to hire a boat in Keramoti?
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 Keramoti?
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 Keramoti?
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.