Yacht Charter in Palaio Faliro
Yacht Charter Palaio Faliro
On a Palaio Faliro yacht charter with Borrow a Boat you can explore the Saronic and Cyclades islands within an easy sail. Whatever it is that you are after from an Athens yacht charter, from its legendary cuisine to its rich culture a Paleo Faliro sailing holiday is going to be an unforgettable experience.
Let's get the Acropolis out of the way. Perched high above Athens it is what everyone thinks of when they think of this, one of the most ancient continually inhabited capitals of the world. Yes, it is amazing to look at and yes, you should get up there to appreciate the skill and ingenuity of the ancient Greeks.
There's more to Athens than the Acropolis! Palaio Faliro and nearby Glyfada are some of the best places to explore as a tourist in Athens. Why? Firstly, many begin their unforgettable sailing holidays from the marina in Paleo Faliro thanks to its two large, well equipped marinas. You don't visit this part of town just to get on a boat (or gawp at some of the biggest mega yacht afloat!). There is a maritime museum - the Park of Maritime Tradition - with ships through the ages, including the legendary Greek warship the Averof Battleship - now a national treasure.
What about the stars above? The ancient philosophers from Greece were among the first to ponder and measure them. The Eugenides Foundation Planetarium is among the best in Europe with its 24.5 metre diameter dome. What about toys? Pop into the Benaki Toy Museum.
Just to the west of Paleo Faliro is another Athenian playground, Glyfada. This has a world-class golf course and outdoor cinemas, as well as one of the best known markets in Attica. You will also find top boutiques, jewellery shops and international brand stores - remember not to get too shopping mad as you'll have to pay excess luggage fees to get home!
As a whole, a Palaio Faliro yacht charter should entertain you as much at the start as when you head off into the Saronic Gulf or Cyclades Islands. Let's explore further and see where else you may end up on your Paleo Faliro sailing holiday.
Explore Athens By Renting A Yacht
The Greek yacht charter industry is one of the oldest and best-established on the Mediterranean. The facilities are very good and infrastructure - and even many Greek island economies - built around it. You can get as far out as the Dodecanese Islands, Ionian Islands and the Argolic Gulf, all of which have great yacht charter infrastructure.
Whether on a bareboat, skippered or crewed yacht charter, a Paleo Faliro yacht charter can start at Alimos Marina or D Marin Flisvos Marina, just 20 minutes from the city centre. A luxury yacht charter out of Athens can involve one of a number of ultimate destinations. Athens is in the Saronic Gulf and a short sail can take you to many of the Saronic Islands like Poros, Egistri and Aegina.
The Cyclades Islands, to include Paros, Naxos, Andros, Kinthos and Kea have ancient ruins from the days before Rome and often a real buzz - Mykonos is serious competition for Ibiza in the Balearics for example. They are extremely popular among yacht charterers and you will find all manner of things from party towns to museums and beautiful beaches as you go.
How To Get To Palaio Faliro
More than 80 airlines fly into Athens Airport from all over the world.
Getting to the Paleo Faliro Marinas from there will involve either a bus, private hire minibus or taxi. It is cheaper but far slower by bus to the marinas, but for a party of 4 it could pay to go by taxi to the marinas as at €45 per trip this amounts to just €11.25 per head. Though quicker by taxi to both marinas it can take 45 minutes - or far more in heavy traffic.
Marinas In Palaio Faliro
There are three marinas near Palaio Faliro - the biggest in Greece is Alimos Marina with 1080 berths, the medium sized but well equipped D Marin Flisvos Marina that can take the biggest mega yacht afloat and the relatively tiny Glyfada Marina that takes more modest vessels. All three have yacht charter company with charter fleet that include luxury yacht charters, catamaran charters, motor boat charters and monohull sailing yacht charters to suit a range of budgets from the very small to extremely large.
Max Length 60m (196.8 Feet)
Max Draught 5m (16.4 Feet)
List of additional services: Water, Shore Power, Fuel, Laundry, Waste water collection, Garbage/recycling, Doctors surgery, Pharmacy, Bar, Restaurant, Weather forecasting and Shipyard
303 berths (150 for superyachts and mega yacht)
Max Length 180m (590 Feet)
Max Draught 16m (52 Feet)
List of additional services: Water, Shore Power, Fuel, Laundry, Waste water collection, Garbage/recycling, Bar, Restaurant, Weather forecasting and Shipyard
Max Length 14.5m (47 Feet)
Max Draught 2.5m (8 Feet)
List of additional services: Water, Electricity, WiFi, Laundry, Waste water collection, ATM, Shipyard, Taxis, Bar, Restaurant, Market
Suggested Sailing Routes From Athens
The Cyclades Islands and Saronic Gulf are the primary destinations for those on an Athens yacht charter. Alimos Marina is a major charter yacht hub and is better than Olympic Marina Laviron for this, while Laviron is better suited to the Cyclades Islands.
7 days - Alimos Marina - Saronic Gulf - Spetses: With the very popular holiday island of Aegina as a first port, you then head SW across the gulf to Epidauros with its ancient ruins. Hydra is your next port of call with no cars allowed there and donkeys still the heavy transport mode of choice. Spetses itself played a major role in the recent Greek War of Independence, and still has the ruins of a Russian naval base. Island and coast-hop your way back.
7 days - Flisvos Marina - Southern Cyclades: Kea is just a short hop from D Marin Flisvos Marina and can be done the evening you board the boat. There are a number of safe marinas and anchorages there so don't worry about being late! Mykonos is one of the best known Greek islands - do visit Little Venice where the sea goes right up to the buildings' walls. The nightlife is off the scale too! Loutra in Kynthos has hot medicinal springs and great coves for sea swimming.
Best Times To Hire A Yacht In Palaio Faliro
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 an Paleo Faliro 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 Palaio Faliro
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. Once you know the answer to these questions you will be set to organise your ideal yacht charter.
What are the Marinas in Palaio Faliro?
Alimos Marina has 1080 berths and is the largest in Greece. While that takes yachts of up to 60m LOA, D Marin Flisvos Marina takes vessels of up to 180m LOA, and half its 303 berths are set aside for mega yacht and luxury yacht. Both have a large charter fleet.
When are the best times to hire a boat in Paliao Faliro?
May to June are the best times of year to go on a sailing vacation out of Athens thanks to the comfortable heat and gentler sailing conditions. Most islands have water supplies too. July and August are fiercely hot and the Meltemi winds can be fierce, but even so are the most popular months for a boat rental in Greece.
Do you have to pay a deposit when hiring a Yacht in Palaio Faliro?
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 a marina, or you 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 Paleo Faliro?
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.