If you’re wondering where you can safely explore this summer, why not consider an Aegean Islands private yacht charter? By May 2021, at least 69 Aegean islands should comprise the first fully vaccinated areas of Greece, thanks to the armed forces using planes, helicopters and coastguard boats to deliver thousands of vaccines in a programme designed to boost tourism.
These islands are not just safe places to visit – they are also some of Greece’s most exquisite holiday destinations, as we’ll discover below.
Take an Aegean Islands yacht charter this summer with confidence
Thanks to this programme, holidaymakers from overseas are free to enjoy a blissful Aegean islands yacht charter this summer, taking in some of the world’s most beautiful islands, from the Cyclades islands of Santorini and Mykonos, to the Saronic islands of Aegina, Hydra and Poros.
The Cyclades: Santorini, Mykonos, Folegandros and Milos
Located in the Cyclades, volcanic Santorini has to be Greece’s most famous and most photographed island, and with good reason. It boasts heavenly blue- and white-washed villages, iconic windmills, luxury boutiques, charming restaurant terraces, dramatic red and black beaches and dazzling sunsets, all surrounded by bright turquoise waters.
Mykonos is also up there with Greece’s best loved islands, largely thanks to its glamorous nightlife and partying, and the chic boutiques, galleries, cafes and restaurants of Little Venice. Sunseekers love its numerous beautiful beaches, including the party hotspots Paradise and Paraga beaches, as well as Kalafatis beach, popular for watersports and windsurfing, and the white sandy Psarou beach.
Meanwhile, if you’re looking for tranquillity, the Cyclades islands to visit during an Aegean islands yacht charter include the picturesque and unspoiled Folegandros, a short trip from Santorini, and volcanic Milos, famous for its breath-taking beaches, spectacular lunar landscape and hot springs.
The Saronic Islands: Aegina, Hydra, Poros and Spetses
These islands lie close to Athens, making them easy to visit during an Aegean islands yacht charter, yet they’re surprisingly unspoilt and secluded. The 6th century Temple of Aphaia dominates the traditional island of Aegina, which is also packed with picturesque villages and beautiful beaches. At the centre of the island is Aegina Town, which boasts elegant Neoclassical buildings, narrow alleys and a bustling seafront promenade.
Lush vegetation, picturesque villages and a vintage aura makes Poros a charming yacht destination. The ruins of the Temple of Poseidon are worth a visit, and the most beautiful beach can be found at the romantically-named Love Bay, with fine white pebbles and sand and emerald waters.
Enjoy the narrow streets of cosmopolitan, car-free Hydra, lined with shops selling local handicrafts, and take in one of its many Byzantine and historical museums. Explore its secluded coves, unexplored grottoes and scenic bays, and enjoy the fresh fish at one of its many traditional tavernas.
On traffic-free Spetses, the typical transportation is horse-drawn carriages, which will carry you past the array of delightful white-washed and pastel-coloured houses here. Choose between pebbly beaches in the north or golden sands in the south, with lots of small bays surrounded by rocks and pine groves.