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June 2017 / Travel / by Becky Pomfret

Drop anchor in Greece

Charter S/Y PRANA and explore the most alluring spots in Greece.
We’ve compiled a list of the three best anchorages in the Greek Islands

With over 6,000 stunning Greek islands scattered across the Aegean and Ionian Seas, there are countless breathtaking anchorages from which to choose, from hidden beaches surrounded by towering cliffs to deep-water anchorages in the shadow of ancient volcanoes. We’ve cherry-picked three of the most impressive anchorages to visit while on your yacht charter in Greece, whether you’re cruising the Cyclades, dropping anchor in the Ionian, or sailing around the Saronic Islands.

3) Santorini, Cyclades

It is virtually impossible to forget the approach to the island of Santorini: the collapsed volcano rises out of the cobalt sea in a rugged landscape that was born from fire. Far above, the whitewash and blue village of Oia sits perched on the cliff top with its blue domes, windmills, and bougainvillea. Here, spa hotels and terraced restaurants command dizzying views of the Aegean. On a yacht charter in the Cyclades, you might water-ski around the yacht under incredible volcanic backdrops, stroll among the boutiques of Santorini, or travel the donkey paths to a glittering black-sanded beach. The Greek Islands have long held a reputation as some of the most spectacular destinations for yachting, combining a laid-back pace of life, incomparable natural beauty, and charming settlements.

 

2) Shipwreck Beach, Zakynthos, Ionian Islands

Navagio Beach, more commonly known as Shipwreck Beach, is only accessible by yacht and is one of the most photographed beaches in the world. The beach is hemmed in by mighty limestone cliffs, and a huge smuggler’s ship rusts slowly into the sands. Your charter yacht will anchor off the beach and deliver you ashore in the yacht’s tender, or you can swim ashore in the almost unbelievably bright blue water. The most spectacular view, however, is afforded from the walking trail high above on top of the cliffs, although the view from the deck of your yacht is equally as majestic. The beautiful Blue Caves – a succession of scenic caves and arches – are just nearby, and you’ll almost certainly sea loggerhead turtles floating by your yacht.

 

1) Agios Nikolaos Beach, Hydra, Saronic Islands

The breathtakingly pretty island of Hydra is a favourite haunt of the jetset population. If you can tear yourself away from the cosmopolitan charm of Hydra Town, you’ll also discover some of the most beautiful and peaceful anchorages in the Saronic Islands. Only accessible by yacht, Agios Nikolaos Beach is a splendid pine-shaded beach in a secluded cove, which enjoys the addition of a rustic, idyllic beach club. This is a breathtaking place in which to drop anchor: dive into the crystal clear waters and swim ashore for a morning at the beach; listen to the gentle lapping water and buzzing cicadas in the shady trees; and relax on the warm pebbled beach. Free of crowds and tourists, Agios Nikolaos Beach, for all its rusticity, is the perfect setting for a superyacht charter.

 

S/Y PRANA

Sail the timeless Greek islands on a luxury sloop with all the latest superyacht amenities; the magnificent 51.7m S/Y PRANA will realise your seafaring dreams. Built by the acclaimed Alloy Yachts shipyard in collaboration with Dubois Naval Architects, S/Y PRANA accommodates 10 guests in five contemporary staterooms, and features incredible onboard luxuries, including a foredeck Jacuzzi and private gym. Relax in the vessel’s chic interior, entertain on deck in the sophisticated sunken lounge area, or get the adrenaline flowing on one of the yacht’s many water toys. S/Y PRANA is available to charter in Greece in 2017, with a weekly rate from EUR 175,000.