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Superyacht owner’s' guide: 4 top tips for Greece


Choose the right time in the season to visit

Bay in Greece

With fabulous beaches, clear waters and some of the best bars in the Mediterranean it is no surprise that so many yachts flock to Greece every season. Here superyacht owner Harry Vafias _offers his invaluable advice if you are planning on visiting this summer. _

The season in Greece is a long one — it starts in May and finishes in the middle of October. If you go early or late there will be fewer people around, particularly on the more popular islands. So if you are going to Mykonos for the nightlife there’s no point going in May or at the end of September. Equally, if you want to relax and just enjoy some of the best beaches in the Mediterranean and you’re not too bothered about missing the parties, avoid the top of the Greek charter season in July and August.

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Plan your trip around the weather

Cave in Greece

The weather is still good both early and late in the season. The sea temperature is not quite as warm early in the summer, but by European standards it’s still warm enough. In December you can’t swim unless you are particularly bold, but if you want to see the history and culture instead, it’s a great time to visit. However, 99% of the yachts and the people that visit the Greek islands come between May and the first weeks of October.

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Pack a large suitcase

Santorini in Greece

There are close to 2,000 islands in Greece, although estimates of the number will vary depending on the minimum size of rock that you choose to call an island! They range from the sophisticated, historic and cultural to the completely uninhabited, so what you choose to pack will depend on the islands you plan to visit. If you are just going to the unpopulated places and plan to swim, stroll on the beaches and eat on board, then you won’t need any more than swimming costumes, shorts and T-shirts.

However, if you are visiting the places at the other end of the spectrum — the hip, trendy islands like Mykonos, Paros and Rhodes — it’s the same as going to the French Riviera, only with a much cleaner sea. Visiting the smart restaurants and clubs will mean you need to be more formal and pack a larger suitcase. The majority of the visiting yachts that I know do a mixture, and this is probably the best thing: take in both quiet islands and their busier brethren.

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