Greece, 12 right marinas where to keep your boat year-round

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greece corfuYou may not know it but there is a new way to discover Greece. Keep the boat there, year-round, in a super-equipped marina. We have chosen 12 of the latest generation

Greece, 12 right marinas where to keep your boat

Is there a sailor who does not have a dream of sailing, sooner or later, among the beautiful islands and coasts of Greece, following the footsteps – indeed the routes – of mythical navigators like Odysseus and Theseus? Indeed, the Aegean country’s seafaring charm has been intact since the dawn of time, but today, that Greece is building year after year more and more as a top tourist destination, even for boaters who dream of touring it by boat there are increasingly high-level services and facilities and conveniences.

Of course, Greece remains first and foremost a marine paradise, full of life, and the Hellenic seas create an amalgam of images that interchange with each other, complementing each other, fostering absolute harmony and pure beauty.
The more than 3,000 islands that are part of the archipelagos of Greece are still so today and are indeed increasingly an ideal place to explore by sailboat, having the opportunity to still discover, as thousands of years ago, a deserted bay or a pristine beach. Not to forget then that the fantastic islands and islets are complemented by the more than 20,000 kilometers of coastline that are also a seafaring daydream, both in the Aegean and Ionian Seas. Today then there is one more reason to choose to sail among the seas of Greece: the nautical infrastructure, marinas and related services.

To the yachtsman who enjoys dockside convenience and state-of-the-art tourist and maritime services, in fact, Greece offers a long chain of state-of-the-art marinas that, strategically located in all of the country’s most desirable tourist destinations, are available to Italian boaters in summer and winter.

Overlooking the nearby Ionian Sea

Then there are indeed many tourist marinas that can be found in all sea areas of Greece, starting of course with the destinations closest to the Italian coast, namely the Ionian Islands and the Peloponnese. Located on the spectacular island of Corfu in the Ionian Islands, the D-Marin Gouvia(www.d-marin.com/en/marinas/gouvia) offers 1,198 berths for boats up to 60 meters in length, but more importantly, it is a true “marina resort” in which all kinds of services (24-hour water and electricity supply, fueling station, wifi internet, and outdoor parking), including tourist services, are available to boaters.

Starting with, in the 3,500 square meters of the main building, commercial activities: these include five restaurants and cafes, but there are also nautical and clothing stores and a supermarket. Also available behind the wide dock are a swimming pool, a large private garden with a children’s play area, and a cricket field that hosts international matches. There is also no shortage of an egregiously equipped technical area, where services such as engine maintenance and repair, electrical and electronic systems, battery checking and recharging, and general cleaning work are located.

Also under the same ownership is the D-Marin Lefkada(www.d-marin.com/en/marinas/lefkas), positioned a stone’s throw from the historic center of the eponymous village of Lefkada, which is also the capital of the beautiful island of the same name that is also part of the Ionian group.

This, too, is a state-of-the-art marina that, along with 620 berths, provides a long list of nautical and other services: these include a large boatyard with all boat maintenance and repair services and a leisure area of more than 70,000 square meters that encompasses bars and restaurants, nautical stores and businesses, car and bike rental services, and even a hotel with a lounge area and swimming pool.

Finally, in the Gulf of Preveza, on the Greek mainland coast that opens behind Lefkada itself, it is worth mentioning the brand new Kopraina Marina (opening for the next nautical season), in the construction of which the Italian company Ingemar participated, which has just installed there a very long mooring brush equipped with floats that comply with the peculiar Hellenic regulations and a new type of access gangway made of aluminum alloy.

Destination Athens

Heading southward into the Peloponnese, the great Gulf of Messenia opens up, at the bottom of which, in front of the historic center of the village of the same name, the Kalamata Marina(www.ksmarin.com) is revealed. Not a very large marina, it is part of the Kiriacoulis Marinas Group and yet offers all the conveniences of a state-of-the-art facility: 400 berths (including dry marina berths), electricity and water at berth, wifi internet and 24-hour surveillance service, boatyard with travel lift, slipway, and boat and electrical repairs. Ashore for boaters, there is also no shortage of leisure facilities such as a restaurant and bar, relaxation area, and garden with solarium.

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Strategically located on the Peloponnese coast, Kalamata Marina offers nautical services at the dock and tourist services ashore.

Moving up the Peloponnesian coast we then reach Attica and the Saronic Gulf, the ancient center of the country that also includes the capital Athens with the magnificent port of Piraeus. On the coast surrounding Greece’s first city, however, one discovers several state-of-the-art and well-equipped marinas that can be a perfect foothold both for going on an exploration of the surrounding Aegean islands, first and foremost the magnificent Aigina, and for discovering the same unique historical sights as Athens and its Acropolis.

Such as Zea Marina(www.d-marin.com/en/marinas/zea), a marina with 670 berths that also offers boaters top-notch nautical and leisure services: boatyard, dockside services, bars, stores and restaurants. Even more fascinating and rich in proposals for boaters is Alimos Marina (https://alimos-marina.gr/en) which to the 1,100 boat berths (plus 600 in the dry marina) complements a full-fledged 5-star “yacht club” complete with restaurants, lounge bar, swimming pool, and the Kalamaki Nautical Club, which continuously organizes events and regattas.

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One of the temples that make Athens’ Acropolis spectacular: near the center of the capital are several state-of-the-art harbors, such as Alimos or Flisvos Marina.

Smaller and more intimate but designed to particularly accommodate sailing yachts and maxi yachts, the Flisvos Marina(www.flisvosmarina.com) offers 303 berths and all the high-end dockside services. Behind the docks then one discovers a 24,000-square-meter green area that includes relaxation area for adults and playgrounds for children as well as a choice of restaurants and stores. Returning to the dock at last is the beautiful Neraida, a real museum ship, boarding which one discovers the thousand-year history of Greek seafaring.

Among the most romantic islands

Strolling, it should be said, among the thousands of islands of the Aegean you can find numerous other marinas that are ultra-modern and full of advanced services for the yachtsman. One of these, on the island of Lesvos in the Sporades, is certainly the Mytilini Marina(www.mytilinimarina.com). It is located near the historic center of the ancient village of Mytilene and offers, in addition to 222 berths for a maximum length of 25 meters, water, electricity and wifi internet services at each berth, laundry service and fueling station, 24-hour security and a large leisure part. The latter includes businesses of various kinds, including restaurants and cafes, and an outdoor relaxation area with a private garden. Finally, there is no shortage of technical repair and hauling services.

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Panorama of the village of Mytilini, on the island of Lesvos, called “the garden of the Aegean: in the southern part of the old town is the ultra-modern Mytilini Marina.

Instead, located on the southeast coast of Samos Island, just a few meters away from the picturesque village of Pythagorio and in a wild natural setting, the Samos Marina(https://samosmarina.gr) hosts moorings for 280 boats up to 50 meters in length. There is no shortage of dockside services (water, electricity and wifi internet at every berth), fuel station, boatyard with slipway and travel lift, as well as a long and comprehensive range of tourist and leisure services: supermarkets and various stores, car and bike rentals, 24-hour security, nautical supply store, bars, restaurants and seaside lounging area. There is even room for a small heliport.

Also at the forefront of boater services and leisure facilities is Kos Marina(https://kosmarina.gr), which is located on the island of the same name in the heart of the Dodecanese area. Along its modern docks are 250 berths each with free services including internet, while there is no shortage of repair yards with travel lifts and cranes. Finally, ashore here are the services available to sailors, including bars and restaurants, relaxation area, laundry, car and bike rental, and 24-hour surveillance.

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A striking Orthodox Church on the coast of Kos Island: you can admire it from the sea by exploring the island from the comfortable Kos Marina.

Our tour of the latest Greek marinas ends on the island of Rhodes, where near the historic capital opens the Rhodes Marina(www.rhodesmarinas.com). It is a large facility with as many as 600 berths and all the state-of-the-art nautical facilities stretching over a total area of 120,000 square meters. And overlooking a delightful waterfront promenade you also have nautical stores, boutiques, cafes and restaurants.

In recent years, Greece has invested in nautical infrastructure

 


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