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Marinas and Berths in Greece



Marinas and Berths in Greece


 
 

Greece is one of the Mediterranean’s prominent yachting destinations. Not only is Greece a cradle of civilisation with a great wealth of cultural attractions and a highly attractive tourist destination, but it is also, due to its geography, an ideal country to explore and enjoy by boat.
With 1,200 islands and more than 4,800 islets, a total of 13,676 kilometres of coastline (8,500 miles), and a territory that includes vast expanses of water, the Hellenic Republic (its formal name) is clearly a nautical country, a nation turned towards the sea. Amongst all of the islands, only 227 are inhabited, leaving a majority unspoilt, for the pleasure of visitors sailing to them. Every island is like a world of its own and what better to travel between those worlds than on your own boat. You could cruise in the Ionian Sea, the Aegian Sea and the Sea of Crete for years hopping from an island to another for years without ever visiting the same place twice.
 
With such a considerable nautical heritage, you would expect that a majority of Greeks each have a boat and a berth of their own. On the contrary, it seems that only one of 621 Greeks is a boat owner whilst in Europe as a whole, one in every 164 individuals is a boat owner. Therefore Greece is a essentially a destination where people from all over the EU and Europe (and also from the rest of the world) keep a boat or a yacht.
Despite its extensive coastline, the number of marinas and marina developments is relatively limited compared to other European destinations. It is estimated that there is a total of nearly 15,000 berths in Greece and its islands, whereas a country like France has a total of 10,000 berths on its Mediterranean coastline, which is only 1,700 kilometres long (1,056 miles).

 

 

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Port of Livadi, Greece, a greek marina

 

As a yachting destination with so many islands, there is a contrast of activity between marinas on the mainland and those on islands. The insular marinas, due to their location, can in many cases be remote and tend to be highly popular as summer ports, with high traffic in the high season, but in the colder months, owners tend to prefer keeping their boats and yachts in more accessible locations, on the mainland, where there are also more services and facilities available, such as shipyards and dry storage facilities.
 
The vast area that covers the Hellenic Republic’s territorial waters could be divided in 4 main yachting regions, from west to east :

  • The Ionian region to the west, stretching from the Albanian border and the world famous destination of Corfu, all the way the south of the Peloponnesus.
  • Athens and the Greek Riviera of Attica. From Athens all the way to Cape Sounion, is an almost continuous waterfront featuring a variety of marinas destined to all types and sizes of boats
  • The Northern Aegean, the Sporades, Thessaloniki and its region.
  • The Western and Southern Aegean Sea, with Crete and the islands bordering Turkey.

 

Port of Syros, marina on a Greek island

Despite the expanse of continental coast Greece has, 50% of its berths and marina capacity is concentrated along the coast of Attica. In terms of capacity for welcoming the larger boats, yachts and superyachts, 70% of Greek berths are found along the 240 kilometre coastline of the Attica peninsula. This region clearly is the boating and yachting hub of Greece given various factors:
  • It is one of the most accessible regions of Greece with a variety of airports and other public transportation available
  • It has a variety of marinas adapted to a variety of boats and yachts of various sizes
  • From this coastline there are several islands and islets not far.
Athens, its periphery and Attica are therefore in effect the “homeport” of Greece. 
 

 

Fira and its old port, Greece

 

 

For many years a shortage of berths in this highly appealing destination was considered as hampering the growth of its yachting tourism sector. In recent years marina facilities have been significantly enhanced and modernised, with funds from the private sector, making it more possible and affordable to base a yacht in Greece. In addition, taxation and administrative requirements have been simplified for the larger yachts and superyachts. Though there is still room for improvement and though other Mediterranean countries are modifying their tax regimes for yachts, it is likely that more luxury vessels may elect to stay in Greek waters in the years to come.
 
Unlike what is found in western Mediterranean countries, the sale and purchase of multiannual leases in Greece is not a widespread practice. Unlike Italy, France and Spain, Greek marina developments or redevelopments usually do not involve a wide community of individual investors by selling rights to use berths in exchange. Developers usually rely on other sources of finance and prefer to rent out moorings for periods up to a year, when they have availability.


 

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>> Flisva Marina - Athens
Access the Berths in Flisvos Marina, Athens, Greece



>> Olympic Marine - Sounio
Access the Berths and Moorings in Olympic Marine, Sounio, Greece

 

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