Superyachts, Scenery and Sophistication – The Greek Riviera

Superyachts, Scenery and Sophistication – The Greek Riviera

Situated just 60 nautical miles from Piraeus is an idyllic triangle of Greek islands that form the new Greek Riviera, a breath-taking region that looks set to challenge the exclusive cruising grounds of the Western Mediterranean to become hottest summer charter destination.

Discerning travellers have long made the Greek Islands there summer destination of choice, a decision that is becoming increasingly popular with the superyacht set looking for an alternative to busier Mediterranean regions such as the French Riviera. Part of the appeal of this small group of islands is undoubtedly their rugged, unspoilt scenery and cultural and historical importance.  

View over town of Nafplion
Beautiful architecture in Nafplion town
Views of horizon from one of Nafplion's landmarks

The historic town of Nafplion is considered to be one of the most famous and beautiful towns in Greece. Once controlled by the Venetians, its magnificent Italian-influenced architecture is combined with traditional Greek houses that wind up into the hillsides and bars and restaurants ranging from traditional to chic pepper the streets. The port itself is very well equipped and this year played host to the hugely successful Mediterranean Yacht Show.

World-famous Simos Beach, Elafonisos

The coastline of Elafonisos is renowned in the Mediterranean for its spectacular beaches; the most famous being Simos Beach which regularly appears on lists of Europe’s most incredible stretches of sand. This is a perfect place to spend the day the day soaking up the sunshine on the sundeck of a luxury charter yacht and taking a dip in the crystal clear waters.

Hilltop village on the island of Monemvasia
Crystal-clear waters surround Monemvasia
Monemvasia vineyard

Known for its exquisite locally-made wines and breath taking vistas, the island of Monemvasia is one of Greece’s best kept secrets. It consists of two settlements – the medieval ‘Rock of Monemvasia’ with its perfectly preserved buildings that overlook the Myrtoan Sea and the newer sea level settlement of ‘Lakonia’.

The charming Port of Hydra

As you cruise on board a luxury charter yacht along the Greek coastline, the port of Hydra seems unsurpassed in its picturesque beauty, its colourful fishing boats sitting alongside superyachts against a stunningly traditional setting. No vehicles are allowed on the island, so transport goes by the way of donkeys and the non-polluted atmosphere is one of the clearest in the world. 

The sun sets over the beautiful port of Spetses
Spetses' famous Mermaid Statue

In the centre of the Greek Riviera triangle is the charming island of Spetses – a prime jewel in the crown of Greek Philoxenia. The grandeur of the century-old Poseidonion Hotel creates a majestic and fitting welcome into the port which is known as one of the most exclusive areas in Greece. The atmosphere is calm and tranquil, where the winding cobbled streets beg to be explored and authentic Greek tavernas wait around every corner.

The peaceful Ermioni port

Situated on in the east of the Peloponnese, the unspoilt island town of Ermioni is surrounded by sea on three sides which gives it a strong maritime feel.  It is the quietest of the Greek Riviera islands and is a popular weekend retreat for Greeks who come in from the mainland for rest and relaxation.

Aerial view of Porto Heli
Woman drinking coffee in Porto Heli
The turquoise waters that surround Porto Heli are perfect for watersports

Porto Heli
Porto Heli’s fantastic beaches, buzzing café culture and busy port make it a must-see during a Greek Riviera luxury yacht charter. The island is home to an array of secluded coves and anchorages that ensure it still retains its fishing village charm, luxurious offerings such as the Nikki Beach Resort & Spa give it a modern, high-end atmosphere.

If you would like to experience the Greek Riviera for yourself, take a look at the superyachts that are available for charter Greece and talk to your preferred yacht charter broker about bookings and itineraries.