If someone mentions islands and holidays, thoughts inevitably fly to the islands of Greece and few would disagree that sailing a yacht in the Aegean is one of the best ways to see them.
There are more than 6,000 Greek islands, most of which are admittedly little more than barren lumps of rock, but those beloved of tourists and travellers are heaven on Earth.
For those that wish to get to know as many islands as possible, island hopping by yacht charter in Greece is one of the best ways to do it.
Yacht charter holidays provide the opportunity to visit many islands in just a few days while enjoying the sparkling blue waters of the Aegean.
You can sail from the hot tourist hotspots, with an amazing galaxy of clubs and bars, to hideaway coves of crystal clear water and clean, unspoilt sands.
Each Greek island has its unique qualities. Some are steeped in history; others offer dazzling white cliffs and turquoise water sea caves.
Some islands are laced with dozens of soft sand beaches; others offer glimpses of rare sea turtles and seals.
The hardest choice in chartering a yacht in Greece is where to begin. Each island group offers its own individual taste of Greece.
Sailing the Ionian islands is great for beginners and fun for weathered sailors. The beauty of Corfu is almost eclipsed by the white cliffs of Lefkas, the mountainous charms of Kefalonia and the big beaches of Zante.
The Cyclades offer numerous beaches, picturesque coves and lots of variety. The fiery hotspots of Mykonos and Santorini are easily matched by the quiet delights of Paros, Naxos and Ios.
Close to the Turkish coast the islands of the Dodecanese have a strong Byzantine influence and plenty of castles, from the Crusader island of Rhodes in the south to the spectacular ruins of Kos and Samos in the north .
The nearby Sporades beckon, from the beach blessed island of Skiathos to the chapel-strewn Skopelos island and the idyllic clear waters of Alonissos right in the heart of a protected marine park.
All the island groups are easily accessible by sailing boats and yachts. Many of the ports have attractive settings with tavernas and cafes lining the waterfronts and shops nearby.
Yacht charter with a partner, family or friends is simply the ideal way to discover the delights of Greece and its many islands .
Enjoy ad-hoc barbecues on the sands, take a dip in the crystal clear waters of a secluded cove or simply soak up the endless summer sun as you enjoy your visit to some of the most beautiful islands in the world.
The Greeks themselves are a sailing nation and the love of the sea is reflected in their whole lifestyle. Sailors feel more at home here than anywhere else and sailing the brilliant blue waters is an unforgettable experience.
Whatever type of yacht sailing you choose you will never regret the freedom of the seas with the wind in your hair, the escape from routine and the varied delights hat await, from a waterfront bar in Mykonos, a shady taverna in Corfu, or a hideaway beach on Alonissos
Exploring all the Greek islands would take a lifetime of holidays but exploring just a few by yacht charter will give you the holiday of a lifetime.