The Aegean Sea, a great bay of the Eastern Mediterranean situated between Greece to the west and Asia Minor to the east, lying north of Crete, is nothing less than the cradle of western culture. It was here, that Aegean Civilization arose in the Bronze Age; Minoan culture in Crete and Mycenaean culture in the Peloponnese.
The Aegean is also the birthplace of western democracy as developed by the Hellenistic city-states, of which Athens was pre-eminent. Hellenistic culture spread out by sea, as far west as modern Sicily and the south of France. The Aegean is also indescribably beautiful as well as culturally fascinating.
Alternate bands of granite and limestone produce dazzling island landscapes, with characteristic white-cubed dwellings and blue-domed churches. The rugged islands set in this azure sea are more or less arid and rain showers produce a riot of flowers on the hillsides.
Introduced species like bougainvillea and hibiscus decorate the villages and charge the air with scent as do the orange and lemon groves in season. Small, irregular fields of wheat, olives and vines make up an Aegean gastronomic trinity that has been the foundation of the good life on the islands for millennia.
Aegean & Ionian Seas Nautical Chart
Official Nautical Chart of Hellenic Navy Hydrographic Service of Aegean & Ionian - Messina Straights to Sea of Marmara
Some of the most beautiful islands in the world are in the Aegean Sea! Gorgeous sandy beaches, architecture in white and blue mixed with windmills and domed churches, traditional lifestyle, folklore music, hospitable people and stunning landscapes turn your trip to the Cyclades into a lifetime experience.
Named from the circle they form (Kyklos in Greek) around the sacred island of Delos, the Cyclades (Kykládhes) offer Greece’s best island-hopping. Cyclades are the number one sailing destination for the cosmopolitan sailors because of Myconos' vibrant nightlife, and also for the most experienced ones because of the Meltemi winds in summer.
Myrtoan Sea is the most beautiful sailing destination in Greece, as it embraces the Peloponnese peninsula. Peloponnese occupies the southern part of Greece. It was separated from the mainland by the cutting of Corinth Canal. Monuments from every histrocial period can be found on the Peloponnese, including great archaeological sites, such as, Ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games, Epidaurus, famous for its Ancient Theatre, Mycenae, Tirynth, byzantine churches, unique settlements and amazing castles.
The idyllic nature of the peninsula is full of forested mountains, captivating valleys, rivers and caves, as well as beautiful islands to discover.
In the northeastern part of the Aegean Sea, you will find an impressive collection of five big island: Ikaria, Samos, Lemnos, Lesvos, Chios, and eight smaller ones, Agios Efstratios, Agios Minas, Antipsara, Thymaina, Oinousses, Samiopoula, Fournoi and Psara. It is the most unexplored sailing destination in Greece.
The rocky and partly volcanic Argo-Saronic Islands, lie just in front of the mainland and most of them are only a short sail away from the Athenian Coast. Saronic Gulf is the best destination to combine a short stay in Athens and a sailing holiday in the beautiful nearby islands.
The North Sporades Island group lies off the eastern shore of the Greek mainland and consists of Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonnisos and Skyros. Sporades means "the scattered ones" an expression that was used in Classical Antiquity to refer to the Aegean Islands lying outside the central archipelago of the Cyclades. Sporades are the third most famous sailing destination in Greece.