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Sailing around Chalkidiki

Our partner Euphoria has made a beautiful Sailing itinerary for sailing in the Chalkidiki area. Chalkidiki is located in the northern part of the Aegean (Greece). There are many beautiful shores to explore and admire at the peninsulas of Kassandra, Sithonia, and Athos with the monasteries of Mount Athos. Chalkidiki is an excellent starting point if you wish to visit the islands of North Sporades, Lemnos, Samothraki, or Thassos.

Day 1 – Nikiti via Mt Athos- Small bays of Porto Carras

Just after the hotel of Porto Carras, the bays are easily visible from the sea and the marina. There are a series of small coves with crystal clear, clean turquoise waters, well protected from the wind.

Day 2 Small bays of Porto Carras – Porto Koufo

To reach your first destination, you can sail through the beautiful islets of Spalathronisson and reach Porto Koufo with your sailing yacht. Porto Koufo is the best natural harbor in the whole Aegean Sea. It is sheltered from all weather conditions and is known for the sensational fish taverns.

Day 3 Porto Koufo – Gulf of Sykia 

The Gulf of Sykia is quite big with adequate depths at its center, where you can anchor easily on the sandy seabed’s. You will come across traditional beach taverns. The name Sykia that was given to the area has many origins. Some say it was given due to the shadow forming on sunrise from Mount Athos, others say it is from the unique taste of the figs growing in its valley.

Day 4 Gulf of Sykia – The island of Diaporos

It is a magnificent island situated on a private bay and surrounded by a natural forest, one of the last unexploited areas of Chalkidiki. Sailing in Chalkidiki is a fact that explains its astonishingly pure beauty. Diaporos is right across Vourvourou village in the Sithonia peninsula. With a few adorable houses here and there, it’s a place worth exploring. There are many reefs where one can snorkel in the crystal clear water. Diaporos belongs to a complex of islets together with Kalogria, Ambelitsi, Kalamonisia, Prassonisi, Peristera, Agios Isodoros. One can explore the several secluded coves surrounded by pine trees and sandy beaches. There’s no particular difficulty along the route, the waters are clear, and the depths are suitable for anchoring.

Day 5 The island of Diaporos – The island of Amouliani –Ormos Panagias

You can swim in Alikes (Gulf of Tsarki). In the main port of the island, there is no access to water or electricity. Amouliani village is worth a visit. You can combine a visit to the island for the day with a return to Ormos Panagias for the night. At Ormos Panagias on the left side, as you enter, there is a moderately new marina with floating pontoons where you can find a berth.

Day 6 + 7 Return to Nikiti via Mt Athos

Check-out or book an extra week :). We hope to see you again renting a sailing boat in Macedonia!