Far away from the well-trodden tourist streets and busy ports, Greece offers off the radar islands and hidden beaches, many only accessible by boat. Live like a local and let Valef Yachts be your guide to discover these sequestered retreats in style.
Navagio Beach, Zykynthos
Zykynthos in the Ionian Sea, is home to the secluded and cliff surrounded Navagio beach, famous for its dazzling blue waters but also the remains of a smuggler’s ship left on the shore giving the beach its moniker, ‘shipwreck beach’. Accessible only by boat, visitors have found new and inventive ways of getting there, and it has become a popular BASE-jumping destination. Valef recommends getting there the old fashioned way with a picnic in hand prepared by the yacht’s crew and leave the extreme parachuting and wingsuit flying sport to the professionals.
Kleftiko beach, Milos
Located on the southwest tip of Milos island is the popular cove of Kleftiko, an old pirates’ hideout famous for its crystal waters, labyrinth of caves and striking rock formations. Accessible by boat, this is the perfect spot to drop anchor and go for swim surrounded by this gorgeous natural landscape. If you are ready for other-worldly scenery, set your charts to navigate here.
Just across from Milos is Polýaigos, the largest uninhabited island in the Aegean, if you don’t count goats. Polýaigos means “many goats” in Greek and these friendly creatures graze the island tended to by their herders. Guest can enjoy gorgeous beaches and caves, ideal for sunbathing and snorkeling, if you don’t mind sharing space with the occasional herd that passes through. Take the yacht tender to explore the coast of caves and then enjoy a deep dive.
Moni is small, uninhabited island off of Aegina, one of the Saronic Islands located just 27 kilometres from Athens. Perfect for nature lovers, the island is a sanctuary for friendly wild animals including ponies, peacocks and deer. Moni is also great for moderate hiking where visitors can cross the slopes of a steep mountain on the northern side with paths leading to the top with an old German lookout post from the Second World War. This verdant island is a must for yachters heading to the likes of Spetses and Hydra.
This tiny island off of Mykonos referred to as Rhinia, Rhenea, Rinia, or Rineia also known as Greater Delos, is almost entirely deserted, which is part of its charm. Escape the crowds and drop anchor and treat yourself to a private beach experience with all the amenities and luxuries of popular Mykonos just a stone’s throw away.