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Athens & Alimos Yacht Charter Base

Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece. Athens dominates the Attica region and is one of the world's oldest cities, as its recorded history spans around 3.400 years. Classical Athens was a powerful city-state. A centre for the arts, learning and philosophy, home of Plato's Academy and Aristotle's Lyceum, it is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy, largely due to the impact of its cultural and political achievements during the 5th and 4th centuries BC on the rest of the then known European continent. Today a cosmopolitan metropolis, modern Athens is central to economic, financial, industrial, political and cultural life in Greece.

athens acropolis wikipedia 

Athens Main Yacht Charter Base Information

Sailing in Blue, Main Office: Tel: 0030 210 7649580 - Fax: 0030 210 7649581
Address: 58A, Kareas Avenue, GR 16233 Athens, Greece
e-mail: info@sib.gr - website: http://www.sib.gr

 

Contact Info

Contact Phones
Vangelis Mourelatos 0030 6932 404154
Georgia Georgaki 0030 6937 142249
Christos Zafiridis 0030 6932 454864

Alimos is the main Yacht Charter base for Athens, mainly for charters in the Saronic & Cyclades islands. Alimos is an Athens' suburb - part of the city actually. Here is some information for Alimos (or so-called Kalamaki) Marina.

The marina

Kalamaki Marina is one of the largest charter bases in Greece and the East Mediterranean Sea. It is located 12 kilometres from the center of Athens, at the south coast of Attica-Athens. During the charter season it is a very busy place, because it is the yacht base for many charter companies in Greece. There are frequent connections with the historical centre (Acropolis, Parthenon, Plaka old town, etc) and with Piraeus - the main port for Ferries, Flying Dolphins and Catamarans to all the Aegean islands, Cyclades and Dodecanese.

How to reach Alimos base

The new Athens International Airport "EL. VENIZELOS" is situated in Spata area and is approximately 41km NE from Alimos marina. Getting to the marina is pretty straightforward. You can either take a public bus or a taxi. You will find both as soon as you exit the main airport areas. The public bus runs on a 24hr basis every 20-25 minutes and the ticket costs about 3.5 Euro. The name/number of the bus that you have to take is X96 and it is heading to Piraeus port. Your stop is called EDEM, (ask your bus driver for help). The taxi is certainly the most convenient solution and costs approximately 20-25 Euro.

A pre-arranged transfer with mini-bus can also be provided by SAILING IN BLUE at a small extra cost.

MEETING POINT/OFFICE

The meeting point is directly onto your yacht (we will inform you of your yacht's name a few days before you arrive in Athens - Alimos marina). Most of our yachts are moored in Alimos Pier Nr.3.

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MOORINGS

When returning, go stern-to. Mooring lines are available. DO NOT USE ANCHORS!. Alimos marina (or so-called "Kalamaki") is a public marina and services are far from 5 Stars rating. Lately, it is better organised & clean enough, but one should not expect to get berth-guidance from the marina staff or phone/lines and internet connection when docked....

FACILITIES

Hot water showers and toilets are located at a 80m distance from the yachts or less. Water and 220V power is available on the quay. Fuel is delivered on the quay by a car-tanker. A taxi stand is found within the marina, though it is better you ask us to order one. ATM cash point is right across the main road opposite the West entrance of the marina.

A few banks are located within 350 meters distance. An unguarded car parking area is available too, though we suggest cars to be parked in front of the port police building inside the marina or better at a small street outside the marina.

PROVISIONING

There is NO supermarket within the marina (!). You can either send us a provisioning list before you arrive and have everything brought directly to your boat or do your own shopping at the big-chain supermarket on the main street (Poseidonos Avenue), across the West entrance of the marina - they can possibly deliver things to your yacht - most times with a big delay. On Saturdays the respective supermarket closes at 16.00h and on Sundays is closed too.

A nightclub is built within the marina area, and loud music can be annoying on Friday nights. Tip: Don't forget to get ice, so that you save your yacht's power at night!

RESTAURANTS

There is a variety of restaurants, including Greek and Italian cuisine, on and around the main road (Poseidonos Avenue) which can deliver too!! A fancy, expensive coffee shop-breakfast & all day snack-restaurant called "Kitchen Bar" is situated into the marina.
A good option is the non-expensive Greek tavern named "Vassilis" situated very close to the marina - ask SAILING IN BLUE staff about its exact location. "Pizza-Hut" and "Goodies" (fast food, to me far better than McDonalds) are both within 5-7 min. walk.
Tip: Take the tram to Syntagma Square downtown and walk 700m to "Monastiraki". There is a fine kebab house called "Thanassis", order the good n' cheap "usual" kebab plate served with pita-breads. T-shirts and shorts are allowed. On your way back to the marina you will enjoy the view of the illuminated Parthenon marbles up the hill. In case you decide to go downtown and dine in style there are more restaurants of superior service (haute-cuisine) to select from.

SIGHTSEEING IN ATHENS

For more information on interesting places and other sailing tips you may check web pages on the internet.

THE WEATHER

The Saronic Gulf and Eastern Peloponese is generally a protected sailing area, with winds seldom exceeding Force 2-4B out of NW to N. The weather is sunny and warm with very little rain, but some during spring and autumn.

HAZARDS

ATTENTION to the reef of AGHIOS COSMAS, SE of the entrance to Alimos Marina, is difficult to spot at night. MORE ATTENTION should be drawn to the MERMINGIA rocks, 4-4.5 miles SE of Alimos Marina in the direction of Cape Sounio.

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Cruising in Greece is....

Approach your dreams by sea... Sail in blue, visit the Greek Islands, each one with a different beauty and traditional character - have the vacation that you've always dreamed of and deserve, in style and comfort.

Have fun! Sailing in Blue Team

Useful Information

International Distress Channel: 16 (Channel 16 is the international distress channel for EMERGENCY USE ONLY. Improper use of this channel will result a fine.)

Port Police Channel: 8 & 12

Useful Phone Numbers

Police Squad (like 911) ......100
Port Police ......108
Athens First Aid Station ......166
Athens International Airport +30 210 3530000


HELLAS RADIO TRANSMISSION, for weather report & navigation warnings

Channel 25: Saronic Golf

Channel 04: Syros (Cyclades)

Channel 01: Lesvos

Channel 82: Limnos

Channel 85: Kithira

Channel 83: Petalida

Channel 63: Rhodes (Dodecanese)

Channel 02: Corfu (North Ionian)

Channel 27: Kefalonia (South Ionian)

Channel 83: Crete (Knossos)

Channel 85: Crete (Sitia)

Channel 60: Volos

Channel 23: Sfendami (Thessaloniki)

Local time to listen to the Weather Report: 01:00, 09:00, 13:00, 19:00

Local time to listen for Navigation Warnings: 02:30, 08:00, 14:00, 20:30

ITINERARIES

One week from Athens to Spetses and back (about 120 NM)

Saronic & Argolic Gulf and the eastern coast of the Peloponese is a very well protected cruising area with mild winds, averaging Force 3-4, usually from the North to North-East, ideal for relaxed sailing. In the Argolic Gulf (gulf of Argos), the wind during the summer is mostly from the South-East, with a blowing force 3 - 5 beaufort. During spring and autumn the winds are normally weaker and blow from the South over the whole area.

One week from Athens to Cyclades and back (about 180 NM)

The Cyclades are distinguished worldwide for their rough elemental landscape, white washed houses and windmills, narrow paths full of flowers, brilliant blue seas and most recently their never ending nightlife. The prevailing wind during summer is the "Meltemi", blowing from the North. It starts in June, blows stronger in July and August at a Force of 5 - 6 beaufort and may occasionally reach Force 9. During spring and autumn, you may also be facing winds blowing from the South. It is advised that for short charters (7 days) the charterer should be aware in advance of the prevailing weather conditions, since local winds in summer can reach the Force of 8-9 and last for more than a couple of days.

Here you find more sailing itineraries suggestions for the Cyclades Islands or the Argosaronic Gulf.