Lavrion Yacht Charter, Greece
Lavrion was once a thriving ancient site for the silver mining industry and a major contributor to the political and naval power of Athens just 60 kilometres away, and now this sleepy Greek town is seeing a revival in tourism, including luxury yacht charter cruises.
At 37 kilometres from the Athens International Airport, Lavrion becomes the perfect embarkation point for a Cyclades yacht charter and as a stopover to the Sporades to the north. Transfers to various locations within the city and its periphery are made through taxis and shuttle services; to get to Lavrion from the City of Athens and the International Airport, you must take E94 Road and drive down south.
Placed at the tip of the Attiki Peninsula, Lavrion is an unusual destination with an unusual attraction that makes it a year-round destination: From ancient times through to the industrial era, the slag from the silver extraction process was dumped into the sea. Over the centuries, seawater has penetrated deep into the slag and created perfect crystals of various minerals. These wash up on the shores around Lavrion in the stormy winter seas, where crystal collectors come to claim shortly after. Those who want to visit during the warmer summer months can still sett the rare and vibrantly-coloured minerals uncovered at Lavrion outside the old mine entrances, where the rubble was offloaded.
Today, visitors have access to the ancient silver mines, smelting works, and the Archaeological Museum of Lavrion, while nearby Thorikos there is the oldest and largest ancient amphitheatre in Greece. Few tourists are aware of the culture that this coastal region has to offer, despite Lavrion being a major terminal to the surrounding islands.
This large port city has updated its facilities and Lavrion Marina along with the Olympic Marina have berths to accommodate larger superyachts. From here, visitors have clear views of the Makronisus Island, which is rich in Scuba sites covering wreck and reef dives as well as plenty of quiet coves for sunbathing and water sports as well as a memorial park and churches to visit on a hike along the trails.
5 quick reasons to visit Lavrion:
Unique tourist sites, Great bays for water sports, Beautiful quiet beaches, Fantastic dive sites at Makronisos Island, Excellent place to being a Cyclades Yacht Charter
More about this part of Greece
The Cyclades is an enchanting destination filled with traditional architecture, bucolic countryside with hiking trails sketched into the verdant hills. Santorini is a popular destination and you will immediately notice the benefits of travelling around by luxury yacht to access the pristine coves and volcanic formations for which the island is known. Sample the results of the fertile soils at the vineyards and watch the sunset from the glorious powdery beaches.
Ios is even livelier at night than it is during the day, where beach parties are popular with the young, while culture seekers have plenty of alluring sights such as the windmills to take in, and fitness enthusiasts have hiking trails in addition to watersports amongst the secluded sandy coves.
Mykonos is another fantastic nearby destination ideal for mixed groups because of the range of activities on offer: Shop dine and party in coastal towns, then immerse yourself amongst the Scuba dive and snorkelling sites and sleep through the night in perfect silence surrounded by natural beauty.
Lavrion Yacht Charter Experiences
Due to its location and maritime value, Lavrion is an important destination to many travellers and at the peak of the summer season its population swells by 200% of its normal 7,000 or so residents. In addition to its close proximity to the City of Athens, it is also an important center of Greek culture and history.
While in Lavrion, you should include in your day activity visits to important landmarks and popular attractions like the Temple of Poseidon and the famed Mineralogy Museum, which was established through the ingenious conversion of the network of ancient tunnels underneath Lavrion.
The city is also the ideal place to sample and experience the deep flavours of Greek cuisine. There are several restaurants and other food venues that serve delectable treats and everything that is memorable about Greek cuisine. Most restaurants specialize in Cretan cuisine and these local dishes are regarded by experts as highly nutritious foods as these normally include fresh seafood and vegetables and olive oil.
A great thing about Lavrion is that it is just a short distance away from the other important tourist destinations that you want to visit during your Greek holiday such as Kea, Siros and Tifnos. From Lavrion, you can easily get a feel of the idyllic beaches and azure water of which the region is known for. And when you are done with your activities in Lavrion, you simply get on board your luxury charter yacht and set sail to the best holiday destinations within the Cyclades archipelago.
Things to Consider:
Yachting Seasons & Climate:
The summer months are the best time to visit when the temperature in July and August is an average of 29°C/84°F and rainfall is at its lowest. The water is also warmest in August, however even in the coolest month of March the sea temperature averages 15°C/59°F.
Clothing to Pack For Your Charter:
For the summer, the temperatures rarely drop below 20°C/68° and therefore light layers with a protective covering for the winds will suffice. Take a sturdy pair of hiking boots for accessing the ruins and when visiting religious sites it is better to dress more conservatively by covering legs down to the knee and covering shoulders as well. If visiting in the winter, add a lightweight raincoat to the suitcase.
Main Ports and Marinas:
Lavrion Marina, Olympic Marina,
Famous Restaurants & Clubs:
Karafaki Restaurant, Psaroú Restaurant, Melōdeion Bar
A Must See Attraction:
Archaeological Museum of Lavrion, Mineralogy Museum, Temple of Athena, Temple of Poseidon, Archaeological Site of Sounion, Thoriko Archaeological Site, Thoriko Ancient Theatre
Best beaches to visit in your yacht:
Asimaki Beach, South Lavrio Beach, Tsonima Beach, Daskalio Beach
Local Yacht Events:
Cyclades Regatta, Acropolis Regatta
Best time to go:
Temperatures of around 25°C/77°F begin as early as May in the Eastern Mediterranean and last long into September, extending the summer cruising. For luxury yacht charter groups intending to incorporate a number of land-based tourist attractions into their luxury yacht charter, this allows more flexibility for cruising outside of the busy late-July and August holiday period. August however is also when the sea water is a delightfully warm 25°C/77°F and Scuba divers looking to go deeper on their dives might find the temperatures easier to acclimatise to.
Further Charter Information
Yacht Rentals Available: Go here for the current list of yacht rentals in Lavrion.
Full Greece Yacht Charter Guide: Go here for the essential Greece yacht charter guide.
Lavrion Itineraries: Here is a selection of broker itineraries for Lavrion.
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