Boat Rental and Yacht Charter in Mykonos

An island located in the Aegean Sea, part of Greece. Mykonos is known for its vibrant nightlife, beautiful beaches, and crystal-clear waters. The party capital of the Aegean!

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Sailing Guide Mykonos

Rent a boat in Mykonos for a wonderful sailing holiday in one of the most popular Greek islands. You might have heard of Mykonos as THE party island after Ibiza, but there is much more to experience than that. Stop in one of the many stunning bays, sail to one of the neighbouring islands or go for a hike to witness some incredible views. Greece consists of more than 6,000 islands, but Mykonos certainly is a special destination - combining glitzy jetset with thousands of years of history and delicious traditional Greek food.

Things to do and see when sailing in Mykonos

Your boat hire in Mykonos will allow you to explore the island and its surroundings on your own terms, but if you get tired of it, there are plenty of activities to do here.

Activities in Mykonos

  • Hike up to Armenistis Lighthouse for the best views of the island
  • Visit the Monastery of Tourliani for a break from sailing around the Cyclades. The peace and quiet is perfect for anyone who wants to spend a moment reflecting on themselves and their life choices
  • Sunbathe on Playa Ornos while your boat safely anchors in the bay. It’s the perfect beach for anyone who loves the hustle and bustle of a busy beach
  • The Flour Mills of Mykonos are one of the highlights for anyone visiting the island. Entering the harbour of Alefkandra, they are the first thing you will see. A truly stunning site that you shouldn’t miss inspecting up close
  • Stroll around the streets of Mykonos town, the capital of the island. Its scenic white house front already welcomes visitors from a distance. White buildings with blue doors are typical for the town and make you feel in the heart of the Greek islands
  • Learn more about the island’s interesting history in the Archaeological Museum of Mykonos
  • Panagia Paraportiani literally means Our Lady of the Side Gate in Greek and fits right into the architecture of the island. Its beautiful white facade reflects the sun and creates a little bit of magic.
  • Mykonos Folklore Museum takes you on an adventure back in time. Discover furniture built in the 19th century and model ships that make you want to sail on your own

Beaches in Mykonos

  • Platys Gialos Beach is one of the more popular beaches on the island. Many amenities including lounge chairs, bars and restaurants close by and fantastic blue water to swim in make it a great spot to start your vacation on the Greek island
  • Paradise Beach is the hotspot for parties on the beach. Sip a cocktail in one of the many bars spread across the beach
  • Kapari beach is one of the most stunning secluded beaches on the island. Watching the sunset here is truly magical!

Restaurants in Mykonos

Casual dining in Mykonos:

  • Kalammmakia in Ano Mera offers amazingly tasty gyros and kebabs. It’s the perfect spot for a quick bite to eat and crispy fries on the side are a must!
  • Cosmo Cafe: A cozy little cafe in Mykonos town that is most known for its great breakfast. Have a big plate of delicious food before heading out on your boat again. Fried eggs with ham and tomatoes are highly recommended!
  • Local Mykonos offers, as the name suggests, local meat dishes. The lamb is a speciality!

Beach restaurants in Mykonos:

  • Kikis Tavern: This hidden gem is located not far from Agios Sostis. You might have some issues finding it, but once you get there you won’t be disappointed. The view is incredible and the fact that this restaurant doesn’t have a phone or electricity means that you cannot make a reservation and have to focus on your surroundings more than you would in other places. Take in the beauty of it all and remember this moment forever!
  • Nammos Restaurant will make you feel as though you have been transported right into paradise. Enjoy a delicious meal at the beginning of the evening and end it by dancing the night away.

Fine dining in Mykonos:

  • Efisia Greek Fine Dining on Platis Gialos Beach is offering delicious food AND a stunning view. Come here for a lovely dinner and to watch the sunset. Elegantly presented dishes make for a mouthwatering dining experience
  • BAOS Fine Dining charms you with its elegant interior from the moment you step foot into the restaurant. Enjoy a gourmet dinner while overlooking the Mykonos harbour

Bars and Clubs in Mykonos

  • Lola Mykonos is a cute bar in the capital of the island. High quality cocktails and drinks await you when visiting this establishment - whether it’s an espresso martini or a negroni, your dreams will be fulfilled for a night before heading out again on your boat rental in Mykonos in the morning
  • 54 Cocktail Lounge & Skybar is one of these places that you hear about when it comes to a night out in Mykonos. The stunning views accompanied by great staff and fabulous cocktails makes this an outing worth remembering
  • Located on Paradise Beach, Tropicana Club is offering the most fun beach parties and is not as expensive as some of the more exclusive clubs
  • Paradise Beach Club is one big excessive party. It can get incredibly crowded, but with the lovely table dancers showing their best moves you can pick up a few moves to dance the night away

Explore historical Mykonos

Like most Greek islands, Mykonos is no exception when it comes to discovering ancient ruins and plenty of history. Of course you can visit the Archaeological Museum of Mykonos to learn more about the history of the island, but wouldn’t it be great to discover it by yourself? The Flour Mills of Mykonos is just one of the spots you need to put on your bucket list.

Discover Ftelia Archeological Site in the Northern part of the island to see some real remnants of antiquity. If you are looking at exploring a more impressive site, you should visit the neighbouring island of Delos where you get to see some very interesting statues and ruins.

Discover mystical Mykonos

Many myths surround the island of Mykonos. One of these myths is about Hercules killing the giants that have been invincible while staying in the safety of Mount Olympus. However, Hercules was sneaky enough to capture their attention and bring them to the island of Mykonos where he killed them.

Sailing conditions in Mykonos

Located in the Mediterranean, Mykonos offers amazing weather almost all year round. Sunny days bless the island and allow visitors to enjoy the fantastic weather between April and November, meaning that you could also enjoy your sailing holiday off-season while spending less money than in the busy summer months July and August.

Mykonos is the perfect location to charter a yacht due to its ideal sailing conditions. The wind allows for a wonderful sailing experience and the sunny weather is perfect for anyone looking to relax on a boat all day long.

How much does it cost to rent a boat in Mykonos?

It doesn’t have to be expensive to rent a boat in Mykonos - despite its image of THE vacation island of the rich and famous in the Mediterranean. In fact, Greece is one of the cheapest destinations for a boat holiday in the Mediterranean. On average it will only cost you 50 EUR per person per day to rent a sailboat in Greece. Renting a motorboat is with 190 EUR per person per day, on average, the most expensive type of boat to rent in Greece. On average it will cost you 150 EUR per person per day to rent a catamaran in Greece. A gulet rental will cost around 105 EUR per person per day and a RIB will cost you 93 EUR per person per day on average. Renting a hotel room in this part of Greece will not necessarily cost you more than renting a boat, but you will get an unforgettable experience. Sleeping on a boat is already an adventure in itself.

What type of boat is best for sailing in Mykonos?

What kind of boat holiday you would like to experience on the island determines what kind of boat you should hire in Mykonos. If you are looking for a relaxed sailing vacation where you get to enjoy the sunset views, plenty of delicious local food and nothing to worry about, you will go for a different type of boat than the one you would choose if you want to have an amazing sailing experience. Meaning that you go on a boat, because you enjoy navigating and sailing.

Rent a catamaran in Mykonos

Pros of renting a catamaran in Mykonos

Rent a catamaran in Mykonos if you want to enjoy a relaxed sailing vacation while exploring some of the island's more remote beaches. As catamarans come with a shallow draft and without a keel, you can sail closer to the shore and discover everything up close. There is nothing better than finding a beautiful bay to anchor for the night - just to wake up to a beautiful sunset.

Another advantage of catamarans is the fact that they are standing on two hulls. This gives them much more stability than other types of boats. You will sleep like a baby on board!

Driving a catamaran comes with the option of setting sail and using the wind as fuel or using the actual engine. This gives you a lot of flexibility. You can make the most of the strong winds that can blow in this part of the Mediterranean while you don’t have to worry about getting stuck somewhere without it. Just use the engine to get to your next destination.

One of the most popular catamarans in Mykonos is Catamaran Lagoon 42 which is available in Mykonos Marina Old Port. Up to 10 people can sleep on the boat. The amenities on board include air conditioning, an electric WC and a gangway for better access to the boat when mooring at the marina.

Cons of renting a catamaran in Mykonos

One of the downsides of renting a catamaran could be its size. While bigger boats definitely offer more comfort than smaller ones, it could become more difficult to find a spot for mooring at a marina - especially during the incredibly busy summer months June, July and August. You might be forced to find a spot to anchor in a hidden bay instead. Waking up to a stunning sunset beats any morning you would spend in an overcrowded marina.

Rent a catamaran in Mykonos

Rent a sailboat in Mykonos

Pros of renting a sailboat in Mykonos

Rent a sailboat in Mykonos to make the most of the ideal wind conditions. This type of water vehicle is particularly great for anyone who is looking forward to the actual sailing experience rather than arriving at a specific destination. Feel the fresh breeze on your skin and take in the stunning blue waters while sailing around this part of the Mediterranean. The area around Mykonos is also perfect for novice sailors. Winds are not too strong, but strong enough to keep the sailboat moving,

Sailboats are also ideal for anyone travelling on a bit of a budget. With an average price of just 50 EUR per person per day, you get an amazing experience out of it. If you hire a skipper to join you on your boat rental, you will have to pay extra.

One of the most popular sailboats to rent in Mykonos is Sailboat Bavaria Cruiser 51 which is available for rent at Marina Tourlous in Mykonos town. Up to 10 people can sleep on board. The sailboat comes with many amenities like a shower on deck, hot water, towels and bed linen, as well as a gas stove and oven. A CD player gets the party started - we hope you pack some funky old school music!

Cons of renting a sailboat in Mykonos

One of the downsides of renting a sailboat is the fact that they run on wind. This means that sailboats are highly dependent on the right wind conditions to move forward and into the right direction. If the wind suddenly stops blowing, you might get stuck in the middle of the sea for a couple of hours. This can be incredibly frustrating - especially if you just rented a boat for a week.

Sailboats require you to know exactly what you’re doing - much more than a motorboat or catamaran. This can make your sailing vacation more stressful than it would have been if you had rented another type of water vehicle.

Rent a sailboat in Mykonos

Rent a motorboat in Mykonos

Pros of renting a motorboat in Mykonos

Renting a motorboat in Mykonos is the perfect choice for anyone who wants to see everything there is to see. Motorboats are generally faster than other types of water vehicles, meaning that you get to see more places in a shorter amount of time.

Motorboats, just like catamarans, have a shallow draft, making them the perfect water vehicle to discover all the hidden bays and beaches Mykonos and the surrounding islands have to offer. You can sail in shallow waters and anchor closer to the shore.

One of the most popular motorboats to rent in Mykonos is Motorboat Pershing 37 which offers enough space for up to nine people and a deck where you can enjoy all the meals with your crew. Some of the amenities on board include air conditioning and sun beds. For extra fun the boat is equipped with snorkeling gear and water toys. If you need to take a break from all the fun, you can even watch TV on board.

Cons of renting a motorboat in Mykonos

One of the downsides of renting a motorboat in Mykonos is the fact that motorboats run on fuel instead of wind. With the ever increasing fuel prices this can become incredibly expensive.

Motorboats are not necessarily known for their spacious cabins. Only if you rent the most luxury type of motorboat will you find more spacious quarters. On the positive side, it means that you won’t be tempted to stay in your cabin instead of spending time with your friends and family on deck.

Rent a motorboat in Mykonos

Charter a luxury yacht in Mykonos

Charter a private luxury yacht in Mykonos for the ultimate sailing holiday experience. If you have the budget and a strong desire for a relaxing sailing holiday, you should definitely go for a more luxurious boat rental. One of the more luxurious yachts that you can rent with Borrow A Boat is the Motorboat Sunseeker Predator 72 which is available in Mykonos town. Renting this luxurious water vehicle means that the crew is included. Up to 12 people find space on this stunning luxury motorboat. A stunning sundeck offers enough space for you and your friends to enjoy your breakfast, lunch and dinner on board. Sunbathing on deck is a must!

Charter a luxury yacht in Mykonos

What kind of boat license do you need when renting a boat in Mykonos?

Anyone who wants to rent a boat in Mykonos will wonder whether it will be possible to rent one without a boat licence. The good news is that you can rent a boat without a licence in Mykonos, but the bad news is that you can only do so when you hire a skipper on top of your bareboat yacht charter.

If you want to rent a boat without a skipper, you need to be in possession of a valid boat licence. However, small boats with less than 30hp don’t require a boat licence.

Your safest bet is to carry the International Certificate of Competency or short ICC - especially if you come from outside of the EU. Boat licences of EU-residents are automatically recognized in Greece. Non-EU-residents should ensure that their licences meet the requirements of the Greek authorities.

Sailing routes in Mykonos

One of the most popular sailing routes around Mykonos is the one that takes you around the surrounding islands. Before you start your sailing adventure, be sure to explore the capital of the island with its stunning seafront and cute picturesque streets. Your first stop on your sailing journey is the island of Delos, where you can discover many archaeological sites. It is said to be the birthplace of Apollo. Next you sail to the island of Naxos, where the Portara arch is already greeting you. Make a wish as you enter. It is supposed to come true. Naxos is a wonderful place where you can enjoy some local delicacies as well as discover some of the natural wonders. Next stop on your itinerary is Paros. Don’t forget to explore Naoussa, a wonderful village by the sea with a harbour. Although the island’s towns enlarged its marinas, it can become quite crowded during the summer months. Instead of mooring in one of the marinas, you might want to discover some of the hidden bays to anchor. Serifos is your next destination. Unlike other Greek islands, Serifos is not overrun by tourist crowds just yet, making it the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of Mykonos. Kithnos is next up on your list. Take a break from sailing and exploring, enjoy a bath in the thermal springs. Sail to the island of Syros next. Moor at the harbour of Ermoupolis, a bustling town with a harbour. Go and explore this lively town which even has a university. Many students live on the island, making the town a great place for those attending the university and creating a lively vibe - even in winter when the majority of tourists have long left the Greek islands. From here sail back to Mykonos. On your way back, you will get to see some stunning coastlines and beautiful architectural gems.

Another popular route is to charter a yacht in Mykonos in order to sail to Santorini. Everyone always sees Santorini up close amongst all the other tourists. Seeing Santorini from a distance on board a boat makes for a very different experience.