There are many others on this forum that have more experience in that area than us, but here is a list of some of the places we visited last summer (listed west to east):
(or Aigina) 37.44.53N 023.25.68E Anchor
outside the marina area. Easy walk to good provisioning
. See a guidebook for the historical things to see. We also anchored at Profitis Ilias Cove on Aegina for a few days at 37.41.90N 023.28.03E to wait out N winds.
(Athens) --Zea Marina 37.55.99N 023.39.22E There is room to anchor
outside the marina but I would not feel safe about leaving my boat unattended there. Very easy access to train/subway to Acropolis-Parthenon. Excellent museum with active archaeological dig beneath. Large Carrefour across from the marina for easy provisioning
from N) 37.48.96N 023.48.51E Gorgeous large beach. Nice town for lunch. Can also catch bus into Athens to get to Parthenon but only if leave someone aboard in case wind
shifts. Completely untenable if wind from W or S. Should wind switch to S, you can move about 6 NM north around the point to Kavouri
and anchor at 37.49.02N 023.45.80E. There is no dinghy
access to land at Kavouri so it is not possible to catch a bus into Athens from there.
37.39.18N 024.01.09E Temple of Apollo on hill directly above anchorage; not a difficult hike up. Depths greater than shown on charts
. Small sandy beach. We anchored there 5 times, once for 4 days to wait out 40+ kts wind. Easy bus access to Athens.
37.40.14N 024.19.20E Anchor on eastern side or town quay on western side. Best visited NOT on weekends because fills up with Athens motor
yachts and partiers.
(our favorite) 37.24.88N 024.22.67E Hot spring up hill at northern side bay of this anchorage. Great sandy beach. Very ancient ruins on hillside on south side of bay. Not tenable in W winds but great for all other conditions. Excellent place to wait out meltimi. No provisions. Isolated except for 1 taverna.
37.23.67N 024.52.60E Our favorite island. Dock
at town quay. Short walk to bus into main town of Ermoupoulis. Also can rent a car for a day to visit the unique old walled city Anos Syros on the mountainside and to explore the island. Anos Syros is not to be missed.
37.27.86N 025.19.60E Dock
at unattended 'marina' with no power or water
. Take bus into town to clear in; do not attempt to walk because road is far too narrow and dangerous with heavy tourist bus traffic. Spend one day wandering the town. A 'must-do' is a ferry
day trip to the ancient sacred island of Delos. Takes a full day to explore this site. There are also several places to anchor on the southern side of Mykonos but getting a ferry
to Delos would be difficult from the southern side.
37.06.26N 025.22.48E Dock at marina across from town quay (only tiny local fishing
boats can dock on the quay itself). Walk the town. Lovely place with hundreds of restaurants and bars. Another Temple of Apollo but it is really only a doorway. The temple at Sounion is the biggest and best preserved. From Naxos you can take a ferry to Santorini (Thira). It is safe to leave the boat in Naxos. Or you can sail down to Ios and take a ferry to Santorini from Ios, but sailing back north might be impossible due to the normally strong northerly winds.
36.43.35N 025.16.41E Try to moor inside the tiny harbor on the inside wall of the town quay. Tie off leaving about 2 metres distance from the quay wall because when the high-speed ferries arrive or depart there is a huge surge that causes lots of back & forth movement against the quay wall. Most people take a ferry to Santorini (Thira) from Ios. Absolutely do not leave your boat in Ios moored to the newer outer harbor docks on the WSW side of the harbor. In N winds that outer dock is totally untenable and you must vacate immediately. Personally, I would feel safer leaving my boat in Naxos for a few days for a ferry trip to Santorini than leaving my boat in Ios. FWIW, we sailed to Santorini and anchored overnight in the caldera near a tiny island; but there is no access to Thira itself. Best to see Santorini via ferry.
11. From Naxos (assuming visiting Santorini via ferry from Naxos), I would sail farther eastward -- next stop at Fournoi
about 60-65NM. We stopped at the southern tip of Fournoi in an isolated bay 37.31.93N 026.30.36E. We stayed only 1 night in the isolated bay and did not go ashore. There was nothing there.
37.41.30N 026.56.77E Can anchor outside the harbor at Pythagorion or inside on the town quay. Great beach on outside; great town on the inside. Lovely place. Easy to take bus to main town of Vathi if you wish. Lots of touristy things to see and do.
36.53.75N 027.17.32E Clear out of Greece
over to Bodrun
and clear into Turkey
14. After clearing in Turkey you have your choice of so many anchorages
that it is pointless to list them here. The only anchorage that I would say is a 'don't miss' is at Knidos
where there are extensive Roman ruins. It is a tiny anchorage with a tiny dock in front of the single
restaurant where yachts raft-up nightly. Very reasonable rate and electricity is available. 36.41.09N 027.22.47E
15. A good last anchorage before entering Marmaris is at Serce
36.34.63 N 028.02.83E. The entrance is difficult to find until you are practically on top of it, and there is a reef extending from the southern side in the entrance so hug the northern side of the entrance closely. Once inside the bay does a 90-degree turn to the right. Way up in there are some moorings. We stopped only overnight and did not want to bother with putting down the dinghy
to go to a restaurant, so we anchored on the left just inside the entrance. Several gulets were also anchored there, but they all moved on before sunset. From Serce it is only about 22-25Nm into Marmaris.