Lavrion Yacht Charters

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Yacht Charter Lavrion

It’s the perfect spot to start and finish your Yacht Charter. No waiting hours for ferries to the mainland. You can just moor up, grab a beer and head back to the airport.

Lavrion (also known as Laurium or Lavrio) is a harbour town in southeastern Greece. The city sits on a bay overlooking the island of Makronisos to the east. The streets form a grid system, and the port is in the centre of the city area.

If you plan to sail around the Cyclades, Lavrion is a great starting point. The well-serviced marina is just 25 minutes from Athens airport. A two and a half hour sail takes you over to Kea Island, and your Yacht Charter holiday has already begun.

History

The town was famous for its silver mines which were a vital source of revenue for Athens. The silver was generally used to mint coins. The Archaeological Museum here shows the story behind the mines and how coins were made from the 5th-century onwards. Surprisingly, there is also historical evidence of mining dating back to the Bronze Age, around 3200 BC. The modern town is on the site of the ancient village of Thoricus. Due to the significance of the Silver Mines of Laurium, the city changed its name. Slaves mined the silver – at its peak up to 20,000 slaves worked the state-owned mines. The mining town of Laurium, in Michigan USA, named their city after this region of Greece.

Piraeus was a more important seaport. However, the revenue from the abundant silver mines was diverted to help expand the Athenian fleet. This in turn laid down the beginnings of Athenian naval power.

Modern day

The Temple of Poseidon, right at the edge of Cape Sounion is just 5 km south of Lavrion. The breathtaking view and historical importance of this temple attract many tourists. It’s a great place to stop for yachts travelling towards the Cyclades.

Weather

Mostly the prevailing wind is moderate, north-northwest so great for sailing.
Lavrion is close to the Cyclades islands, however, so occasionally the wind is too strong for charter boats to leave port. An alternative would be to charter a yacht out of Alimos Marina. Waters are calmer no matter the weather conditions in the Aegean. From there you will be able to sail to Poros or Aegina instead.

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