NE Aegean

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An online cruising guide for yachts sailing around the North East Aegean.

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ThasosSamothraceLimnosAyios EfstratiosLesvosPsaraChiosOinoussesIkariaSamosFourni
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Islands of the NE Greek Aegean - For details click on a name or an area

The East Aegean is a border region between Greece and Turkey. While many cruisers maintain active travel-logs on both countries and interweave between them this is a violation and can be dangerous. The Greek islands in this region are sometimes refered to as the Eastern Sporades (Ανατολικές Σποράδες).

Cruising and passage making in this region is influenced by the weather patterns. In the meltemi season yachts in the Greek islands move from the north to the south taking advantage of the favorable winds. Yachts, during the summer months, wishing to sail north from southern directions are better off hugging the Turkey coast which is less exposed to the meltemi.

The north part of East Aegean is in general less travelled by yachts then the South. Nevertheless, there many interesting ports and islands in the NE Aegean.


1068 Srimonikos kólpos to Edremit körfezi
1087 Kólpos Petalión to Edremit Körfezi
1446 Samos Strait to Güllük Körfezi
1537 Nisídhes Foúrnoi with the straits between Nísos Sámos and Nísos Ikaría
1645 Nisos Chios and Izmir Körfezi
1665 Nisos Lesvos and Çandarli Korfezi to Baba Burnu Ayvalik
G2 Aegean Sea (North)
G28 Nísos Khíos & the Coast of Turkey
G32 Eastern Sporades, Dodecanese & the Coast of Turkey
54352 Limnos
54360 Thessaloniki to Canakkale Bogazi Dardanelles
4363 Akra Akrathos to Dardanelles
54380 Tuzla Burnu to Samos
54382 Nisos Lesvos and Western Coast of Turkey
54386 Khios Strait Greece and Turkey
54389 Fener Adasi to Samos Strait
54402 Island of the Aegean - Fournoi
32 Thrakiko Sea
33 Cape Sounion to Lesvos I.
42 Andros to Chalki Island
321 Thassos, Alexandroupolis, Samothrake, Imvros
322 Limnos & Ay. Efstratios
332 Lesvos Island
334 Chios Island & Opposite Coast of Asia Minor
422 Naxos to Samos & Opposite Coast of Asia Minor

See also Aegean Sea.


In the summer months the weather is dominated by the meltemi which comes in the north from the NE and on the south from the NW.

In general, the best sailing in the Aegean Sea is during the period from late May to mid October. But this does not preclude earlier in the Spring or later in the Autumn. Sailing in the winter months can be problematic due to stronger, more volatile, and less predictable weather.

For details see Aegean Weather.

Currents & Tides

With exception of the Dardanelles Region the currents are weak and the tides small.


Islands in the Group

Islands of the NE Aegean
Ayios EfstratiosAyios Efstratios/wiki/Ayios_Efstratios Harbour icon – harbour |
Chios Chios /wiki/Chios Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Fourni Fourni /wiki/Fourni Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Ikaria Ikaria /wiki/Ikaria Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Lesvos Lesvos /wiki/Lesvos Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Limnos Limnos /wiki/Limnos Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Samos Samos /wiki/Samos Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Samothrace Samothrace /wiki/Samothrace Harbour icon – harbour |
Oinousses Oinousses /wiki/Oinousses Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Psara Psara /wiki/Psara Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Thasos Thasos /wiki/Thasos Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Key to symbols: |Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage ||


See individual islands.


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)


See Aegean Sea.


See Aegean Sea.


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