Blue domed roofs, sandy beaches and winds with a bite, the Cyclades Islands are stunning. See a postcard of Greece and it will inevitably boast the blue domed roofs of Santorini or the iconic windmills of Mykonos. Gorgeous sandy beaches, wonderful traditional architecture, stunning landscapes & fascinating ancient history litter its many gorgeous & idyllic islands.
Cyclades Islands at a Glance
Beautiful, stunning, majestic, towering. Adjectives can barely keep up with this beautiful and iconic island group. Mykonos and Santorini reign surpreme, but the real joys are found in lesser known islands
The Cyclades are ideal to visit earlier or later season when the 'Meltemi wind' is at its least fierce. In peak season, we recommend the Cyclades for experienced sailors or skippered yacht charters only
Our Cyclades bases are Mykonos, Paros and Lavrion on the mainland. Lavrion is a particularly good base with good Cyclades access and the ability to sail into the Saronic Islands if the winds are up
Cyclades Islands Sailing Itineraries
While Mykonos and Santorini grab the tourist limelight (and their numbers), there are over 200 islands in the Cyclades. The beauty of a sailing holiday to this area is the ability to cast away from the 'beaten track' and visit undiscovered beauties such as Folegandros, Sifnos, Serifos and Kythnos. Picture relaxed gentle tourism that tends to stand back and observe the sights and sounds, rather than the mass sprawl that imposes itself on the busy islands.
This two week itinerary from Mykonos enables you to cover most of the Cyclades Islands.
So many islands, so little time
The Cyclades are so named because the many islands of this group lie in a circle around the the sacred island of Delos, the birthplace of Apollo. Their location, south east of Athens in the middle of the Aegean sea, means they are exposed to the strong northerly 'Meltemi' wind that blows down the Aegean in peak summer.
While Mykonos and Santorini grab the tourist limelight (and their numbers), there are over 200 islands in the Cyclades. The beauty of a sailing holiday to this area is the ability to readily cast away from the 'beaten track' and visit undiscovered beauties such as Folegandros, Sifnos, Serifos and Kythnos. Picture relaxed gentle tourism that tends to stand back and observe the sights and sounds, rather than the mass sprawl that imposes itself on islands such as Mykonos, Santorini and to a lesser extent, Ios.
That's not to say the main islands don't have their attractions, especially if you're a party animal! They are lively and cosmopolitan (in many places) with bars, clubs and restaurants, but have resisted the overdevelopment seen in some Spanish resorts, therefore retain a staunch character that provides a wonderful backdrop to your holiday.
The weather in the Cyclades Islands is hot and dry, explaining the arid landscape that you'll experience there. During the early and late months of summer - May and October -temperatures reach the mid-twenties. During peak season - July and August - temperatures are in the mid-thirties.
Please note: The winds in the Cyclades Islands can be fierce, especially from Late june to mid september
During the peak season when winds tend to whip down the Aegean sea, it can stop ferries from running with Force 8-9 winds (strong gales). 70% of the time winds will be greater than Force 4 (moderate winds). Earlier and later the winds are much more bearable, particularly in the mornings.