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Cyclades Islands, iconic Greece at its best

Iconic Greek Destinations

A postcode of Greece will inevitably show the blue domes of Santorini, the windmills of Mykonos, the whitewashed Cycladic buildings and golden sandy beaches across the island group.

An island-hopping paradise

There are more than 220 islands in the Cyclades, making it an island sailing paradise. Meander from island to island and bay to bay with a mix of short and medium hops.

Advanced Wind Conditions

The Cyclades Islands are susceptible to stronger winds from June to late September and are recommended for experienced sailors or skippered charters only during this time.

Lively island nightlife

Mykonos, Ios and Santorini are famous the world over for their lively nightlife, though other islands, such as Naxos and Paros also offer a great night out.

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Why you'll love the Cyclades Islands

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.

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 over development seen in some Spanish resorts, therefore retain a staunch character that provides a wonderful backdrop to your holiday.

 

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.

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Why you'll love the Cyclades Islands

SAILING ITINERARIES

Cyclades Islands Sailing Itineraries

1 Week - Mykonos Route (Sifnos)

Day 1 - Mykonos (Mykonos Island)

Along with Athens and Corfu, Mykonos is probably one of the most well known places in Greece. Famed for its cosmopolitan atmosphere, exciting nightlife and picturesque architecture it is a must visit place for anyone sailing in this area. The island is located in the heart of the Cyclades and promises vistors plenty of things to do. We'd recommend hunting out Little Venice or perhaps one of the renowned beaches.

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Day 2 - Naxos (Naxos Island)

The largest of the Cyclades, Naxos packs a lot of bang for its buck. Its main city of Hora is a web of steep cobbled alleys, filled with the hubbub of tourism and shopping. Yet you needn't travel far to find isolated beaches, atmospheric villages and ancient sites. It is a big beautiful island, rich in agriculture, tradition and some of the finest beaches in the Cyclades.

Day 3 - Nauosa (Paros Island)

Nauosa is considered to be one of the prettiest villages in the Cyclades. The village has kept it authenticity even though tourism has grown rapdily here. It's whitewashed and flowered little houses coupled with tiny churches, chapels and labyrinth like streets combine to give an enchanting atmosphere to the village. The port is at the heart of the village and is full of local fishing boats and the remains of an old Venetian castle.

Day 4 - Kamares (Sifnos Island)

Kamares is the port of Sifnos and lies on the western side of the island. Sifnos is one the the best known ceramic production centres in Greece meaning you'll find plenty of workshops dotted around the town. The main settlement lies on the right of the bay and has plenty of tavernas, shops and bakeries where you can stock up. The beach has a watersports centre on it if you fancy trying your hand at something smaller than your yacht.

Day 5 - Loutra (Kythnos Island)

The town of Loutra is famous for its hot springs which flow right into the sea. You can see where the water runs in a stream on the edge of town and empties into the sea at the town beach. For those who want a free cure you can go to the spot where the hot water pours into the sea and there is a tub built with rocks where the sea water mixes and makes the temperature bearable.

Day 6 - Finikas (Syros Island)

Finikas is a large and lively village in the southwest of the Syros Island. The harbour has plenty of space for visting yachtsmen and the town offers a wide selection of tavernas. You'll also find a fantastic beach close to the harbour where many of the locals head to during the peak season.

Day 7 - Mykonos

If you didn't have an opportunity to explore Mykonos on your first night then we strongly recommend heading into the town centre on your last night. Mykonos has something for everyone including: restaurants, traditional tavernas, bars, clubs and beaches.

1 Week - Lavrion Route (Mykonos)

Day 1 - Lavrion (Mainland)

Lavrion is situated at the bottom of the Attica Peninsula, 20 minutes south east of Athens airport. Lavrion offers a convenient location to explore the northern Cyclades Islands including Mykonos, Paros, Naxos and Kythnos. Lavrion itself is home to the oldest and biggest amphitheatre in the country. You will also find the remnants of old silver mines which date back to prehistoric times.

Day 2 - Merichas (Kythnos Island)

Merichas is situated on the west coast of Kythnos island and is a small seaside village. Thankfully it has kept its traditional appearance throughout the years. The village itself only has a few permanent residents, but the village gets much more lively during peak season. You'll find plenty of tavernas offering fresh fish with tables right next to the water.

Day 3 - Ermoupoli (Syros Island)

Ermoupolis is the capital of Syros island as well as the whole of the Cyclades. The town was founded in 1821 by people from various parts of Greece who were fleeing from the massacres organised by the Turkish. The town itself has a beautiful selection of neoclassical architecture with old mansions, marble paved streets, imposing churches, monuments and statues. Thanks to all of these the town has developed the nickname of 'Little Milan'.

Day 4 - Mykonos (Mykonos Island)

Along with Athens and Corfu, Mykonos is probably one of the most well known places in Greece. Famed for its cosmopolitan atmosphere, exciting nightlife and picturesque architecture it is a must visit place for anyone sailing in this area. The island is located in the heart of the Cyclades and promises vistors plenty of things to do. We'd recommend hunting out Little Venice or perhaps one of the renowned beaches.

Day 5 - Gavrio (Andros Island)

Gavrio is located on the west coast of Andros island and is the only active port connecting Andros and Rafina. The village started life as a small fishing village but over the last 20 years the town has grown and attracted more tourists. There are lots of sandy beaches along the north coast of the island which you can catch day excursions to if you fancy being on land for the day.

Day 6 - Vourkari (Kea Island)

Vourkari is located in the north of Kea island. The village is well protected from the prevailing winds and is home plenty of small fishing boats. The tourist industry has bought more traffic to the island looking for a peaceful little stopover. Kea is home to some fantastic restaurants serving fresh fish, lobster and other traditional dishes. If you're looking for a really quiet anchorage we'd recommend the bay around 100m from the port.

Day 7 - Athens (Lavrion)

Lavrion is only a 50 minute drive from Athens. If you haven't already visited the city we'd strongly recommend you go. There are some world class sites including the parthenon which you can visit on your final day.

2 Week - Whole Cyclades (Lavrion)

Day 1 - Lavrion (Mainland)

Lavrion is situated at the bottom of the Attica Peninsula, 20 minutes south east of Athens airport. Lavrion offers a convenient location to explore the northern Cyclades Islands including Mykonos, Paros, Naxos and Kythnos. Lavrion itself is home to the oldest and biggest amphitheatre in the country. You will also find the remnants of old silver mines which date back to prehistoric times.

Day 2 - Loutra (Kythnos Island)

The town of Loutra is famous for its hot springs which flow right into the sea. You can see where the water runs in a stream on the edge of town and empties into the sea at the town beach. For those who want a free cure you can go to the spot where the hot water pours into the sea and there is a tub built with rocks where the sea water mixes and makes the temperature bearable.

Day 3 - Finikas (Syros Island)

Finikas is a large and lively village in the southwest of the Syros Island. The harbour has plenty of space for visting yachtsmen and the town offers a wide selection of tavernas. You'll also find a fantastic beach close to the harbour where many of the locals head to during the peak season.

Day 4 - Mykonos (Mykonos Island)

Along with Athens and Corfu, Mykonos is probably one of the most well known places in Greece. Famed for its cosmopolitan atmosphere, exciting nightlife and picturesque architecture it is a must visit place for anyone sailing in this area. The island is located in the heart of the Cyclades and promises vistors plenty of things to do. We'd recommend hunting out Little Venice or perhaps one of the renowned beaches.

Day 5 - Naousa (Paros Island)

Nauosa is considered to be one of the prettiest villages in the Cyclades. The village has kept it authenticity even though tourism has grown rapdily here. It's whitewashed and flowered little houses coupled with tiny churches and chapels and labyrinth like streets combine to give an enchanting atmosphere to the village. The port is at the heart of the village and is full of local fishing boats and the remains of an old Venetian castle.

Day 6 - Naxos Town (Naxos Island)

The largest of the Cyclades, Naxos packs a lot of bang for its buck. Its main city of Hora is a web of steep cobbled alleys, filled with the hubbub of tourism and shopping. Yet you needn't travel far to find isolated beaches, atmospheric villages and ancient sites. It is a big beautiful island, rich in agriculture, tradition, some of the finest beaches in the Cyclades.

Day 7 - Katapola (Amorgos Island)

Katapola is the main port of Amorgos as is situated on the northern coast of the island. On arrival in the port you're welcomed by white windmills, traditional blue and white houses and its amazing Venetian castle. Some ancient ruins of the Cretan city of Minoan lie above the port. Within the town you'll find a plentiful supply of tavernas and shops.

Day 8 - Agios Georgios (Irakleia Island)

Agios Georgios is the main port of Irakleia and the largest village on the island with around 110 permentant inhabitants. The village owes its name to the chapel of Saint George which has been built within the village. The village itself has a small range of shops and Tavernas. You'll find a nice sandy beach within walking distance of the port as well as the ruins of a medevial castle.

Day 9 - Karavostasis (Folegandros)

Karavostasi is situated on the south eastern coast of Folegandros. The island itself is home to three villages and around 800 inhabitants. Karavostasis is the port village of the island and so has a range of tavernas and shops which should cover most needs. Many of the best beaches on the island are only accesible by foot or boat meaning it shouldn't prove difficult to find your own beach for the day.

Day 10 - Kamares (Sifnos Island)

Kamares is the port of Sifnos and lies on the western side of the island. Sifnos is one the the best known ceramic production centres in Greece meaning you'll find plenty of workshops dotted around the town. The main settlement lies on the right of the bay and has plenty of tavernas, shops and bakeries where you can stock up. The beach has a watersports centre on it if you fancy trying your hand at something smaller than your yacht.

Day 11 - Livadi (Serifos Island)

Although Livadi is the harbour town of Serifos it has managed to retain its tradtional charm. Combine the charm with the benefits of having a wide range of restaurants, tavernas, bars and some clubs means there is something for everyone. Given the location of the town the sunrises are absolutely beautiful. A number of cafes will open early meaning you can sit and watch the sun come up whilst having the first coffee of the day.

Day 12 - Merichas (Kythnos Island)

Merichas is situated on the west coast of Kythnos island and is a small seaside village. Thankfully it has kept its traditional appearance throughout the years. The village itself only has a few permanent residents, but the village gets much more lively during peak season. You'll find plenty of tavernas offering fresh fish with tables right next to the water.

Day 13 - Voukari (Kea Island)

Vourkari is located in the north of Kea island. The village is well protected from the prevailing winds and is home plenty of small fishing boats. The tourist industry has bought more traffic to the island looking for a peaceful little stopover. Kea is home to some fantastic restaurants serving fresh fish, lobster and other traditional dishes. If you're looking for a really quiet anchorage we'd recommend the bay around 100m from the port.

Day 14 - Athens (Lavrion)

Lavrion is only a 50 minute drive from Athens. If you haven't already visited the city we'd strongly recommend you go. There are some world class sites including the parthenon which you can visit on your final day.

Day 1 : Milna

Pool Party

A beautiful protected bay on the West side of Brac. This town has stunning restaurants and a picturesque marina. We will arrive around midday when you can explore the town and have lunch before heading to Olife Club for a poolside party.

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Day 1 : Milna

Pool Party

A beautiful protected bay on the West side of Brac. This town has stunning restaurants and a picturesque marina. We will arrive around midday when you can explore the town and have lunch before heading to Olife Club for a poolside party.

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Day 1 : Milna

Pool Party

A beautiful protected bay on the West side of Brac. This town has stunning restaurants and a picturesque marina. We will arrive around midday when you can explore the town and have lunch before heading to Olife Club for a poolside party.

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Helpful Hints

Cyclades Islands Information

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Wind Conditions

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.

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Our Bases

We have three dedicated bases for the Cycades Islands; Lavrion, Mykonos and Paros. Lavrion is based on the Greek mainland and is perfectly placed to sail the northern and western Cyclades Islands. Mykonos is located in the north eastern Cyclades Islands and is well placed for the eastern, central and northern Cyclades. Paros is the best located Cyclades base, with excellent access to the entire island group.

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How to Get Here

There are several ways to get to the Cycaldes islands. You can fly into Athens and transfer directly to Lavrion, or take a connecting flight to Mykonos or Paros. Alternatively, you can fly directly into Mykonos to sail directly from there or ferry to Paros. Finally, you can also fly into Santorini airport and ferry from there up to Paros primarily, or Mykonos..

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Mooring Fees

There are generally no mooring fees in Greece other than the main centre marinas such as Mykonos, but even these can be avoided by mooring in the sheltered bays of the island. Given its popularity, it’s important to note that Santorini is a very difficult to moor overnight.

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Sailing Qualifications

To charter bareboat in Greece you are required to have a valid sailing qualification issued by a recognised authority (e.g. RYA, ASA, IYT, USSA). This qualification should not have any restriction on daylight hours or distance sailing from shore. If you have an RYA Day Skipper certificate or similar, for example, you should also obtain the International Certificate of Competence (ICC), which is accepted. RYA Yacht Master is, of course, accepted.

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Money and Currency

The currency in Greece is the Euro. There are plenty of cash machines and bureau de change on the islands so withdrawing money and changing alternative currencies is possible. We recommend you arrive with some local currency to cover the first couple of days of your holiday. Cards are accepted in supermarkets but most tavernas and tourist shops tend to prefer cash.

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Language

The national language of Greece is Greek! However, English is widely spoken and understood throughout, especially within the service industry, including taverna staff and taxi drivers. All Seamaster partners and crew speak English proficiently.

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