CYCLADES ISLANDS, AEGEAN SEA, Greece
An Amazing Yachting Destination
The Cyclades Islands are one of the most beautiful clusters of islands in the Mediterranean. Comprised of 56 islands, of which only 24 are inhabited, they provide a plethora of stunning rocky cliffs, charming whitewashed towns, secluded coves, beaches, islets and bays to explore. Motor and sailing enthusiasts alike will find a shrine to their passion in these beautiful islands that are characterized by traditional blue and white architecture, delicious food, and ancient temples. Whether you charter a yacht in stylish Mykonos, legendary for its sophisticated nightlife, or the volcanic island of Santorini, the gem of the Aegean, you will be sure to have a charter of a lifetime! This archipelago also has all the ingredients to be the yacht charter destination for dvery vacation. Chartering a yacht in Greece allows you to jump from island to island at your hearts content. There is no better way to explore and get a feel for all the islands that make up this fantastic country and are so unique in nature!
CYCLADES YACHT CHARTER
All types of boats can be chartered in the Cyclades Islands with both sailing and motor yachts being a wonderful way to experience this fantastic part of the Mediterranean. Because Athens is the hub of the yachting industry in Greece and is so centrally located, the best way to charter around these islands is to fly into Athens and then from there make the trip over to the Cyclades. Weather conditions and times to charter: the climate is generally dry and mild from May through September, with temperatures climbing to 30-32 during July and August. The ideal time to visit the Cyclades Islands is June through mid July. By the end of July and August however, the ‘Meltemi’ wind that blows from the north, northwest can reach Force 5-6 and even on occasion Force 7-8 so caution is advised. These wind conditions provide invigorating sailing, though at their peak could be too much for the less experienced amongst you.
IDEAL CHARTER DURATION
- 20-30 days, would be the ideal charter duration for those wishing to visit most of the Cyclades islands, as each one has so many amazing experiences to offer.
- 14-20 days would be enough to visit the most interesting islands and acquire a satisfactory taste of the area.
- In 7 days, yachters will face the difficulty to choose only 4-8, among the 24 amazing islands, depending on their yachts speed, weather conditions and the time they want to spend sailing. The most popular 7 days charter itineraries (starting/ending Athens) are:
a)Western Cyclades: Kea (Tzia), Kythnos, Serifos, Sifnos, Kimolos & Polyegos, Milos.
b)Western, North & Central Cyclades. In this case yachters have to choose among: Kea, Kythnos, Syros, Andros, Tinos, Mykonos, Paros, Antiparos, Naxos.
c)Western, Central & South Cyclades. In this case yachters have to choose among: Kea, Syros, Tinos, Mykonos, Paros, Antiparos, Naxos, Small Cyclades (Koufonisi, Iraklia, Shinousa), Ios, Folegandros, Amorgos, Santorini.
THE MOST AMAZING SPOTS OF THE CYCLADES
KEA – Vourkari picturesque fishing village / port
KYTHNOS – Kolona amazing beach
KYTHNOS – Loutra bay & village
SERIFOS – Traditional Town “HORA” (on the hill – amazing views)
SERIFOS- Golden Sand beach (east coast) & other east coast beaches
SERIFOS – Koutalas bay & Ganema beach
SERIFOS – 60 wonderful beaches
SIFNOS – Mideaval Castle Town with great views
SIFNOS – Traditional Town “HORA”
POLYEGOS – Uninhabited island with the most intense transparent blue transparent waters!
KIMOLOS – Prassa Exotic Beach (NE)
MILOS – Kleftiko Simply Amazing place with caves & rocks in the sea
MILOS – Sarakiniko – “Moon-like” scape with beach (N)
MILOS – Papafragas - Amazing Cave beach
MILOS – Firiplaka & Tsigrado beached (S)
MILOS – Fyropotamos fishing village (N) with the SYRMATA and the transparent blue sea
MILOS - Traditional Town “HORA” with great views
FOLEGANDROS - Traditional Town “HORA” with great views and great places to eat & have fun . Considered as the MOST beautuful of Kyklades
FOLEGANDROS – Katergo beach with the transparent emerald sea
REST OF KYKLADES
AMORGOS - Traditional Town “HORA” (one of the most beautiful) & Tholaria Traditional Village
AMORGOS – Hozoviotisa Monastery & the near by Agia Anna & Mourou beaches
ANDROS – 60 amazing beaches
ANDROS – Traditional Town “HORA”
ANDROS – Lakes – waterfalls – rivers
ANDROS – Traditional villages (Stenies – Apikia)
IOS - Traditional Town “HORA”
IOS – 50 amazing beaches (most of them isolated) – Maganari, Tripiti, Papa, Pikri Nero, 3 Klisies, Agia Theodoti are the best!
MYKONOS – The traditional Town “HORA” – Super Cosmopolitan & Chic
MYKONOS – 60 amazing beaches – trendy beach bars
MYKONOS – Rinia uninhabited islet with exotic beaches
NAXOS – 60 amazing exotic beaches
NAXOS – Picturesque old Castle Town (in the capital)
NAXOS – Apiranthos very picturesque village
PAROS – Naousa fishing village – One of the most picturesque ports
PAROS – Parikia Capital “Hora”
PAROS – Many nice beaches (Hrisi Akti, Kolybithres, Monastiri etc)
SANTORINI – Oia – Fira – Kaldera View (SIMPLY BREATHTAKING!)
SYROS – Ermoupoli the Capital with the impressive mansions
TINOS – 50 very picturesque traditional villages
TINOS – 50 amazing beaches
NUMEROUS IMPORTANT ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES & MUSEUMS
Cyclades have a history of 13.000 yrs and one of the most important ancient civilizations (4 – 2.000 b.c.). Almost all islands offer more than one important archaeological sites & museums. Some of the most important Archaeological sites of the world are found in Cyclades, such as Delos (uninhabited island near Mykonos) and Akrotiri in Santorini.
MORE THAN 1.500 AMAZING BEACHES
The Cycladian islands have more than 1.500 AMAZING beaches, with crystalline blue-green waters, that will satisfy all tastes: Isolated that can only be reached by boat, vibrand and cosmopolitan, small, large etc.
UNIQUE TRADITIIONAL CYCLADIC ARCHITECTURE
All Cycladian islands have picturesque traditional villages. Their capital villages are named HORA.
For more information about the Cyclades Islands please visit the most complete yachting guide by all4yachting.com .