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Sailing through the Cyclades

All aboard for the Cyclades

The journey through the marvellous islands of the Cyclades is illuminated by the blue and white colours of the Aegean. According to the ancient myth, it is Poseidon, god of the sea, who created the island complex that is now one of the most famous worldwide.

The Cycladic islands charm and challenge all sea lovers. It is within their crystal-clear waters that senses awake to allow travellers to grasp the essence of the islands’ splendour. An amazing journey commences powered by “meltemi”, the strong Cycladic winds.

Time to weigh anchors

Whether you own a sailing or a motor yacht, the choices for personal all-yours discovery are literally countless. The same goes for those not in possession of a private vessel, thanks to the agencies renting out pleasure crafts. Known for their experience and professionalism, these agencies will answer your enquiries and offer you options tailored to suite every pocket and taste.

On board

Take care of all the formalities, bring in supplies and off you go…!
First stop, Andros, a beautiful island, on whose precipitous coastline mourning doves and martins welcome you. Tinos with its holy aura and the unique landscape will captivate you. All compasses then lead you to the cosmopolitan island of Mykonos, famous for its nightlife and the windmills that stand confident connecting the past with the present.

Sailing with tailwind, you approach Naxos to witness the light of the Aegean resting on sandy beaches while the nautical route leads you to the small coves of Amorgos, the ideal island for a Big Blue experience. Onward, at full speed for Anafi, the island to which the extremely high Mt Kalamos gives a peculiar conic shape: immense serenity and absolute beauty emerge in front of you.

The journey continues staring at the shadows of the volcano on the white houses climbing the steep rocks on Santorini. They nod just before they dive into the colours of the astounding sunset. Mooring the boat at Ios, golden beaches and gorgeous coves captivate you, as the island’s vibe and your heartbeat become one.

Seagulls and dolphins escort your way to Serifos, Sifnos and Milos. Rocky scenery, striking beaches and leeward natural havens wait to be explored. Kimolos, Folegandros, Sikinos, Kythnos, Kea, Gyaros; stunning coastlines, closed bays but most of all precious experiences.

Docking at the “Aegean Nymph”, Syros, you find yourself in the capital of the Cyclades. Seduced by its sapphire-watered gulfs, discover its innermost beauties! Simply unforgettable is the sunset at the most picturesque port of Paros, Naoussa. Opposite to Paros rests a small but utterly sublime island, Antiparos.

The Cyclades dance around the non-inhabited island of Delos, one of the most important archaeological sights of Greece, the mythological birth place of light.

Touring will soon lead you to the Small Cyclades complex, a palette of turquoise dotted with the precious islands of Iraklia, Schinoussa, Donoussa and Koufonissia.

Special Tips:

-The lunar landscape at Sarakiniko on Milos
-The leeward harbour of Faros on Sifnos
-Windsurfing and waterskiing at Pounda beach on Paros
-The crazy nightlife of Mykonos
-The safest dock of Syros, Foinikas
-The “Old Lady’s Leap” (“Tis Grias to Pidima” in Greek) beach on Andros
-The monastery of “Panagia Chozoviotissa” on Amorgos, visible only by the sea
-The traditional pigeon-houses on Tinos
-The relaxed atmosphere of Antiparos
-The golden beaches and the crystal blue waters of Ios
-The small scenic harbours and coves accessible by boat only on Kimolos
-The “Chryssospilia” (= golden cave) on Folegandros

Useful links:

Hellenic Professional Yacht Owners Association, www.hpyoa.gr
Hellenic Yacht Brokers Association, www.hyba.gr
Greek Professional Yacht Owners Bareboat Association http://sitesap.gr/en/
www.cyclades-tour.gr

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