The Cyclades islands are located in the center of the Aegean Sea, they are reachable from Athens as well as the ports in the main islands of the Aegean Sea. They compose the most famous sailing destination in Greece, and carry a worldwide reputation for many reasons:
The exotic landscape of the Cyclades is composed of long beaches with golden sand, surrounded by bright rocks. For many people, if they don’t relax in the beaches of the Cyclades islands, they have not felt that summer has even started! These beaches are usually located in serene coves, ideal shelters for the numerous sailing yachts that visit this cluster of islands in the summer months. The landscape is supplemented by the traditional villages, either by the port, or mounted at the top of hills; their traditional, white houses with flat roof and the small alleys around them create a unique feeling, when visiting the islands.
Specifically, the landscape is unique in islands such as Santorini, with the incredible caldera, Milos, the island with the nicest and diverse swimming spots, more spectacular than anyone can imagine, the small islets, from Koufonissi to Antiparos and Poliaigos, spots that offer calmness and an incredible natural beauty.
Local Cuisine: The islands have created through the centuries their own cuisine and local recipes; A lot is based on fish, as well as the olive oil and fresh vegetables, a landmark of Greek culture. While visiting the Greek islands, you cannot help trying these local recipes, while in the traditional restaurants, local people will always have a story of the island to share.
For these reasons, visiting the Cyclades islands is a unique experience. Common sailing bases are Lavrion (near Athens, only 30 minutes from Athens International Airport and 2 hours sail from Kea island), as well as the ports of the central Cyclades islands, i.e. Mykonos and Paros, both endowed with international airports.
Visit the Cyclades islands for a unique sailing experience!
This page has been written with the contribution of Mr. Kostas (who runs a charter company in Greece - see here his itineraries)
Our recommended yacht cruises in Cyclades
About other recommended cruises in Cyclades there is a wide choise and we will be glad to assist both for sailing yacht, catamarans, Gulets and of course any size of motor yachts you look for. A first consideration about Cyclades is the winde.
The weather conditions create a unique sailing field in summer months. Although highly unpredictable, the main trend of weather in summer months is the strong northern winds. As they can reach up to 7-8 beaufort (30-40 knots), it needs a lot of attention from skippers, although the waves are hardly too high to risk the safety of the yachts. Still, many people get challenged by the strong winds and visit the Cyclades islands in order to have another dynamic experience during the day, while they can relax carefree in the evening in one of the secluded coves of the islands
The ancient civilization that developed in the Cyclades islands, a few thousand years BC is a cornerstone of the miraculous ancient Greek civilization. Most islands are gifted with ancient monuments, museums and other sightseeing, attracting thousand of visitors every year who admire the cultural creativity of ancient Greeks
Weather in Cyclades
Rain on Wednesday through Sunday.
Events in Cyclades
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