Cyclades Islands

Cyclades Islands

Happy is the man, I thought, who, before dying, has the good fortune to Sail the Aegean Sea: -Nikos Kazantzakis.

You can sail and discover the Cyclades Islands from our Main Base in Athens, and our bases in Lavrion, Mykonos and Paros.

The Cyclades is a group of Greek islands, southeast of the mainland in the Aegean Sea. It centers on uninhabited Delos, considered the birthplace of Apollo, and home to some of Greece’s most important archaeological ruins. Many of the islands are popular holiday destinations, known for their beaches, ancient sites, rugged landscapes and traditional blue-and-white towns overlooking the Aegean Sea.

The Cyclades comprise about 220 islands, the major ones being Amorgos, Anafi, Andros, Antiparos, Delos, Ios, Kea, Kimolos, Kythnos, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Folegandros, Serifos, Sifnos, Sikinos, Syros, Tinos, and Thira or Santoríni. There are also many minor islands including Donousa, Eschati, Gyaros, Irakleia, Koufonisia, Makronisos and Schoinousa. Most of the smaller islands are uninhabited.

The climate is generally dry and mild, agricultural produce is arguably the best on the Planet and includes wine, fruit, wheat, olive oil, and a large variety of vegetables.

The most famous island group in the Aegean Sea comprises some of the most beautiful islands in the world! With gorgeous sandy beaches, protected bays, architecture in white and blue, traditional lifestyle, folk music, warm, hospitable people and barren landscapes with isolated chapels turn a trip to the Cyclades into a lifetime experience. Let your dreams come true Sailing around the Cyclades Islands.

Weather & Wind:

The prevailing wind in the summer is the Meltemi blowing from the North, it begins to blow in June, blows strongest in July/August and subsides from the middle of September. In July and August, the wind blows at force 5-6 and may reach force 7-8. It may blow for 1-3 days or sometimes blow for 1 week continuously. In the other months the wind strength is less, around force 3-4.

In the Northern Cyclades it blows from North East, in the middle Cyclades from the North, in the Southern Cyclades it blows from the North West. In the South West islands, it is less strong, during spring and autumn, you may be faced with winds coming from the south. In general, the sailing conditions are much more demanding than in other areas of Greece.

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Sample 7-day Itineraries to the Cyclades Islands from our bases in Athens

Day 1: Athens – Kythnos
Day 2: Kythnos – Milos
Day 3: Milos – Paros
Day 4: Paros – Naxos
Day 5: Naxos – Mykonos
Day 6: Mykonos – Rhenia/Delos – Siros
Day 7: Syros – Athens

OR

Day 1: Athens – Aegina
Day 2: Aegina – Poros – Hydra
Day 3: Hydra – Milos
Day 4: The round of Milos – Poliegos – Sifnos
Day 5: Sifnos – Paros
Day 6: Paros – Kythnos
Day 7: Kythnos – Sounion – Athens

A sample 7-day itinerary from Paros

Day 1: Paros – Rhenia – Delos – Mykonos
Day 2: Mykonos – Naxos
Day 3: Naxos – Koufonisia
Day 4: Koufonisia – Ios
Day 5: Ios – Santorini
Day 6: Santorini – Folegandros
Day 7: Folegandros – Paros

OR

A sample 7-day itinerary from Lavrion

Day 1: Lavrion – Makroniso – Kythnos
Day 2: Kythnos – Syros
Day 3: Syros – Rhenia – Dilos
Day 4: Mykonos
Day 5: Mykonos – Tinos
Day 6: Tinos – Giaros – Kea
Day 7: Kea – Sounion – Lavrion