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SAILING IN CYCLADES

The Cyclades is the most famous island group in the Aegean Sea. It is characterized by its unique barren landscape with isolated chapels, its traditional white and blue architecture, its gorgeous sandy beaches, folk music and fests, and its warm and hospitable people. The name “Cyclades” stems from the fact that the islands are forming a circle (the name in English means “circular islands”) around the sacred island of Delos.

The Cylades island group consists of 39 islands which lie in close proximity to one another, making them the perfect yachting destination. Only the following 24 islands are inhabited all year round: Kea, Kythnos, Serifos, Sifnos, Milos, Kimolos, Andros, Tinos, Mykonos, Delos, Syros, Paros, Naxos, Ios, Donousa, Koufounisia, Iraklia, Shinousa, Amorgos, Santorini, Thirasia, Anafi, Sikinos, and Folegandros. The other smaller islands and islets are completely untouched and can only be reached by boat.

Sailing conditions are the most favorable from the beginning of June to the middle of July and in September, as winds around the Cyclades islands can get pretty strong towards the end of July and August. Those winds are called "Meltemi" and blow from the north and northwest with forces reaching up to 7-8 BFT
 

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You may start your sailing holidays in the Cyclades from different marinas, depending on yacht availability, flight schedules, charter duration and desired itinerary

 

Marina Lavrion (Athens area)

Marina Alimos (Athens)

Marina Zeas (Athens)

Marina Agios Kosmas (Athens)

Marina Vouliagmeni (Athens)

Marina Paros (Cyclades)

Marina Mykonos (Cyclades)

Marina Santorini (Cyclades)

POPULAR ISLANDS IN THE CYCLADES

 Mykonos is one of the most well-known islands in Greece. It lies in the heart of the Cyclades island group and is famous for its beautiful whitewashed architecture, its crystal clear water, its cosmopolitan and glamorous lifestyle and its exciting nightlife. Being also called "the island of the winds", it is a paradise for experienced sailors and watersport enthusiasts. It boasts a beautiful marina which is also used as a charter base for many yachts.

Santorini is the most spectacular Greek island. It was devastated by a volcanic eruption in the 16th century BC, which shaped its rugged landscape and created a unique sub-merged caldera. The villages Fira, Imerovigli and Oia lie along the lip of the volcanic cliff, more than 200m above sea level, featuring an absolute breathtaking view over multi-colored layers of lava and pumice, barrel-roofed cave houses and of course the caldera. 

Santorini is the most spectacular Greek island. It was devastated by a volcanic eruption in the 16th century BC, which shaped its rugged landscape and created a unique sub-merged caldera. The villages Fira, Imerovigli and Oia lie along the lip of the volcanic cliff, more than 200m above sea level, featuring an absolute breathtaking view over multi-colored layers of lava and pumice, barrel-roofed cave houses and of course the caldera. 

Paros is located right in the center of the Cyclades. It features beautiful traditional villages with very well preserved Cycladic and neoclassical buildings, charming squares and narrow marble alleys. Its picturesque harbor Naoussa is a colorful fishing village that also boasts a beautiful marina. Right next to Paros lies the small island Antiparos, which features awe-inspiring beaches that are definitely a "must visit".

Paros is located right in the center of the Cyclades. It features beautiful traditional villages with very well preserved Cycladic and neoclassical buildings, charming squares and narrow marble alleys. Its picturesque harbor Naoussa is