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WELCOME TO THE CYCLADES


Whitewashed walls, blue domes and little churches… you're in the island paradise of the Cyclades! Surrounded by picture-postcard scenery, with arid hills and jagged cliffs, the sea fills the horizon. Set sail for Mykonos and its white windmills, Santorin and its giant red craters or Delos and its ancient ruins.


The Cyclades are a group of around fifty islands that encircle (from "kyklos", the circle) the ancient holy sanctuary of Delos. Mykonos, Paros, Naxos, Ios and Santorin are the most popular islands. Less well known but just as scenic are the islets Kea, Sifnos and Sikinos and the northern Cyclades Andros and Tinos. So which islands will the warm Meltemi wind take you to?

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Not to be missed

The location

As it would take you over two weeks to explore the Cyclades, you might want to concentrate on these unmissable spots:

Ermoupoli in Syros is the capital of the Cyclades. Its Roman ruins will transport you to ancient times.

Looking for the prettiest fishing port on the Aegean? Then stop off in Naoussa on the island of Paros.

You'll love Kythnos and its natural hot water springs. In Ormos Loutron, the 50°C water spurts straight out of the sea — a unique experience!

The Cyclades' best beach? Plaka Beach on Naxos — 2.5 miles of soft white sand and dunes stretching as far as the eye can see.


Suggested itinerary

A ten-day holiday on your private yacht in the Cyclades
Day 1: Athens – Kea

Listen to the lapping waves and feel the warmth of the sun... There are forty nautical miles of Aegean Sea between you and Vourkari on the island of Kea. You can moor right in the bay. So start with a quick dip in the crystal-clear water then a stroll (or the other way round?).

Day 2: Kea – Syros

You'll love Ermoupoli on the island of Syros with its little cottages and blue-roofed orthodox churches. The ideal place for a photoshoot!

Day 3: Syros – Mykonos

Set course for the island of Delos to visit the ruins of ancient temples and statues, which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Then change gear: it's time to sample the nightlife on Mykonos!

Day 4: Mykonos – Paros

Paros is so close! You can moor in the bay of Ormos Naousis. Naoussa is one of the Aegean's prettiest port villages.

Day 5: Paros – Ios

Today's programme: picturesque white houses, turquoise waters and beaches of soft white sand. When night falls, the island becomes one great big party: the bars and clubs are open until the early hours!

Day 6: Ios – Santorin

Santorin isn't far and you have time to visit a quaint little village with the poetic name of Oia. The best time of day? When the sun sets behind the hills.

Day 7: Santorin – Sifnos

Use the fifty nautical miles as an opportunity to top up your tan on your yacht! Your next destination? Ormos Bay in Vathy, where the water is deep blue and the hills are lush green.

Day 8: Sifnos – Hydra

On Hydra, it's time for some R&R! There are no cars or nightlife on this charming island, just donkeys! But there are plenty of cultural and culinary treats in store. Check out the exhibitions and contemporary art events at the Slaughterhouse, for example.

Day 9: Hydra – Poros

On your way back to Athens, you spot Poros to the port side. You won't be disappointed by the channel between the island and mainland. It's well worth a quick look!

Day 10: Poros – Athens

Poros is very close to your departure point. So you have time to visit another UNESCO World Heritage Site: the Acropolis, which is just a few minutes from the port by taxi.

A ten-day holiday on your private yacht in the Cyclades
Day 1: Athens – Kea
Listen to the lapping waves and feel the warmth of the sun... There are forty nautical miles of Aegean Sea between you and Vourkari on the island of Kea. You can moor right in the bay. So start with a quick dip in the crystal-clear water then a stroll (or the other way round?).
Day 2: Kea – Syros
You'll love Ermoupoli on the island of Syros with its little cottages and blue-roofed orthodox churches. The ideal place for a photoshoot!
Day 3: Syros – Mykonos
Set course for the island of Delos to visit the ruins of ancient temples and statues, which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Then change gear: it's time to sample the nightlife on Mykonos!
Day 4: Mykonos – Paros
Paros is so close! You can moor in the bay of Ormos Naousis. Naoussa is one of the Aegean's prettiest port villages.
Day 5: Paros – Ios
Today's programme: picturesque white houses, turquoise waters and beaches of soft white sand. When night falls, the island becomes one great big party: the bars and clubs are open until the early hours!
Day 6: Ios – Santorin
Santorin isn't far and you have time to visit a quaint little village with the poetic name of Oia. The best time of day? When the sun sets behind the hills.
Day 7: Santorin – Sifnos
Use the fifty nautical miles as an opportunity to top up your tan on your yacht! Your next destination? Ormos Bay in Vathy, where the water is deep blue and the hills are lush green.
Day 8: Sifnos – Hydra
On Hydra, it's time for some R&R! There are no cars or nightlife on this charming island, just donkeys! But there are plenty of cultural and culinary treats in store. Check out the exhibitions and contemporary art events at the Slaughterhouse, for example.
Day 9: Hydra – Poros
On your way back to Athens, you spot Poros to the port side. You won't be disappointed by the channel between the island and mainland. It's well worth a quick look!
Day 10: Poros – Athens
Poros is very close to your departure point. So you have time to visit another UNESCO World Heritage Site: the Acropolis, which is just a few minutes from the port by taxi.

Practical informations

The Checklist
Time zone: UTC +2
Currency: Euro (€)
Travel documents: identity card for EU citizens or passport
Languages: Greek
Vaccinations: None
Recommended Period: April to October
24°
11h/day in average
400mm rain per year
27° in average
When to go
In July and August, the Meltemi summer wind blows strongly across the Aegean, creating ideal conditions for sailing. The temperatures can rise from 18°C in April (water temperature: 15°C) to 27°C in August (water temperature: 24°C), falling to around 21°C in October (water temperature: 21°C). In summer, the sunshine levels reach 90%, giving you the chance to top up your vitamin D! Rain is very unusual in summer, which is a real treat!
The best time to travel in the Cyclades is between May and September. Temperatures can also be pleasant in April and October. Outside the high season, the smaller islands are quiet and not very touristy.
Back to harbour
Greece, the land of gods and ancient legends, also has a long maritime tradition! But don't expect fashionable marinas or exclusive yacht clubs. Here ferries, small yachts, fishing boats and pleasure craft fill the Cyclades' waters. Only Mykonos and Hydra have modern landing stages. If there's no room, put down anchor and take a dinghy to the mainland. Almost all the islands of the Cyclades have fjord-type bays where you can moor anywhere.
Staying shipshape
With 3,054 islands, islets and rocks, the Cyclades is an Eldorado for all keen yachters. One of the high points of your trip will probably be Santorin, around 7–10 days from Athens. There are also excellent air links between Mykonos and Santorin. If you prefer to fly, the airlines offer single fares.
The islands can be crossed at any time and only diving is strictly regulated to protect rare maritime species.

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