Your first stop is beautiful Andros Island; mourning doves and martins will welcome you against a backdrop of precipitous coastline. The religious tradition and the unique landscape of Tinos Island will definitely make an impression on you. Heading further south you reach cosmopolitan Mykonos Island, famous for the nightlife and its windmills which are a part of Mykonos’ history.
The Cyclades Islands form a circle [kyklos – cycle] around the deserted island of Delos, one of the most important archaeological sites of Greece, where natural beauty meets the most important religious centre of Greek antiquity.
Sailing with a tailwind, you approach Naxos Island. The image before you is that of sandy beaches surrounded and set off by the white and blue light of the Aegean. Steer the boat southeast and you will reach the small coves of lovely Amorgos Island. Continuing south at full speed you will arrive at Anafi Island. It has a peculiar conic shape, due to the height of Mount Kalamos. Tranquillity and sheer beauty are the dominant features of this place.
Next on your journey, towards the west, lies Santorini Island; you will see the shadow of the volcano growing longer on the white houses perched on the steep rocks. Watch as the shadow fades away into the colours of the astounding Santorini sunset. Sail north and moor the boat at Ios Island; the golden beaches and gorgeous coves will captivate you and make you feel at home.
Seagulls and dolphins will accompany the boat as you head for Sifnos, Serifos and then south to Milos Island. Rocky scenery, striking beaches and natural havens await you. Kimolos, Folegandros, Sikinos, and then northwestbound to Kythnos, Kea and Gyaros Islands: you will view stunning coasts, enclosed bays and all this imagery will become your cherished memories! Next, you drop anchor southeast at Syros Island - the 'Nymph of the Aegean' and the administrative centre of the Cyclades. You will be attracted by the captains' houses and mansions in the capital of the island. Sail on to the south and get to Paros island to watch the amazing sunset at Naousa, the most picturesque port of the island. West of Paros lies Antiparos, a small lovely island.
Sail south-east: you will reach the Minor Cyclades Group of Islands which includes the islands of Irakleia, Schoinousa, Donousa and Koufonisia.
Must-see, do & taste :
- The white rocks rising from the sea, Milos Island
- The sheltered harbour at Faros, Sifnos Island •
- Windsurfing and waterskiing at Pounta beach on Paros
- The intense nightlife on Mykonos
- Foinikas, the safest dock of Syros Island
- The volcano on Santorini
- ‘Tis grias to pidima’ beach (the old lady’s jump) at Andros Island
- Panagia Hozoviotissa monastery visible only from the sea, Amorgos Island
- The traditional dovecotes on Tinos Island
- A trip to Antiparos Island
- The golden beaches and the crystal-clear blue waters of Ios Island
- The small harbours and the ‘unseen’ beaches approachable only by boat on Kimolos Island
- Chrysospilia (the golden cave) on Folegandros Island