The islands of the Cyclades are known for their first-rate beaches; here the picture-perfect image of white sands and crystalline azure waters is a reality! Rent a boat from Mykonos and head to Paradise Beach, where flat powdery sands create an idyllic setting, and you can sip cocktails in the beach bars, try your hand at watersports and take advantage of the diving centre. For some peace and quiet, head to the long stretch of calm sands of Plaka Beach on Naxos or the charming cove of Milos Tsigrado on Milos. If you start your catamaran charter from Paros, make sure you pay a visit to Kolymbithres Beach, where unique natural beauty makes for an idyllic setting to sunbathe and paddle in impossibly clear, shallow waters.
As with all of Greece, the Cyclades have a rich history and so a catamaran charter is the perfect opportunity to not only sail the stunning waters of the Aegean, but also discover some of the fascinating heritage of the islands. Sail to Mykonos to explore the romantic neighbourhood and picturesque shorelines, and 18th century fishing houses which characterize this part of the island. The ancient history of Greece characterizes much of it’s culture, and you don’t need to be in Athens to see the best of it. The Ancient Thera and Akrotiri archaeological sites in Santorini are truly worth a visit – the latter of which is believed to have originally been constructed in 4,500 B.C. One of the most important sites in the Cyclades is Delos Island; navigate here to discover the birthplace of Apollo, the god of music!
Globally renowned for their glorious cooking, Greece is the place to indulge and try a bit of everything. The Cyclades have their own unique twists on typical dishes, and with the nature of their island location, you will be met with the freshest seafood and local- grown vegetables and locally-produced olive oil. Try the dish ‘Kolokithokeftedes’, more simply known as courgette balls, a popular dish originating from Crete; punctuated with flavours of feta and mint. Another famed dish to make sure you sample during your catamaran charter is moussaka, something that chefs across the world regularly attempt to replicate, but it will never taste quite the same as it does in its birthplace.
The climate of the Cyclades is suited to the experienced boatsman, with glorious high temperatures and often quite strong winds which make for an exciting sail. This does however mean that conditions may be too challenging for beginners, but you can opt for a skippered catamaran so you don’t miss out on this magnificent archipelago!
Reaching your catamaran charter base isn’t difficult; with year-round connecting flights from Athens to a variety of the Cyclades islands, and charter flights from multiple international destinations during the summer months, you can often fly directly to the island of your base. Santorini and Mykonos are home to two of the most major airports in the archipelago.
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