Home to some of Greece’s most iconic islands, a sailing holiday in the Cyclades will be a wondrous exploration of picture-perfect white-washed hill-top villages. Accompanied with dazzling landscapes and sumptuous cuisine, it truly is a glorious area for a yacht charter. Made up of about 220 islands, the archipelago is located off the south-east coast of mainland Greece in the Aegean Sea. You can rent a boat from Mykonos, Santorini, Paros, Naxos or Folegandros, and spend your days cruising sapphire waters under the glorious heat of the Mediterranean sun. There are many airports, the most popular of which are located on Paros, Santorini and Mykonos, and take domestic flights from Athens all year round and charter flights from abroad in peak season.
Mykonos is one of the most famous of the Cyclades archipelago. The island is home to charming historical, cobbled streets, boasting a quintessentially Greek atmosphere. Wander the island, and visit the famous windmills, which have become a key feature of the island’s landscape. For a spot of peace and quiet, navigate your yacht to Agios Sostis beach; a beautiful, unspoiled 250m stretch of beach. If you’re looking to charter in Mykonos to experience its renowned romantic atmosphere, then head to the Little Venice neighbourhood where old colourful houses perched on the edge of the sea shore create truly enchanting views, against the sparkling sapphire waters of the Aegean. Whatsmore, you can catch a stunning sunset from this part of the island, so be sure to book your yacht charter here and discover this magnificent gem of the Cyclades.
When you picture the Greek islands, for many, Santorini is what comes to mind. Dazzling ice cube houses scattered across hillsides, looking out onto vast azure waters. A yacht charter in the Cyclades will greet you with this picture-perfect reality, where you can sit sipping wine, looking out at a breathtaking Santorini sunset, from the enchanting Oia Village. It’s a truly romantic haven, where you can wander the winding streets, stopping at wineries to sample the best local produce, and relax on beautiful sands. Navigate your boat to the red and black volcanic beaches and cliffs which are an iconic part of the island’s unique landscape; or moor your yacht and head into the picturesque Pyrgos village, which is the best-preserved medieval settlement on the island, and soak up some history over some classic Greek cuisine.
If you’re looking for a little more activity combined with relaxation, then Paros is a good place to drop anchor. With a bustling nightlife, watersports and golden sands, it’s sure to have something so suit every sailor! Hike to the lighthouse at Cape Kórakas for stunning ocean views, or visit the Ágii Anárgyri monastery above Parikiá, surrounded by pine and citrus groves. The Cyclades archipelago is home to endless stunning coastline; if you want to windsurf or kitesurf during your yacht charter, then head to Pounda or Golden beach, or if you’re looking for a scenic patch of beach, sail to Kolymbithres, where crystal-clear waters meet unique granite formations scattered across the sands.
Sailing in the Cyclades is not for the faint-hearted. Due to the force of the meltemi winds during the summer months, navigation can be tricky, and waves can be choppy. If you’re a beginner, don’t let this stop you exploring these stunning islands, you could consider renting your yacht with a skipper on board, so you can enjoy all the wonders of sailing without any of the stress of navigation!
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