Happy is the man, I thought, who, before dying, has the good fortune to sail the Aegean Sea: -Nikos Kazantzakis
You can sail and discover the Cyclades Islands from our Main Base in Athens, or our bases in Lavrion, Mykonos and Paros.
The Cyclades is a group of Greek islands, southeast of the mainland in the Aegean Sea. It centers on uninhabited Delos, considered the birthplace of Apollo, and home to some of Greece’s most important archaeological ruins. Many of the islands are popular holiday destinations, known for their beaches, ancient sites, rugged landscapes and traditional blue-and-white stucco towns overlooking the sea.
The Cyclades comprise about 220 islands, the major ones being Amorgos, Anafi, Andros, Antiparos, Delos, Ios, Kea, Kimolos, Kythnos, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Folegandros, Serifos, Sifnos, Sikinos, Syros, Tinos, and Thira or Santoríni. There are also many minor islands including Donousa, Eschati, Gyaros, Irakleia, Koufonisia, Makronisos and Schoinousa. The name “Cyclades” refers to the islands forming a circle (“circular islands”) around the sacred island of Delos. Most of the smaller islands are uninhabited.
Ermoupoli on Syros is the chief town and administrative center of the former prefecture.
The islands are peaks of a submerged mountainous terrain, with the exception of two volcanic islands, Milos and Santorini.
The climate is generally dry and mild, but with the exception of Naxos the soil is not very fertile: agricultural produce includes wine, fruit, wheat, olive oil, and tobacco. Cooler temperatures are in higher elevations and mainly do not receive wintry weather. The most famous island group in the Aegean Sea comprises some of the most beautiful islands in the world! With gorgeous sandy beaches, protected bays, architecture in white and blue, traditional lifestyle, folk music, warm, hospitable people and barren landscapes with isolated chapels turn a trip to the Cyclades into a lifetime experience.
Let your dreams come true in one of the following islands:
Anafi, Andros, Antiparos, Amorgos, Delos, Donousa, Folegandros, Ios. Iraklia, Kea, Kimolos, Koufonisia, Kythnos, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Serifos, Sifnos, Sikinos, Schinoussa, Syros, Santorini, Tinos.
Weather & Wind
The prevailing wind in the summer is the Meltemi blowing from the North, it begins to blow in June, blows strongest in July/August and subsides from the middle of September. In July and August, the wind blows at force 5-6 and may reach force 7-8. It may blow for 1-3 days or sometimes blow for 1 week continuously. In the other months the wind strength is less, around force 3-4.
In the Northern Cyclades it blows from North East, in the middle Cyclades from the North, in the Southern Cyclades it blows from the North West. In the South West islands, it is less strong, during spring and autumn, you may be faced with winds coming from the south. In general, the sailing conditions are much more demanding than in other areas of Greece.
A sample 7-day itinerary from Paros:
|Day 1||Paros – Renia – Delos – Mykonos|
|Day 2||Mykonos – Naxos|
|Day 3||Naxos – Koufonisia|
|Day 4||Koufonisia – Ios|
|Day 5||Ios – Santorini|
|Day 6||Santorini – Folegandros|
|Day 7||Folegandros – Paros|
Sample Itineraries: Sample 7-day Itineraries to the Cyclades Islands from Athens and Lavrion.
|Day 1||Athens – Kythnos|
|Day 2||Kythnos – Milos|
|Day 3||Milos – Paros|
|Day 4||Paros – Naxos|
|Day 5||Naxos – Mykonos|
|Day 6||Mykonos – Reneia/Delos – Siros|
|Day 7||Syros – Athens|
|Day 1||Athens – Aegina|
|Day 2||Aegina – Poros – Hydra|
|Day 3||Hydra – Milos|
|Day 4||The round of Milos – Poliegos – Sifnos|
|Day 5||Sifnos – Paros|
|Day 6||Paros – Kythnos|
|Day 7||Kythnos – Sounion – Athens|
Athens – Sounion – Kythnos – Paros – Sifnos – Poliegos – Milos – Hydra – Poros – Athens
|Day;||Ports;||Distance in kn miles.|
|1||Athens – Sounion||24|
|2||Sounion – Kythnos||25|
|3||Kythnos – Syros||30|
|4||Syros – Delos – Mykonos||18|
|6||Mykonos – Kea||49|
|7||Kea – Athens||32|
|These same Sample 7 day||Itineraries also||from Lavrion.|
|1||Lavrion – Kythnos||25|
|3||Serifos – Sifnos||14|
|4||Sifnos – Paros||25|
|5||Paros – Syros||22|
|6||Siros – Kea||34|
|7||Kea – Lavrion||14|