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Cyclades Greek Islands Sailing Itinerary


Greek Island Sailing - Cyclades

Day 1 -- Athens - Kea ( 50 miles )
An exceptionally picturesque island. On the south side of Nikolaos Bay - which was a pirate stronghold in the 13th c. - is the little port of Korissia, built on the side of ancient Korissia. There are remains of the ancient town walls and a Sanctuary of Apollo.
The famous lion - carved from the native rock in the 6th c. BCE - can be seen just north-east of Kea town. Another highlight is the beautiful anchorage of Poleis.
Vourkari is a small bay with many traditional taverns, small shops and bars and is certainly worth a visit.

 

Day 2 -- Kea - Mykonos ( 58 miles )
The most popular island of Cyclades Group, famous from the international jet set visitors and the celebrating atmosphere which is overarching the island.
A very active night-life in combination with beautiful beaches and excellent restaurants. A perfect destination for your Greek Island Sailing charter.

 

Day 3 -- Mykonos - Delos ( 4 miles )
The sacred island of Apollo and Artemis, with its unique archeological monuments and one of the most important archeological museums in Greece.
Its many ancient remains include the temple of Apollo and the terrace of the lions.

 

Day 3 -- Delos - Paros ( 20 miles )

Considered as one of the most beautiful island of the Cyclades. Three bays cut deep inland - in the west the sheltered Paroikia Bay, with the island's capital that serves as the main sailing port. In the north the bay which shelters the little town of Naoussa, which in Roman times was the island's main port for the shipment of Lychnites marble; and in the east the flat Marmara bay.
Paros is also known in Greece for its ideal weather conditions for windsurfing.


Day 4 -- Paros - Naxos ( 18 miles )

One of the biggest islands of Cyclades.
The old town - market, the Venetian castle, the church of Panagia Mirtidiotissa are only few of the many things that Naxos have to offer to the visitors.
It is an island with impressive mountainous landscapes with many isolated traditional villages and some of Europeis most beautiful golden sandy beaches.


Day 4 -- Naxos - Koufonissia ( 20 miles )

Situated to the south east of its more illustrious neighbour Naxos. Koufonisia are two islands separated by a 200 metres straight. The upper populated island is one of the smallest islands in Cyclades.
In spite of its size, Koufonisia does have several tavernas and cafes together with some local art shops. You will find the meals in local hostelries of a high standard, with fish in plentiful supply courtesy of the home fleet.The island is small enough to walk around in the morning. Beaches are the big plus of Koufonisia.


Day 4 -- Koufonissia - Amorgos ( 23 miles )

The secret jewel of the Cyclades with high, craggy mountains that cut sharply down to the sea. Sparkling turquoise shallow waters lap onto fine sand or white pebble beaches. The remains of several ancient cities, extensive cemetery areas, finds of coins and rock inscriptions bear witness to the importance of the island in Minoan and Hellenistic times as a port of call on the sea route between Milos and the south-eastern Aegean.


Day 5 -- Amorgos - Ios ( 43 miles )

A small island in the heart of the Cyclades. IOS is said to be the island of youth, where young people from all over the world meet and enjoy their summers. Ios is famous for its vivid nightlife with an uncountable number of bars, cafis, clubs and restaurants and for its beaches with crystal clear water.
The little port of Ios, with the domed Church of Ayia Irini (17th c.) lies in a sheltered bay on the west coast of the island. One kilometre up the fertile Kato Kampos Valley, conspicuously and picturesquely situated on the hillside, is the chief place on the island, Ios.


Day 5 -- Ios - Santorini ( 24 miles )

Many reasons have made this island famous worldwide. Its great wines, the international and local cuisine but most of all, the villages which are situated on cliffs and offer breathtaking view over the submerged volcano. The island also has impressive beaches with the sand of tour choice: black, red or white! Thira together with the smaller islands of Thirasia and Aspro are part of a volcanic crater, which has been engulfed by the sea.
In the centre are the Kammeni islands, the cones of later volcanoes, which came into being in historical times. Hot springs and emissions of gas bear witness to continuing volcanic activity.

 

Day 6 -- Santorini - Folegandros ( 30 miles )

A small and rocky island with wild beauty and a spectacular capital perched on a cliff with medieval dwellings. On a flat expanse above the pretty harbor of Karavostasi is Hora or Folegandros, which consists of two sections. In the old settlement in the Kastro area, the outer walls of the houses form the sort of defensive precinct to be found else where in the Cyclades. The new quarter is just as pretty, with narrow alleys, stepped walls, courtyards, wooden balconies and typically Aegean churches. The finest church on the island that of Our Lady, stands above a section of the ancient wall.

 

Day 6 -- Folegandros - Milos ( 39 miles )

A volcanic island with spectacular geological and rock formations and exceptional beaches with turquoise waters. It has one of the best harbours in the Mediterranean, formed when the sea broke into the crater through a gap on its north-west side.
Milos is famous about the colour of the sea around the island, the traditional local cuisine and its friendly people. Famous beaches of the island are Sarakiniko, Kleftiko, Ag. Kiriaki and many others


Day 7 -- Milos - Sifnos ( 21 miles )

The principal port on Sifnos is Kamares, which is very well sheltered. From there roads lead to the must-see places along the coasts and indeed these also proof beautiful anchorages and should really be visited by boat.The medieval village of Kastro - with remnants of its ancient walls - but also the bays of Faros, Vathi and Platis Gialos are absolutely worth exploring: ranslucent turquoise water, combined with good taverns. However, the best restaurants can be found in Apollonia.


Day 7 -- Sifnos - Serifos ( 15 miles )

Serifos is an island renowned for its excellent food and relaxed atmosphere. Most of the anchorages in the south are now used by fish farms. Moreover, apart from Livadi and the Monastery of the Taxiarchs in the north, there is much to be seen. Its highest point is Mount Tourlos with 483 m.
The island's main sources of income are its modest agriculture and its open-cast iron mines, which have been worked since ancient times


Day 8 -- Serifos - Hydra ( 58 miles )

Today, Hydra is one of the most cosmopolitan points in the Mediterranean. The fact that Hydra has a unique beauty in its architecture and its landscape, taken together with its proximity to Athens and its important historical interest, have gradually raised the island to the level of an international tourist centre. Undoubtedly, Hydra is one of the most beautiful islands in Greece with a unique atmosphere. Cosmopolitan, vibrant and lively, with trendy discos, bars and clubs. Must see places: The Monastery of Pofitis Ilias (found in the early 19th century) at an altitude of 500 meters has an excellent view, Kamini the little fishing village, Episkopi Hydra's pine forest (beginning to recover after a fire), popular Molos for swimming, Bisti, Ag. Nikolaos and Limioniza for swimming, Dokos an islet (1 hour's caique trip) made of a kind of marble where Jacques Cousteau discovered a 3,000 years wreck.


Day 9 -- Hydra - Athens ( 42 miles )

The Capital of Greece. Within the sprawling city of Athens it is easy to imagine the golden age of Greece when Pericles had the Parthenon (the most eminet monument of the ancient Greek architecture) built.Athens is built around the Acropolis and the pinnacled crag of Mt. Lycabettus, which the goddess Athena was said to have dropped from the heavens as a bulwark to defend the city. The suburbs have covered the barren plain in all directions and the city is packed with lively taverns and bustling shops.


   
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