Cyclades

Note: We do not recommend inexperienced guests sail in this area in July or August due to a strong summer wind called the 'Meltemi'.

 

The Cyclades Islands

 

The Cyclades literally consists of hundreds of islands, and while many are uninhabited they still offer excellent bays to lay anchor. Those islands that are inhabited present superb variety in size, population, vegetation, and more. Among the Cyclades islands there are many historical sites and archaeological digs. Whichever islands you visit you can be assured of a warm and friendly reception, beautiful beaches, and incredible local fare.

 

Paros

 

Naoussa Harbour, Paros

Paros is another island with several safe harbours, especially Naoussa on the northern coast and Drios on the southeast. The villages of Kephalos (Dragoulas, Mármara and Tsipidos ) situated on the eastern side of the island are believed to be the site of an ancient village and still show many signs of this. Paros is a particularly popular destination with those seeking water and beach activities like wind surfing, kite surfing, and beach horseriding.

 

Naxos

Naxos, the largest of the Cyclades, is brimming with things to do. As well as a fine collection of beaches there are many historical ruins and museums like the Archaeological Museum, Mitropolis Site Museum, and Venetian Museum. Visitors looking for the more lively side of Naxos won't be disappointed. Especially concentrated around Hora, the main city, there are numerous opportunities to enjoy watersports, fine local food, and late night drinking that spills into the early hours and beyond.

Little Venice, Mykonos

Mykonos is quite different because it is one of the most widely visited islands in Greece. Visitors from around the world flock to the island for its vibrant nightlife with the Paradise Club and Super Paradise Club being among the most widely favoured destinations. Aside from the nightlife, there are many other popular landmarks. The Mykonos windmills are one of the most widely revered of these features, but the archaeological museum and the Aegean Maritime museum are also popular destinations. Little Venice is a small community where buildings have been erected with their balconies directly over the sea.

 

Syros

The capital of Syros, Ermoupoli, is also the capital of the Cyclades Islands. Syros has long played an important part in the development of the islands. As such, it is a destination of choice among Greeks and is also popular with climbers, walkers, and sailors. Syros also has a vibrant nightlife with old buildings around Limokathartiria and Ermoupolis converted into bars and nightclubs. Ermoupolis is also one of very few places in Greece that has its own casino.

Delos is widely appreciated as being a site of extreme archaeological and historical importance. Numerous dig sites offer an insight into ancient ways of life and cultures. Religious sites include the Temple of Isis and the Temple of Hera while the House of Dionysus contains an exquisite floor mosaic. The House of Dolphins is also known for its beautiful mosaic work.

Antiparos

Antiparos is perhaps most widely known for being a popular location in the 1980s rock and roll movement. There is also an unofficial nude beach located close to the camp site. Thanks to its history, Antiparos camp site is still a popular destination for those looking for a rich and enjoyable, if a little alternative, nightlife. Prehistoric finds including marble plates and figures have also been found on the island.

Ios

While Ios is a popular tourist destination with a number of cafes and bars testament to this fact, it is also enjoyed because the majority of the Island is inaccessible by car. The main town or Chora is completely pedestrianised and has been largely converted into a tourist destination with bars, restaurants, tavernas, and other venues for an evening's entertainment. It is believed that there is one church or chapel for every single day of the year and there is a ruined Venetian castle.

Amorgos

Despite offering several bays and coves, including Katapola Bay and Fjord Cove, Amorgos is not serviced by regular ferries making it a serene escape. The island is highly significant in terms of archaeological and historical finds. On the northeast face of the island is the monastery of Panagia.

A 13th century Venetian Castle is also a prominent feature around the town of Amorgos while on the opposite shore is the site of Kastri, an ancient settlement.

 

Kythnos

Kythnos deserves special mention because it has more than 70 beaches within a 100km stretch of coastline. While many of these beaches are inaccessible by road they can be reached on foot or by water presenting the perfect location to drop anchor and relax by the clear Greek waters. Kolona is one of the most well known because it offers visitors the chance to relax with the sea on both sides.

 

Santorini

Santorini (or Thira) is believed to be the legendary lost city of Atlantis and was an important settlement of the Minoan civilisation. The volcanic soil is particularly fertile producing fine grapes for wine. The crater is some six miles long by four miles wide and the rim is now home to restaurants and cocktail bars perched on the cliffs. Santorini is famous for its sunsets and a popular honeymoon destination.