The Cyclades islands beg to be approached by sea, revealing their charms slowly or in a sudden moment of sheer drama. You could see them all in ten days, but chances are you’ll be tempted to linger longer.
Made up of 39 islands in the Aegean Sea, the combination of steady winds, dramatic landscapes and natural harbours makes the Cyclades a perfect sailing destination. Ideally situated for island hopping, these islands are blessed with an astonishing wealth of historical sites and legacies left by countless successive civilisations over the course of five millennia. Rocky, arid landscapes promise breathtaking views with stunning white buildings offset by bright-blue church domes perched above aquamarine waters
From the cosmopolitan island of Mykonos to the rustic and traditional villages of Santorini, all the islands abound with simplicity and charm, but each remains unique. Legend has it the land here was fragmented by Zeus, and each island is in its own little world with its own rhythm. Take a walk along the Avenue of the Lions – one of the many ruins on Delos that evokes the island’s former status as the religious heart of the Aegean. Fortunately there are plenty of the Cyclades to go around, with something to appeal to everyone.
- Watch the rousing colours of the cliffs, sea grottoes and tucked away beaches as you approach the island of Milos.
- For a peaceful night with spectacular views anchor off Folegandros.
- Cruise around Santorini’s satellite islands of Thirassia, Palea and Nea Kameni and discover some of the Cyclades’ finest and most secluded beaches.
- Take a morning swim on the island of Sifnos whilst your crew set up a breakfast picnic on the beach.
- Sip on some locally made ouzo in the cool breeze on deck of your yacht.
- Take a dip in the hot springs on Milos - Legend has it the waters will captivate you and put you under Venus’ spell.
- Every year, from July to September, the island of Naxos opens the doors to its most prominent castles for special events and festivals being held in each one, from dance to storytelling.