The Cyclades

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The Cyclades

The Cyclades is a wonderful destination. It is the area east of Athens. The Cyclades Islands contains a sizable group of Islands such as: Kea, Kythnos, Andros, Tinos, Mykonos, Siros, Paros, Naxos, Amorgos, Ios, Santorini, Iraklia, Schinousa, Koufounisia, Keros, Donousa, Milos, Kimolos, Folegandros, Sikinos, Sifnos and Serifos.

The starting point for your sailing holiday will almost always be Athens. Athens has two ports: Kalamaki Marina and Lavrion.

The Islands in the Cyclades are relatively far apart. It is not always possible to get to your destination on sight. Good navigational skills are a must here. On an average day, you can cover a distance of about 30 miles. The harbor dues in the Cycladesare slightly higher  on average than in the other Greek sailing areas; around 10 to 20 euro per ship per night. This includes water and electricity.

The Cyclades offer all you would expect from Greek Islands. White-blue colors in the streets, small shops with authentic merchandise and small restaurants with delicious food. The Cyclades are an excellent destination to combine sporty sailing trips with the pleasures of Greece.

However, sailing in the Cyclades is not suitable for everyone due to the high probability of strong winds during July and August. An experienced skipper and crew is a must.

When assessing whether this destination is right one for you, you should also consider whether you will have children on board. For young children, this destination is not recommended.   

The Cyclades you can reach from our satellite base in Athens or, if you really have a lot of time, from our main base in Corfu.

Climate

The early and late season are the safest seasons for the Cyclades. In the summer season, there is a high probability of a strong north easterlry wind, the Meltemi.

This wind originates above the Aegean Sea. It is a hard wind that blows over the Cyclades and can often reach a windforce of 7 or 8. 

This wind creates dry and pleasant weather. The biggest heat is tempered. The wind blows from June to september and dies at night. Especially along the coast where mountains and hills define the coastline, the offshore wind can cause turbulence at sea.