DAY1 – MYKONOS
Before we set sail to other islands, we give ourselves a chance to explore Mykonos Island by yacht. The second most popular island of the Cyclades boasts coves, bays and stunning landscapes when experienced from the sea. When we sail into Panormos Bay in the north of Mykonos, we’ll find ourselves flanked by hills. A few interesting beaches in the bay are less visited than their popular counterparts on the southern coast.
> Sailing in Mykonos – important information:
Plenty of anchorage options, such as Ormos Mikonou, Ormos Ornou and Kalo Livadi.
> Sailing in Mykonos – don’t miss:
Strolling around the Windmills of Kato Mili and Little Venice
Tasting local cheese and fresh seafood
Learning more about the history of the island at the Archaeological Museum of Mykonos
DAY2 – MYKONOS TO PAROS– 25,9 miles
Leaving the charming island of Mykonos behind, we are heading to Paros …
Antiparos is less than 5 nautical miles from Paros and a popular day trip option for travelers. However, it is also an excellent place to explore on its own. The main feature that attracts visitors here is the beaches. Sandy, with crystal clear waters, the beaches of Antiparos are remote and nudist-friendly. An excellent place for diving and snorkeling. Saint George Beach on the southwest boasts incredible views and is one place not to be missed.
Arriving in Paros, it is clear why this island captivates the heart of so many travelers and has quickly risen in status among the greats, such as Mykonos, Santorini, and Naxos. The cosmopolitan vibe and picturesque fishing villages combine traditional elements with luxury amenities and a vibrant nightlife in a refreshing and unexpected way.
It is worth spending an afternoon strolling through the streets of Parikia and Naoussa, the two most popular settlements on the island.
> Sailing in Paros – important information:
Parikia is the main commercial harbor – approach can be tricky with lots of low-lying reefs
Plenty of anchorages including Naoussa Bay, Ayios Ioannis, Plastira and Aliki
Very popular destination during the Greek summer season
> Sailing in Paros – don’t miss:
Stroll around Parikia and Naoussa villages
A swim at Kolymbithres – you can also try watersports!
DAY3 – PAROS – ANTIPAROS – SIFNOS – 33,9 miles
National Geographic called Sifnos “The Cyclades’ hottest food scene,” and we couldn’t agree more.
One of the best-kept secrets of the Cyclades, Sifnos has a flourishing culinary scene and the ambiance required to enjoy it all in. Modest in size, Sifnos is easy to explore and easier to fall in love with.
There is something here for everyone; long stretch of golden sand beaches like Platys Gialos, Chrissopigi, and Kamares and secluded beaches like Vroulidia and Dialiskari. There are also plenty of cultural and historical attractions on the island for those interested. You can visit the Archaeological Museum, the churches of Panagia Chrissopigi, the Church of Seven Martyrs, and the windmills and pigeon houses scattered around the island.
> Sailing in Sifnos – important information:
Easy approach, except for possible meltemi winds
Ormos Kamares is the only port on the island
There is water and electricity available on the quay at Kamares
> Sailing in Sifnos – don’t miss:
Visit the church of Seven Martyrs
Swim at Platys Gialos beach
Explore the village of Kastro
DAY4 – SIFNOS TO MILOS– 23,4 miles
Next to Kimolos, we find the tiny island of Agios Efstathios and the much larger island of Polyaigos, the largest uninhabited island in the Aegean Sea, named after the active population of goats that occupy the space. Here, Mediterranean seals (Monachus Monachus) give birth to their young. The island is a designated protected site under the Natura 2000 network.
Kimolos has five main anchorages: Prasonisi, Pirgonisi, Semina, Psathi, and Sikia.
Plenty of non-organized sandy beaches can be found in Kimolos, offering carefree moments for all.
From Kimolos, the island of Milos is less than 1,5 hours away or about 12 nautical miles.
With more than 40 beaches to choose from, picturesque fishing villages, and enchanting landscapes, Milos is a place that can’t be missing from your Greek islands itinerary across the Cyclades. The “syrmata” houses of Milos on the coastal village of Klima are unique to the area and traditionally used by fishermen. Nowadays, some operate as accommodation units. The brightly colored doors on the water acted as garage doors for the fishermen’s boats.
> Sailing in Milos – important information:
The largest port is Adamas
There are only limited mechanical repairs on Milos. Fuel and water are available.
Volcanic island with very dramatic coastline worth exploring in full
> Sailing in Milos – don’t miss:
Exploring Sarakiniko beach
A visit to Klima and the picturesque fishing villages
Sailing around Kleftiko for the famous Caves of Mylos
DAY5 – MILOS – KIMOLOS – FOLEGANDROS – 35,8 miles
The island of Folegandros is nestled between Milos and Santorini.
Only a few hours from other popular destinations, Folegandros fills like another place. The dry climate and rough winds that hit its shore historically isolated the island, and only a tiny local population of fewer than 300 people stays year-round. Visitors arrive here for a taste of the old ways – traditional food, secluded beaches, and the friendly welcome of the locals.
The two main anchorages for yachts are Karavostasi and Ormos Vathi; they are also the best sheltered from Meltemi winds. The best beaches are Vorina on the east and Katergo to the south, which requires a half an hour walk to reach unless you are arriving by boat.
> Sailing in Folegandros – important information:
Two main anchorages: Karavostasi and Ormos Vathi
Night approaches not recommended for Karavostasi
Most beaches on the island are only reachable by boat
> Sailing in Folegandros – don’t miss:
The walk to the medical castle for panoramic views and the Church of Panagia
A swim at Agali beach
Snorkelling at Katergo beach with crystal clear waters
DAY6 – FOLEGANDROS TO SANTORINI– 29,3 miles
Santorini is the last point of our cruise across the Cyclades.
The beauty of Santorini cannot be overstated. If you’re looking for the ideal vacation destination, it is among the top picks globally. With houses perched on top of rugged cliffs and unique geological formations shaped after the volcanic eruption thousands of years ago, Santorini continues to enchant all visitors that arrive on its shore.
Visitors have the option to stay longer and spend a few days exploring the island. Alternatively, you can also choose to spend time here after the end of this cruise.
The volcano and views of the caldera take center stage, so for the best experience, book a caldera-view hotel in Fira, Oia, or Imerovigli.
> Sailing in Santorini – important information:
The safest anchorage is Vlyhada public marina
Plenty of shoals at the entrance
The caldera is incredibly deep – no anchoring possible
> Sailing in Santorini – don’t miss:
A visit to the picturesque village of Oia with views of the Caldera
Tasting Saganaki cheese, fava dip, and white eggplants
A romantic dinner at a winery and a taste of the local Vinsanto