Amorgos: one of our favorites islands lies east in the the Cyclades. It is calm and peaceful and has a unique wild and pure beauty. Arriving, you get the impression that time has stood still. Thousands of small chapels attest to the religiosity of the islanders and the imposing monastery of Hozoviotissa on the east coast offers a breathtaking view to the pilgrims. A nip of rakomelo, the local drink at the monastery’s guest lounge, will be the perfect choice to enjoy the deep blue view from its window.
Amorgos has two ports, Egiali and Katapola. Katapola is the main port, located in a protected and safe bay. Shore power and water is available, and mini markets, a bakery and the bus station are within two minutes walk from your yacht. Rental cars are available, and the Prekas coffee shop- taverna is a must for a Greek coffee and meze with ouzo. Egiali on the north-west coast is not recommended when the winds are strong, as there are no facilities and not enough space to moor. Another two places that are worth visiting for swimming on anchor, are Nikouria, between Egiali and Katapola, and Gramvoussa at south west. Nikouria is a big blue lagoon and the best anchorage for an overnight stay.
Anafi: kommer snart.
Andros: kommer snart.
Antiparos: is a very small and beautiful island west of Paros with wonderful beaches and beautiful scenery. The -harbor of Antiparos does not have a quay for yachts, but anchorage is safe and your dinghy will take you ashore. One of the most famous places to anchor in the Cyclades is lagoon-type bay of Agios Georgios, located on the west coast of Antiparos.
Donoussa: is situated on the north-eastern part of The Small Cyclades a bit further apart than the rest of them, located about 15 nautical miles east of the island of Naxos and 14 nautical miles north of Amorgos. It is a small heaven for those who are looking into enjoying nature in a peaceful environment, swimming and sunbathing. Its small ports and the particular smell of the cedar-trees create the island’s unique beauty.
The size of the island is 13,7 square kilometers, with the highest point named Vardia at 386 meters. The 5 small villages of Kalotaritissa, Troulos, Mesaria (Charavgi) and Mersini, with their white houses, and picturesque lanes full of bougainvilleas, and quiet hills covered in cedar-trees and tamarisk, are on a clear day able to see from Patmos to Santorini. The port and capital of the island is Stavros, located in the southern part of the island and protected from the north winds.
Folegandros: is another favorite island with its “Chora” the main village being in our opinion one of the loveliest of the Cyclades. Local dishes are a unique experience, the most famous being matsata, homemade pasta served with slow-cooked kid, rabbit or beef in a delicious tomato savory sauce with spices and herbs. Karavostasi is the port of Folegandros, and has a quay for about 10 yachts where fresh water is available on request. On the west coast, Vathi is a beautiful bay for swimming, only accessible by boat or foot. Here you can lunch at Paris’ very original and totally laid-back restaurant, where the food is great (some of it excitingly unusual for Greece) and the music is wonderful.
Ios: is well known for its many bars with partying day and night and the famous beach of Milopotas. The port of the island provides good shelter from winds in all directions, and moorings are also available. Fresh water can be found on the quay, and supermarkets, bakeries, tavernas and the bus service are only a few meters away from your yacht. Should you wish to spend a night on anchorage, we recommend Maganari bay on the south coast. There are also many more beautiful coves all around Ios for swimming, Milopotas, Pikri Nero, Tris Eklisies, and Agia Theodoti being some of them.
Iraklia: the most western island of The Small Cyclades, is located 18 nautical miles west and 2,5 nautical miles south of Naxos. It is 6 nautical miles east of Ios, 19 nautical miles from Amorgos, 1 nautical mile from Schinoussa and 5 nautical miles from Koufonissi. The island which is 17,8 square kilometers, is rich in vegetation with fig and cedar trees, and abundant springs. The highest point of Iraklia is Pappas Hill at 419 meters, and supplies the island’s water.The 151 inhabitants live in the port of Agios Giorgios, Pano Mera or Panagia in the middle of the island, and Agios Athanasios on the west coast. Due to its position of having neighboring islands on all sides, Iraklia’s coasts remain calm and untouched by strong winds.
Kea: kommer snart.
Kimolos: kommer snart.
Kithnos: is the island which is well known island for its hot springs and medicinal baths from the past. Visiting the west coast is recommended as it is an unforgettable experience to sail along the hundreds of small coves with the beautiful beaches from Agios Dimitrios at far south to Kolona at north, and ending at Mericha, the major port of Kithnos which provides safe shelter at night. The east coast offers a nice and safe marina at Loutra and some nice anchorages at Agios Stefanos and Agios Giannis. Water and shore power are available at Loutra.
Koufonissia: consists of two islands and is geographically located on the southeast side of Naxos and to the west of Amorgos. A straight of some 200 meters width separates Pano (Upper) Koufonissi (or just Koufonissi) from the uninhabited island of Kato (Lower) Koufonissi. The golden sand and the crystal waters with the unique color create the magic of these islands. Pano Koufonissi is 3,5 square kilometers, and Kato Koufonissi 4,3 square kilometers.
The nature and the islands’ morphology are typical to that of the Cycladic Islands. These islands are mainly flat with their highest point at 100 meters. Golden beaches and soft rocks corroded by the sea created the caves which the islands are named for.
Pano Koufonissi’ has a small settlement of 366 residents at the port, and is a characteristic example of Cycladic architecture. Kato Koufonissi has only a few rural houses inhabited during the summer months, but is home to the excellent taverna Venetsanos.
Milos: is the western most island of Cyclades and famous for the statues of Aphrodite in the Louvre museum, Asclepius in the British museum and for the large quantities of obsidian which made Milos popular centuries ago. Sharp tools of this material were made and transported all around the Mediterranean. Bentonite, perlite, pozzolana are some of the natural resources that are still extracted from Milos’ ground nowadays.
The bay of Adamas is a natural harbor with plenty facilities for yachts. All around Milos there are many nice coves for swimming with incredible stratums making stunning scenery.
Mykonos: is the most cosmopolitan island of all Greece, and known for its diverse and intense nightlife and its beautiful sandy beaches. The island fills with tourists during the summer season, and cruise ships arrive one after the other. Mykonos’ sister island Delos, is one of the most important mythological, historical and archaeological sites in Greece.
The large new marina of Mykonos is located at the port at Tourlos, and water and electricity are available. Finding a small secluded bay anywhere on this island during summer is impossible, the beautiful coves on the south coast such as Ornos, Platis Yialos, Elia, and Kalafatis, are visited by hundreds of yachts.
Naxos: is the biggest of the Cyclades Islands, with tens of small and large villages. It is situated between Paros and the small Cyclades. A long stretch of beach along most of the west coast runs from Chora to Agiasou. Naxos is a popular tourist destination with several archeological sites and is most fertile island of the Cyclades. The marina of Naxos is comfortable, has all facilities, and offers good shelter from winds in all directions. There are many beautiful places all around the island where you can anchor for swimming, and for an overnight stay we recommend Kalando bay where there is also a new marina, but nothing else – no village, just nature. This is an ideal spot for swimming, hiking and barbeques on the beach at nights.
Paros: is considered by many as the most beautiful island of the Cyclades and we tend to agree. Paros has gorgeous golden beaches all around the coast, traditional settlements and green hills. The island also offers sports activities, good restaurants and nightlife, and its location being in the middle of the Cyclades ideal for sailing to the nearby islands. The connection with the mainland is excellent with big and fast ferries sailing every day, and there is a small airport with flights to Athens. Paros marina is not big, but it is busy as all yachts facilities and chandlery are available, and there is professional staff for various repairs. Other ports around the coast is Naoussa at the north, with a nice and organized marina, and Piso Livadi at the south east with a small but safe harbor. Anchorage all around the coast is easy but we do not recommend overnight stays.
Santorini: is a cosmopolitan resort of amazing night life, a unique landscape, and black sandy beaches. When visiting Santorini by sailing, you should plan to stay at least two nights. . There are almost no anchorages around the island; you will stay on the south coast at Vlyhada marina where fresh water and shore power are available on the quay.
Fira town and Oia are rather far away from the marina, so plan on renting a car to get around; this is also the cheapest and fastest way to see the island.
Schinoussa: is located south of Naxos, and between Koufonissia and Iraklia. It is an island the size of 8,5 square kilometers with numerous bays and peninsulas and 206 residents. Its terrain is smooth with hills and small valleys and highest point named Milos at 133 meters. The land is fertile thereby cultivated from one side to the other. Mersini, the port of Schinoussa is known to be one of the best shelters for small vessels in the Aegean. The other settlements are Chora (or Panagia) with panoramic view and located approximately 1200 meters from the port, and Messaria.
Serifos: is lovely island, but quite exposed to wind from all directions. Thus, this island has remained rather off the course for yachting and other tourism and is an unspoiled pearl. The main village, Chora, is only 3 km from the port and accessible by bus just outside the quay. There are many nice restaurants with tables on the sandy beach, and after dinner there are some lovely bars to visit before getting back onboard. A nice anchorage for swimming is at Koutalas bay at the west coast of the island.
Sifnos: is located in the western Cyclades between Serifos and Milos. At Sifnos there are three choices for spending the night on a yacht. Kamares is the main port which offers fresh water, several restaurants, gift shops, and a nice beach for swimming. You can take a bus from the port to visit Apollonia, the traditional village on top of the hill. A few miles further south there is the well protected bay of Vathi which has a small quay for 4-5 yachts. The surroundings are fantastic, and quiet and peaceful for a relaxing night. On the other side of the island you will find Platis Yialos, a long sandy beach in a big bay on the south east coast with a new marina.
Sikinos: is another hidden gem of the Cyclades, a beautiful and quiet island. The Chora is approximately 5 km from the port and has the characteristics of a traditional Aegean village. The hospitality of the islanders is unparallel and the restaurants offer real Greek food made by local products. The main port has a small sandy beach one side.
Syros: kommer snart.
Tinos: kommer snart.