There are plenty of beautiful areas to bareboat charter in the Cyclades which can make it harder to choose a route! Also, it would be great to know useful tips before you plan your next sailing adventure in this fantastic gem of Greece. In this article, you will find many helpful information to sail in the Cyclades!
When is the Best time to Sail in the Cyclades?
The best time to sail in the Cyclades is in Spring from May to Jun, and in Autumn from September to October, the weather is relatively pleasant, and the places aren’t crowded. July and August are overcrowded, and the Meltemi winds are blowing strongly during these months. Sailors prefer to sail early in the morning to avoid the winds as it usually blows stronger during the day. However, it is not uncommon to meet the Meltemi winds even in Spring and Autumn, so take your precaution and pay attention very carefully to the weather! (www.meteo.gr)
How to Provision the Boat?
There are two options available for provisioning the boat. The first, you get delivered from the charter company. The second, you are the one who provisions the yacht. Be aware that it is cheaper to provision the boat yourself!
For example, you could end up paying around 25$ to 45$ a day per person only for the food via a charter company and just 15$ if you stock up yourself. If it’s your first bareboat charter, then it would be better to use the charter company delivery services because you’ll be so busy on the day of the departure that you won’t have the time to care about the provisions. I personally prefer the first option because when I go on a sailing holiday, I like to relax and enjoy!
Where to Sail and What to Do?
Day 1 – Alimos
Alimos is a charming village located in the South Athens in Greece, which is where your sailing trip will start. The first day you will have a short sail as the departure is usually around afternoon.
Arriving earlier will allow you to enjoy a healthy lunch in one of the restaurants along the beach, have fun at the wet park Akti Iliou, or do some shopping, but don’t be late! Now it’s time to set sail to Poros!
Day 2 – Poros
Poros is a small Greek Island-pair located in the Saronic southern part consisting of two islands that were built over two hills.
Where to Stop and What to Visit
Love Bay as it sounds is a romantic and relaxing, delightful cove with a small beach bar and some sunbeds to hire. This Bay is small, so you may not find a place in the afternoon.
It is recommended to come early in the morning, around 9 AM. The beach at Love Bay is clean with shallow and clear water surrounded by pine trees providing shade. This Bay is absolutely fantastic for couples and families.
Day – 3 Kithnos
Next stop is at Kythnos a lovely village situated between Kea and Serifos in the Western Cyclades.
Where to Stop and What to Do
Kolona beach is a real beauty. It is truly one of the finest beaches of Kythnos. Fikiada and Kolona bays are separated by isthmus sand which makes this place extremely unique.
You could go ashore, swim in the clear blue water, and climb the hill to explore the beautiful views. It’s a fantastic place to enjoy watching the sun goes down slowly.
Day – 4 Serifos
After enjoying at kithnos island, heading south, you’ll get to Serifos, a beautiful place to visit with fantastic beaches, a scuba diver center, monasteries, and charming villages.
Where to Visit and What to Do
Kastro is situated in the eastern part of Sifnos and has a small church, few bars, and a little souvenir shop. The view from the little church is absolutely incredible and offer a superb atmosphere. Strolling in Kastro village around the narrow streets and among all the lovely cafes is a real dream. So don’t miss it!
Day – 5 Paros
Paros is well known for its beautiful beaches and traditional villages, there are so many things to do on this island.
Where to Visit And What to Do
Parikia is a must to see with all the taverns, shops, small narrow streets, and a fantastic bay surrounded by magnificent beaches. Once you leave, you will always want to come back for more!
Panayia Ekatondapiliani Cathedral
If you are a churches lover, Panayia Ekatondapiliani Cathedral is a splendid monument of history built in 4 century, the inside and out is very impressive. The museum of Byzantic icons is lovely, and there is also a balcony area from where you can enjoy spectacular views of the Altar.
Old Port of Naoussa
If you feel like dining ashore, the Old Port of Naoussa will meet all your needs with bars, taverns, and shops around the port that create a unique ambiance.
Day 6 – Mykonos
One of the most attractive and charming Greek islands is, Mykonos! This heaven is Well known for its dynamic and never-ending party atmosphere.
Where to Visit and What to Do?
About 20 minutes of Mykonos old port, you’ll find an incredible sunbathers paradise called “Elia beach” a private beach with lots of watersports activities such as jet ski, snorkeling, scuba, and more.
If you are a party lover who only wants to enjoy music, good food, in other words, have fun, Paradise Beach will fulfill all your requirements.
Matoyianni Street situated in Mykonos town offers a taste for everyone, it is blessed with shops, bars, cafes, restaurants, churches, designer stores, jewelry, and many other excellent attractions. Getting lost in this beautiful town will amuse you as there are plenty of great spots to spend times with friends or family.
Windmills a 16th-Century Monument
Don’t leave Mykonos before taking any memorable pictures of windmills a 16th-century monument, particularly in the sunset. The view is stunning!
Oh, when you finish taking some good photos you can stroll down to one of the exquisite restaurants to enjoy a Mykonian tasty meal.
Day 7 – Kea to Poros to Aegina
As you leave Mykonos, on the way back to Poros after a few hours sailing, making a stop at Kea will help you relax and recharge the batteries.
Where to Stop and What to Do?
Koundouros Beach is definitely the best beach on the island. There are a small bar and a restaurant offering excellent food as well as sun beds and parasols.
Water sports are very popular on Kea such as Jet Ski, Banana trip for children, and water skiing. The high season in Greece is in the summer, so expect the beach to be crowded, particularly in August!
Temple of Aphaia
Visiting the Temple of Aphaia on Aegina will be a perfect ending to your wonderful sailing trip. It will take about 20 minutes to climb the mountain, and as you’ll get up there, you will enjoy seeing the beautiful temple and stunning views of the sea. Don’t forget to take some pictures!
How to Get There?
You need to take a flight to Athens
Athens is only 22 miles away from Alimos Marina. From Athens airport, you can get a taxi or a bus to the Marina. Some charter companies will include the transfer from the airport or vice versa into the charter rates while some won’t.
Where to Stay Prior Departure?
After a long flight, it often happens to want to rest and spend few hours somewhere before the sailing trip start. There are lovely hotels along Alimos Marina where you can book a room for the night. Prices are relatively cheap from 35$ a night per person. Great deal!
- As mentioned above the Meltemi often blow in the Cyclades especially in July and August. You need good sailing abilities to sail these areas.
So, if you feel, you need the help of another experimented sailor, don’t hesitate to hire a skipper. They know well the regions, also, they will bring you to the most beautiful destinations.
2. If for some reasons you anchor in Santorini, don’t leave your boat as the weather is unpredictable and may change quickly! You might find your vessel on the rocks:(
3. Check what islands are off limit in your charter contract so you can sail in complete tranquillity. If something happens to the boat and you didn’t exceed the limited zone, then chances are you’ll get your security deposit back if no other damages have been done during the trip of course!
There are many beautiful islands with a lot of bars, cafes, and restaurants that serve delicious local food and you will always find a great way to spend your time in the Cyclades. But before you sail in these areas you really need to know what kind of sailing trip and what period of the year you wish to navigate as it is more agitated there, thus, it is preferable to have good sailing skills!
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