The Cyclades islands are the most well-known of the Greek Islands. The Cyclades are islands of contrast, from the lively nightlife of Mykonos to the natural beauty and architectural style of Santorini, to the cosmopolitan islands of Paros and Naxos, and the unspoiled smaller ports and anchorages of Irakllia and Koufonisia, with each island having it’s own very unique feel and character. The Cyclades islands are further apart than the islands in the other cruising grounds in Greece and seeing them all can involve some longer days sailing. In the summer months the Meltemi wind can blow from the north making this an area best suited to the more experienced or adventurous sailors. There are limited charter options starting on the Islands however the Cyclades are easily reached from the Greek mainland, either from Athens, or ideally from Lavrion which is just a few hours sail from the first Island (Kea) and easily accessible from Athens Airport.

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Sailing conditions

Unlike the Saronic Gulf and Argolic Gulf sailing areas, the Cyclades islands are not protected by any mainland. Their position out into the Aegean Sea means they are more exposed to the northerly ‘Meltemi’ wind which very much dominates the Cyclades islands. Sailing in this area can be challenging with winds averaging force 5-6 in July and August, sometimes increasing to force 7-8. For this reason we would highly recommend careful route planning. If possible a 2 week charter is better suited to this region to allow you to take in all it has to offer.

Getting there

There are daily flights with scheduled and low cost airlines from London to Athens, which is approx 30 mins taxi ride from Lavrion. If starting from Paros or Syros you take a connecting flight or Ferry from Athens. Alternatively there are limited flights operating into Mykonos.

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