Day 1: Lavrion - Kea (14 nautical miles)
The trip starts on Saturday evening from the port of Lavrion, at the east coast of Athens. Use the morning and afternoon to get the food supplies from the stores near the port; sail before 6 pm so that there is adequate time to arrive before sunset in Koundouros bay, at the southwest coast of Kea. This is a cozy bay, protected from only the north and east winds; avoid it at the (rare) case of south winds, in which case only the northern side of the island can offer a good shelter.
Days 2, 3: Kea - Mykonos (54 nm)
The picture of the sunrise was shot during this trip, from Kea to Mykonos, early morning. When we were approaching the north coast of Syros, the sun appeared over Tinos island.
The next day relax in Mykonos island; there are many options. From visiting the nearby islet of Delos, the sacred island in ancient times, to sailing the south coast of Mykonos or just have a relaxed day in the town, meeting celebrities in the streets and the coffee shops.
Day 4: Mykonos - Paros (18 nm)
On Tuesday, continue the trip to the next destination, Paros island.Depending on weather conditions and wind force, decide where to berth, either in Naousa, the port at the north, Paroikia, or even Livadi, a smaller port but with good protection to the strong north winds. Another option could be Antiparos, the little islet at the west side of Paros, especially for those who wish a relaxing day at the golden beaches of the islet.
Since the trip from Mykonos to Paros is not so lengthy (2-3 hours), if you leave Mykonos early morning you may have a quick stop in Rhenia islet, an awesome place for free mooring and swimming for few hours. It is expected to be a a pleasant sailing day, travelling down wind.
Day 5: Paros - Serifos (36 nm)
Spend the night in the bars of the town over the hill, with a panormic, breath-taking view to the endless Aegean Sea.
Day 6: Serifos - Kithnos (25 nm)
OnThursday the itinerary continues north, to the island of Kithnos. Either you sail by the east coast of Serifos and then head west, either you sail by the south coast and then head north (as depicted in the chart above), the distance does not change significantly and when there are strong winds, each option has the 'hard part' heading north. We found the second option harder, as we were travelling with strong winds over 7 beauforts. It was impossible to sail up wind, with gusts stemming out the strait among Kithnos and Serifos. The solution should be to sail further west, avoid the effect of the strait, and then tack to north-east and the port of Kithnos. Never the less, sailing in that area was a highly challenging and unforgettable experience.
Either you decide to berth in the fish port of Merichas or in the beautiful bay of Kolona, you will be amazed by the beauty and the charm of the dry land of Kithnos island. The small tavernas on the port of Merichas offer a good option for dinner ashore.
Day 7: Kithnos - Lavrion (24 nm)
On the last day of the trip, head northwest toward the base port of Lavrion. You can enjoy first the swim in Kolona bay but it's recommended to start 1-2 hours earlier so you can have another swim in Sounion bay, under the Temple of Poseidon. Lavrion port lies another hour to the north.View more pictures from Cyclades islands!
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Note: Above data (distances, berthing information, etc.) are included merely for informational purposes and are not accurate. Please assess a nautical chart before your trip, to ensure a safe and pleasant trip.