Countless Sailing Destinations
Cyclades Islands compose one the most famous regions of islands in Greece and probably in the Mediterranean Sea. Situated at the heart of the Aegean Sea, the islands are gifted with a wild landscape and long, sandy beaches, ideal for summer holidays on a sailboat. One can live unforgettable sailing trips around the 21 major Cyclades islands and the 200 uninhabited smaller ones.
Mykonos, Paros, Ios and of course Santorini are famous for their busy and cosmopolitan nightlife, while the rest of the Cyclades, including the heavenly Small Cyclades(Koufonisia, Donousa, Schinousa, Keros, Irakleia) are famous for their quiet style of holidays and hidden bays, ideal for sailing holidays.
Sailing Yachts for Charter
The start of a Cyclades sailing trip can be either from Athens marinas or from one of the major islands. The Athenian marinas offer a wider selection of yachts and easy access from the main international airport. Moreover, in the case of an unexpected weather condition, a sailing trip can be adjusted easier from Athens, to a calmer destination, rather than be stranded on an island. Lavrion marina is only two hours from the northest Cyclades island Kea and is the closest Athenian marina to reach the Cyclades.
Sail in Greek Waters offer a range of high quality sailing yachts from Mykonos, Santorini and Paros islands and also a wider range of yachts in Athens marinas.
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Cyclades is the most challenging sailing area in Greece. The Meltemi wind blows really strong during summer months, reaching or surpassing 7 Beaufort (25-30 knots) during July and August. If you are interested in relaxing holidays without too much tension, think twice before planning your sailing holidays in the Cyclades islands. Other months like May, June and especially September and October offer more pleasant weather conditions for a carefree sailing cruise.
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Local Culture through the centuries
The Cyclades islands are the birth place of Cycladic civilization which dates from about 3200BC and is amongst the first streams of civilization in ancient Greece. Every island is abundant with monuments of ancient culture, archaeological museums, ancient theaters and remains of ancient settlements, worth visiting for those interested in historical sightseeing. Ancient Cycladic art is famous across the world; the statues and artifacts created in that period are considered a worldwide legacy and they were the base for the civilizations that evovled around the planet. Moreover, 'Rebetiko' a traditional Greek folk music that has influenced the world music scene, originates from Syros, the capital island of Cyclades.
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