Mykonos Santorini & Cyclades

Charter Yachts In The Mediterranean – Greece Mykonos and Cyclades

The Cyclades (from the Greek word for ‘rings’ or ‘circles’) is the central group of islands in the Aegean, so named because of the way they seem to surround Delos, the ancient centre of trade and worship. The Cyclades are well-known for their stark elemental landscape, white washed houses contrasted against the deep blue and azure colours of sky and sea, traditional windmills, narrow paths full of flowers, and most recently the never ending nightlife.

Sailing Conditions

Due to the strength of the wind in summer, this group of islands is recommended only for experienced sailors. The majority of charter yachts that go out here, unlike in other parts of Greece, are mainly skippered or crewed charters. The prevailing wind in the summer is the Meltemi ®, which blows from the North /North West. It begins in June, blows stronger in July and August at Force 5-6 and may occasionally reach Force 8-9. It may blow for 1-3 days or it may sometimes blow for 2 weeks at a time. During spring and autumn, you may also have to deal with strong winds from the South. Anyone chartering a yacht is advised to take extreme care and check the weather reports regularly. The average temperature in the Cyclades during summer is 25 to 26 ℃ ( 79F ) and very often 33 to 35 ℃ ( 95F ).

Travel Notes

Flights direct to El Venizelos Airport, Athens. You can start your route from Athens Alimos Marina (Kalamaki), or Lavrion (Main Port). Several daily ferries and fast ferries from Piraeus to main islands.

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