Sailing the Cyclades

There are around 220 islands in the Cyclades, including the well-known islands of Santorini with its famous blue domed churches and Mykonos, known for its party lifestyle.

There are three points from which to explore the Cyclades Islands from, Mykonos, Paros and from Lavrion on the mainland. We recommend starting in Paros as it’s in the middle of the islands; an ideal starting point for a week or longer.

We would recommend this area of Greece is a destination for a keener sailor; with the meltemi blowing heavily during the summer season it’s an exciting sailing ground for an experienced crew.

What’s the weather like?

Without a doubt this is the windiest area in Greece to sail during the height of summer, July/August and also the beginning of September. This area is very open to the meltemi, which can blow a force 6 and above during the summer. We would only recommend this sailing ground to very experienced sailors, or if you were looking out of season in May or October.

This area of Greece is fairly far south, so enjoys a really warm summer with temperatures reaching up to 33 degrees in July and August. At the beginning and end of the season, May and October, you will find yourself bathing in temperatures in the early 20’s.

Expect mooring fees in most places except for bay stops. Prices vary depending on the type of harbour or marina you’re visiting and size of your yacht.