Cyclades: perfect place for sailing

Best sailing areas in Cyclades. Sailing routes, weather and wind details, facts about region and important details to sail in Cyclades.

Sailing trip in Cyclades

The Cyclades Islands are situated in the southern part of the Aegean Sea. More than 2,000 islands and rocks are gathered around the central one — Delos, the birthplace of Apollo.

 

In the Cyclades, you get gorgeous sandy beaches, folk music, hospitable people, and beautiful scenery.

Sailing season
May - October
Travel season
April - October
Marinas in this location
7
Boats in this location
189

Main facts about region

Telephone code:
+30 210
Language:
Greek
Timezone:
UTC+2, in summer UTC+3
Currency:
Euro (EUR)
Population:
119,549

Sailing vacation Cyclades

If you would like to operate a rented boat, obtain an RYA, IYT, a GIMS certificate, or a yacht captain's diploma. Cyclades sailing destinations are suitable for experienced sailors. In the high season (in July and August) the Meltemi wind intensifies here.

 

Sailing trip the Cyclades includes Lavrio, Santorini, Naxos, Mykonos, the ancient Greek ruins of Delos, and the Kythnos sandbar.

 

There are many architectural structures, the history of which describes in ancient Greek legends.

 

The name «Cyclades» means «round islands» and explains their location around the sacred island of Delos. Apollo and Artemis were born here.

 

Most of the smaller islands are uninhabited.

 

If you decide to arrange a yacht trip but want to clarify the details of booking, leave a request on the website. Our consultant will contact you at your convenience, answer all the questions about the rent system and help you to plan the trip. We do not just offer yacht charter, we unite like-minded people. Sailica is a community of yachtsmen who do not image life without sailing and those who are just going on their first cruise.

Cyclades - Yacht Charter Sailica
Cyclades - Yacht Charter Sailica
Cyclades - Yacht Charter Sailica
Cyclades - Yacht Charter Sailica

Here are some popular directions:

  • Athens — Kea — Serifos — Milos (the famous statue of Venus was found here) — Hydra — Poros — Athens. This is a 7-day route.
  • Lavrio — Kythnos — Sifnos — Milos — Santorini (one of the most beautiful places in Greece, white walls and blue roofs of Santorini houses are well-known all over the world) — Ios — Paros — Mykonos — Syros — Kea — Lavrio. This is a 14-day route, a couple of days could be spent in the favourite places.
  • Athens — Kea — Kythnos — Poros — Palaia Epidavros — Aegina — Athens. This is a 7-day route.

The archipelago is called the white islands because the local houses are of exceptionally white color. They contrast with the blue sky, emerald water and make coast clearly visible to sailors. There are 33 inhabited islands, the yachtsmen lay the routes between them. Most trips start and end in the capital or in Lavrio.

 

You could also hire a private boat and begin a trip from Paros or Mykonos but most sailors prefer to start from the capital because it is easy to get there. In addition, in the capital there is perhaps the largest rental fleet of sailing and motor ships in Greece. Even when popular regattas are approaching, the cost of local charter remains almost unchanged.

Available yachts in the region

900 €
per week
8
Guests
4
Cabins
43 ft
Length
2001
Built in
1010 €
per week
8
Guests
3
Cabins
39 ft
Length
2001
Built in
1450 €
per week
8
Guests
3
Cabins
39 ft
Length
2007
Built in
1522 €
per week
8
Guests
3
Cabins
38 ft
Length
2007
Built in
1766 €
per week
6
Guests
3
Cabins
37 ft
Length
2010
Built in
1833 €
per week
7
Guests
3
Cabins
38 ft
Length
2007
Built in
1920 €
per week
10
Guests
4
Cabins
43 ft
Length
2009
Built in
1980 €
per week
12
Guests
6
Cabins
42 ft
Length
2019
Built in
2000 €
per week
10
Guests
4
Cabins
44 ft
Length
2020
Built in
Paros
69 yachts
Mykonos
68 yachts
Ermoupoli
6 yachts
Milos
1 yacht
Santorini
1 yacht

Yachting season, weather and tradewinds the Cyclades

The Cyclades is a fantastic sailing destination. The best time to travel to the Cyclades is spring and autumn. In summer, the Meltemi winds blow in the Cyclades. They descend from the Hungarian mountains and head for Turkey at speeds up to 40 knots. During the sailing season, the average wind speed is between 10 and 25 knots.

 

Northern winds blow on the islands of Paros and Sifnos. If you head towards the Saronic Islands, you will most likely sail with the winds blowing from the south.

 

In July and August, temperatures rise above 35° C. There is low humidity and cool breezes on the island. From May to September, slight short-term precipitation is possible. Even in late autumn, temperatures rarely drop below 20° C.

 

Most of the year, the sea is warm, and the water temperature rarely drops below 15° C, so diving, snorkelling, kayaking, and other water activities are available not only in high season but all year round.

Water temperature in sailing season +20...+25 °
Air temperature in sailing season +29...+35 °
Wind speed in sailing season 10 - 25 knots

Weather forecast for yachting in the Cyclades

You can find out the most current weather before a sea voyage on a yacht on the following Internet resources:

  • Athens Observatory — provides a 3-day (every 6 hours) detailed graphical forecast for the Greek seas;
  • poseidon.hcmr.gr — Greek meteorological system;
  • windy.com — shows wind and weather forecast;
  • Greek Meteorological Service — shows weather bulletins via NAVTEX;
  • WindGURU — weather for windsurfers around the world.