For those who enjoy the yacht charter circuit, these islands hold no secret as they are wildly regarded as the classic destination for sailing trips. The Cyclades in Greece are a series of some 200 islands that are scattered throughout the Aegean Sea, and constitute a sunny maze worth exploring aboard your boat.
Why come here
Though they receive an impressive number of tourists each year, the yacht charter Cyclades are still plenty of hidden coves and secluded beaches for you to explore and enjoy across the Aegean archipelago since most of the islands are uninhabited, apart from the larger ones like Mykonos, Naxos, Paros and Santorini, one of the most famous of the bunch.
Rocky and at first glance inhospitable since they lack vegetation and seem to be baked by the hot Greek sun, the islands turn out to be the perfect place to sail your yacht in Greece, since thousands of years of human occupation has turned them into “open-air museums with a view”. There are countless historical landmarks, since some of the greatest civilizations in the history of mankind were born here.
Another reason why the islands are so popular today and indeed, why they were popular in the past too, is because of their position between Europe and the Middle East. Delos is the most sought-after Greece island, then there’s Syros and Mykonos.
The Aegean around the yacht charter Cyclades is not particularly an easy stretch to navigate as other parts of the Mediterranean, but they aren’t the most difficult either. The only thing you’ll have to watch out for is the seasonal wind called the Meltemi which blows between June and September and can reach forces of 4-6 knots. During this period it blows from the northeast, depending on your position within the archipelago.