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Day 1: Santorini - Ios

7 day route from Santorini to the Cycladic Islands

Marina Santorini will be the first stop on this route. First, prepare the yacht for the cruise, familiarize yourself with the equipment, and discuss important details with the manager. After everything is accomplished, you’ll have time left to take a walk and explore Santorini.

Santorini

Of all the Greek island resorts, the prize for most romantic definitely goes to Santorini. The name is commonly understood to refer to all five islands of this small archipelago: Thira, Therasia, Palaia Kameni, Nea Kameni, and Aspronisis, shaped in a ring and rising from volcanic origins.

Santorini’s unusual history resulted in some dazzling natural attractions: beaches with black sand, turquoise seas, cliff-side grottos, and exquisitely beautiful sunsets. The backdrop of such a stunning landscape helps to underscore the snow-white houses and blue church cupolas. This color combination has become Santorini’s calling card and now adorns hundreds of advertising photos.

The island’s largest population centers are Thera, Oia, Phoenicia, Athenos, and Kamari. Some are frequented for the chance to enjoy the view of the caldera and volcano, while others for their proximity to the beaches. In Thera, an almost mandatory point on the itinerary is a visit to the church of St. Mina.

The best beaches are considered to be Monolitos, Kamari, and Perissa. In the summer there’s no shortage of vacationers, so it’s better to head for some seclusion at Columbo beach in the eponymous cape.

Ios

Of all of the islands in the Cyclades, Ios is the most popular among young people. The dawn of its glory started in the 1970s, when the island became a favourite haunt for hippies. Today, you can find clubs here to suit any taste – especially in Hore, Ios’ main city. Party-lovers have also invaded the bay of Milopotas. If raving until dawn isn’t part of your plans, the beaches of Agia Theodoti, Calamas, Colizani, and Manganari are at your service.

Paradoxically, the best way of exploring Ios in another light is to walk around Hore during the day. Old churches, the ruins of a Venetian fortress, classical white houses with a bounty of colors bursting in the garden, and a labyrinth of streets show you a completely different Ios, more tranquil and quiet. In Colizani, you can stop by the museum of modern art. In Agia, see Theodoti – a Hellenistic tower and the ruins of an ancient aqueduct. And in Plakotos , you’ll find Homer’s grave.

Recommended boats for this region

Beneteau, 2018
Lagoon 450
Olympic Marina, Lavrion
(Greece)
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
CD/DVD
Coffee maker
Deck shower
Dinghy
Electric toilet
Fans in cabins
GPS plotter
Hot water
Inverter
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Solar panels
Swimming ladder
From 10/10 to 17/10
6 550 4 585
for 1 week, bareboat
Beneteau, 2019
Oceanis 51.1
Lavrion Main Port, Lavrio
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Coffee maker
Dinghy
Outboard engine
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Sprayhood
From 10/10 to 17/10
4 000 3 200
for 1 week, bareboat
Jeanneau, 2008
Sun Odyssey 42i
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Electric toilet
GPS plotter in cockpit
Heating
Hot water
Outside speakers
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Solar panels
Sprayhood
TV
From 10/10 to 17/10
1 625 1 316
for 1 week, bareboat
Bavaria, 2019
Bavaria Cruiser 51
Booked 1 time recently
Lavrion Main Port, Lavrio
(Greece)
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Hot water
Inverter
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Sprayhood
From 10/10 to 17/10
3 900 2 847
for 1 week, bareboat
Jeanneau, 2012
Sun Odyssey 50DS
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Dinghy
Electric winches
GPS plotter
Hot water
Hydraulic gangway
Outboard engine
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Snorkeling gear
Sprayhood
Teak
TV
From 10/10 to 17/10
2 730 1 911
for 1 week, bareboat
Jeanneau, 2008
Sun Odyssey 42i
Booked 1 time recently
Marina Alimos, Athens
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
CD/DVD
Electric toilet
GPS plotter
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Safety net
Spinnaker
Sprayhood
From 10/10 to 17/10
1 708 1 281
for 1 week, bareboat