Route from the island of Santorini to the Cycladic Islands
Day 1: Santorini - Ios (25 NM)
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.
Day 2: Ios - Paros (37 NM)
Parikia is situated on the western side of Paros. It’s a classical city in the Cyclades, dotted with snow-white houses, blue shutters, and flat roofs. Parikia’s most famous attraction is the Byzantine church, Panagia Ekatontapiliani. It’s associated with a number of well-known legends, one of which asserts that as soon as the hundredth door in the building is found, the “sky will fall to earth.” For those who prefer modern amusements to contemplating ancient lore, Parikia also has lots of bars, restaurants, and clubs. It even has some pretty nice beaches close to the city like Delphini, Parasporos, and Aiya-Irini. Naousa is the second-largest port on Paros. In the winter, it’s home to just over a thousand people, but in the summer, it’s flooded with tourists. The reason for the island’s popularity is its authentic Greek flavour in both architecture and gastronomy. As a port city, Naousa hosts an annual Seafood-and-Wine Festival that runs from the beginning of July to the end of August. The local beaches, Piperi, Ayii Anagyri, Hriya, and Kolymbithres are of no less importance to tourists. Notably, Kolymbithres is particularly famed for its oddly-shaped cliffs right at the water’s edg and.Hriya is popular among surfers.
Day 3: Paros - Mykonos (17 NM)
The epithets “elegant,” “expensive”, and “fashionable” were worth thinking up if only for the purpose of describing the resorts of Mykonos. This island in the Cyclades is just as popular among affluent, beach-loving celebrities as the Alps and Aspen are among skiers. Politicians, musicians, and international movie stars flock to Mikonos every year to sail on yachts, learn windsurfing, or just stroll and tan. The island owes its name to one of Apollos’s sons, and its history to the centuries-long influence of passing Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires. Mikonos got its modern look after the First World War, when Europe’s creative intelligentsia started frequenting the island. Movers and shakers followed the painters and artists and began to build up the island with fabulous hotels, villas, restaurants, and shops. Mykonos is distinct from its archipelago neighbours because of its milder climate, rocky hills, and wide-open bays. The main beaches – Ornos, Agios-Yannis, Platis Yalos, Psaru, Paranga, Paradise, Super Paradise, Agrari, and Elia – and resorts are concentrated on the southern coast. Mikonos’ capital is charming all by itself with fishing boats alongside massive yachts in the harbour, white houses with blue balconies in “Little Venice,” the maze of narrow streets in the Castro district, and the most postcard-worthy view of the whole island – the five windmills on Hora hill.
Day 4: Mykonos - Delos - Rinia (8 NM)
Delos Island, located in the Cyclades, is a true open-air museum. Myths recount it as the place where Apollo and Artemis first appeared on earth, resulting in mere mortals being banned from birth in this land. Burials were also forbidden here, so Delos quickly emerged as a religious center and later as an economic one with the development of the local trading port. Yet, by the end of the 1st century BC, the island had slid into decline and was abandoned. The most notable archaeological site on Delos is the Lion Terrace, dedicated to Apollo. It is believed that the initial lion “population” was twelve, although only seven have survived to modern times. The Sacred Lake also remains part the island in the shape of a chalice, and the Minoan fountain, the Delios Temple, the Theater of Dionysus, a market square, and the ruins of the world’s oldest synagogue round out the allure of Delos.
Day 5: Rinia - Serifos (41 NM)
According to ancient myths, Serifos is the place where Perseus grew up and Polyphemus, the Cyclops blinded by Odysseus, lived – whether at the same time or not, we aren’t sure. Compared to the closest neighbouring islands, tourism on Serifos is less developed. However, the island still has the spirit of authentic Greece and its traditional character. The island is well suited for family vacations, romantic weekends, leisurely dips in the turquoise waters of the Aegean, and long walks. It’s for this reason that Serifos is sometimes called an island of contrasts. The island’s administrative center, Hora, is situated at an elevation, so it offers a fantastic view of all of Serifos. Hora is worth a stop if only for the archaeological museum and church of Agios-Konstantinos. The island’s main port is the village of Livadi. It’s often confused with Megalo Livadi, a resort in the south of the island. Both feature the island’s best beaches: Avlomonas, Kutalas, Megalo Hore and Megalo Livadi.
Day 6: Serifos - Cape Sounion (44 NM)
To the southeast of Athens lies one of the most poetic, most visited, and most popularized places in all of Greece – Cape Sounion. Legend has it that it was from this place King Aegeus gazed into the distance, awaiting the return of his son Theseus. The hero, much celebrated in ancient myths, developed a signal with his father before departing for Crete to battle a Minotaur. If he emerged from the fight victorious, his ship would return flying white sails, if not, it would fly black ones. On the way back, however, the exuberant Theseus forgot about their arrangement. Aegeus had not forgotten, and upon spotting black sails on the horizon, Aegeus flung himself into the abyss of the sea waves. Aside from its mention in myths, Cape Sounion is also famed for the two temples found here – Poseidon and Athena. And though the only thing left of the majestic structures today are foundations and columns, they still dazzle with their architectural perfection.
Day 7: Cape Sounion - Athens (23 NM)
Sailing to Athens will be the last stage of the cruise. Here you’ll have to address all formalities in the port and return the yacht to the manager. After that, you may explore the city and take pictures with the city’s main sights as a background to remember the trip.
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