During 7 days you'll visit Serifos, Milos, Poros and other islands.
Day 1: Athens - Cape Sounion (27 NM)
On the first day, you’ll have a few important tasks: accept the yacht, settle on board, and check up the equipment. After that, you can enjoy some leisure time and take a walk in Athens, enjoying its picturesque sights and stopping to try local cuisine.
Day 2: Cape Sounion - Kythnos (25 NM)
Kythnos is probably the most unassuming island in the Cyclades. Myths and legends make no mention of it and its history features the same chapters as its neighbours. This might be surprising since Kythnos is one of the most ancient inhabited islands in the archipelago. Local towns aren’t bursting with attractions and architectural landmarks, so the island isn’t experiencing a boom in popularity. But that’s just fine with the Greeks who are busy buying up villas here to vacation in peace and tranquility. If you decide to go to Kythnos, you’ll be met by the port city of Merikhas. Compared to the island’s other towns, it can more or less be considered a tourist city. Its environs feature the island’s best beaches – Martinakia and Episkopi. You can take a look at Hora, but it’s best to head straight for the village of Driopis, built around one of the biggest caves in Greece.
Day 3: Kythnos - Serifos (26 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 5: Milos - Hydra (65 NM)
No connection here between the island’s name and the mythological goddess, but rather, deriving from the Greek word Ύδρα meaning “water.” Historically living up to its name, it used to be a site for plentiful fresh-water springs which would later facilitate naval glory, Hydra’s golden age began in the 15th century, when the population of the neighbouring Peloponnese began fleeing the islands from the advancing Turkish invasion. The rocky local terrain was difficult for growing crops, so the inhabitants were forced to turn to the sea. Gradually, the talented fisherman began distinguishing themselves as outstanding mariners and the island wound up giving Greece dozens of admirals and fleet commanders. But Hydra’s cultural life was not to be outdone. Despite its relatively small size, the island counts roughly 300 churches, six ancient monasteries, numerous captains’ houses turned museums, and a handful of monuments to prominent local figures and milestone events. The Greeks decided that the locally shot film, Boy on a Dolphin (1957), was one such milestone event. It dramatically enhanced the locality’s tourist attraction, making Hydra a high-end resort for international celebrities. The monument to the film was erected on the island in 2006.
Day 6: Hydra - Порос (12 NM)
The little Island of Poros lies in the shadow of ultra-popular Athens and the neighbouring Peloponnese. Yet, in a certain way, this plays to its advantage – you’ll surely find other tourists here, but certainly fewer than in Greece’s other resort towns. According to written sources, Poros was considered the island of Poseidon, God of the Sea. There was once a temple to him here – the ruins of which remain today. The temple used to house numerous statues, including one of Poseidon himself. Unfortunately, over the years they’ve all been plundered; only a fragmented base of the Sovereign of the Seas statue remains. It can be found in the local archaeological museum. A visit to this museum is worth your time as many of its artifacts date back to the Mycenaean and Roman eras. Poros’ natural surroundings are also worthy of admiration. It boasts a lemon forest, sandy beaches lined by tall pines, turquoise water, and a genuinely idyllic atmosphere. Incidentally, one of the island’s coves has a Russian name – it was once home to Count Orlov’s naval squadron.
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