Mykonos, Santorini and Ios draw lovers and couples who stroll through their narrow streets arm in arm, taking selfies besides glorious Bourganvillea before sailing into the sunset on their charter yachts. This group of 39 beautiful islands with their laid-back vibe lies in the Aegean Sea, close to Athens, and are one of the most popular sailing grounds. In each of the 39 beautiful islands, the atmosphere is laid back. From the whitewashed houses, to the blue-painted church domes and charming old windmills, this is Greece personified.
The beauty of chartering a yacht in the Cyclades is that you have complete freedom to hop between the islands depending on where the mood takes you. The beaches are one of the biggest draws to the Aegean, with its warm, calm waters making a yacht charter here a wonderfully relaxing and experience, for couples, friends or families alike.
Be sure to visit Santorini, renowned for its own volcano as well as its scenic natural, black pebble beaches, while cosmopolitan party hotspot, Mykonos, with its lavish nightlife and some of the most notable and romantic restaurants in Greece also shouldn’t be missed. To the south, the once remote island of Folegandros, is becoming increasingly popular whilst nearby Sikinos, with its tiny population of 300, is still little-visited.
Besides the main islands, there are numerous little islands, from peaceful and romantic Oia to Thira, where perhaps the best sunsets can be seen at the Ruins of ancient Thira. Kea, with its oak forest, and Kythnos, with its hot springs, are both quieter than many of the other islands. Like the other Aegean islands, the Cyclades are in the path of the warm Meltemi wind, from the end of June through into September – ensuring that as well as experiencing the heady romance of the Cyclades, you can enjoy some excellent sailing.