Undiscovered destinations for a Cyclades yacht charter
Cyclades is the most renowned island group in Greece and the Aegean Sea. It is also one of the most popular sailing destinations in the world. The marinas and the docks at Santorini and Mykonos, Paros and Naxos are often overcrowded making a Cyclades yacht charter sometimes less of a pleasant experience, especially for people who favor privacy and serenity. But with 27 islands and many more islets, Cyclades has many offbeat destinations for sailing fans.
Folegandros is like a rough diamond shining under the Aegean sun, waiting to be discovered! It has packed a lot of beauty into its small size, and is known for the magical charm of its whitewashed Chora with its old Castle (Kastro), a medieval-era district featuring old white houses joined wall-to-wall. Sink in the breathtaking view of the Aegean Sea from the super romantic Church of Panagia, which sits on the highest spot of the island. Chryssospilia Cave is an impressive natural monument, reachable only by boat. The findings in the cave include ancient remains and beautiful stalactites. Livadaki bay is one of the many breathtaking places you can take a swim.
The island of “The Big Blue”, the 1988 Luc Besson film was shot there, displays a very special scenery: mountains, cliffs ideal for climbing, terraces, and picturesque coves with lovely waters. Parts of the island reach a considerable height above sea level, offering superb views out over the Archipelago. The island’s top attraction is the 10th century cliffside Monastery of the Virgin Mary ‘Panagia Hozoviotissa’. Along the lively waterfront of ‘Aigiali’ you will find plenty of cafes and restaurants. ‘Chora’ is the capital and is considered among the most beautiful villages in the Cyclades, with whitewashed houses, flowered and paved alleys and lovely restaurants… it just cannot be missed.
The islet of Antíparos, lying southwest of Paros, is ideal for a relaxed and serene holiday. West of Antíparos there are three uninhabited islets that once used to be significant cultural centers of the Cycladic civilization (Despotiko, Tsimintiri and Strongylo). Chóra town of Antíparos has been built around a 15th century Venetian castle (Kastro) in the entrance of which you can visit the Folklore Museum. Antiparos beaches are known for their clean water and peaceful environment, making them a dream destination for a Cyclades yacht charter. Do not miss a swim at ‘Psaraliki’ & ‘Soros’ beaches, while ‘Volos’ beach is a great place for sunset time. In the cave of Antíparos (90 m. deep) you will see marvelous stalagmite and stalactite formations; in fact you will find the oldest stalagmite in Europe!
Polyaigos & Kimolos
Polyaigos is the largest uninhabited island of the Aegean sea (right next to Kimolos), ideal spot for bird-watching with magnificent beaches that resemble natural swimming pools. It is also the oasis & home of the Mediterranean Seal ‘Monachus Monachus’. Kastro is the most picturesque quarter of Chorio, the capital village of Kimolos. All the other beaches around the island (except the one in the port) are secluded and ideal for privacy. Agios Georgios and Prasa are the best beaches in Kimolos. For those who are into thermal springs, go to the beaches of Ayioklima, Prassa (where they used to excavate chalk), Therma and Kastro (with red stones).
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