Greek Sailing Itinerary | Saronic and Cyclades Islands
Greek Sailing Itinerary - Saronic and Cyclades Islands
This itinerary is good for exploring two of the key Greek island groups - the Saronic and the Cyclades by sailboat or catamaran. You get to experience all that these islands are famous for - whitewashed cubic houses stacked on top each other, clear blue waters, key historical sites such as the temple of Poseidon and Delos, and of course the innumerable friendly tavernas and shops along the way.
Day 1 - Alimos (Athens) to Poros
We only had time for a short sail on the first day, so we headed over to Poros to a secluded cove to anchor.
Day 2 - Poros to Kithnos
Sailing with the prevailing wind on day 2 you will reach your first island in the Cyclades - Kythnos. The first stop is a unique isthmus on the west side of the island that makes a great beach. Go ashore, swim, walk up the hill or to the taverna just above the beach. It's a great place to watch the sunset!
Next morning, stop in the town of Sifnos, with its hot springs - good for a couple of hours lounging and looking up at the white cubic houses and the castle just above the beach.
Day 3 - Kythnos to Serifos
Sailing south, you will reach Serifos. Moor in Livadi which is a quiet, pretty town that is great for hiking up into the hilltop town of Serifos while taking in the stunning views. There are also plenty of tavernas lining the port if you need a refreshment after your hike.
Day 4 - Serifos to Paros
A longer sail today to the famous and beautiful island of Paros. Anchor in the bay near the town of Naoussa. If you're into water sports, this is a great place to pull out the toys and enjoy the clear water, then head over to Naoussa, which is a delightful town perfect to sit and have a coffee watching the owrld go by. Some of the best restaurants here include Marios, located in the old port of Naoussa, which offers a dynamic Meditteranean menu, and Barbarossa, a spectacular seafood restaurant.
Day 5 - Paros to Delos to Mykonos
History lovers will love Delos, one of the major trading centers of the ancient world - in fact it was the world's first duty free port, onec welcoming 30,000 people at a time to trade their goods. The town is well preserved enough to imagine what Greek life was like, and you can also see several important shrines.
Then head off to famous Mykonos, the jet set center of the Cyclades. Walk the port, see the preserved windmills and then follow its winding, impossibly clean roads to see what restaurants, bars and shops may await you. Our suggestions of the best nightclubs and bars include, Astra Club, Bonbonniere Club Mykonos, Nammos restaurant and Katrin restaurant.
Day 6 - Mykonos to Kea
Leaving Mykonos, you have a fairly lenghty upwind sail to Kea. Kea will relax you and entice you with its beaches and quaint, welcoming port towns.
Day 7 - Kea to Sounion (Poseidon Temple) to Poros
Leave early for the long, upwind sail back to Poros. The first stop is on the mainland, where you can visit the beautiful Temple of Poseidon, one of the top 3 attractions in all of Greece. You can anchor in the bay just below the temple towering above you, take the tender to the shore, and walk the short distance up hill to see the stunning temple and walls of the ancient city.
This evening you can really explore the town of Poros, which has an architecture that is completely different than the cyclades, but just as beautiful as it covers the pretty hillside above the port.
Day 8 - Poros to Aegina
We chose to anchor of of the famous port town of Agia Marina, which has several nice restaurants, and is a quick drive up the hill to the important and well preserved fertility shrine.
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