A huge component in Western Civilization, Greece is home to many origins including history, arts, medicine, and trade just to name a few. South of Athens, the Cyclades have about 220 islands, one of the most well-known being Mykonos. All of the islands are surrounded by the crystal clear turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea and feature a mixture of rugged coastlines with cliffs and gorgeous sandy beaches. The traditional whitewashed architectural design is seen throughout the buildings. Everywhere you visit, there are hidden gems just waiting for you to explore. The islands offer interesting culture and history, great places to eat, a vibrant night life with shops open late and charming tavernas. There are plenty of uninhabited islands to explore and enjoy in complete isolation and maybe even sleep under the stars during your sailing holidays in Greece.
Your sailing holiday begins in the port island of Alimos. Prior to embarking on your sailing holiday in Greece, you can visit the beach on Kalamaki or visit any of the great bars and food areas exploring the area.
Lying south-east of Kea, this rocky and barren island of karstic limestone is usually covered in an abundance of colorful flowers in the early months of the sailing season. The island is not developed for visitors on holiday but during your brief visit, swimming in the Mediterranean Sea is a great activity. If you are a fan of hiking, this can be a fun activity on the island in spring and autumn when the weather is not too hot.
Well-known for its hills, the island lies halfway between Kythnos and Mykonos. A center for trade, the port in Ermoupolis, the capital city, features plenty of opportunities to walk around and explore the city and its longstanding traditions.
The rocky island of Mykonos was historically one of the most important trading centers in the western Aegean. Its beautiful beaches have made it one of the most popular holiday islands in the Aegean. Mykonos is also the starting point to visit the neighboring island of Delos. Delos is one of the smallest islands of the Cyclades. A great archaeological site, Delos has importance in Greek mythology as it was the birthplace of Apollo. Both islands offer visitors on a sailing holiday a beautiful escape.
The island of Kea is the most westerly of the larger Cyclades. There is tourist traffic from the Greek mainland but nothing that deters from the beauty of the island. The south side of Nikolaos Bay, an old pirate stronghold in the 13th century, is the port Korissia. The island still has remains of the ancient town walls and a Sanctuary of Apollo. On the north side of the island stands the little Church of St. Irini amid the remains of a strongly fortified ancient city which includes the oldest temple found in Greece. Overall, the island offers visitors a historical experience when they walk through the city.
Put on your walking shoes and enjoy exploring the historic architecture on this island including the ruins from the Temple of Poseidon. The Temple was built in 444 BC with 34 pillars although only 15 pillars remain today. While you’re there, after visiting the ruins, head over to the beach and wait to watch the golden sunset over the Aegean Sea.
Finishing your sailing holiday right where you began, you can choose to revisit places you may not have gotten to visit prior to setting sail on your holiday in Greece.