The Alluring Archipelago of the Aegean
The "Cyclades" are a group of islands of varying sizes scattered over the deep blue waters of the Aegean. For those yearning for an unforgettable maritime experience, yacht charter in the Cyclades offers the perfect opportunity. Some of these islands are well-known, while others remain little known and scarcely figure on the tourist scene.
A Destination for Every Traveler
Taken as a whole, they make an ideal holiday destination for visitors of the most varied tastes. A fusion of stone, sunlight, and sparkling sea, the Cyclades lie to the east of the Peloponnese and southeast of the coast of Attica; they stretch as far as Samos and Ikaria to the east, and are bounded to the south by the Cretan Sea. Opting for a Cyclades boat rental allows you to explore these waters intimately and at your own pace.
The Historic Heart: Delos and the Cycladic Civilization
According to the most likely tradition, they owe their name to the circle which they appear to form around the sacred isle of Delos. The Cyclades have exercised a powerful charm since ancient times, even though access to them then was not particularly easy. This was the birthplace of one of the Mediterranean's most important civilisations, one which took its name from the islands: the Cycladic civilisation (3000-1000 BC). Yacht charter Cyclades voyages often include guided tours of these historic sites, immersing travelers in the rich history of the area.
The Geology and Legend of Atlantis
Geologists attribute the peculiar form which the Cyclades have today to a succession of geological upheavals - earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, movements of the earth's crust - which resulted in the submergence of large chunks of land. Many believe that one such stretch of land was the lost continent of Atlantis.
Aegean Aesthetics: The Islands in Literature
The diverse outlines of the islands as they protrude from the blue waters of the Aegean, bathed in the dazzling sunlight and embellished with little white houses, resemble, in the words of the Nobel Prizewinning poet Odysseas Elytis, stone horses with rampant manes.
The Heartbeat of the Cyclades: Local Life and Culture
Above all, the people who live here, with their own individual approach to the world, bring to life the narrow alleyways of the villages and the pathways of the countryside, the countless tiny chapels, the windmills, the dovecotes or the windbeaten hillsides and are themselves a basic feature of the charm which these possess.
Unique Islands under the Same Sun
Yet, in spite of the characteristics which the islands have in common - sparkling sea, sun, the austere landscape, and the characteristic line of the architecture - each retains its uniqueness, which visitors can discover as they explore them one by one with a Cyclades boat rental.
The Climate: Sun-Kissed Summers and Mild Winters
The Cycladic islands enjoy a Mediterranean climate, with an average annual temperature of 18-19o C. The winters are mild and the summers - by Greek standards - cool, thanks to the beneficial effects of the seasonal winds known as “meltemia” (or "Etesians").
Foreign currencies can be exchanged at the banks or bank correspondents offices on the following islands: Kea (correspondent), Sikinos, Milos, Andros, Tinos, Mykonos, Siros, Paros, Naxos, Amorgos and Santorini. For the rest of the islands foreign currency can be exchanged at the local Post Offices (ELTA).
Facilities for Yachts
a) Ports of entry and exit Mykonos, Santorini and Siros are equipped with customs offices, passport control offices and public health services.
b) Yacht supply stations Kea, Kithnos, Serifos, Sifnos, Milos, Andros, Tinos, Mykonos, Siros, Paros, Naxos, Ios and Santorini have yacht supply stations where water and fuel can be obtained— essential stops during your yacht charter in the Cyclades.
The Cycladic islands have a wealth of churches and monasteries and also take their traditional customs very seriously. As a result, local cultural events and religious feasts are attended and celebrated with enthusiasm. The Feast of Our Lady, on the 15th of August, is marked with special ceremony on Tinos, but celebrated on all the islands since each has its own church to Our Lady.
Enjoy the beautiful Greek countryside and protect if from the danger of fire.