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Circling the Sunset Islands

With sacred Delos as their central point of reference, the 39 islands of the Cyclades are spread around the Aegean to the south-east of the mainland. Although only 24 of them are inhabited, each one has its own identity, history, traditions and unique landscape. The most well known isles are Amorgos, Anafi, Andros, Antiparos, Delos, Ios, Kea, Kimolos, Kythnos, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Folegandros, Serifos, Sifnos, Sikinos, Syros, Tinos and Thira or Santorini. Each island you visit will undoubtedly have that typical Cycladic architecture of little whitewashed houses and small fishing villages and once you are in the region, it is very easy to hop from one island to the other due to their relative proximities.


The Island Winds

The Cyclades are quite exposed in the Aegean Sea to the notorious ‘Meltemi’ wind which dominates the area, especially in the summer months. It can reach 7 Beaufort and last for a couple of days, but there are a multitude of small protected bays on most of the islands providing safe harbour. Best left to experienced seamen, the Cyclades are an invigorating sail for those seeking a little excitement.

The crystalline waters of the Aegean and the rich marine life make for truly pleasurable sailing with an abundance of beaches approachable only by boat offering small pieces of paradise to all who visit.

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Charms of the Cyclades

Beginning from the north-west, Kea is close to the Attica coast and hence is a busy hub at weekends for local motor yachts. Kithnos lies just to the south of Kea and is famous for its cheese while its neighbour, Serifos, is well known for being the island of Perseus. The spectacular bay of the main port is an often crowded but beautiful mooring location. 9 miles on lies Sifnos, with its large sheltered bay and its beautiful fishing village at Vathi. Milos, like the more famous Santorini, is a volcanic island of startling landscapes and beaches surrounded by pumice and basalt cliffs with several hot springs. Paros and Antiparos are graphic yachting favourites, while Mykonos, attracts visitors for its fervent night life.

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The Cyclades enjoy mild winters and fresh summer winds with little rainfall. The hottest period is from July to August. The sea temperature averages 23°C, perfect for those who enjoy a refreshing dive and the air temperature can reach up to 27°C degrees.


7th Mediterranean Yacht Show

The Mediterranean Yacht Show (MEDYS), the largest exhibition of professional crewed yachts in the world, which took place from April 30th to May 4th, 2022, returned to the port of Nafplion more dynamically than ever. After 2 years of absence due to the pandemic and following the highly successful events - including the first international Virtual Yacht Charter Shows, in 2020 and 2021, and the 2021 Roadshow Open Marina Days in the marinas of Athens, the MEDYS returned for the 7th year, highlighting once again the superiority of yachting in Greece.

The Show, had 90 registered yachts with a cumulative length of over 3.4 kilometres (with an additional 20 on a waiting list due to lack of space). The Show was also attended by more than 610 yacht brokers and industry professionals from around the world who had the opportunity to see the yachts available for charter up-close, to get to know their crews and to be informed about the possibilities and options they offer.

Yachting tourism attracts an increasing number of visitors to Greece and MEDYS is the perfect occasion to highlight the region as one of the top yachting destinations globally. The show owes its success to the large number of registered yachts, the great turn-out of industry professionals from all corners of the globe and the contribution of the local CAs. It is organized each year by GYA under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Tourism and with the kind support of the Municipality of Nafplion.