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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.

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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.

 

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5th Mediterranean Yacht Show

A very successful 5th Mediterranean Yacht Show took place this year from 28 April to 1 May in Nafplion, during which attendees from the international yachting world had the opportunity to inspect the largest number of participating yachts to date. The event, which is organised annually by the Greek Yachting Association, is the most important event in Greece for yachting tourism.

This year, 107 luxury crewed yachts available for charter gathered in the historic port and established MEDYS as the No 1 charter show worldwide in terms of the number of participating yachts. During the four-day event, more than 400 professionals arrived to view the superb showcase of yachts and to familiarise themselves with the first-class standard of available boats, as well as meeting the extremely professional captains & crews.

A long line-up of important regional and national dignitaries involved in marine tourism were present at the opening ceremony, which signalled the beginning of four days of yacht parties, themed events and happenings. Nafplion was alive with the sound of yacht talk while locals and visitors to the town had the opportunity to witness a truly impressive array of luxury yachts in one location. The event wrapped up with a celebratory farewell party, during which the winners of the exciting Chefs’ Competition were congratulated for their extraordinary culinary skills.

The great turn-out this year is a very positive sign for yachting tourism in Greece, which continues to go from strength to strength. Attracting an increased level of interest from professionals within the global market each year, the event is the perfect springboard in which to continue to promote the region as a world-class yachting destination, with the invaluable contribution of the local CA’s.

The 5th Mediterranean Yacht Show was organized by the Greek Yachting Association under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Tourism with the kind support of the Municipality of Nafplion and the Region of the Peloponnese.

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