The Cyclades are situated between Greece and Turkey in the Aegean Sea, although they are often classed as part of the Mediterranean. The large landmasses are not close enough to this group of 220 islands to create idyllic sailing conditions. The Meltemi wind is particularly strong in July and August, generally registering between 5-7 gale force and sometimes even hitting 8.
In short, if you want to rent a sailboat in Cyclades without a skipper during this period you need to be an experienced sailor or enjoy a good challenge.
Of course, you can rent a sailboat in Cyclades without a skipper throughout the season and find the conditions are much calmer. Whichever option you prefer, you’re certain to have the time of your life as you sail through the different islands, picking which ones to stop at and explore further.
The main islands, Mykonos, Santorini, and Paros have distinctly Greek cultures and a lot of modern facilities that will allow you to relax before, or after you’ve enjoyed your sailing experience. But, there are also plenty of islands that are uninhabited and even a few that have barely anyone on them.
Delos is a great example of this and a must-visit while you’re sailing through the Cyclades. It is a relatively small island but has great cultural significance. At various points in its life, it has been the center of commerce for the Greek area and it is the mythological birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. There are the remains of a huge number of buildings, as impressive for their size as they are for what they represent. With just 14 inhabitants though, you’ll feel like you’re walking through the Lost World, especially if you come out of peak season.
The list of things to do in the Cyclades is impressive, it’ why you need to rent a boat without skipper and simply set sail. Let the wind take you and you’ll discover hidden treasures while checking out some of these amazing places:
Ancient Thira, is the first known settlement of this island happened in the 9th century BC. The island has distinct influences from the Romans, Hellenistic, and even Byzantine periods. There are plenty of ruins to see and an awe-inspiring atmosphere.
There isn’t much left of the ancient city of Karthaia but it is worth visiting the remote twin cove by boat and seeing the partially covered ruins yourself.
On Hora, you’ll find a 13th-century residential neighborhood known as Kastora. It was the capital in 1207 and is full of twisting narrow alleyways where you’ll get lost and rediscover yourself.
Panagia Ekatontapylani is listed as one of the most impressive and best examples of an ancient church, not just in the Cyclades, but across the world. It dates from AD 326 and is actually 3 distinct churches formed into one.
Mati Art Gallery is where Yorgos Kypris displays his work, he’s an internationally known artist who is inspired by Santorini.
That’s just a few of the delights you need to include in your itinerary when you rent a sailboat in Cyclades without a skipper. Just make sure you give yourself enough time to simply sail and discover the hidden delights. They’re not always visible from land which is why renting a sailboat is the best way to truly see and experience the Cyclades.
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