-by Anastasia Kanli
ndless hours on the beach, overlooking the blue horizon, the night sky and stars. Early in the morning a cup of coffee, pyjamas as swimwear and then dive to the “big blue”. Only you and your mate, in secluded bays, and yet in the most popular islands. The sailing holidays are a way of life, which however can be followed by all.
Let’s start our sailing trip from Paros Island. The advantage of Paros lies in the fact that Paros is located exactly at the center of the Cyclades with so many islands around, thus making your cruising vacations in Greece an ideal option.
This gives you the opportunity to sail out every day, no matter where the wind blows from, making your islands hopping a dream.
There are so many choices and so many anchorages to stay even in very rough conditions, that sailing is safe and enjoyable even for relatively inexperienced crews.
Day 1: Set sail around Paros for your first destination, Naxos. Depending on the weather conditions it’s going to take 3-4 hours sailing. Naxos is one of the biggest islands of the Cyclades with great interest and many sights. Don’t miss the sunset at the ancient temple of Apollo, just a few meters away from the marina. Grilled octopus with “ouzo” is a “must” here.
Day 2: Today set sail south following the west coast of Naxos ending up in the southernmost of the island, at Kalando bay. In the mid way we will stop at a nice anchorage, Roga, for swimming and lunch. Kalando is a special place. It is not a village, but it offers a perfect shelter for the yacht. It’s an isolated area with a long sandy beach and many kilometers of trails by the seaside, ideal for hiking in the pure nature. For dinner a kiosk run by a local shepherd offers BBQ only with local products. Don’t expect luxuries here. Undoubtedly, it’s going to be your favorite place at the end.
Day 3: Set sail from Kalando heading for Koufonisi. A short stop at a wonderful spot, called Rina, where you can swim inside a sea cave. Amazing colors everywhere.Koufonisi by far the most beautiful of the small Cyclades islands with many sandy beaches all around. Rent a bicycle and visit all of them. Dinner at “Captain Nicolas” place is out of any kind of negotiation as well as a frozen mojito at the windmill bar just above the marina.
Day 4: If the wind is strong, stay in the area visiting the nearby island of Kato Koufonisi and swim in the crystal clear waters, snorkelling or go hiking around. The area is very protected from big waves because the huge island of Naxos to the north blocks the wind in order to make our life on board more comfortable. In the afternoon return to the same marina in Pano Koufonisi.
In case that the weather permits set sail to Amorgos, the island of the “Big blue” movie. Rent a car or a bike here to explore the wild beauty of this heaven. Visit the famous monastery with the breath taken view from its balcony and try “rakomelo”, the local alcohol drink. Dinner at “Xilokeratidi” is going to be a memorable romantic event by the seaside.
Day 5: Iraklia is another island of the “Minor Cyclades” which is worth to be visited especially for those who want to experience tiny, quiet, cute and isolated places, representative of the Greek spirit. So after a short stop for swimming at Antikeros on our way from Amorgos to Iraklia we will end up at the picturesque port of the island.
Here you can swim to the nearby beach, diving from the yacht and hiking around enjoying the pure nature. Dinner at Iraklia means fresh fish and the local tavernas more hospitable than anywhere else are ready to fulfill your expectations.
Day 6: Antiparos, the last island of your sailing cruise. After a 4-5 hours sailing trip and of course after the vital stop for lunch and swimming we end up in Antiparos late in the afternoon. Wandering around the small streets of the beautiful village, have dinner in one of the hundred restaurants and continue with a drink at one of the local bars. Nightlife here, especially in high season, is a must for everyone.
Day 7: Before setting sail for your final destination visit the cave of Antiparos. Buses are available just 100 meters away from the yacht. On your return on board leave immediately for a nice anchorage at a small island north of Antiparos with crystal clear water. The afternoon has already come as well as the farewell time.
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