Cosmopolitan vacation – Cyclades area
LAVRION - KEA (Vurkari) - SYROS (Ermoupoli or Foinikas) – PAROS (Paroikia port) – SIFNOS (Platis Gialos small new port) – KYTHNOS (Loutra harbor) – LAVRION (Friday till 17:00 and overnight)
Quiet and relaxing vacation – Cyclades area
LAVRION – KEA (Korissia harbor) – KYTHNOS (Loutra harbor) – SIFNOS (Kamares harbor) - SERIFOS (Livadi, go for a swim in Koutalas beach) – KYTHNOS (Merichas harbor, stop before for a swim in Kolona beach) – LAVRION (Friday till 17:00 and overnight)
Cosmopolitan vacation – Cyclades area
LAVRION - KEA (Vurkari) – TINOS (Harbor, go for a swim in Ormos Isternion) – MYKONOS (Tourlos marina, go for a swim before in Agios Fokas beach) – NAXOS (Harbor, stop for a swim before in Agios Prokopios beach) – PAROS (Paroikia port, go for a swim before in Koumbara beach) - IOS (Port, go for a swim in Koumbara beach) – SANTORINI (Vlychada port) – MILOS (Port Adamantas, if you go from the south of Milos go for a swim in Kleftiko or Firiplaka beach which has hot springs) - SIFNOS (Vathi or Kamares) - SERIFOS (Livadi) - KYTHNOS (Merichas harbor, stop before for a swim in Kolona beach) - LAVRION (Friday till 17:00 and overnight)
Quiet and relaxing vacation – Cyclades area
LAVRION - KEA (Korissia harbor) – ANDROS (Batsi port, go for a swim before in Agios Petros beach with beautiful waters) – TINOS (Harbor, go for a swim in Ormos Isternion) – DONOUSA (Harbor) – AMORGOS (Ormos Egiali) – KOUFONISSI (Harbor, go for a swim before in Gramvoussa islet) – SCHOINOUSA (Mirsini small harbor) – IRAKLEIA (Harbor) - FOLEGANDROS (Karavostasi harbor, go for a swim before in Katergo islet with beautiful waters) - MILOS (Port Adamantas, if you go from the south of Milos go for a swim in Kleftiko or Firiplaka beach which has hot springs) - SIFNOS (Vathi or Kamares) - SERIFOS (Livadi) - KYTHNOS (Merichas harbor, stop before for a swim in Kolona beach) - LAVRION (Friday till 17:00 and overnight)
- In Summer time there are a lot of yachts chartering in this area, so in order to moor inside the marinas or harbors you need to start very early in the morning every day (especially in Hydra Island which is a small picturesque harbor and many yachts want to moor there). Also be careful of the Meltelmi wind which is very strong especially in July-August and the wind may pass the 7-8 BF. Last but not least, between the islands the wind bursts can be of great intensity.
- In Kea, Vurkari harbor in the left side there are rocks and you need to be careful. For a larger harbor and more safety you can go to Korissia harbor).
- In Kythnos, after Kolona beach and entering in Merichas port be careful because there is a small islet.
- In Serifos, in Livadi port be careful of the wind bursts. If the wind is more than 5BF, you should reduce the sailing surface of the sails.
- In Syros, the Ermoupoli is a commercial, picturesque harbor and Foinikas is the tourist harbor.
- Between Tinos and Mykonos route, be careful of the wind bursts and swell because they can be of great intensity.
- In Santorini, the Vlychada port is very very small and normally there are many yachts so the possibility of mooring is very small. Also you should be careful of the small depth.
- In Milos Island, you should go along the shore of the islands since it has many beautiful beaches.
AMORGOS: Amorgos is the easternmost island of the Greek Cyclades island group, and the nearest island to the neighboring Dodecanese island group. Along with several neighboring islets, the largest of which is Nikouria Island, it comprises the municipality of Amorgos.
ANDROS: Andros is the northernmost island of the Greek Cyclades archipelago, approximately 10 km (6 mi) south east of Euboea, and about 3 km (2 mi) north of Tinos. Its surface is for the most part mountainous, with many fruitful and well-watered valleys. The largest towns are Andros (town), Gavrio, Batsi, and Ormos Korthiou. The island is famous for its Sariza spring at Apoikia where the water comes out of a lionhead. Palaeopolis, the ancient capital, was built into a steep hillside, and the breakwater of its harbor can still be seen underwater.
DONOUSA: Donousa is an island and a former community in the Cyclades, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Naxos and Lesser Cyclades, of which it is a municipal unit. Donousa is the easternmost island of the Lesser Cyclades.
FOLEGANDROS: Folegandros is a small Greek island in the Aegean Sea which, together with Sikinos, Ios, Anafi and Santorini, forms the southern part of the Cyclades. Its surface area is about 32 square kilometers (12 sq. mi) and it has 765 inhabitants. It has three small villages, Chora, Karavostasis, and Ano Meria, which are connected by a paved road. Folegandros is part of the Thira regional unit.
IOS: Ios is a Greek island in the Cyclades group in the Aegean Sea. Ios is a hilly island with cliffs down to the sea on most sides, situated halfway between Naxos and Santorini. It is about 18 kilometers (11 miles) long and 10 kilometers (6 miles) wide, with an area of about 109 square kilometers (42 sq. mi). Population was 2,024 in 2011 (down from 3,500 in the 19th century). Ios is part of the Thira regional unit. Ios was the setting for the movie Ginger and Cinnamon (Dillo con parole mie). Also, scenes from the film Big Blue (Le Grand Bleu) were shot in Manganari.
IRAKLEIA: Irakleia or Heraklia is an island and a former community in the Cyclades, Greece. It is a small island between the islands of Naxos and Ios. In close proximity to Schoinoussa, Koufonisi, Donoussa, and Keros islands, together they form the Small Cyclades. The port is called Agios Georgios, while the "capital"/chora on the top of the island is called Panagia (Madonna). The biggest caves in the Cyclades are located on Irakleia.
KEA: Kea also known as Gia or Tzia, Zea, and, in antiquity, Keos, is a Greek island in the Cyclades archipelago in the Aegean Sea. Kea is part of the Kea-Kythnos regional unit.
KOUFONISSI Koufonisia is a former community in the Cyclades, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Naxos and Lesser Cyclades, of which it is a municipal unit. It consists of three main islands. Kato Koufonisi is almost uninhabited, as there are only a few rural houses exist. The most distinctive sight of the island is the small church of Panagia that is built on a jetty, on top of ancient ruins. Only fish and tourist boats anchor in its small, picturesque port anchor. Pano Koufonisi is the smallest and most densely populated island of the Cycladic island group. The main occupation of the locals is fishing and, in recent years, tourism. The white windmill on the east side of the port welcomes visitors when they arrive on the island. Its sandy beaches make up the island's picture. Koufonisi has only been developed for tourism in the last ten years, so the natural beauty and its traditional color has remained unfaded.
KYTHNOS: Kythnos is a Greek island and municipality in the Western Cyclades between Kea and Serifos. It is 56 nautical miles (104 km) from the harbor of Piraeus. It has more than 70 beaches, many of which are still inaccessible by road. Of particular note is the crescent-shaped isthmus of fine sand at Kolona.
MILOS: Milos is a volcanic Greek island in the Aegean Sea, just north of the Sea of Crete. Milos is the south westernmost island in the Cyclades group. The island is famous for the statue of Aphrodite (the "Venus de Milo", now in the Louvre), and also for statues of the Greek god Asclepius (now in the British Museum), the Poseidon and an archaic Apollo in Athens. Milos is a popular tourist destination during the summer. The Municipality of Milos also includes the uninhabited offshore islands of Antimilos and Akradies.
MYKONOS: Mykonos is a Greek island, part of the Cyclades, lying between Tinos, Syros, Paros and Naxos. The island spans an area of 85.5 square kilometers and rises to an elevation of 341 meters at its highest point. There are 10,134, most of who live in the largest town, Mykonos, which lies on the west coast. The town is also known as Chora (i.e. the Town in Greek, following the common practice in Greece when the name of the island itself is the same as the name of the principal town).
Mykonos' nickname is The Island of the winds. Tourism is a major industry and Mykonos is well known for its vibrant nightlife and for being a gay-friendly destination with many establishments catering for the LGBT community.
NAXOS: Naxos is a Greek island, the largest of the Cyclades island group in the Aegean. It was the center of archaic Cycladic culture. The island is famous as a source of emery, a rock rich in corundum, which until modern time was one of the best abrasives available. The largest town and capital of the island is Chora or Naxos City, with 6,533 inhabitants, is a popular tourist destination, with several ruins. It has a number of beaches, such as those at Agia Anna, Agios Prokopios, Alikos, Kastraki, Mikri Vigla, Plaka, and Agios Georgios, most of them near Chora. As other Cycladic islands, Naxos is considered a windy place perfect for windsurfing, as well as kitesurfing. There are seven sports clubs in the island that offer both of these sports and other water activities.
PAROS: Paros is a Greek island in the central Aegean Sea. One of the Cyclades island group, it lies to the west of Naxos, from which it is separated by a channel about 8 kilometers wide. It lies approximately 150 km south-east of Piraeus. The Municipality of Paros includes numerous uninhabited offshore islets totaling 196.308 square kilometers of land. Its nearest neighbor is the municipality of Antiparos, which lies to its southwest. Historically, Paros was known for its fine white marble, which gave rise to the term "Parian" to describe marble or china of similar qualities. Today, abandoned marble quarries and mines can be found on the island, but Paros is primarily known as a popular tourist spot.
SANTORINI: Santorini, officially Thira, is an island in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km southeast of Greece's mainland. It is the largest island of a small, circular archipelago which bears the same name and is the remnant of a volcanic caldera. Santorini is essentially what remains after an enormous volcanic eruption that destroyed the earliest settlements on a formerly single island, and created the current geological caldera. A giant central, rectangular lagoon is surrounded by 300m high, steep cliffs on three sides. The main island slopes downward to the Aegean Sea. On the fourth side, the lagoon is separated from the sea by another much smaller island called Therasia; the lagoon is connected to the sea in two places, in the northwest and southwest. The depth of the caldera, at 400m, makes it impossible for any but the largest ships to anchor anywhere in the protected bay. The capital, Fira, clings to the top of the cliff looking down on the lagoon. The volcanic rocks present from the prior eruptions feature olivine, and have a small presence of hornblende. It is the most active volcanic center in the South Aegean Volcanic Arc, though what remains today is chiefly a water-filled caldera. The island is the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history: the Minoan eruption (sometimes called the Thera eruption). The eruption left a large caldera surrounded by volcanic ash deposits hundreds of meters deep and may have led indirectly to the collapse of the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete, 110 km (68 mi) to the south, through a gigantic tsunami. Another popular theory holds that the Thera eruption is the source of the legend of Atlantis.
SCHOINOUSA: Schoinousa is located in the south of Naxos, in the middle about of the Lesser Cyclades island group. It is the fourth largest island of the Lesser Cyclades and the second most populated, after Ano Koufonisi. The island has three settlements, Chora the capital of the island, Mesaria and Mersini where is the port of the island. The derivation of the name Schinoussa is not precisely known. It is believed that the name either derives from the corruption of the ancient name Echinousa or from a Venetian nobleman named Schinoza. Schoinousa has been inhabited since antiquity. On the island there are sites of archaeological interest including Greek and Roman ruins, ruins of a Byzantine church and a small medieval castle. From the 11th century the island was the property of the Hozoviotissa Monastery on the nearby island of Amorgos.
SERIFOS: Serifos is a Greek island municipality in the Aegean Sea, located in the western Cyclades, south of Kythnos and northwest of Sifnos. In Greek mythology, Serifos is where Danaë and her infant son Perseus washed ashore after her father Acrisius, in response to an oracle that his own grandson would kill him, set them adrift at sea in a wooden chest. When Perseus returned to Serifos with the head of the Gorgon Medusa, he turned Polydektes, the king of Serifos, and his retainers into stone as punishment for the king's attempt to marry his mother by force. In antiquity the island was proverbial for the alleged muteness of its frogs. During the Roman imperial period, Serifos was a place of exile. After 1204 it became a minor dependency of the Venetian dukes of the Archipelago. In the late 19th century Serifos experienced a modest economic boom from exploitation of the island's extensive iron ore deposits. The mines closed in the 1960s, and Serifos now depends on tourism and small-scale agriculture.
SIFNOS: Sifnos is an island municipality in the Cyclades island group in Greece. The main town, near the center, known as Apollonia, is home of the island's folklore museum and library. The town's name is thought to come from an ancient temple of Apollo on the site of the church of Panayia Yeraniofora. The second-largest town is Artemonas, thought to be named after an ancient temple of Apollo's sister-goddess Artemis, located at the site of the church of Panayia Kokhi. The village of Kastro, was the capital of the island during ancient times until 1836. It is built on top of a high cliff on the island's east shore and today has extensive medieval remains and is the location of the island's archeological museum. The port settlement, on the west coast of the island is known as Kamares.
SYROS: Syros is a Greek island in the Cyclades, in the Aegean Sea. It is located 78 nautical miles south-east of Athens.
The largest towns are Ermoupoli, Ano Syros, and Vari. Ermoupoli is the capital of the island and of the Cyclades. It has always been a significant port town, and during the 19th century it was even more significant than Piraeus.
TINOS: Tinos is a Greek island situated in the Aegean Sea. It is located in the Cyclades archipelago. In antiquity, Tinos was also known as Ophiussa (from ophis, Greek for snake) and Hydroessa (from hydor, Greek for water). Tinos is famous amongst Greeks for the Church of Panagia Evangelistria, its 80 or so windmills, about 1000 artistic dovecotes, 50 active villages and its Venetian fortifications at the mountain, Exomvourgo. On Tinos, both Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic populations co-exist. The island is located near the geographical center of the Cyclades island complex, and because of the Panagia Evangelistria church, with its reputedly miraculous icon of Virgin Mary that it holds, Tinos is also the center of a yearly pilgrimage that takes place on the date of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary (15 August, "Dekapentavgoustos" in Greek). This is perhaps the most notable and still active yearly pilgrimage in the region of the eastern Mediterranean. Many pilgrims make their way the 800 metres (2,600 feet) from the ferry wharf to the church on their hands and knees as sign of devotion.