With over 220 islands to explore in the Cyclades there’s almost too much to see and do! The most commonly known are the famous Santorini with its blue domed churches and Mykonos for its party lifestyle.
This area is for the keener sailors, with the Meltimi blowing heavily during the summer season, it makes for some exciting sailing for an experienced crew.
We think starting in Paros is a great option, if you only have one week you can then go either north or south and see how far you get.
This is without a doubt the windiest area in Greece to sail during the height of summer, July/August and also the beginning of September. This area is very open to the Meltimi, which can blow a force 6 and above during the summer. We would only recommend this sailing ground to very experienced sailors, or if you were looking out of season in May or October.
Paros is one of the most popular islands in the Cyclades and a great place to begin your sailing holiday. Famous for its traditional Greek architecture, stunning beaches and lively nightlife this island is the perfect spot for all.
After checking in with the local charter company and enjoying your first night queyside in Paros you are free to start your sailing holiday. As you set off East from Paros you will sail by two fairly big islands, Naxos and Armorgos. We recommend Armorgos as a base for the night. Armorgos is covered in natural beauty and is one of the most beautiful Greek islands. The island has lots of traditional Greek architecture and fabulous beaches with crystal clear waters.
As you sail around the Cyclades you will never forget the beauty of each individual island, lined with traditional Greek houses and stunning beaches.
Visit Santorini in the South and Folegandros or Sifnos in the West. Santorini is one of the most photographed Greek islands, and it's not hard to see why with its blue domed churches, white washed iconic houses and mesmerising views out over the Aegean. Nestled away from all the package tours and holiday makers is Folegandros. It is one of the smaller Cyclades Islands and truly stunning with its rugged cliffs and white washed houses.
Sifnos is a very popular island in the Cyclades and is a favourite ferry stop, with ferries arriving from all over the Cyclades. It is also a favourite stop for sailors as the port is lovely and there is lots going on in the island.
As you sail back to Paros from your last port it's a great idea to visit some of the bays on AntiParos or moor up in Paroikia for a lunch time treat before heading back to Paros main port. Make sure you give yourself lots of time to get back to base so you can enjoy your final night at one of the delicious local restaurants that line the harbour in Paros town.
Below is an indication of the yachts that will sail on this flotilla. Please call us on 020 8459 8787 to check live availability.
Our Shore to Sail holidays are a combination of a one or two week flotilla sailing holiday with another relaxing week or two ashore.
These holidays will appeal to those who enjoy sailing but have family or friends who are not quite so enthusiastic about sailing - a compromise can now be made!
Most people opt for a week of sailing followed by a week of winding down on shore. However it is entirely up to you to do what you want to do (and when!)
Choose from studios or apartments beside the sea at the Iris Hotel, Stena, near Nidri. Or, really pamper yourself at the Salvator Villas and Spa Hotel in Parga, which also has a selection of two-bedroom villas with private pools.
We also have a brand new, exclusive villa available which is nestled in the olive groves on the hill above Sivota Bay on Lefkas Island.
We have no doubt at all that our flotilla sailing gang will really score a few points with the non sailors of the family by bringing them here! The combination of one of our yachts and a room here is about as good as it gets!
For 20 years, our flotillas have been enjoying the wonderful food from the 'Castello Restaurant' in Parga. Spiros and his six sons have now expanded their programme in Parga with a fabulous boutique complex of rooms, apartments and villas called the Salva…
The Iris Hotel is one of our accommodation options in the South Ionian, ideally suited for a shore based week before or after one of our Lefkas or Ithaka flotillas, or one of our two week flotillas which finishes in the South Ionian.
A 'beside the sea' base for your shore based week on Lefkas …