Eager to discover Greece? Why don’t you do it on board a catamaran during your next 2021 holidays? – Saronic and Cyclades Islands

This is one of two articles we dedicated to beautiful Greece. In this one, we will bring you on a dreaming sail trip across the Saronic and Cyclades Islands.

If you want to know more about sailing the greek sea, don’t forget to read the other article we dedicated to the Ionian islands and the city of Athens: click here

When we think of Greece, the first thing that comes to mind are the hundreds of islands that make it up. In this article we imagine a two-week boat tour to discover two Greek archipelagos. The first one we decide to meet is perhaps the more famous of the two: The Cyclades.

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Saronic and Cyclades Islands

The Cyclades archipelago is located in the heart of the Aegean Sea. Among the best-known islands, we find Santorini, Mykonos, Paros, Naxos, Tinos, Milos, Amorgos, and Folegandros but if we were to count them all we would discover over 200 islands placed to form a kind of circle as their Greek name indicates: Cyclades.


We recommend you to avoid July and August for a sailing trip here. This is due to the very strong north wind called Meltemi which blows these months.

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So let’s assume we are sailing from south to north, driven by a breeze that almost never fails in these seas. Where to stop for a visit? The possibilities are many but our choice falls on 3 destinations for all tastes:

The Cyclades Islands

Santorini and its white-walled and cube-shaped houses distinguish the two main cities, Oia and Fira. Two villages perched on top of the cliffs and overlooking a crater of an ancient underwater volcano. Watching a sunset here is a unique experience.


Paros means beaches, not only white but of all kinds, but also traditional villages and typical alleys where you can get lost among colorful shops and dine in the evening with fresh fish and beer.

Mykonos and parties helding during summer. On beaches like Paradise and Super Paradise, loud music plays. Its huge nightclubs attract famous international DJ’s and stay open until morning. If you have a party mood, you can’t miss it!

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From Mykonos, continuing our sailing tour to the north-west, we meet the second point of interest that we are about to visit:

The Saronic Islands

This archipelago, less well known than others, is located between the northeastern coast of the Peloponnese and the west coast of Attica. There are seven wonderful islands in the Saronic Gulf: Salamis, Aegina, Agistri, Poros, Idra, Spetses, and Dokos. They share a very clean sea with enchanting coasts and a pleasant atmosphere given by very hospitable inhabitants.



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We head on our virtual boat tour here too. From south to north we choose to dedicate our time to discovering 3 islands:

Hydra: The atmosphere on this island is chic and refined and its fame has attracted celebrities such as Onassis and Sofia Loren. It is also defined as little Capri. However, despite its reputation, it is not an island for a few people. Its peculiarity is the tranquility. Here cars can not circulate and you enjoy a much less hectic kind of life. 

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The ideal place for a peaceful break.


Poros: the verdant island on which, according to mythology, Theseus was born. It offers interesting artifacts from ancient Greece and a very rich archaeological museum. The sandy beaches of Mikro and Megalo Neorio are characteristic.

Aegina: it was a large ancient trading center. Sculpture experienced a significant development on the island and the famous aeginian ceramic vases are still very popular today. The city of Aegina, the capital and port of the island, is an attractive neoclassical town with typical colored houses.

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