Sailing in the Cyclades  - the Greek Islands

The Cyclades are what most people mean when they talk of Greek Islands - windswept land of white houses and blue roofs. Stretching from Andros and Kea in the north to Santorini in the south, in between the list is so long and so appealing that we are tempted to the view that if you haven't sailed there, you haven't really sailed. We rank neither Mykonos nor Santorini - both disagreeable for different reasons - but Siros, Tinos, Serifos, Sifnos, Paros, Naxos, Ios and Amorgos are all gems so beautiful that just talking about them brings a frog to your throat.

In summer, yes it will be very windy most of the time to the point that south to north can be almost impossible; You certainly need to be both patient and careful - a competent experienced crew is a huge asset, but if you have not been do go!

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Cyclades - Marinas & Ports Selection

Below you will see by default ALL the marinas between Lavrion and Santorini - there are 48 - the greatest single concentration of yachting facilities in the Mediterranean.. We have divided them into three zones - west,  centre, and east.  Each brief description is linked to complete marina and nearby facilities..


Registered users can use the selection system below and view full details of the facility including CONTACT DETAILS.

Click on the image OR on the "More Details" button to view those details. Registered Users can use the Selection system below to view ONLY those marinas that meet their essential needs. The "Zone" here is north or south, and we show the name of the town. Sometimes nearby facilities are linked to the nearest larger town.

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Andros Town

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The port is on the opposite side of the bay to the town, and is a depressing sort of place. However it does give you access to the splendours of Andros Town and the Goulandris museum. Our preference is to go to Batsi and take the bus to Andros Town for as long as you want.

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Gavrio

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The main ferry port for the island. Less attractive than nearby Batsi with similar facilities

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Batsi

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One of our favourite ports. Good shopping; good restaurants - Delfini is recommended. Good bakers too. Meat & fish less easy.

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Ermoupolis Town Quay

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It is only safe to berth here in calm weather (infrequent in the Cyclades in summer).Also wash particularly from the Blue Star ferries is a major hasard. You will be greeted by the harbour master on his bicycle to whom you pay the modest berthing fee. Avoid the seafront restaurants - one block in there are plenty of wonderfully attractive places to spend a pleasant and relaxed evening. Shopping for provisions and other things is probably the best in the Cyclades. It is off the beaten track for mass tourism.

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Korissia Town Quay

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Korissia is one of two town quays in the bay. It is noisier than Vourkari to the north, but offers more restaurants and good shopping. It can be crowded from Friday to Sunday with charter yachts on their way to or from Lavrio on the mainland.

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Vourkari Town Quay

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The smarter and prettier of the two quays in the bay. It is popular with rich Athenians and restaurant prices reflect that. Very limited provisions. Crossed anchor chains and discarded objects mean that snags are all too common.

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Ormos Loutra

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A most attractive destination around a bay with a warm water spring in the corner. Pleasant resonably priced restaurants, and good provisions. The only downside is the long trot to the baker. The nearby anchorage is attractive too, but don't accept a berth on the outside of the harbour - not usually dangerous, but very lumpy.

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Merichas

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The ferry port for Kithnos and a popular "first day" destination for charter boats from Lavrio. Attractive surroundings and lots of restaurants.

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Posidonia

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This small port is next to the Greek Navy base. It offers many more berths than Finikas on the opposite side of the bay, but is a long way from anything.

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Marina Sirou

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The marina is a considerable distance out of town and is very dilapidated. It is however safe, which the Town Quay is not!

Ermoupolis is one of the most attractive towns in the Cyclades, and well worth a longish visit. Excellent shopping and restaurants in a relaxed cadre as long as you avoid all those along the seafront.

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Tinos

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The harbour is safe and if you can get in to the main Town Quay it is totally protected. The outer quay can have problems. The town has many good and inexpensive restaurants; there is a daily market, and the fine fishmonger keeps a pelican as a pet. Volax, Panormos, and Pyrgos are all must visits. Isternia on the west coast is a tempting lunch stop but only in very calm weather. We love it.

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Finikas

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On the other side of the bay from Posidonia, this is a pretty little harbour, but almost always full. Small, limited room to manoeuvre in a Meltemi

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