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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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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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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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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Gavrio

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

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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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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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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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Marina Vlichada

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If you want to visit Santorini, this is the only entirely safe spot to leave your yacht. The alternative is Ios and catch a ferry. The marina is liable to serious silting and depths are variable and unpredicatable. Most of the space is taken up by enormous catamarans making half-day trips round the caldera - they are also a navigation hasard. If you do find space, you will very likely be rafted up 4 deep and the inner boat will want to leave at 5 in the morning. Overall not our favourite spot. The fisherman's on-site restaurant is however most engaging and very good value. Most visitors go to Santorini for the caldera, the Chora and Oia - remarkable sights all of them - but the much less known joy of Santorini (Thira) is in fact the Akrotiri archeological site. Do visit it if you can.

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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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Mikonos Marina

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Mikonos is the most visited island in Greece. In high season, it is seriously over-crowded and over-priced. Out of season, the pretty village and fine beaches are well worth the visit. The shabby marina is not worthy of the island.

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Ormos Karavostasi,

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The main port for the completely wonderful island of Folegandros. The bus takes you up to the Chora; walk back if you can - especially at night. This is one of the magic spots of the Greek Islands. Absolutely not to be missed. Even the beach bars are agreeable and the local micro brewery turns out exceptional beer. Try it.

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Ormos Skala

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This is tiny town quay. if moored alongside, getting off in a Meltemi is almost imossible because of the very limited depths close to the quay. The main attraction on the island is the vineyard with stunning views and good wines.

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