Mykonos Island, Cycladic Islands, Greece

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Mykonos Island, Cycladic Islands, Greece

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Mykonos Chora

Mykonos Island is the playground of Greece with the postcard view: white little houses with flowers and blue trimmed windows and doors, hand painted walking streets, windmills, pigeon keepers, chimneys, lots of little churches and wonderful restaurants and cafes. According to mythology, Mykonos was where Heracles killed the giants with their corpses becoming the many rocks around the island. Yacht Charter in Mykonos is one of the best ways to visit and enjoy this lovely Cycladic Island.

Many of the Greek “jetsetters” either have a house here or visit every summer, and the nightlife is quite active; frequented by the rich and famous. In fact, night life continues until the wee hours of the morning, and in some instances until the new sun rises. This island does not provide much for those on a budget, so be prepared to open your wallet.

What to See and Do on Mykonos Island, Greece

Chora: The town Chora, is the main town on the island and is a place you should really explore. Walk around, go to the windmills, feed the mascot pelican Petros, have a drink in the little harbor and visit the Parapotiani church. And of course, go shopping. There are five museums in Chora: an archaeological, a laographic, a maritime, a cultural and a private museum with old rooms and furniture. Folklore shops are everywhere, and a great souvenir is a copy of the ancient Cycladic ideology; little white figures in various positions (playing the flute, praying, thinking, families etc.) fashioned after artifacts that have been found that are more than 6000 years old.

Mykonos Greece. Windmills and Little Venice waterfront houses considered one of the most romantic places on the Cyclades Islands.

Windmills of Mykonos

For those interested in architecture, the built town of Chora is one of the best examples of the unique white box style with blue painted trim, a specific style of the Cycladic Islands. Within the town are a maze of little streets and walking paths that wind throughout, providing endless opportunities to explore, as you never know where you will end. On the way, you might pass a store of couture, next to a store selling the Mykonos espadrilles, next to an artist’s gallery, next to a restaurant; as all is intermixed in a busy city center. Just outside Chora are the famous and often photographed Windmills of Mykonos, which are another trait of the Cycladic Islands, the windiest island chain in Greece.

Mykonos Petros the Pelican

Petros the Pelican

Delos: A small island which used to be the holiest island in ancient Greece is easily accessed from Mykonos. No one can spend the night on this sacred island, but a visit is a must: the island is cluttered with archaeological remains. Once felt to be the birthplace of Apollo, Delos has been an important sacred island and an important island of commerce in a history that stretches back 5000 years. Your private crewed charter yacht can anchor right off the island of Delos and take you ashore with the ship’s tender. While the ruins are all marked, you may want to hire a guide for a more thorough tour, as the ruins on this sacred island are certainly some of the most famous. There is also a museum on the island housing various smaller artifacts found, many from everyday life. The museum also houses some of the more delicate statues and art found, including wall murals from various homes.

Tenos: A neighboring island, Tenos, is the holiest island of modern Greece. The church of the Virgin Mary is a goal for thousands of orthodox pilgrims every year. It is also a very beautiful place worth visiting.

Beaches: Around the rest of the island are many beaches, including Paradise Beach, the daytime party location for the chic. Walk between Paradise Beach and Psarou Beach on land, while your yacht follows behind by sea. The numerous beaches head up the many anchorages sprinkled around the coast of Mykonos, offering great spots for anchoring, swimming and enjoying lunch on board.

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Chora Shops

Include Mykonos Island in a crewed yacht charter itinerary for the beauty of the island, the shopping, the nightlife, the beaches, and spend at least one night enjoying all that Mykonos has to offer.

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Mykonos on Yacht Charter; Visit Delos

By |2019-07-05T23:44:32-04:00August 18th, 2009|Greece|

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Delos, the Sacred Island is just off of Mykonos and a “must see” when visiting Mykonos.  In fact, it is difficult to miss the island of Delos, as the island is readily seen right from the main harbor in Mykonos.  Ferries leave from this same harbor regularly to take visitors to the island, during daylight hours only, as after sunset, the island is home to the ghosts of  past civilizations only.  When on yacht charter, cruise to Delos on board and anchor right off of the island in the protected anchorage and take the ship’s tender into the shore dock.  It is easy to spend several hours or more wandering the ruins, or hire a guide for a more in depth tour.  A museum is on the island which is well worth seeing, with stone carvings, mosaics and bits of everyday life that have been excavated from the ruins of a once busy island civilization.

Delos, the center of the Cyclades, has been inhabited since at least the 3rd millennium B.C.  It rose in importance as the Greeks did and around 480 BC it became the center of the Delian League.  The Delian League in turn kept its treasury on Delos making it a rather wealthy location.  They also passed several decrees, including that no one could be born or die on the island.  Pregnant women were quickly shipped off to neighboring islands as was anyone who became ill.

Delos Anchorage

Delos became immensely wealthy and was so impressive that the Romans kept it as a free port when they came into power.  It finally collapsed in 88 BC when Mithridates conquered it. What is left today is one of the most extensive ruin sites anywhere in the world.  The entire island is strewn with sections of walls and marble fragments.  It is also still being excavated.

In all directions of Delos are the remains of temples, homes, and monuments. There is also an impressive array of different cultures that left their mark on the island.  Shrines for Samothracian, Egyptian, and Syrian Gods are interspersed amongst the Greek ones.  The Temple of Isis stands above most of the town. Entire sections of the residential areas are more or less intact.  The streets are still clearly outlined, many of them with sewers running underneath.  The northern section of town featured more modest living quarters.  Here most of the homes were only a couple rooms.  Wildflowers have taken over in force in most places which only enhances the whole effect.  A hill rises on the south side of town and that area is known as the theater district. It is there that some of the truly opulent houses can be found.  Two themes show up most often in the mosaics.  The dolphin symbolized Apollo while the panther was associated with Dionysus.  One of the most famous mosaics on Delos is that of Dionysus riding a panther.  This is found in the completely intact House of the Masks (named for another mosaic featuring theater masks).  Several rooms in this building contain large sections of the original wall decoration as well as mosaics covering the entire floor.  It is difficult to tell from the distance you’re forced to remain from it, but this mosaic is so incredibly detailed that there are over 100 stones in the eye of the panther alone.  The building itself was probably a hostel for actors.

Delos Lion Statuary

Unfortunately, visitors have a limited time to tour the island and yachts may not anchor overnight in the harbor.  Visit the museum first which is where the famous marble lions that once guarded the sacred lake are now stored, and then spend time seeing the rest of the island before returning back on board to cruise on to the next waiting Cycladic Island.

Yacht Charter in Greece | Mykonos Island

By |2019-03-10T14:17:12-04:00January 6th, 2009|Greece, Itineraries|

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Mykonos is one of the most well know of the Greek Islands, and has now become a vacation spot for the rich and famous. The main harbor is very attractive ringed by cafes, and home to Petro the Pelican, however is too small for the growing yachting activity. Several marinas have now been built on the side of the harbor for visiting yachts. This marina is not right in town, so expect to walk, take a taxi, and the yacht’s tender to visit the main harbor.

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It’s Summertime and the Living is Easy! June 2020

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It’s Summertime and the Living is Easy!

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Yacht Charter Is Alive and Well! New England, the Bahamas, Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Greece, and Croatia are all great 2020 summer-time destinations.

It’s hoppin’ in these charter locations this summer and there are plenty of yachts available for “The Great Escape”-a private crewed yacht charter.  And as always, with every private yacht charter, you create the itinerary, and decide whether you want to go ashore and mingle, or just stay on board, enjoying the waters, great remote anchorages, and long expanses of deserted sandy beaches.  With your own onboard Chef, it is easy to be away from it all with everything you need right on board, along with a full service crew.

New England

Board your charter yacht in Newport, Rhode Island to visit Block Island and the Massachusetts islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. This is the location of Colonial American history, beautiful blue waters full of fish, shellfish, and of course, the Maine Lobster.  Have fun in the water, perhaps with jet skis, or swimming to a sandy beach.  Ashore bicycle around the islands filled with beach roses and blooming wild flowers.

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With long strings of beautiful cays, many of which are deserted, except perhaps for a few swimming pigs, or rare black iguanas, the Exuma Islands await for the most relaxing time of your life.  Charter yachts in the Bahamas are filled with water toys as charter life in the Bahamas is centered on enjoying your family or friends while anchored off a long beautiful deserted beach, where yours are the only footprints in the sand while you gather sea shells as a souvenir. Float on clear shallow waters, over beautiful coral gardens, just beckoning for snorkelers, while your crew lays out all of the water toys for fun in the sun.  A charter in the Florida Keys is similar with more to do ashore, especially in quaint unique Key West the “Conch Republic”. Head out to the Dry Tortugas and again and the world is your oyster!

U.S. Virgin Islands

This great group of islands, the main islands being St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix, along with a number of little named islets, is open for charter this summer for a quick get away by flying into St. Thomas.  The charter yachts mainly available are crewed sailing catamarans in a variety of price ranges for a lovely one week charter exploring the Virgin Islands, that offer all that any Caribbean group of islands offers, including beautiful clear water, coral gardens, beautiful beaches, hiking ashore, and fun in the sun.

Greece

Who can resist the Greek Islands, over 6000, including over 200 inhabited islands, with great tavernas, and local traditional Greek island life.  The islands are surrounded by gorgeous water, in clear shades of blue and green reflecting off the marble cliffs under bright sun rays and clear blue skies. Perhaps visit Santorini and Mykonos along with the 15 other Cycladic Islands, or cruise through the Saronic Islands where Hydra, Spetses and Poros are located for a charter close to Athens.  With a delivery fee, and a additional domestic flight, cruise the Ionian Islands from Zakythos to Corfu.  Or cruise the Dodecanese Islands which include Patmos and Rhodes, and mix in the exotic with a stop in Bodrum, Turkey.  Get your dancing shoes ready to join the villagers at the local taverna.

Croatia

Cruise between Split and Dubrovnik, through the many pine covered lush green islands outlined by the clear blue sky, surrounded by clear water in extraordinary shades of blue and green.  This is a land reflecting the many cultures of civilizations that lived on these islands and coasts centuries before, which all left their stamp that is now melded into the history, culture and cuisine of Croatia.  Explore the walled villages of Trogir and Korcula, have fun on the chic island of Hvar, the “San Tropez” of Croatia, visit boutique wineries, eat fresh oysters plucked right from the sea, and enjoy Croatian black truffles on board in dishes prepared by your private Chef, mixed with wild herbs that grow all over the islands and in the country side.  And if fresh seafood is your thing, Croatian waters are filled with fish, shellfish and lobsters.

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Bodrum Turkey: A Luxurious Up-and-Coming Yacht Charter Destination

By |2020-06-12T20:39:46-04:00June 12th, 2020|Turkey|

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Bodrum Castle from Hillside

There’s an up-and-coming yacht charter destination that rivals the likes of Bali or Mykonos. Bodrum, Turkey is becoming a top yacht charter destination for yachting fanatics, billionaires, and even royalty. Dubbed the “St. Tropez of Turkey” and one of 2020’s top travel destinations, Bodrum is located on the Bodrum Peninsula on Turkey’s southwest corner, on the gorgeous shores of the Aegean Sea. 

During the summer months, the marinas are filled with luxurious yachts—yet there is a sense of seclusion and privacy as many have not yet discovered this hidden gem. Though it has been overlooked by Americans, many Europeans have been visiting this port for years, enjoying its luxury hotels, beach clubs, and the abundance of yachts floating in the crystal blue waters. Not only is Bodrum known for being a port filled with luxury yachts, it is also known for its early 15th-century castle built by the Crusading Knights. Within this virtually fully intact fortress is an outstanding underwater archaeology museum. See exhibits of artifacts and remains of ancient ships that have been excavated off the coast of Bodrum in the waters along the Ancient Trading Route. 

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View from Bodrum Castle-Photo Credit Missy Johnston

Bodrum is also known for its quaint side streets, its bountiful markets where fresh fish, dried fruits, herbs, vegetables, local cheeses, olives, and olive oils are sold by local vendors, and its very colorful bazaar, where shopping reigns by day and night club fun reigns by night.

Bodrum is becoming a top “under-the-radar” luxury travel destination and is the perfect port for a private yacht charter vacation. After visiting Bodrum, cruise around the end of the peninsula to anchor in the bay in front of the village of Turk Buku—a much smaller village filled with floating bars and restaurants, chic shops, and boutiques, all lining the one and only street. This is the more relaxed version of Bodrum, and is just an anchorage or two away. Skip the overcrowded beaches of Mykonos or Bali and plan a visit to Bodrum, Turkey.

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Choose The Right Greek Islands for Your Yacht Charter

By |2020-04-08T15:35:20-04:00April 8th, 2020|Greece|

The islands of Greece form the birthplace of one of the world’s most ancient and storied civilizations. An estimated 160-220 Greek islands are inhabited, with thousands more dotting the azure waters of the Aegean and Adriatic Seas. Your upcoming island-hopping sojourn is a chance to wander the centuries, learning about the special history and culture of the various Greek Islands, and bearing witness to the changes and advancements of philosophy, government, culture, and much more. 

Greek island yacht charters are a brilliant way to take in the flavors and cultural traditions unique to each island. Aided by an ideal climate, the private yacht charterer has many itinerary choices within the  five major island chains (the Saronic, the Cycladic, the Dodecanese, the Sporadic, and the Ionian Islands). 

There is no “best” choice of islands in which to cruise on your yacht charter in Greece. Often, islands from several island chains might be combined in one charter itinerary, so instead, we are highlighting below some of our favorite islands in each island chain, and what to do and see on each. The high season for Greece is summer, although you can travel comfortably in late spring and early fall. It’s always wise to inquire early about yacht charter in the Greek Islands, as this is a terrific yacht charter destination—so it’s very popular.

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Yacht Charter Itinerary Cycladic and Saronic Islands, Athens to Athens

By |2020-09-15T14:56:32-04:00April 6th, 2020|

Yacht Charter Itinerary Cycladic and Saronic Islands, Athens to Athens

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Kea Temple of Athena

Join your yacht in Athens, unpack and relax as you begin your cruise to Kea, a 40-mile steam. The exceptionally picturesque island of Kea lies 15 miles from the southeast coast of Attica. The mountain masses, which are encountered in most of the Cyclades, are broken up by small valleys sparsely planted with vines and fruit-trees and run right down to the sea, opening out into pretty little bays.

Visit one of the island’s peaceful beaches at Pisses, Korissia, and Koundouros. Cruise to the western side of the island into Agios Nikolaos Bay and deep within it to the port of Korissia, which is considered to be one of the safest natural harbors in the Mediterranean

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Kithnos

Kithnos inherited its name from Kithno, king of its first settlers, the Dryopians. Thermia is its second name, which has to do with the thermal springs of Loutra, and is used mostly of the locals. The small island of Kithnos is mainly mountainous but full of pretty little bays. Chora or Messaria is the island’s capital noted for the beautiful churches with their fine wood-carved, sanctuary screens and icons. At the south of the island lies the island’s former capital Driopida and in the northeastern lies Loutra, a resort with warm sulphurous spa-waters with its curative qualities.

Sightseeing on Kithnos includes the Church of Panagia Flambouriani, which stands in the village of Flambouria, southwest of the town of Kithnos. According to tradition, there are traces from the steps of the Virgin all the way from the beach to the church. In summer, lilies blooming in the area give off their sweet smell. In the souvenir shops, one can find beautiful folk art objects, shells, leather products, ceramics and wood-carved objects, as well as woven fabrics with beautiful designs, in vivid color

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Serifos

As your vessel glides into the port of Livadi you’ll catch your first glimpse of the towering hills of Serifos flecked with the white, sugar-cube houses of Chora. The curious rock formations resemble human figures, which call to mind the myth of Danae, Perseus and Medusa, as if these prehistoric inhabitants of the island had been turned to stone. Perseus, the mythological hero that killed the medusa, the terrible monster with a woman’s face and hair as serpents was born on this island. The fortress-like monastery Moni Taxiarchon near the village of Galani, which houses some fine wall paintings and important books and manuscripts, is of special interest. The village of Panagia commands a panoramic view of the whole island.

The greatest attraction of Serifos is its magnificent beaches. The beach of Psilli Ammos, which lies about 2 km to the east of Livadi, beckons with the softest and whitest sand. Close to the monastery of Moni Taxiarchon, there is a small village on the north coast named Platis Gialos with Platis Gialos bay, which consists of about three rather small beaches. Koutalas is a nice village with a beautiful bay and lovely beach, secluded from the winds. It is also the site of the old mine delivery cranes, rusted remnants of which are found on the left side.

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Naussa Harbor on Paros Island

Cruise to the east to the large island of Paros to Naussa. Paros Island is basically a sloping, 2500 foot mountain, famed for its beautiful beaches. Naussa is a lovely little vary traditional Cycladic village with a square on the harbor filled with Tavernas. This is a very relaxing and scenic location for a meal or simply to sit for a drink and enjoy the ambiance. In Naussa, it is easy to see what Mykonos main town once was like before tourism.

While there, visit the abandoned monastery of Agios Antonios, located on the hilltop of the village of Kephalos on the eastern side of the island. Around are the ruins of a medieval castle which was raided by the Turkish admiral Barbarossa in 1537.

The chief source of wealth of Paros was Parian marble, which was exported from the 6th century BCE onwards. The great Greek sculptor Praxiteles used this marble to create his masterpieces. Several of the marble tunnels left from the quarrying of marble can still be seen and at the entrance to one of them is a bas-relief dedicated to Pan and the Nymphs.

For the evening perhaps cruise one mile to a lovely quiet anchorage on Antiparos, just next door to Paros.

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White Cliffs and Caves of Milos

The Cycladic Greek Island of Milos is fast becoming one of the most “trendy” islands to visit during the long warm Greek summer months. With a relaxed attitude towards having fun, Milos is gaining a reputation for a fun and active nightlife. Modern times on the island of Milos today may reflect ancient times; as the very famous statue, Venus de Milo, now in the Louvre, was found in ancient ruins on Milos. Perhaps, like today, Milos, one of the five largest Islands in Greece, was an ancient island of happiness and love.

A volcanic island, Milos was well known in ancient times before the Bronze Age, and possibly as far back as the 6th century BC. Milos had a large geological cache of obsidian, a glass like volcanic sharp stone with which islanders formed weapons and implements for household and farming use to sell abroad. A much sought after export, Milos was an active and wealthy trading island. The natural main harbor on the island was once the volcano crater, and hot volcanic sulfur springs can still be found ashore. The island’s somewhat lunar landscape was created by volcanic rocks and minerals, some of which are mined today for export.

Archaeological Museum of Milos: Housed in a Neoclassic Building in Plaka, the capital city of Milos; within, all found on Milos, are a prehistoric collection from Fylakopi, a collection of sculptures and bas-reliefs, an obsidian collection, and a collection of inscriptions. While the actual sculpture of Venus de Milo is currently housed in the Louvre Museum in Paris, the Louvre Museum created an exact replica of the statue, for the people of Milos, which is in the entry way of this museum. Also, within the museum are artifacts from as early as 4200 BC, including items from an early Cycladic civilization.

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Spetses Old Port

Spetses is an old fishing village, situated on the picturesque Bay of Argolis, spread out along a lovely beach. Fighters from Crete, who were being persecuted by the Turks, came as refugees to the land of Argolis and settled it in 1831. In its sparkling sea you’ll be able to enjoy swimming, fishing and every kind of water sport. Unforgettable scenes of natural beauty are created by the combination of crystal clear waters and ageing pine trees. Countless picturesque coves around the island of Spetses, offer visitors moments of peace and tranquility. Either by land or sea, various forms of transportation make every part of the island fully accessible.

One should not miss visiting the Museum of Spetses, situated in the mansion of Hadziyiannis Mexis, the mansion of heroine Laskarina Bouboulina, now a private museum, and the historical monastery of St. Nicholas, where, on April 3, 1821, the locals took the oath “Freedom or Death” and joined the revolution. Visit ‘Patrali’ near the waterfront in Kounoupitsa for fish dishes. ‘Exedra Taverna’ on the old harbor front is great for fresh fish and Greek specialties.

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Hydra Donkeys

Hydra is perhaps the most beautiful port village in all of Greece. A tiny harbor, ringed with cafes, restaurants and gold shops, it is surrounded by a village of stone houses and villas that rise up the hills like an amphitheatre. But one of the best things about Hydra is that there are no cars. Everything is transferred and moved by donkey, including groceries, building supplies, people and their luggage. Little shops, boutiques and tavernas ring the main harbor. Explore the little winding alleyways and foot paths through the village. The Monastery of the Panagia is right in the port, with its entrance by the clock tower. And one of the most famous Maritime Academies in Greece is right by the harbor.

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Poros

Located right next to the mainland, Poros is a lovely little island with one main village clustered next to the quay. Little ferry boats run back and forth from the main village to the mainland just across the straits. In ancient times it was two islands, Spheria and Kalavria, which gradually joined by an isthmus of sand. Kalavria, the larger island, was wooded and had lots of water. Spheria, which is now the town of Poros, was a volcano. The approach by sea is probably one of the most beautiful in Greece. You could start your day by visiting the Archaeological Museum in the port of Poros as well as by taking a walk as far as the clock-tower, the town’s highest point and the island’s “trademark”.

Cruise back to Athens from Poros to disembark.

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Yacht Charter Itinerary Cycladic Islands, Lavrion to Lavrion

By |2020-09-15T14:56:39-04:00April 6th, 2020|

Yacht Charter Itinerary Cycladic Islands, Lavrion to Lavrion

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Kea Temple of Athena Ruins

Day 1: Join your yacht in Lavrion, which is 35 minutes by car from the Athens Airport and 45 minutes by car from Athens, unpack and relax as you begin your cruise to Kea, a 15-mile cruise. The exceptionally picturesque island of Kea lies 15 miles from the southeast coast of Attica. The mountain masses that are encountered in most of the Cyclades are broken up by small valleys sparsely planted with vines and fruit-trees that run right down to the sea, opening out into pretty little bays. Overnight.

Visit one of the island’s peaceful beaches at Pisses, Korissia, and Koundouros. Cruise to the western side of the island into Agios Nikolaos Bay and deep within it to the port of Korissia, which is considered to be one of the safest natural harbors in the Mediterranean.

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Tinos Island Village

Day 2: Cruise to Tinos, the “Holy Island of the Cyclades.” The island is the site of the Church of Evangelistria, which houses an icon of the Annunciation that draws thousands of Orthodox Christians on the feast day of August 15th.

There are plenty of good beaches, too, notably at Agios Fokas near the town, Kionia, Porto, Panormos Bay, Kolimbithra, Agios Sostis and Pahia Amos.

The lunar-type landscape at the spot known as ‘Volax’, with its peculiar boulders, is extremely unique and well worth a visit.

No one should leave the island without having purchased, or at least tasted, high-grade cheeses like “Kopanisti” and “Mitzithra”, which are made locally. In the late afternoon cruise to Mykonos to overnight.

Mykonos Petros the Pelican

Mykonos Petros the Pelican

Day 3: One of the most cosmopolitan of all the Greek islands, Mykonos, has an international reputation and quite justifiably attracts many tourists from all over the world. The capital Chora, with its colorful harbor in which little fishing boats nest happily side by side with luxury yachts, presents quite a different picture from that of the majority of Aegean island towns.

One of the most charming districts of Chora is Little Venice with the picturesque houses of the island’s sea captains, built right on the rocks lashed on by the sea. The mascot of the Island is a Pelican, called Petros, which can be seen trying to bite tourists at the port.

Mykonos nightlife is very busy, with bars and nightclubs staying open until dawn. Explore the shops in the Chora, perhaps enjoy one of the many beaches, and hit the town at night, even if just to enjoy a drink in a café to people watch.

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DELOS Ruins

Day 4: Leave early for Delos to arrive and tour before the heat of high noon. This is an excellent location to have a private guide, as the site is not well marked. Delos was the religious capital of the Ionians in 1,000 BC. Greek mythology recounts how Leto, one of Zeus’s lovers, gave birth to Apollo on Delos, god of physical beauty and the fine arts. By 454 BC the Athenians had overtaken the Ionians, forcing Delos to pay taxes and provide ships to Athens. Delos’ greatest period was in the third to fourth century BC, when the tiny island had a population of 20,000 and was the chief financial center and slave market in the Mediterranean. Foreigners from Rome, Syria and Egypt built homes and coexisted tolerantly, despite the variety of religious beliefs.

Visit the excavated ruins, such as the Avenue of the Lions, the theater, and many one and two-story houses with mosaic floors, like the House of the Trident. A flight of steps ascends the island’s summit, Mt. Kynthos, the birthplace of Apollo. As a visitor you can admire most of these finds wandering around Delos sanctum and visiting the island’s archaeological museum.

Head to the nearby uninhabited island of Rineia for a beach barbecue for lunch in a deserted anchorage. Enjoy swimming and water sports while your Chef creates a lovely lunch right on the beach. After lunch cruise to Paros to the village of Noussa, which rightly so can claim to be a very traditional Cycladic village, without the changes tourism might have made to neighboring islands. Be sure to explore Naoussa, and have a drink on the harbor side at a taverna in the secret little enclave of the harbor behind the main harbor.

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Paros Harbor

Paros is the third largest of the Cyclades after Naxos and Andros and has developed into an important center of tourism in recent years. Gently rolling hills surround the center and southeast of the island, which is occupied by endless vineyards.

The Monastery of Katapyliani is located in a wooded park just up the road from the harbor. Its name means “Church of a Hundred Gates” and is one of the most important Christian monuments in Greece.

Paroikia (or Paros), the island’s capital and port, stands on the site of an ancient city. There is a picturesque and ruinous Venetian castle and the courtyards of the houses of the town – all of them painted white – are full of hanging pots of basil, jasmine and honeysuckle.

Among the beaches near Naoussa, special attention should be made of Kolibithres where huge rocks eroded into strange shapes reminding the visitor of sculptures embedded in the sand.

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Ios

Day 5: Cruise to Ios, which is locally called Nios, is an island whose history goes back to prehistoric times. According to Herodotus, the “poet of poet’s”, the ‘godlike’ Homer was buried at Plakotos, in the north of the island and Pausanias tells us that there was an inscription at Delphi confirming the poet’s interment on Ios.

The sites of Ios include a Hellenistic tower and the remains of an ancient aqueduct at Agia Theodoti, traces of an ancient temple at Psathi, a ruinous Venetian castle at the spot known as Paleokastro, and the Hellenistic tower of Plakotos.

Exploring Chora means, first of all, walking. Set off from your yacht in the cool of morning, wear your most comfortable shoes and get ready to set off. One hour is enough for the ones who just want to have a look at this whitewashed village, perched on the slope of the hill between the port and Mylopotas. The more demanding ones will need the whole morning to discover the hidden beauty of Chora.

This island has superb beaches. Anchor off the long sandy beach of Kalamos, a natural reserve on the eastern coast of the island. It is usually very quiet and very often one has the chance to enjoy it alone. South of Kalamos lays the beach of Papa. Only a short way lays Manganari. These are four of the most beautiful beaches in the Aegean. In the afternoon, cruise to Santorini to overnight.

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SANTORINI Sunrise

As you approach Santorini, it’s easy to imagine the cataclysm that gave birth to this astonishing Greek Island that has become such a popular tourist destination. Your yacht edges between bare islands of volcanic rock and the crescent shaped remains of the volcano. Santorini, with its sheer black cliffs rising 200 meters out of the sea, actually consists of three islands: Thira, Thirasia and Aspronisi.

Between Skala (the main port), at the base of the cliff, and Thera (the main town), a narrow path has been etched into the cliff-face in a series of zigzags. To the left of the path there are the prosaic lines of a cable car, the first hint of the island’s connection with the twentieth century and tourism. There are three ways to get from Skala to Thera – mule, foot or cable car. The most popular, is by mule.

Day 6: Explore Santorini, visiting Thira and Oia and be sure to visit the archeological site of Akrotiri. Besides the interesting architecture of the houses in Thera, it is worth visiting the two cathedrals (the Orthodox and the Catholic) and the Monastery of the Dominican nuns. The Catholic monastery of Panagia of Rodari, which was built in the area of Skaros where the medieval capital of the island used to lie surrounded by a strong fortress on the edge of a steep hill, and the Venetian building Gizi are worth a visit.

From the gulf of Thera boats can take you to Nea Kammeni. There you can see the volcano’s crater where hot air and sulphuric steam still rises. The land is warm and you should wear athletic shoes and have plenty of water. Hot springs exist at the nearby Palia Kammeni where the sea is bright blue.

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Sifnos

Day 7: Cruise to Sifnos, a mountainous island with fertile valleys, beautiful beaches and several towns. It has a long history and has been inhabited since 3000 BC. Apollonia is the capital of Sifnos and is actually a collection of villages of which Apollonia is one.

The first inhabitants of Sifnos were the Kareans and the Phoenicians. The island was famous in ancient times for the wealth, which came from its gold and silver mines and the quarries of Sifnos stone. It enjoyed great prosperity in Classical times, as can be seen from its Treasury, dedicated to Apollo at Delphi. Kastro, (3 Km from Apollonia), Sifnos’ capital from the 14th to the 19th century, retains some of its medieval character. It is built on a rocky outcrop with an almost sheer drop to the sea on three sides. There are Venetian coats of arms and ancient wall fragments in some of the older dwellings. There is also a small Archaeological Museum, which exhibits a collection of Archaic and Hellenistic sculpture of ceramics to the Byzantine era. There are clean and attractive beaches all over the island. Platygialos is a large sheltered beach, Vathi is one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece with fine sand and Apokofto is a sandy beach with a rocky shelf near Chrysopigi.

Herronissos is another traditional fish village situated on the north part of the island. Herronissos is well known for the handmade ceramics, which are produced there.

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Serifos

As your vessel glides into the port of Livadi you’ll catch your first glimpse of the towering hills of Serifos flecked with the white, sugar-cube houses of Chora!

The curious rock formations resemble human figures, which call to mind the myth of Danae, Perseus and Medusa, as if these prehistoric inhabitants of the island had been turned to stone. Perseus, the mythological hero that killed the medusa, the terrible monster with a woman’s face and hair as serpents was born on this island.

The fortress-like monastery Moni Taxiarchon near the village of Galani, which houses some fine wall paintings and important books and manuscripts, is of special interest. Close to the monastery of Moni Taxiarchon, there is a small village on the north coast named Platis Gialos with Platis Gialos bay, which consists of about three rather small beaches. The village of Panagia commands a panoramic view of the whole island.

The greatest attraction of Serifos is its magnificent beaches. The beach of Psilli Ammos, which lies about 2 km to the east of Livadi, beckons with the softest and whitest sand.

Koutalas is a nice village with a beautiful bay and lovely beach, secluded from the winds. It is also the site of the old mine delivery cranes, rusted remnants of which are found on the left side.

Day 8: Leave early for the 25 mile cruise back to Lavrion from Serifos where you will disembark.

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Yacht Charter Itinerary Sporades – Dodecanese – Cycladic Islands Kusadasi, Turkey to Santorini, Greece

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Yacht Charter Itinerary Sporades – Dodecanese – Cycladic Islands
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Join your yacht in Kusadasi, Turkey, after flying into the Izmir airport. Cruise to Samos, Greece, just off of the Turkish Coast. Once the birthplace and home of Pythagoras, Samos is known today as an up market, cosmopolitan island with several port towns, including the lovely Pythagorion. The Greek Goddess Hera is said to have been born on this island in the village of Heraion, where today lie remnants of the Temple to Hera. Visit the Tunnel built by Eupalinus, a famous Hellenistic Engineer. This tunnel, which was once part of an ancient aqueduct system and in use for conveyance of water for over 1000 years, was considered one of the Eight Wonders of the Ancient World and was constructed with fascinating precision. On the western side of the island is the Cave of Pythagoras, where the famous mathematician once hid from his political detractors.

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Balconies on Ikaria

Cruise to the island of Ikaria, where the mythological Ikaros fell and was buried after flying too close to the sun. On the way, stop at the small island of Samiopoula, meaning “small Samos” for lunch and a swim. The island of Ikaria is truly off of the beaten path with breathtaking panoramas, clean mountain air, and therapeutic hot springs. Archeological sites on Ikaria hail from the Classical, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods, and include remnants from the Temple of Artemis at Nas, Drakano Fortress, a Hellenistic watchtower, Roman baths at ancient Therma, Roman/Byzantine small theatre in Kampos, and the Byzantine Castle of Koskina. Be sure to try the local Ikarian wines which have been produced and praised since antiquity.

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Typical Village Taverna

Sail for the tiny island of Fourni. Fourni is truly a hidden gem, rarely visited, and offers a view of the traditional Greek fishing village of yesteryear, barely touch by time. This is where you will want to sample fresh fish in one of the local Tavernas of traditional Greek food, at an outdoor table under the plane trees in the village square. For the athletic, try a hike up along the ridge of the island for great views of Turkey and the surrounding islands. Overnight in a quiet anchorage off of an isolated beach.

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Mykonos Town

Cruise to Mykonos, one of the most cosmopolitan of all the Greek islands, Mykonos has an international reputation and quite justifiably attracts a large number of tourists from all over the world. The capital Chora, with its colorful harbor in which little fishing boats nest happily side by side with luxury yachts, presents quite a different picture from that of the majority of Aegean island towns.

One of the most charming districts of Chora is Little Venice with the picturesque houses of the island’s sea captains, built right on the rocks lashed on by the sea. The mascot of the Island is a Pelican, called Petros, which can be seen trying to bite tourists at the port. Cocktails and dinner on board.

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Delos: The Avenue of the Lions
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It’s a short morning cruise to Delos, which was the religious capital of the Ionians in 1,000 BC. Greek mythology recounts how Leto, one of Zeus’s lovers, gave birth to Apollo on Delos, god of physical beauty and the fine arts. By 454 BC the Athenians had overtaken the Ionians, forcing Delos to pay taxes and provide ships to Athens. Delos’ greatest period was in the third to fourth century BC, when the tiny island had a population of 20,000 and was the chief financial center and slave market in the Mediterranean. Foreigners from Rome, Syria and Egypt built homes and coexisted tolerantly, despite the variety of religious beliefs.

Visit the excavated ruins, such as the Avenue of the Lions, the theater, and many one and two-story houses with mosaic floors, like the House of the Trident. A flight of steps ascends the island’s summit, Mt. Kynthos, the birthplace of Apollo. As a visitor you can admire most of these finds wandering around Delos sanctum and visiting the island’s archaeological museum.

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Paros Harbor

Relax with lunch on board before cruising to Paros, the third largest of the Cyclades after Naxos and Andros. Gently rolling hills surround the center and southeast of the island, which is occupied by endless vineyards. Paroikia (or Paros), the island’s capital and port, stands on the site of an ancient city. There is a picturesque and ruinous Venetian castle and the courtyards of the houses of the town – all of them painted white – are full of hanging pots of basil, jasmine and honeysuckle. Walk around the village before cruising to Langeri, a secluded sandy beach, or Drios beach, which happens to have a fabulous fish taverna where you may want to have dinner. Anchor overnight.

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Ios

Enjoy breakfast before cruising to Ios, a 33-mile cruise. Ios, which is locally called Nios, is an island whose history goes back to prehistoric times. According to Herodotus, the “poet of poet’s”, the ‘godlike’ Homer was buried at Plakotos, in the north of the island and Pausanias tells us that there was an inscription at Delphi confirming the poet’s interment on Ios

The sites of Ios include a Hellenistic tower and the remains of an ancient aqueduct at Agia Theodoti, traces of an ancient temple at Psathi, a ruinous Venetian castle at the spot known as Paleokastro, and the Hellenistic tower of Plakotos.

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Santorini

In the morning, enjoy a relaxing breakfast during the 22-mile cruise to Santorini. As you approach Santorini, it’s easy to imagine the cataclysm that gave birth to this astonishing Greek Island that has become such a popular tourist destination. Your yacht edges between bare islands of volcanic rock and the crescent shaped remains of the volcano. Santorini, with its sheer black cliffs rising 200 meters out of the sea, actually consists of three islands: Thira, Thirasia and Aspronisi.

Between Skala (the main port), at the base of the cliff, and Thera (the main town), a narrow path has been etched into the cliff-face in a series of zigzags. To the left of the path there are the prosaic lines of a cable car, the first hint of the island’s connection with the twentieth century and tourism. There are three ways to get from Skala to Thera – mule, foot or cable car. The most popular, is by mule.

Besides the interesting architecture of the houses in Thera, it is worth visiting the two cathedrals (the Orthodox and the Catholic) and the Monastery of the Dominican nuns. The Catholic monastery of Panagia of Rodari, which was built in the area of Skaros where the medieval capital of the island used to lie surrounded by a strong fortress on the edge of a steep hill, and the Venetian building Gizi are worth a visit.

From the gulf of Thera boats can take you to Nea Kammeni. There you can see the volcano’s crater where hot air and sulphuric steam still rises. The land is warm and you should wear athletic shoes and have plenty of water. Hot springs exist at the nearby Palia Kammeni where the sea is sulphur-blue.

Santorini Island

Santorini

Disembark in Santorini

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Yacht Charter Itinerary The Cycladic Islands

By |2020-09-15T14:57:28-04:00April 3rd, 2020|

Yacht Charter Itinerary The Cycladic Islands

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Athens

Join your yacht in Athens, unpack and relax as you begin your cruise to Kea, a 40-mile steam. The exceptionally picturesque island of Kea lies 15 miles from the southeast coast of Attica. The mountain masses that are encountered in most of the Cyclades are broken up by small valleys sparsely planted with vines and fruit-trees and run right down to the sea, opening out into pretty little bays. Visit one of the island’s peaceful beaches at Pisses, Korissia, and Koundouros. Cruise to the western side of the island into Agios Nikolaos Bay and deep within it to the port of Korissia, which is considered to be one of the safest natural harbors in the Mediterranean.

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Tinos Island

Cruise to Tinos, the “Holy Island of the Cyclades.” The island is the site of the Church of Evangelistria, which houses an icon of the Annunciation that draws thousands of Orthodox Christians on the feast day of August 15th. There are plenty of good beaches, too, notably at Agios Fokas near the town, Kionia, Porto, Panormos Bay, Kolimbithra, Agios Sostis and Pahia Amos. The lunar-type landscape at the spot known as ‘Volax’, with its peculiar boulders, is extremely unique and well worth a visit. No one should leave the island without having purchased, or at least tasted, high-grade cheeses like “Kopanisti” and “Mitzithra”, which are made locally.

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Mykonos

One of the most cosmopolitan of all the Greek islands, Mykonos, has an international reputation and quite justifiably attracts a large number of tourists from all over the world. The capital Chora, with its colorful harbor in which little fishing boats nest happily side by side with luxury yachts, presents quite a different picture from that of the majority of Aegean island towns. One of the most charming districts of Chora is Little Venice with the picturesque houses of the island’s sea captains, built right on the rocks lashed on by the sea. The mascot of the Island is a Pelican, called Petros, which can be seen trying to bite tourists at the port.

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Delos

Delos was the religious capital of the Ionians in 1,000 BC. Greek mythology recounts how Leto, one of Zeus’s lovers, gave birth to Apollo on Delos, god of physical beauty and the fine arts. By 454 BC the Athenians had overtaken the Ionians, forcing Delos to pay taxes and provide ships to Athens. Delos’ greatest period was in the third to fourth century BC, when the tiny island had a population of 20,000 and was the chief financial center and slave market in the Mediterranean. Foreigners from Rome, Syria and Egypt built homes and coexisted tolerantly, despite the variety of religious beliefs.

Visit the excavated ruins, such as the Avenue of the Lions, the theater, and many one and two-story houses with mosaic floors, like the House of the Trident. A flight of steps ascends the island’s summit, Mt. Kynthos, the birthplace of Apollo. As a visitor you can admire most of these finds wandering around Delos sanctum and visiting the island’s archaeological museum.

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Paros

Paros is the third largest of the Cyclades after Naxos and Andros and has developed into an important center of tourism in recent years. Gently rolling hills surround the center and southeast of the island, which is occupied by endless vineyards. The Monastery of Katapyliani is located in a wooded park just up the road from the harbor. Paros is the third largest of the Cyclades up the road from the harbor. Its name means “Church of a Hundred Gates” and is one of the most important Christian monument in Greece. Paroikia (or Paros), the island’s capital and port, stands on the site of an ancient city. There is a picturesque and ruinous Venetian castle and the courtyards of the houses of the town – all of them painted white – are full of hanging pots of basil, jasmine and honeysuckle. Among the beaches near Naoussa, take special note of Kolibithres where huge rocks are eroded into strange shapes that appear to be sculptures embedded in the sand. Anchor off Langeri, a secluded sandy beach, or Drios beach.

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Ios

Ios, which is locally called Nios, is an island whose history goes back to prehistoric times. According to Herodotus, the “poet of poet’s”, the ‘godlike’ Homer was buried at Plakotos, on the northern end of the island. Pausanias tells us that there was an inscription at Delphi confirming the poet’s internment on Ios. The sites of Ios include a Hellenistic tower, the remains of an ancient aqueduct at Agia Theodoti, traces of an ancient temple at Psathi, the ruins of a Venetian castle at the spot known as Paleokastro, and the Hellenistic tower of Plakotos. Exploring Chora means, first of all, walking. Set off from your yacht in the cool of morning, wear your most comfortable shoes and get ready to set off. One hour is enough for the ones who just want to have a look at this whitewashed village, perched on the slope of the hill between the port and Mylopotas. The more demanding ones will need the whole morning to discover the hidden beauty of Chora.

This island has superb beaches. Anchor off the long sandy beach of Kalamos, a natural reserve on the eastern coast of the island. It is usually very quiet and very often one has the chance to enjoy it alone. is Papa Beach, and only a short distance away is Manganari Beach. These are four of the most beautiful beaches in the Aegean.

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Santorini

As you approach Santorini, it’s easy to imagine the cataclysm that gave birth to this astonishing Greek Island that has become such a popular tourist destination as your yacht edges between bare islands of volcanic rock and the crescent shaped remains of the volcano. Santorini, with its sheer black cliffs rising 200 meters out of the sea, actually consists of three islands: Thira, Thirasia and Aspronisi. Between Skala (the main port), at the base of the cliff, and Thera (the main town), a narrow path has been etched into the cliff-face in a series of zigzags. To the left of the path there are the prosaic lines of a cable car, the first hint of the island’s connection with the twentieth century and tourism. There are three ways to get from Skala to Thera – mule, foot or cable car. The most popular, is by mule. Besides the interesting architecture of the houses in Thera, it is worth visiting the two cathedrals (the Orthodox and the Catholic) and the Monastery of the Dominican nuns. The Catholic monastery of Panagia of Rodari, which was built in the area of Skaros where the medieval capital of the island used to lie surrounded by a strong fortress on the edge of a steep hill, and the Venetian building Gizi are worth a visit. From the gulf of Thera boats can take you to Nea Kammeni. There you can see the volcano’s crater where hot air and sulphuric steam still rise. Very little ashore is shaded, and you will want sturdy walking shoes, sun screen, and plenty of water. Hot springs exist at the nearby Palia Kammeni where the sea is bright blue.

Sifnos, Greece

Sifnos

Sifnos is a mountainous island with fertile valleys, beautiful beaches and several towns. It has a long history and has been inhabited since 3000 BC. Apollonia is the capital of Sifnos and is actually a collection of villages of which Apollonia is one. The inhabitants of this island were considered wealthy in ancient times, due to the gold and silver mines, and Sifnos stone quarries, with great prosperity enjoyed in Classical Times, as can be seen from the Treasury, dedicated to Apollo, built at Delphi. Kasto, (3 km from Apollonia), the capital of Sifnos from the 14th to the 19th centuries, retains a medieval character. Built on a rocky outcrop with an almost sheer drop to the sea on three sides, there are Venetian coats of arms and ancient wall fragments in some of the older dwellings. There is also a small archaeological museum, with exhibits of a collection of ceramics from the Archaic and Hellenistic time periods to the Byzantine era. The beaches around the island are clean and attractive including Platygialos, a large sheltered beach, Vathi, one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece with fine sand, and Apolkofto, a sandy beach with a rocky shelf near Chrysopigi. Heronissos, a traditional fishing village situation on the north side of the island, is well known for the production of handmade ceramics.

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Serifos

Cruise to Serifos, where the white, sugar-cube houses of the main town ringing the port reflect the typical architecture of the Cycladic Islands. Consider visiting the fortress-like monastery Moni Taxiarchon, which is near the village of Galani, housing wall paintings and important manuscripts. Legend states that Perseus, the mythological hero that killed the Medusa, with a woman’s face and live serpents for hair, was born on this island. Serifos is mainly known for having terrific beaches such as the beach of Psilli Ammos, which has the softest whitest sand. Other small villages around the island also have fine beaches to visit, such as the villages of Platis Gialos and Koutalas.

In the afternoon cruise to Kithnos, named after the king of the first known settlers of this island, the Dryopians. On the northeastern side of the island is Loutra, an area of thermal springs said to have curative properties. Messaria is the main village on the island and is noted for the beautiful churches with fine wood carved sanctuary screens and icons. In little island shops you can find textiles woven with vivid colors into beautiful designs, shells, leather goods, and hand carved wooden souvenirs.

In the morning, it is a 50 nm steam back to Athens to disembark.

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