Cyclades 7 Days Suggested Itinerary

 * Red represents Nautical Miles between suggested marinas

DAY 1 ----------------- ATHENS - KEA ------------------------ NM
49%
DAY 2 ----------------- KEA - SYROS -------------------------- NM
48%
DAY 3 ----------------- SYROS - MYKONOS ---------------- NM
20%
DAY 4 ----------------- MYKONOS - PAROS ---------------- NM
32%
DAY 5 ----------------- PAROS - KYTHNOS ---------------- NM
45%
DAY 6 ----------------- KYTHNOS - SOUNIO ---------------- NM
29%
DAY 7 ----------------- SOUNIO - ATHENS ---------------- NM
35%

 * Red represents Nautical Miles between suggested marinas

DAY 1 ----------------- ATHENS - SERIFOS ------------------------ NM
46%
DAY 2 ----------------- SERIFOS - IOS -------------------------- NM
45%
DAY 3 ----------------- IOS - SANTORINI ---------------- NM
15%
DAY 4 ----------------- SANTORINI - PAROS ---------------- NM
35%
DAY 5 ----------------- PAROS - MYKONOS ---------------- NM
25%
DAY 6 ----------------- MYKONOS - KITIHNOS ---------------- NM
45%
DAY 7 ----------------- KITIHNOS - KEA ---------------- NM
15%
DAY 8 ----------------- KEA - ATHENS ---------------- NM
30%

KEAYacht Charter Greece island Kea

Kea or Tzia Is the ‘gate’ to the Cyclades, the Far West Island of the Cyclades and closest to Attica. It’s beautiful and rare natural environment, the originality of its villages and memories of past times fascinate visitors from the first moment, as thousands of years of history unfold before their eyes. The island was named after Ceos, a hero from Nafpaktos who settled on the island in the 12th century BC. The island was later named Tzia during the Venetian occupation. Kea played an important role in the flourishing of the Cycladic civilization and was homeland to great figures of ancient Greece, such as the poet Simonides. For hikers, Kea is a paradise. Paths with a total length of 36 kilometres, 65% of which am stone-paved, cross dreamy routes through dense forests of tall oaks and lead to beautiful isolated beaches.

Must See

  • Ancient Karthea: Its remains are truly impressive. Among them, you will see the city’s acropolis and the temples of Athena and Pythios Apollon. It’s accessible by boat or hiking
  • The Kea Lion: A trademark of Ioulida, it’s a 6th century BC sculpture carved on a rock thatbears an enigmatic smile. According to the myth, this lion chased away the island’s formerinhabitants, the Nymphs.
  • More history: Visit the ruins of the prehistoric settlement of Agia Irini – it was one of themost important cultural centers of the Aegean, until the 15th century BC, when it was destroyed by an earthquake. Also, the Hellenistic 20m tower of Agia Marina, a significant fortification monument of the island.

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The food is wonderful the specialty of the island is paspalas (pieces of pork cooked with tomatoes and eggs), tsigara (pork with fat), loza (salted pork), and melitzanoryza (aubergines with rice). Local sausages are also part of the traditional table, as is the grilled herring, accompanied by cool retsina wine. Don’t miss the chance to try rooster cooked in wine, accompanied by the local mavroudi red wine. According to the legend, Aristaeus Introduced apiary In Kea and local pure thyme honey and pasteli have been the traditional treats to visitors since ancient times.

Events

The people of Tzia keep traditions alive and know all about the meaning of hospitability and festivities. The patron saint of Kea is Agios Charalambos, celebrated on 10 February in glory and religious reverence. The ancient rites are revived on 1 July, on the celebration of Agii Anargyri in Vourkari. The feast of Agia Marina takes place in Korissia on 17 July, Panagia Kastriani is celebrated on 15 August, and the festivities for Ai Symios are organised on 1 September. During the carnival, the King of the Carnival parade takes place In loulida, followed by a frenzy of festivities. The Festival of Fairy Tales, a unique cultural event in Greece, Is organized by the Legend and Fairy Tale Study and Dissemination Centre every summer around the July full moon and carries visitors away with the magic of legends. Myths and fairy tales. The Simonidia sports events are organized in August.

Activities

• Hiking: • Scuba diving.

SYROSYacht Charter Greece Syros island

The main characteristic of Syros Is that everyone who goes there loves it, and everyone has a good time. Think of this island like the perfect hostess who takes care of all the details for her guests, so that everyone has a good time, no matter the preferences and the mood of each one. No invitation is required, Syros is always welcoming!

Syros, or Syra, is the geographical, administrative and commercial centre of the Cyclades. With its unique history, its special cultural heritage and inspiring natural environment, Syros is uniquely radiant. Visitors can see traditional and cosmopolitan, medieval and modern, Cycladic and neoclassical elements, in a place where Catholic and Orthodox traditions co-exist harmoniously. Syros is a living museum of culture, a ‘’ time capsule” that instantly carries the visitor from one period to the other, in an absolutely natural, but impressive and intriguing way. Ermoupoli, the capital, is a city by the sea that charms from the very first moment, with its imposing neoclassical mansions embracing the large natural port.

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  • Ermoupoli is the capital of Syros and all islands of the Cyclades. It developed during the War of Independence and soon became a large transit centre between the East and the West. With the passage of time, small industries, workshops and the Neorion shipyards were set up in the city. The economic peak of Ermoupoli was accompanied by cultural growth, thus resulting in the formation of the first purely Greek bourgeoisie. This was also depicted in the architecture of the new city, with impressive results. Today Ermoupoli forms a monumental architectural set, unique in all of Greece!
  • Posidonia: Also known as Delagrazia, this settlement is one of the island’s most beautiful. It features magnificent old mansions with their gardens, properties of wealthy families of Syros, as well as orthodox and catholic churches.
  • More of Ermoupoli: Visit the Church of the Dormition of Virgin Mary, where you’ll see El Greco’s homonymous piece of work. Also, the Industrial Museum and the repairing installments of wooden boats (tarsanas and karnayio), next to Neorio, the island’s historic shipbuilding dock. Last but not least, the Markos Vamvakaris’ Museum (his former residence) in Ano Syra.

Activities

The countryside of Syros island is great for cycling. There are a couple of bicycle rentals on the island, from where you can rent a bicycle and explore the beaches and villages. The northern side of Syros has dirt roads and is ideal for jeep tours, especially the road to the village of San Mihalis.

Syros is also ideal for those who love hiking and wondering around the unspoilt Cycladic landscape. The north side of the island, is full of paths and places of archaeological interest from the Cycladic civilization (3 millennium BC).

Events, products and specialties

Every year, the island hosts a variety of renowned cultural spectacles, such as the International Classical Music Festival of Cyclades, the International Animation Festival & Forum and the Festival of the Aegean.
On the Sunday of Tyrini during the carnival of Ano Syros, the holiday atmosphere in the narrow alleys is infectious. The cultural events of “Ermoupolia”, “Apanosyria” in Ano Syros, “Music routes’ as a tribute to Markos Vamvakaris in Kini and Galissas, all take place during the summer months. In Posidonia, in July, everyone waits for the catch to be hauled in and the traditional feast on the beach of Agathopes. An event called “Avgoustiatikes Meres” (August Days) takes place in Vari on the 15th of August, where old customs and crafts are revived with structures on the sand, and a Venetian evening. On the third Friday of August, the feast of “kakavia” (fish soup) is organized on the beach of Finikas, including dancing and music. The traditional “Trygopati” (crushing of the grapes) is organized in September, at Kam bi in Vari. Visitors to Syros can taste the traditional recipes of octopus cooked with vinegar and sun-dried tomatoes, fish with dried capers, silverside cooked with fried onions, fennel pie, “strapatsada” (eggs in tomato sauce), and delicious dairy products, the best being “San Michalis”, a cheese exclusively produced in Syros, together with hard strained cheese. Some rare vine varieties are cultivated on the island: “avgoustiatis” and “katsano” (white), and “armeletousa”, “proniko”, and “romelko• (red).

MYKONOSSailing yacht Charter on island Mykonos

Mykonos is a wonderful Cycladic island, worth visiting at any time of the year. However it is a must to enjoy the days of its summer glory, when it literally becomes an international village, when its community of believers make it a sight worth seeing, when one can experience the unique feeling that everything and everyone is in Mykonos. Surrounded by Tinos, Syros, Paros and Naxos, a small island stands out, globally renown as one of the most popular tourism centers of the Mediterranean. However, despite its cosmopolitan character, Mykonos remains a beautiful and picturesque island, whose all-white Chore lies next to the sea, with golden beaches, friendly and smiling people, and a continuous link with history lasting for centuries. If you think you’ve seen someone that looks famous, then you’re probably right. In Mykonos you’ll sit right next to famous actors, singers, stars, TV personalities, top models. Yet, behind the glam, Mykonos Is calm and wonderful – even in wintertime.

Must See

  • Village Ano Mera:Representing the traditionally Greek island side of Mykonos, it’s calm, authentic and picturesque, with the historic church of Panagia Tourliani as its main attraction.
  • Church Paraportiani:Located at Chora, it is a well-known unique architectural complex of five chapels and also an icon of Mykonos.
  • Museums in Chora:If you’ve had enough of partying and miss some sightseeing, why not pay a visit to the Archaeological Muesum, the Aegean Maritime Museum and the Folklor Museum? It’s both educational and rewarding

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The Mykonos cuisine includes many varieties of pork dishes (with cabbage or wild greens, smoked pork, sausages) and wonderful recipes for fish and seafood: sea snail casserole or risotto, mackerel with capers, sea urchins in vinaigrette, clams, mussels. Well known is the spicy cheese pate, kopanisti, while fennel croquettes, garlic pasta, asparagus with eggs, and green fried tomatoes are also delicious dishes. Honey pie, pasteli and macaroons are the famous sweets of the island. Don’t miss the chance to taste a cool soumada, a drink made using almonds. The wooden boats and windmills, the wonderful knitted and leather items — traditional products of Mykonos — will give you some idea of the souvenirs you can take back home.

Events

Traditional and unique feasts despite the spectacular touristic development of the island, the people of Mykonos are still simple, cheerful and hospitable, and always make the time needed to maintain their traditions and customs, which is easy to understand for anyone who spends time with them.

The feasts in Mykonos give entertainment a different dimension. On 6 January, °Balosia”, a celebration to open the maritime period, takes place in Chora. On 30 June, the celebration of Agii Apostoli coincides with the celebration of fishermen, and a large feast is organized on the beach of Chora, where seafood is served. 26 July is the day of festivities celebrating Agia Paraskevi in Chora, 15 August is the celebration of Panagia Tourliani in Ano Mera.

The traditional custom of pig slaughtering takes place in October accompanied by feasts and celebrations.

Activities

• Hiking: • Scuba diving •Horse Riding • Mini Golf.

PAROSYacht Charter Greece on island Paros

Paros is so fascinating on so many levels that many people love it having seen only one of its faces. Don’t jump to conclusions about what you like, get to know the island first and find your “own” Paros, the face that suits you best. No doubt, though, it will charm you even if you see a different side from the one expected. The island of Paros is famous for its golden beaches, clear blue waters and nightlife. However, it has much more than that to offer visitors, who will see a different island, offering many alternatives: its rich natural resources, the fascinating cultural heritage, the unique customs, the original traditional dishes and the famous wine, are some of the island’s secrets that make visitors return. It is one of the largest and most fertile islands of the Cyclades with valleys, plains and farmlands, and covers an area of 186km2. It was named after Paros, the leader of the Arcadians that settled on the island. In ancient times, Paros was one of the most important centers of the Cycladic civilization, and renown for the quality of its marble.

Must See

  • Parikia: The port and capital of the island, and an area of exceptional religious, archaeological and cultural interest. In Parikia one can see the famous church of Panagia Ekantotapyliani (4th century), a magnificent monument to Christianity and one of the most important Early Christian monuments of Greece.
  • Lefkes village: One of the most beautiful and unspoiled of all the Greek islands, it is the only mountain settlement in Paros. Picturesque, calm, amphitheatrically built among lush greenery, it preserves its traditional character intact: Cycladic and neoclassical houses, an imposing temple at the top, oil presses and mills. No motor vehicles are allowed. From there, you can also follow the byzantine marble path that leads to the medieval village of Prodromos (one hour walk).
  • Paros’ ancient highlights: These include the 8th century cemetery near Parikia port, the Dilion (ruins of a 5th c. temple of Delian Apollo) and the Asklipiion (relics of a 4th c. sanctuary dedicated to Asclepius, god of medicine).
  • Valley of the Butterflies (gr. Petaloudes) Smaller than the famous one in Rhodes, this lush green habitat is a shelter for Tiger moth butterflies, open to visitors.
  • Ancient Marble Quarries Located near Marathi village, this site is literally a history walk in the place where the famous parian marble was extracted from ancient times until the 19th century. The marble was the cornerstone of Paros’ economy for all of this time and also the prime material for many of the most important works of architecture and sculpture in classical Greece.Island Paros Yacht charter Greece

Events

Visitors can take part in the grape harvest, the crushing of grapes and rakidl (production of raki) and the accompanying festivities. Don’t miss the chance to dance at one of the several feasts organized on the island which culminate in the feast for Panagia Ekatontapyliani in Parikia in August. The klidonas fortune telling festivities take place in Naousa, Alyki and Prodromos on 23 June. A fish celebration takes place in Naousa on the first Sunday of July. A great feast celebrating Sotiras (the Saviour) is organized on 6 August in Alyki and Marpissa. Pirate evenings are organised in Naousa on 23 August; on 28 and 29 August, people celebrate Ai Giannis in Naousa and Lefkes. The custom which takes place on 3 November is a reference to Bacchic feasts, in a celebration dedicated to Ai Giorgis Methystis (the Inebriator), an inauguration for the local wines. The representation of the Passions seen In Marpissa, Marmara, Prodromos, Lefkes and Aspro Horlo Is unique.

Activities

Paros offers quality facilities to practice windsurfing, kite surfing, diving, horse riding and trekking. The island has several diving schools (the beaches Chrysi Akti, Santa Maria, and Pounta are ideal for diving). Pounta is the best beach for kite surfing, while the favourite beaches for windsurfing are Tserdakia, Chrysi Akti, Santa Maria and Pounta. The island also has surfing clubs. Amateur fishermen will find ideal spots on the coasts of Paros.

Products and Specialties

Paros saves many gourmet surprises for the visitor: karavoli (escargot garlic pat, rafiolia (small fried pies with skimmed-milk cheese), sea urchin salad, gouna (sun-dried salt fish), roast stuffed fish, octopuscroquettes, herring salad, ladosoupa (soup with pasta), kolitsanokeftedes (seafood croquettes), amanitokeftedes (mushroom croquettes), hortofouskotes (pies with wild greens), bean pie, garlic bulb patt. Paros is famous for its cheeses, and for its wonderful wines (labeled PDO=Protected Designation of Origin)
wine from the select varieties mandilaria and monemvasia. Sweet flavours are dominated by macaroons, samota figs, petimezopita (molasses pie), and skaltsounia pastries.You can also try “souma” (the local type of Greek alcohol drink tsipouro)

KYTHNOSYacht Charter Greece island Kithonos

Kythnos is like a modest beauty. It is not famous, no pictures of Kythnos are seen on the cover of magazines. However it is truly beautiful and genuine, and very “well behaved” too. It is approachable, friendly, joyful and hospitable. A holiday destination out of the ordinary, this is one of its greatest virtues. Kythnos, or Thermia, with its warm baths, belongs to the West Cyclades group of islands, and is located between Kea and Serifos. It covers an area of 92 square kilometres and has 1,700 permanent residents. It is frequently hit by strong winds, but the sun shines almost all year round. With its beautiful Cycladic landscape, Venetian castles and old churches, charming beaches and hot springs, Kythnos makes an ideal destination for those who seek relaxation, good health, but also an acquaintance with the history and culture of the place. In Kythnos, the warmth and hospitability of the residents are the epitome of “welcome”. According to tradition, the island was named after Cythnus, leader of the Dryopes, who settled in the island from Euboea. The northwest part of Kythnos, from the islet of Agios Loukas to the Kefalos cave, is of particular natural interest, and has been included in the Natura 2000 network.

Must See

  • Panagia Kanala: This monastery, dedicated to the island’s patroness saint, is situated at a
    beautiful spot at the village of the same name. The icon of the Virgin Mary is considered to be miraculous and, according to tradition, it was created by Apostle Loukas. A major feast takes place in the church of Panagia Kanala on 15th August.
  • Castle Orias, Vryokastro and Maroulas : Castle Orias, the former medieval capital of the island, overlooks the Aegean, featuring the remains of houses and two churches. From here you can enjoy the superb views, as long as you mind the rough path that leads to the fortification. Vryokastro is the ancient capital of Kythnos – among the relics here you can see the acropolis, aqueduct and temples. Last but not least, in the area of Maroulas lies a Mesolithic open air settlement (the only such discovered in Greece), with important findings.
  • Cave of Katafiki: Located at the north side of Driopida village, it is one of the largest in Greece and partly open to visitors, with impressive stalactites and stalagmites.
  • Thermal springs: It’s no coincidence that the island’s original name was Thermia (meaning “baths”). Located at the area of Therma /Loutra, Kythnos’ two hot springs and modern spa centre attract many visitors annually.

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The traditional year-round festivities add a special touch to the character of the island. The most famous ones are Agia Triads in June in Chore, Agii Apostoli on 28 June in Dryopida, Panagia Kanala and Panagla Nlkous on 15August. “Kythnia”, a host of music and dancing events and art exhibitions, takes place in Chore every summer, from 1 to 10August. The traditional delicacies of Kythnos Include local sausages, the trimma and kopanisti cheese products, honey, and the tasty barley breed rolls. The most popular local recipes include savor (seasoned fish), sfougata cheese croquettes, the pitaro cheeseple, syglina (salted pork), and kolopia (pies with rice, wild greens, spinach and various herbs). Look for local macaroons If In Loutra: definitely one of the best delicacies to take back home !

Activities

If you like hiking, this can be a fun activity on Kythnos island in spring and autumn, when the weather is not very hot. Hiking trails are usually not signposted, but they are easy to follow. A nice hiking trail is from the port to Chora or Driopida, the two main villages of Kythnos, or from the port to the lovely beach of Kolona.

SOUNIO

What a sight it must have been when the ancient Greek seafarers laid their eyes on the majestic Temple of Poseidon at the very tip of cape Sounio.
Cape Sounio has been recognized since prehistoric times as a special place of worship and was an important sanctuary during the Greek Archaic,Classical,and Hellenistic periods. There are two sanctuaries present on the cape: the sanctuary of Poseidon and the sanctuary of Athena; two gods that were held in high esteem by the ancient Athenians. The ruins as we see them today are the result of the renovations that took place during the 5th century B.C., and replaced a succession of buildings that date back to the archaic period.

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SERIFOSYacht Charter Greece on Island Serifos

Serifos is very attractive exactly because it doesn’t try to be so. It remains a land untouched by time and tourism. It welcomes its visitors without worry or guile, because everybody that chooses Serifos likes it the way it is and always has been. Beautiful, charming, shining, simple, full of joy, liveliness, tastes and colours.

In the centre of the Western Cyclades, between Kylhnos and Sifnos, where the blue of the Aegean blends Into the red of the rocks and the white of the houses, Serifos makes time stop for a while and invites visitors to get to know its landscapes and its people, to seek calm and relaxation on its golden beaches. Serifos maintains its original island colour intact, as it has managed to stay away from the frenetic tourist development of other islands in the Aegean. Legend links Serifos to Perseus, son of Zeus and Danae, who lived and became a man on the island, as well as to Odysseus who on his return to Ithaca stopped at Serifos and was kept prisoner by thec yclops Polyphemus in his horrific cave. The locals still show to visitors the rock outside Koutalas cove that Odysseus threw at Polyphemus when Odysseus escaped and left the island, as well as the ruins of the great Cyclopean Walls.

Must See

  • The old mines: The coastal settlements of Megalo Livadi and Koutalas are deeply associated with the island’s long and turbulent mining history. The sights of the region include the remains of the old mine facilities, the impressive mining ladder, the former head quarters of the company who exploited the area, as well as the memorial dedicated to the workers who lost their lives during the great miners’ strike in 1916, claiming better working conditions. At the area of Koutalas, you can also see the Hellenistic Lefkos Pyrgos (White Tower), the remains of the Gria Castle and the throne of the Cyclops (known as Psaropyrgos). Also, the cave of Cyclops (Cave Koutalas), a former ancient religious centre, with remarkable stalactites and stalagmites.
  • Moni Taxiarchon: A monument of great architectural and religious value, situated close to the village of Galini. This fortified monastery was built in 1572 and it’s dedicated to Serifos’ patron saints, Michail and Gavriil. It features beautiful 18th c frescoes and other important relics.

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Activities

Hiking is highly recommended in the island’s well-marked routes (try the most popular trail: Chora-Kastro-Livadi). Cycling, diving, windsurfing, sailing and fishing are also on the agenda.

Events, products and specialties

The inhabitants of Serifos – currently over 1,200 – are polite and warm hearted, and preserve the Cycladic tradition of hospitality and festivities. The backbone of the religious and social life of the island is made up local festivals, where the hosting celebrators will willingly serve you tasty treats on handmade, ceramic plates accompanied by the island music of local instruments. Try boiled kid meat with pasta, mashed fava beans -and the famous wine of Serifos. Some of the celebrations of Serifos include those of AgIa Triada, on the day of the Holy Spirit in Mavra Voladia, Christos Sotiras on 6 August 6th, in Pyrgos, Panagia in Ramos and Skopous on 15August,Taxiarches on 8 November in Monastiri. In Serifos you will find the Cyclops throne. Serifos is renowned for its wonderful pork products (louza, siglina, sausages) and dairy products (myzithra of charani, sour myzithra, piperati), along with capers and sundried tomatoes which are essential in its cooked foods and salads. The favourite dishes on the island are revithada, marathotiganites, and sundried octopus. Also search out the local thyme honey, It Is exceptional!

IOSYacht Charter Greece on island Ios

Paros is so fascinating on so many levels that many people love it having seen only one of its faces. Don’t jump to conclusions about what you like, get to know the island first and find your “own” Paros, the face that suits you best. No doubt, though, it will charm you even if you see a different side from the one expected. The island of Paros is famous for its golden beaches, clear blue waters and nightlife. However, it has much more than that to offer visitors, who will see a different island, offering many alternatives: its rich natural resources, the fascinating cultural heritage, the unique customs, the original traditional dishes and the famous wine, are some of the island’s secrets that make visitors return. It is one of the largest and most fertile islands of the Cyclades with valleys, plains and farmlands, and covers an area of 186km2. It was named after Paros, the leader of the Arcadians that settled on the island. In ancient times, Paros was one of the most important centers of the Cycladic civilization, and renown for the quality of its marble.

Must See

Panagia Gremniotissa: Located in a steep rocky spot at the highest point of Ios’ Chora, this church offers remarkable views of the Aegean.
Skarkos early Cycladic settlement: An important archaeological site, awarded for its exemplary restoration, that dates back in 2.800 BC. Its findings can be seen at the Archaeological Museum in Chora.

More ancient history: In Paleokastro (aka “Old Castle”), the remains of a byzantine castle and the beautiful church of Panagia Paleokastritissa – the views from the hilltop where it’s set are truly fascinating. Also, in Homer’s Tomb, the ruin of an ancient tomb that is said to be Homer’s, set in the area of Plakoto.
Odysseas Elytis Theatre: Set at the hilltop in Chora, every summer it hosts many cultural events, while it offers magnificent views of the island and the Aegean Sea. It is named after the Nobel Prize winner Greek poet.

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For those who love hiking Ios is the ideal destination. Its hilly morphology and the innumerable paths opened by shepherds on its hills enable visitors to see amazing places of wild beauty and enjoy the view to the nearby islands. If you want to experience daily farming works performed in the old-fashioned way, local stock farmers wit be willing to show you through the entire production process (grazing, milking, cheese-making

Events, products and specialties

los has maintained a tradition that brings visitors closer and embraces them in a spirit of celebration. Traditional feasts accompany the celebrations of Ai Giannis Kidonas in Pyrgos on 24 June, of Panagia Gremiotissa in Chora on 15 August, of Ai Giannis Kalamos and Ai Giannis of Psathi on 29 August, and the Birth of the Virgin Mary in Agia Theodoti and Paleokastro on 8 September. los saves many gourmet surprises for the visitors: chickpea balls, bourgeto horse mackerels (cooked in tomato and vegetable sauce), tsimetia (stuffed courgette flowers), sun- dried chargrilled minnows, and the necessary touch of capers in salads and casseroles, all accompanied by local wine. Don’t miss the chance to try the select cheese products of los: spicy white kefalotyri, “xino” (soft white cheese), skotyri” (a mixture of cheeses, skimmed-milk cheese and herbs), and sweet skimmed-mik cheese. The traditional sweets of los include pasteli, avgokalamara (elsewhere known as diples, a deep fried pastry), melitinia or myzithropites pastries (stuffed with sweet skimmed-milk cheese), macaroons, and pastota figs (dried figs dipped in sesame). Also try the raki of los: it is even stronger than that made in Crete!

SANTORINIYacht Charter Greece on island Santorini

Santorini is worthily considered one of the most famous and highly desirable destinations on earth. Just think that, apart from the usual pictures, there is an entire island of beauty, incredible beaches, sights and attractions, more than enough to make Santorini a famous destination.

The fascinating legend of the island that emerged out of the lathered sea -an island cut into two, the globally unique archaeological riches, the sublime folk architecture and the magic that no picture can capture make Santorini an island of surprises which reveals its true face when summer visitors are gone, out in the open sea.

Santorini or Thera is at the far south of the Cyclades, together with Anafi. It covers an area of 73 square kilometers, in a circular arrangement together with Therasia and Aspronisi. In the centre of this circle is the caldera created after the major volcanic eruption in 1650 BC. Inside the caldera, underwater eruptions caused the emergence of the isles of Palea Kameni and Nea Kameni – a unique phenomenon in the entire world. The view as the yacht approaches the island is breathtaking. A steep reddish-black rock of 300 metres — the caldera walls — stands imposing. And as the yacht approaches, human presence can be discerned — small houses and blue church domes—an impressive sight! Don’t miss the chance to walk the route Fira-Firostefani-lmerovigli-Oia. The view to the caldera is unique in the world.

Must See

The (still active) volcano experience: You can either take the boat tour along the caldera or choose one of the regular excursion trips that lead you to caldera islets Nea and Palaia Kameni, as well as Thirasia. Walk up towards the volcano crater in Nea Kameni (good shoes, sun block and water serve as survival tools here) and have a swim in the hot sulphur springs of Palaia Kameni. Last stop is Thirasia, an unspoiled miniature version of Santorini before the tourism invasion. Overall, a definite must-do.

Antiquity-related top 3 sites: Ancient Thira: At the top of Mt Mesa Vouno lie the remains of the island’s only ancient town, dating from Archaic to Roman times. Sanctuaries, temples, agora, royal stoa, theatre and cemeteries are its prime highlights. Akrotiri early Bronze Age settlement: One of the most important sites in Greece, located at the current Akrotiri village, it is in fact a formerly prosperous town, well preserved under the volcanic ash. Two or three store houses, frescoes, ceramics and sewage system came to light, among others. Museum of Prehistoric Thira @Fira: Prehistoric Aegean times and Santorini in particular are the main focus of this museum, one of the country’s most prominent. A visit to the town’s Archaeological Museum is also recommended.

Inland villages: Pyrgos, Emporio, Karterados, Finikia, Monolithos, Messaria and many more will surely fascinate you. Relaxed, cosmopolitan, traditional, medieval, etc, each one has to offer so much.
Wine tourism & gastronomy: Santorini has always been famous for its fine wines (the island’s well-known varieties include assirtiko, athiri, nykteri, vinsanto). Consequently, there are many organized wine tours in wineries, canavas, vineyards, etc, as well as the Wine Museum outside Fira. As for the local delicacies, you should definitely try cherry tomatoes, white aubergines, fava, capers and chloro cheese.

Island Santorini Yacht Charter GreeceFeasts, Products and Specialties

Santorini produces products of special quality and taste. The wines “brousko”, -nychteri” and sweet “vinsanto” are very famous. The locally produced dark-yellow fava beans make the basic ingredient for numerous delicious traditional dishes (puree, croquettes, soups). Also the tomato croquettes with the unique fleshy tomatoes of Santorini are out of this world!Another delicacy, the salted “apokti”. Traditional dishes cooked on the stove and local wine are available at the restaurants and taverns of the island, but it would be best if you could try them at one of the numerous feasts. The feast at the monastery of Profitis ‘has on 20 July, the celebration of Panagia Episkopis on 15 August, the celebration of Agios loannis in Perissa on 29 August. The feast of Agii Epta Pedes (Seven Sleepers) takes place on 4 August, in a small cave-cut chapel in Finikia, right above the caldera, and can be accessed only by boat. Traditional weddings take place in summertime in Akrotiri, while Easter celebrations in Santorini are an unforgettable experience. During the Epitaph procession in Pyrgos, torches are lit up on all alleys. During Easter, women make melitinia, sweet pastries with fresh unsalted skimmed-milk cheese. The traditional sugarplums are served at weddings, sweets made of almonds boiled in local honey— an exquisite experience for the palate!

Activities

The beaches of Santorini, with their characteristic black or reddish sand, are charming in a special way: Exo Gialos, the Red and the White beach, Mesa Pigadia with the unique cave, Vlychada with the yellowish weathered rocks that form small caves and natural sculptures — a magnificent scenery! The settlement of Kamari features a very long beach and Perissa an endless beach of black sand and dark blue waters. Perissa is also the settlement where the largest church of Santorini, Timios Stavros (19th century) is located. In Pon, one can admire the large church of Panagia Kalou (1650) and enjoy swimming at a remote sandy beach. For the friends of diving, there are two diving centres: in Perissa and in Kaman.

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