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One Week Itinerary for Sailing in the Cyclades (Athens to Paros)

One Week Itinerary for Sailing in the Cyclades (Athens to Paros)

Imagine sailing in the Cyclades, where you will find yourself surrounded by the majestic colours of the Aegean Sea and the wonder of Greek mythology. In fact, it is Poseidon, the God of the Sea, who created the Cyclades, a collection of islands which is now one of the most popular sailing destinations all over the world .

However, to thoroughly enjoy the unique nature this region, it is best to spend one-week sailing in the Cyclades islands. Starting the journey in Athens, you can explore the surrounding islands of Syros, Mykonos, and Paros.  Interestingly, each island offers a unique sense of charm which never fails to delight sailing enthusiasts and tourists alike.

7 Day Sailing Itinerary for the Cyclades Islands

Day 1 – Athens

alimos marina Athens

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Considered the jewel of the Cyclades cruise, Athens is the best starting point for a week-long sailing itinerary . Alimos, the cruise port of Athens, is just 15 kilometres from the city centre and this large and busy port serves as a dock for the many ferries and cruises that sail into the Cyclades. Before you get on with the cruise, take time to explore Athens and uncover many historical sights such as the infamous Acropolis, home to the notorious Parthenon.

Day 2 & 3 – Syros

Syros Greece

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From Athens, you can head over to Syros, the capital of the Cycladic islands, a place where Western influence and Greek tradition come into harmony. Here, you can feel enamoured by the sapphire waters of the gulf and moor at the quaint harbour at Finikas. Located on the southwest coast of the island, Finikas is where you can take a morning swim in stunning waters by day and explore the town at night. Featuring unique architecture, fine restaurants and host of charming cafes , this is an excellent place to unwind and enjoy the small pleasures in life.

Day 4 & 5 – Mykonos

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After spending a day or two at Syros, you can head to Mykonos. Of all the islands of the Cyclades, Mykonos is arguably the most popular. Indeed, this island has something interesting to offer for everyone which is the reason you will often find this isle on most cruising itineraries for Greece .  You can spend a day or two here, where picturesque whitewashed buildings cling to the hillsides, and friendly faces adorn every street. Walking around the charming harbour, you should also take time to discover the hidden alleyways dotted with cafes, restaurants, and boutiques. After dark, the local nightlife is amongst the most vibrant with many bars and clubs taking their place on the lively waterfront.

Day 6 & 7 – Paros

paros greece

source: Paros Greece

Finally, Paros Island is the final destination for this one-week itinerary for sailing in the Cyclades. You will most likely dock at the Parikia port, which is the main port of Paros, and there are so many things to discover in the charming island. However, unlike Mykonos and many other islands in the Cyclades, Paros is less touristy and a lot more laidback. In fact, this is often considered the sleepy island in the Cyclades until the busy cafes and bars open up for sunset.

Are you taking a sailing adventure into the Cyclades Islands? Please let us know in the comments!


Remember, you will need water not just to drink but also to shower, wash dishes, make drinks with, cook. Try to reuse the water as much as possible. Water found in cans can be used to cook with. Never leave the faucet running when you’re washing any fresh vegetables. Rather, fill up a bowl and soak them there, reusing the same water.

The boat WILL rock

And on that note, secure everything on shelves that could potentially fall and break. Use non-slip utensils and pots as much as possible. Use plastic dishes unless the occasion demands something finer. When the water is particularly choppy (and you will encounter such situations) prep your meal while sitting down as much as possible. Never leave anything, especially objects which could cause harm, running around on surfaces. Although you may be anchored in a very calm space, a boat may whizz by and rock your boat unexpectedly. So be prepared. Always.

Although these tips are meant to help you be more at ease with cooking on board, they are in no way a sign that things will go wrong when you cook in the galley. Cooking on board is one of the loveliest experiences you’ll have when you’re sailing. Think; dazzling sunrises and sea the colour of an emerald as you (carefully) flip pancakes for your al fresco breakfast anchored near a deserted island in Croatia. Tomorrow it will be Italy. Give us this cooking over any, any day.