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

7 Day Sailing Itinerary for the Cyclades Islands

Imagine sailing in the Cyclades, where you will find yourself surrounded by the majestic colors 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.

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However, to thoroughly enjoy the unique nature of 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 that never fails to delight sailing enthusiasts and tourists alike.

Day 1 – Athens

countless boats docked at the Alimos Marina of Athens in Greece


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 kilometers from the city center 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

the bank and the playful and colorful coastside architecture of Syros in 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 harbor 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 a host of charming cafes, this is an excellent place to unwind and enjoy the small pleasures in life.

Day 4 & 5 – Mykonos

boats sailing to 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 harbor, 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

a magical marina and pretty town in Paros in 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!


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