Cyclades

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KeaAndrosTinosYiarosKythnosSyrosRhiniaMykonosSerifosSifnosParosAntiparosStongyli or DhespoticoNaxosDonousaMilosKimolosPolyaigosFolegandrosSikinosIosIrakleiaSchinousaKoufonisiaAmorgosKaros & AntikarosSantorini or TheraAnafi
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Satellite view of the Cyclades - For details click on a name or an area

Cyclades (Κυκλάδες) is the quintessential group of Aegean islands. Their name comes from the the greek word κύκλος (circle) because they form a rough circle centered around the small island Delos.

The islands are arid and rocky which gives them na austere beauty. Their traditional architecture with its white-washed houses and arches blend harmoniously with the terrain. Yet, each island has an individual character and diversity ranging from the volcanic Santorini to the remote Donousa.

For the cruiser, there are many interesting sight-seeing sites as well as many anchorages. From the trendy Mykonos and the cosmopolitan Syros to the uninhabited Rhinia.

The best times to tour the Cyclades are in the Spring, May and June, and in the autumn, September and October. You are less likely to encounter strong meltemi winds and also all the anchorages are less crowded. Other than the weather-wise unpredictable winter months, the worse time to be cruising the Cyclades is during the month of August. In August not only will you encounter a number of meltemi gales but all harbors and anchorages, even the most remote, will be crowded as this is the prime vacation time in Greece and the rest of the EU.

Charts

BA
1037 Nisís Falkonera to Nísos Ios
1038 Stenó Sífnou to Stenó Kafiréa
1040 Nísos Íos to Vrakhonisídha Kandhelioússa
1041 Nisos Naxos To Vrakhoi Kaloyeroi
1444 Nisos Milos to Nisos Paros
1647 Nísos Tínos to Nísos Ikaría
2682 Kólpos Patalion to Nísos Nísiros
Imray-Tetra
G31 North Cyclades
G33 Southern Cyclades (West)
G34 Southern Cyclades
NIMA
54320 Kiklades Nisoi to Kriti
54321 Nisos Thira
54332 Nisoi Paros & Naxos
54412 Nisos Amorgos & Plans in Astipalaia
54355 Nisos Andros & Dhiekplous Kafireos
Greek
41 Cavos Maleas to Cavos Kimis
42 Andros to Chalki Island
415 Ydra to Sikinos
421 Karystos to Naxos
423 Paros to Astypalia

See also Aegean Sea.

Weather

In the summer months the weather is dominated by the meltemi which in the west Cyclades comes from the NE and on the east Cyclades from the N.

For details see Aegean Weather.

Currents & Tides

Both currents and tides are weak in the Cyclades.

Passages

Islands

Amorgos Amorgos /wiki/Amorgos Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Anafi Anafi /wiki/Anafi Harbour icon – harbour |Needs data icon – needs data |
AndrosAndros/wiki/Andros-Greece Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Donousa Donousa /wiki/Donousa Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Folegandros Folegandros /wiki/Folegandros Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Ios Ios /wiki/Ios Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Iraklia Iraklia /wiki/Iraklia Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Kea Kea /wiki/Kea Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Kimolos Kimolos /wiki/Kimolos Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Koufonisia Koufonisia /wiki/Koufonisia Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Kythnos Kythnos /wiki/Kythnos Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Milos Milos /wiki/Milos Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Mykonos Mykonos /wiki/Mykonos Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Naxos Naxos /wiki/Naxos Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Paros Paros /wiki/Paros Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Rhinia Rhinia /wiki/Rhinia Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Santorini or TheraSantorini or Thera/wiki/Santorini Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Schinousa Schinousa /wiki/Schinousa Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Serifos Serifos /wiki/Serifos Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Sifnos Sifnos /wiki/Sifnos Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Sikinos Sikinos /wiki/Sikinos Harbour icon – harbour |
Syros Syros /wiki/Syros Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Tinos Tinos /wiki/Tinos Harbour icon – harbour |Anchorage icon – anchorage |
Key to symbols: |Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |Needs data icon – needs data ||


Facilities

See an individual Island.

Supplies

See an individual Island.

Services

See an individual Island.

Provisioning

See an individual Island.

Transportation

See an individual Island.

Eating out

See an individual Island.

Tourism

History

In the early Bronze Age, Cyclades was the center of a brilliant civilization, the Cycladic civilization which gave us surprisingly modern looking paintings and statuettes. Today, the Cyclades with its many islands is the most popular cruising area in the Aegean.

Places to Visit

See an individual Island.

Friends

Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.

Forums

List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)

Links


References & Publications

See Aegean Sea.

Comments

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