Exploring the Southern Cyclades
28th April 2016
Located southeast off the coast of mainland Greece, in the Aegean Sea, sits a group of islands known as the Cyclades. Within this island group, there is a total of 2,200 islands and a collective population of no more than 120,000 permanent residents. Each of these islands offers charming settlements, fascinating architecture and, of course, stunning golden beaches on which to soak up the Mediterranean sun.
Star Clippers operate a range of itineraries that can take you to a range of either the Northern or Southern Cyclades islands. Sailing in the Aegean Sea on board the Star Clipper, these itineraries offer a fantastic opportunity to visit a range of smaller Mediterranean islands. This week, we take a closer look at the seven-night Southern Cyclades itinerary – which is will be operated throughout summer 2016.
Sailing out of Piraeus, the Port of Athens, you will spend a day at sea before reaching the island of Rhodes. Otherwise known as the island of Roses, Rhodes offers visitors a rich and diverse history. Asklipio is a stunning little church which is renowned for its fascinating displays which honour the continuity of the cult of healing through from ancient times to the modern age. Sun worshippers will also be impressed with Rhodes and one of the islands finest beaches can be found in Lindos.
Some consider Santorini to be one of the most beautiful of the Greek islands, which is renowned for its white-washed buildings with large blue domes. The entire island and its history have been shaped by a volcano, which remains active to this day. Roughly 3,500 years ago, an old Minoan town was preserved in volcanic ash and is now a must-see tourist destination. There are a number of spectacular beaches on the island – each of which offers sands of different colours – and there is nowhere better to unwind and witness the spectacular sunset.
One of the most instantly recognisable factors of going to Hydra is that motorised transportation is banned on the island. As a result, this stunning island is incredibly peaceful and the perfect place to head for a spot of Mediterranean relaxation. Whilst there aren’t many sandy beaches on the island, there are plenty of smooth rock bays in which to sunbathe, or you can head into the glistening blue waters for a swim. If you would rather explore the culture of the island, the Cathedral of Hydra is a must-visit landmark.
Star Clippers operate a range of itineraries that can take you to the islands of the Eastern and Western Mediterranean. Whether you decide to sail on board the Star Clipper, Star Flyer or the impressive Royal Clipper, you will be able to appreciate the elegance of traditional tall ship sailing.