Few cruising grounds in the world come close to the idyllic beauty of the Cyclades Islands. Located southeast of the mainland of Greece, this group of mesmerising islands is the ideal yacht charter destination. Encompassing some of the most stunning beaches, picturesque, whitewashed villages and fascinating historical sites in the Mediterranean, this archipelago is home to the famous islands of Mykonos, Naxos and Paros. The crown’s main gem remains Santorini, consisting of 220 islands waiting to be explored. Discover the charm of Santorini by yacht and let the romantic allure of this island sweep you up
Santorini offers visitors an array of unique beaches, ranging from pebbled stone to black sand and red sand. One of the island’s most untouched, windswept beaches remains Red Beach. Volcanic eruptions led to the formation of this spectacular beach, which is known for its black and red pebbles and sands of various shades of red. Approaching this beach from the open waters ensures you can fully admire the complete backdrop of the caldera as you head in. White Beach is known for the shimmering, staggering white cliffs and sweeping coastal views. This pebble beach is ideal for those looking for a tranquil beach to unwind and take refuge from the busy town. While the island of Santorini is known for its captivating geological sites, the NeaKameni hot springs are a must-view. Here the therapeutic, calming waters of the famous Santorini hot springs flow from the volcanic bedrock into the sea, giving the surrounding water a yellowish colour due to the high sulphur level. Take the tender closer to the source before enjoying the soothing warm waters and invigorating mud baths. In addition to its many beaches, Santorini also offers several phenomenal scuba diving spots. Visitors will be delighted to swim among the tropical and exotic marine life. A top diving site is the Caves, as it is perfect for divers of all levels. Ten metres deep, it is home to many caverns, canyons and crevasses that house all manners of fish and crustaceans.
Onshore there is just as much to see and do on the island of Santorini. The most famous location is the capital city of Firá. Known for its immaculate whitewashed houses nestled into the jagged cliff sides with azure domed roofs, the traditional Cycladic architecture is a sight to behold in this cosmopolitan city. Offering the perfect combination of natural beauty, nightlife, fine dining and shopping, and several museums, there is plenty for visitors to experience here. For an authentic taste of Cycladic life, stop by Oia. A winding complex of quaint houses in small streets, floral verandas, neoclassical mansions and blue-domed churches, visitors can see the difference in architectural styles from local and external influences. True adventurers will enjoy the 10-kilometre easy hike from Oia to Firá, which hugs the coast and offers unrivalled views of the surrounding and seascapes. Afterwards, visitors can return to their yacht for a well-deserved drink and meal while watching the unforgettable sunset over the island.