Santorini : sailing holidays and yacht charters.

Santorini - Sailing

Nowadays Santorini is becoming a yacht charter base - mostly for bareboat sailing yachts (with the possible addition of a skipper) and fully crewed luxury super yachts - motor yachts and motorsailers or gulets, both of which offer an unsurpassed opportunity to explore the marvellous surrounding islands as well. Often overlooked to the east is the island of Anafi, small but totally off the beaten track with great beaches and a lovely Chora perched above the tiny port called Skala (read more on the Chora & Skala toponyms), a few rocks and islets are further to the south, called Nisos Pakhia (Pakia) and Nisos Makra, the southernmost Cycladic islands - worthy to sail around for this very reason.

Milos to the west is another volcano and offers an attractive mini cruising area, equally suited for sailing holidays in these southern Cyclades, and there is - similar to Folegandros - a breathtaking Chora to explore. Further east is the island of Amorgos, with its many stunning anchorages such as Fjord Bay (also known as Vlikada Bay) which has a very narrow entrance between high cliffs ending in a tiny beach.

Santorini self is a collection of islands of which the larger and most important is Thira or Thera. Other islands include Thirasia, Aspro and the newly formed volcanic islets in the middle: Palea Kameni and Nea Kameni. A yacht can anchor in various bays to get experience the sensation of a working volcano within the flooded caldera of an older one. Together with the white houses perched higher up this is a truly unique venue and so special that it was a shame that recently many reliable yacht charter companies and agents didn't use this island as a base for sailing holidays - see my guide on yacht charters.

The photo above of a vineyard shows the vines, typically on Santorini, wrapped in tight circles. Each plant is protected from the harsh winds in a so-called “Stefani”.

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