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There are no other words to describe the Cyclades Islands other than ‘simply stunning’. Picture blue and whitewashed buildings precariously perched atop striking rock formations, sparkling crystal clear waters and sunsets that resemble pools of melting liquid gold. This famous group of around 220 islands in the Aegean Sea, are some of the most beautiful in the world. The name ‘Cyclades’ refers to the islands forming a circle around the sacred uninhabited island of Delos (thought to be the birthplace of Apollo) and is home to some of Greece’s most important archaeological ruins. With the exception of the two volcanic islands of Milos and Santorini, the other islands are peaks of submerged mountainous terrain of all shapes and sizes, with most of the smaller islands being uninhabited.

Some of the larger beaches offer water sports and sun loungers with vibrant restaurants and bars to while away the hours. Others offer clear waters and simple tranquillity…..perhaps grab yourself a cool drink in one of the small local bars and if you are lucky enough, you might even score yourself some barbecued calamari freshly caught that morning.

How to get there

Most of the Cyclades islands are accessible by plane or ferry. The two main islands of Santorini and Mykonos have airports and regularly host domestic flights from Athens and Thessaloniki as well as chartered flights from abroad. The airport of Paros can also get busy and accepts both domestic and chartered flights. Smaller airports can be found in Naxos and Milos and receive domestic flights only. For those harder to reach islands, catch a ferry from the busy port of Piraeus or from the ports of Rafina and Lavrion, all of which serve itineraries to the Cyclades. A more personal and luxurious option is to travel by private transfer. Escape From Reality offer personalised fast and seamless transfers from Paros and, to and from most Cycladic Islands.

The best time to visit

The Cyclades are lucky enough to enjoy a Mediterranean climate with warm and sunny summers and mild and moderately rainy winters. If you are looking for warmth, July – mid-September are the hottest months but due to the location of the islands, they experience the Meltemi wind which reduces the feeling of heat and makes hot sunny days more comfortable. Don’t overlook the cooler Spring and Autumn seasons where the islands are bursting with life and where sea temperatures are still sublime.

Skippered Charter vs. Bareboat Rental

The absolute best way of discovering the beauty and charm of the Cyclades Islands, just has to be on water. Whether you opt for a skippered chartered boat or for the more experienced sailors among us, a bareboat rental, our ‘go to’ experts to assist you on your travels are Escape From Reality. Offering a vast fleet of boats that are maintained to the very highest levels of safety, quality and service, you will not be disappointed. Choose from their range of tours to Antiparos, Delos, Folegandros, Ios, Irakleia, Kimolos, Koufonisia, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Polyaigos, Serifos, Sifnos and the Small Cyclades. These magnificent islands are unique Greek gems steeped in history, some of which are uninhabited and only accessible by boat.

If you are looking for the ultimate in relaxation and luxury, a skippered charter boat is for you! Sit back and relax as your captain takes you on an unforgettable Aegean adventure. Watch the rich scenery unveil itself before your very eyes as you soak up the experience as a guest upon your own private charter. Well stocked with refreshments, locally sourced tapas-style delights, snorkelling gear and towels, you will want for nothing. Your journey will begin from the beautiful island of Paros. With its unrivalled natural beauty, clear waters and breathtaking landscapes, it is one of the best-loved holiday destinations in Greece. With their inside local knowledge, your experienced Captain will guide you through the assortment of islands and will know all the best places to visit and when. Who could resist diving into the mesmerising azure waters of Panteronisi and Fira, ideal for swimming and snorkelling? Moor up and take time to discover the magical villages and pretty Cycladic churches, characterised for their timeless beauty with unique designs, vivid colours and traditional style.

If you are longing to take to the seas and experience sailing first hand then Escape From Reality will arrange your bareboat rental for you. Perfect for those who are a dab hand at sailing their own boat and for those seeking a little more freedom than perhaps the organised skippered tours offer, you are able to take a more personal approach to touring the Cyclades Islands. Escape From Reality will ensure that everything is in order and running perfectly on your boat when you jump aboard. All you will need to do is work out where you want to go! If you are seeking complete privacy for you and your family or friends, then bareboat rental is perfect. Drop anchor and dive into the calm blue Aegean Sea at your leisure without having the structure of a scheduled tour. Moor up and create your own Greek feast on the beautiful sandy beaches of these magnificent island shores or discover secret hidden coves. Take time to investigate the crystalline bays, Aegean architecture and traditional villages where you are sure to receive a warm welcome from the locals.

Don’t forget that you will be required to prove your boating capabilities before pursuing your bareboat rental, this could be through a valid license and proof of sufficient boating experience.

Whether you choose a skippered chartered boat or bareboat rental, you are guaranteed to be absolutely blown away by this unique set of islands and their outstanding natural beauty which is without doubt, best witnessed from the serene waters of the enticing Aegean Sea. Your “Escape From Reality” awaits your discovery.

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