The island of Mykonos is a great starting point to discover the Cyclades. From here, you can quickly reach every island on the Aegean Sea, so you can sail to Santorini as well. In this article, we will show you some islands you can visit along the way, the important ports and give you other useful information..
Our article gives you an overview of the following topics:
- Important facts when sailing from Mykonos to Santorini
- Ports in route from Mykonos to Santorini
- Catamaran routes from Mykonos to Santorini:
- One way Mykonos southern cruise
- 1-week catamaran from Mykonos to Santorini
- Marine gas near Mykonos, boat gas stations en route from Mykonos to Santorini
Weather in Mykonos and Santorini
Like the other parts of Greece, these areas have a Mediterranean climate too. In summer, the weather is dry and warm, culminating in early July and the first 10 days of August. This time the temperature can be up to 33-35 degrees, while the constant sea wind reduces the feeling of heat while sailing. In winter, the temperature in the Aegean Sea is 15 degrees, but in summer it warms up to 25-26 degrees. There is little rainfall in the summer months and lasts only a few hours. The winds are relatively predictable, almost sustained at sea. From June to about the end of September, the Meltemi blows from the north. In spring and autumn, the Sirocco blows from the south. Check the sailing conditions and wind rose diagram of Cyclades.
The official currency of the country is the euro. If you are coming from a country where the euro is not the official currency, be sure to visit a currency exchange before you leave. Also, be prepared that the pricing of marinas is not uniform. You can moor for free in some places, but typically you will expect prices of around € 30-50 per port, depending on the length of your yacht. In the Cycladic islands, food is usually 1-2 euros more expensive than, for example, in the Attica Peninsula.
What to do in Mykonos before sailing?
Mykonos offers a variety of entertainment options, you will not feel bored for a second here. It does not matter if you like parties or you prefer a quiet holiday, you will have a good time here. You can swim at beautiful beaches. The Platys Gialos beach or the Panormos are excellent choices.
Are you looking for a vibrant beach party? Visit the Super Paradise beach with dance parties all summer long! If you are interested in the architecture of the island, discover the windmills! If you arrived in Mykonos early, pop over from the capital to the island of Delos. According to the legend, the god Apollo was born there. His memory is commemorated by an ancient sanctuary and the ruins of a theatre. In Mykonos, Little Venice is the place to go. The promenade and buildings are right at the sea. In Greece, GMT +3 is the time zone, as in other EU countries, it switches between winter and summertime.
Which route should I choose?
If you want to return your boat in Santorini, choose the one-way cruise. You can visit several islands along the way. This route is flexible because you can drop anchor at many islands. We recommend sailing in summer because it is easier to sail south due to the north-eastern winds. From the island of Santorini, you can go back to Mykonos by ferry from the port of Thira or by plane from the airport, located north of Kamari.
We recommend the round trip if Santorini is only one of your stops. In this case, as for winds, it does not matter if you go in summer, because during the first half of your trip you sail south, and then after turning back at Santorini, you sail north. There will be a headwind, regardless of the season.
Ayios Nikólaos Marina, Kea
It is an important port on the island of Kea, close to beautiful golden beaches and excellent fishing spots. It can accommodate 255 yachts at the same time, with a maximum length of 50 metres. The water depth of the port is up to 8 metres.
Mérikha Marina, Kithnos
This tiny marina can accommodate about 30 yachts up to 60 meters long and has a water depth of 8 meters. Local hotels, restaurants, and lively nightlife area in the immediate vicinity.
Ermoupolis Marina, Siros
Yachts up to 60 metres long can moor in the main marina of the tiny island of Siros. The water depth here is 9 metres. There are plenty of services available, including boat service and refuelling. Information about sailing in Syros, or rent a boat in Syros
Naxos Marina, Naxos
Yachts up to 20 metres in length and a number of 70 may berth in this marina. The maximum dive is 5 metres. In addition to the boat service, you can find the usual basic services in the marinas here. Information about sailing in Naxos, or rent a boat in Naxos
Paroikia Marina, Paros
The most popular marina is in Paros. It can accommodate yachts up to 60 metres. They also offer refuelling, boat service, and electricity. The city’s sights, the best hotels, and apartments, as well as great taverns and bars, await visitors near the marina. The depth of the marina is 3.5 metres. Information about sailing in Paros, or Paros rent a boat
Karavostasi Marina, Ios
It is a medium-sized marina on the island of Ios. It can accommodate boats up to 60 metres in length. The depth of the seabed is 4 metres. There are many services available such as a water tank refill, and you can find restaurants nearby.
Adamas Marina, Milos
The Adamas Marina can accommodate 50 boats up to 50 metres in length. The depth of the seabed is 5 metres. The offered services include bars, restaurants, boat maintenance service, and water tank refills. Information about sailing in Milos, or Milos boat rental.
It is a small marina in the southeast corner of Santorini. It can accommodate boats up to 25 metres in length with a draft of 1.5 metres. Compared to its size, the marina offers many services like electricity, a marketplace, restaurants, and a water tank refill.
It is the largest port of Santorini. It can accommodate hundreds of boats. You can find every important service here that you might need. It is a little far from the town of Fira, but you can go there by taxi, on donkey back, in the cable car or on foot. Yacht charter in Santorini
We present a flexible 1-week itinerary. From the capital of Mykonos, you sail to the island of Santorini. Along the way, you visit every important island of the Southern Cyclades before arriving at your destination.
Day 1. Mykonos – Siros
33, 79 km (20, 99 mi)
Sailing southwest from Mykonos, you arrive on the island of Siros. On this lively island, you can lose yourself in the crowd right away. There are many important landmarks. As a sailor, you will find the Syros shipyard is especially interesting. They still build beautiful wooden boats here. You can find the municipal library on Miaouli Square, known as the cultural main square of Ermoupolis. The library has a beautiful pen exhibition.
Day 2. Siros – Naxos
53, 34 km (33, 14 mi)
Sailing southeast from the island of Siros, you arrive on the island of Naxos. You can immediately spot the main landmark of the island: the sight of a door frame left from the ancient temple of Apollo welcomes visitors to the island. The port is also very cosy, and the scenery is beautiful wherever you go on the island. You will also find romantic mountain villages, the ruins of various ancient temples, and the cave where, according to the legend, Zeus grew up. If you want to look around the island, it is worth renting a car. Read more about what to do in Naxos or Naxos sailing. Check our boats: boat hire in Naxos
Day 3. Naxos – Paros
28, 53 km (17, 73 mi)
Sailing west from Naxos, you will visit the neighbouring island of Paros. Following the northern coast of the island, you arrive in Parikia. The bay of Parikia is very well protected against both Meltemi and Sirocco; its disadvantage is its difficult accessibility. Even as an experienced sailor, it is not easy to moor here: in the west, some cliffs make it difficult to set in. The island itself is famous for its beautiful snow-white marble architecture. You should see the Frankish castle built-in 1260, which has now become part of the city of Parikia. If you are curious about the origins of the abundance of marbles, be sure to check out the marble quarries that have been in operation for thousands of years.
As a sailor, the Skorpios Museum in Aliki is a must-see, where you can visit Benetos Skiadas ’wonderful collection of ship models. Be sure to check out the Valley of Butterflies, where you can see plenty of butterflies worthy of its name in a beautiful natural environment. Read more about what to do in Paros, Paros sailing, or Paros yacht charter
Day 4. Paros – Sifnos
53, 46 km (33, 22 mi)
Sailing west from Paros, you sail past the island of Antiparos and then, after a short cruise at sea, you approach Sifnos. Cruising along the coast westward, you arrive at the port of Sifnos. Here you can admire beautiful olive trees and almond fields. The symbol of the island is the Church of the Seven Martyrs, seen on a tiny peninsula-like extension of the east coast. Its beautiful whitewashed walls, sky-blue dome, and Cycladic architectural style are worth a look. In addition to the iconic church, the island hides many monasteries and museums. The most significant of these is the monastery of Chrissopighi.
Day 5. Sifnos – Milos
43, 65 km (27, 12 mi)
Sailing southwest, you will reach the island of Milos. It is not too popular among tourists yet. On this beautiful volcanic island, you can enjoy nature and the atmosphere of ancient monuments, away from the crowds. In Adamas, the Agia Triada Church has a museum. The Mining Museum showcases minerals and the mining past of the island. The most important landmarks are the early Christian catacombs from the time of the Roman Empire. There is an ancient theatre nearby, where locals still hold events and theatre performances to this day. Read more about what to do in Milos or Milos sailing. Check our boats: Milos boat rental
Day 6. Milos – Ios
86, 09 km (53, 49 mi)
Sailing east of Milos, you will arrive in Ios. It is a bustling island full of life. In summer, there are parties and festivals in the capital. If you want to get away from the city, discover the Tomb of Homer! If you want to see an archaeological excavation, visit the ruins of Skarkos!
Day 7. Ios – Kamari – Vlichada
53, 21 km (33, 06 mi)
Sailing southeast of Ios, you will arrive in Santorini. Your next destination is the town of Kamari on the east side of the island. You can find several shops, pubs, and restaurants in the streets close to the coast. There are cinemas on the island, one of them is an open-air cinema, surrounded by trees. Be sure to visit the beach that has Blue Flag Certification! You can go diving or try some exciting water sports. If you are interested in the ancient history of the island, visit the ruins of Thera on Mount Mesa Vouno on the south part of the island. Information about sailing in Santorini, or yacht charter in Santorini
Leaving Kamari, you will arrive at the port of Vlichada on the south side of the island. On these guided tours, you can explore Vlychada and the nearby beaches by horseback. If you arrive early, you can go on a tour of the archaeological excavations at Akrotiri. On this tour, you will visit the ancient town of Akrotiri, go to a wine tasting and visit the monastery of the Prophet Elijah.
It is a longer cruise to Santorini and then back to Mykonos. Half of the journey is more difficult due to the headwinds. The distances are also greater compared to the one-way cruise.
Day 1. Mykonos – Siros 33, 79 km (20, 99 mi), Day 2. Siros – Paros 44, 17 km (27, 44 mi), Day 3. Paros – Ios 48, 64 km (30, 22 mi), Day 4. Ios – Agia Eirini (Therasia) – Oia 36, 02 km (22, 38 mi), Day 5. Oia – Vlichada – Kamari 33, 57 km (20, 86 mi), Day 6. Kamari – Naxos 86, 04 km (53, 46 mi), Day 7. Naxos – Rineia – Mykonos 41, 38 km (25, 71 mi)
- Merihas, Kithnos: Depth: 8m, Working time: 0-24, GPS Coordinates: 37.389860, 24.397059
- Mikonos Marina, Mikonos: Depth: 4.5m, Working time: 0-24, GPS Coordinates: 37.4475266, 25.3275272
- Tinos, Tinos: Depth: 5.5m, Working time: 0-24, GPS Coordinates: 37.537555, 25.161119
- Parikia, Paros: Depth: 3.5m, Working time: 0-24, GPS Coordinates: 37.087424, 25.151587
- Naxos, Naxos: Depth: 5m, Working time: 0-24, GPS Coordinates: 37.106213, 25.372575
- Riva Tirasia, Santorini: Depth: 5m, Working time: 0-24, GPS Coordinates: 36.452705, 25.344247
- Thira New Port, Santorini: Depth: 4.5m, Working time: 0-24, GPS Coordinates: 36.386354, 25.428268
The volcanic island of Santorini awaits you with beautiful sunsets and gorgeous beaches! There are many interesting events and places to discover, visit this unforgettable place! Find more Cyclades sailing routes