The summertime months are hot, average temperatures are 25 deg C and temperature levels frequently reach 35 deg C.
Kea Island is very close to Athens, it is a mountainous island and small valleysLittle planted with fruit-trees and vines, break up its coarse beauty. This is rather holiday spot and its numerous bays and attractive villages use quiet relaxation in contrast to the other more popular islands in the Cyclades. Hora is the capital of the island and house to the Archaeological museum which hosts a number of Cycladic period finds.
Greek folklore has it that Kea was the house of the nymphs of the forest springs who embodied the “liquid element”. A long period of dryness began, water levels reduced and the plants withered. He came to the island and constructed a sanctuary to honour the Ikmaios Zeus, the god of rain.
Korissia is the port of Kea and is positioned at the southern end of the Limin Ay Nikolaou in the NW of the island. Vourkari even more NW in the bay likewise has a quay that you can moor stern or bow to. There are numerous other possible places to anchor in within the bay if the weather is calm.
Loulis, the capital of Kea, is located 5.5 km from Korissia. The ancient acropolis of Loulis and the remarkable sculpture of Kea’s Lion are both worth a check out.
On the coast even more to the south there is an anchorage at Ormos Pisa, there are no facilities here. Further south still is the anchorage of Ormos Kavia, open just to the south it supplies good shelter from the Meltemi. The taverna run by Manos can offer arrangements, fuel, gas, water, ice and showers. Ormos Polais is in the SE of the island. This anchorage provides some shelter from the Meltemi however holding is not always good. There are ruins ashore including those of a temple. Khalidhoniki is a small cove in the NE of the island with excellent shelter from the Meltemi. The little town ashore has a taverna. Orgias is a little cove on the northern coast that should just be utilized to anchor in calm conditions. There are no facilities.
The barren, rocky island of Kithnos lies 6 miles to the south of Kea. In more recent times, around 200 BC, the island was regularly attacked by the Romans although they never prospered in taking it. Today the island is popular with Greeks who head for its many Spas that are situated in the NE of the island.
The capital of the island, Hora, stands inland on a hillside plateau, it is a typical Cycladic village with lovely churches consisting of fine woodcarving, sanctuary screens and icons. On the western coast lie the bays of Apokriosis and Fikiadha. Good holding and shelter in appealing environments. There are excellent white sandy beaches. No other facilities. Even more to the south lies the island’s port Merika. Moor stern or acquiesce the quay inside the ferryboat berth. The SW end of the quay shallows and yachts need to go bows to. Fuel is obtainable by taxi. The majority of provisions are offered in the village. There are a number of waterside tavernas. The anchorages of Kanala and Ay Nikolos can be discovered in the south east of the island. They ought to be checked out in only calm weather. There are no facilities. Even more to the north on the east coast are the anchorages of Stefanos and Ioannis. They offer great shelter from the Meltemi but holding is bad in places. A limited water supply is available at Stefanos. No other centers. The town of Loutra is in the NE of Kithnos. Go bow or stern to off the quay. Water is readily available on the quay and most arrangements are available in the town. There are numerous tavernas.
Siros is another practically barren island. The north is rugged and mostly unoccupied while the south has gentler slopes and is cultivated towards the coast. Ermoupolis is on the east coast. Go bow or stern to the quay avoiding the ferry berth in the east of the harbour. Affordable shelter other than with winds from the SE when a large swell enters into the harbour making it at finest very uneasy and at worst dangerous. Another risk is the sewage that streams into the harbour making it very smelly in the summer season. Non drinkable water is readily available on the quay. Drinking water comes by means of a tanker. There is excellent shopping within the town. A lot of tavernas around the harbour and in the area.
As the past capital of the Cyclades the town has a certain grandeur with numerous great structures. The little island of Nisos Gaidharos lies just to the east. A small cove in the SE corner offers excellent shelter from the Meltemi. There are no centers. Varis remains in the SE of Siros. Excellent holding and shelter from the Meltemi. There are numerous tavernas on the waterside. In the SW lies the sheltered bay of Finikas. Go bow or stern to of the pier or anchor off. Holding is great. There is water on the pier and electric can be linked. Showers and toilets on the pier. Some provisions are offered in the village. This is an especially place and well worth a see. Even more to the N is Galissas. There is a small mole to the south of the bay, depths are shallow so take a long line to it. There is a tiny market and tavernas ashore. Kini lies even more to the north. There is a taverna ashore and limited provisions are offered.
Andros is the most northern island in the Cyclades. Anchor to the north of the bay where the finest shelter from the Meltemi is. Kastro is on the E side of the island.
There are several tavernas ashore and minimal provisions can be acquired.
Tinos is yet another rugged mountainous island lying just to the south of Andros. The island is wooded and a number of the slopes have been terraced there is extensive cultivation. The primary port and capital is Tinos. Go bow or stern to the quay to the north of the inner harbour avoiding the ferry berth. There is good shelter in all but southerlies that produce some swell. Wash from the ferryboats can be uneasy. There is water on the quay and the locals claim it to be the purest in Greece – a claim made by a number of other places. Fuel can be gotten in the town, as can all arrangements. There are lots of tavernas near to the harbour. Panormos pushes the NE coast. Go bow or stern to one of the two piers, care is need with the smaller pier, as there is less than 2m depths except at it extremity. There is just limited security from the Meltemi and it need to be avoided when it is blowing.
It capital and port go by the same name and it is the town that is the island’s main tourist attraction. Ornos bay is on the south coast. Anchor in the north of the bay, the bottom is sand and weed and poor holding in locations.
Rinia lies to the west. Skhinou is a bay on the E coast. Anchor either in the north on sand looking after the rocks. There is good shelter from the Meltemi. Or in the south however there is no defense from the Meltemi here. There are even more anchorages at Chapel Bay, South Bay and Miso. There are no facilities at any of these anchorages.
The summer months are hot, average temperature levels are 25 deg C and temperature levels typically reach 35 deg C.
Kea Island is very close really Athens, it is a mountainous island and small valleysLittle planted with fruit-trees and vines, break up its coarse beauty. Khalidhoniki is a small cove in the NE of the island with excellent shelter from the Meltemi. The barren, rocky island of Kithnos lies 6 miles to the south of Kea. Today the island is popular with Greeks who head for its many Spas that are situated in the NE of the island.
Tinos is yet another rugged mountainous island lying just to the south of Andros.