Why the Cyclades in Greece?
In the summer I want to see and feel the sun. A reaction to the cold and wet winters and unpredictable springs. So, every year I try to find a nice place or places to take my family to. That is… if they want to tag along.
In 2013 after a “dry” year without traveling for fun, I really needed a long break in the sun. We did France twice already, Portugal also done… Italy? Spain? Greece? I never stayed on a real island before… Would that be doable without the need to book a spot on a overly full cruise ship? Which islands?
Guess the sheer number of potential island candidates for a visit in the Aegean sea, the direct flight to Athens with potential to fly from/ to Santorini, the vast ferry routes and value for money (at least in 2013 when Greece was really suffering) did the trick… the Cyclades here we come!
The rough plan
We have 2-3 weeks to spare. I want to see many islands and avoid staying in one place more than 5 days.The sequence and which islands can be visited is heavily dependent on the ferries available. Based on prior years I figured out what the standard routes were.
This is what I came up with:
Day 1 – Flying in from Brussels to Athens ending up in Pireaus, the harbor we would be taking the early ferry the next morning.
Day 2-5 – The Island of Sifnos. Later on – and the years after – proved to be the favorite of my kids.
Day 6-7 – The Island of Serifos. Cut shorter than we wished due to the ferry schedule to Syros which was a disaster and very last minute. During 2013 the ferry companies had cash flow issues and if they couldn’t guarantee the schedule, they were not allowed to offer it…
Day 8-9 – The Island of Syros. In hindsight we didn’t explore this one enough…
Day 10-12 – The Island of Naxos. The biggest and roughest one.
Day 13-14 – The Island of Ios. What a beauty…
Day 15-18 – The Island of Santorini. I do understand now…
Day 19 – Flying home.
Definitely worth it! Great memories.