Hiring a boat is the ideal way to explore the unique coastline of Kythnos that stretches over 100 km long. A classic Cycladic island, tagged as a tourist destination not far from the capital of Greece with a Mediterranean climate. Kythnos has multiple bays and beaches awaiting discovery with the ideal catamaran, sailboat, motor yacht or speedboat of your choice, You can directly contact the owners of the vessels or simply allow a BednBlue travel expert to guide you with some suggestions.
You have plenty of options:
You can book and hire a sailboat or speedboat with a skipper, or without if you own a license, and enjoy a one-day cruise to Serifos. You can also rent a motorboat and tour various beaches you desire with ease, comfort and luxury. With the option to book a catamaran, you will have plenty of space for fun and you can even impress your guests with a business event or wedding anniversary. Finally, you can hire a luxury yacht at a fair price and go island-hopping in the Cyclades, taking your time to visit Sifnos, Milos and Santorini.
Kythnos is only 2 hours away from Lavrion Port in Athens, situated in the Western Cyclades complex between Kea and Serifos. The capital of Kythnos is Messaria, also known as Hora, situated on the northern part of the island. Labyrinthine alleys, flowery courtyards and whitewashed houses are spread around the capital. Ever since antiquity, the Thermal Springs of Loutra were known for their therapeutic properties and became a tourism facility till the present day. Kythnos was known as ‘Thermia’ in the earlier days, a result of being the first and only thermal springs that were founded in the Cyclades complex. Loutra is a settlement on the north-east side of the island you can visit before you begin your boat trip in Kythnos. One can visit the archaeological site of Maroulas which provides evidence of how Kythnos was inhabited since the Mesolithic period. Some other sites you can visit include the Cave of Katafyki, one of the largest caves in Greece on the south side of Driopida (the former capital of the island) and the Monastery of Panagia Kanala which is the oldest monastery on the island celebrating the icon of the Virgin Mary every 15th of August. Kythnos has a long tradition in entertainment, from numerous feasts to festivals and celebrations that create a simple and stable atmosphere. Finally, if you come here for a weekend escape, Kythnos is just a little further away from Kea and can be coupled for the perfect getaway. With a surprising number of 125 beaches, a series of coves and seaside tavernas, you can create unforgettable vacations with your loved ones.
Sailing in Kythnos is highly recommended, its proximity to Athens offers the perfect opportunity to combine sea, sand and sunshine in complete privacy. Renting a boat will help you visit a variety of beaches, some well-organized and others completely remote away from all the crowds. Apokrousi and Episkopi, Agios Dimitrios and Flabouria beaches are all great choices if you are looking for settlements, food and amenities on the west side of the island. For those seeking solitude with a catamaran, sailboat or motor yacht, you can visit the remote beaches of Mavrianos, Stifo, Agios Stefanos and Agios Sostis beach. With clear waters and tamarisk trees, you will have perfect moments by the sea in complete isolation and tranquility. The double-sided beach of Kolones and Fykiada has been voted as one of the best narrow stretches of sand in Greece, with clean waters and a couple of taverns by the coast. For more shelter, you can anchor your yacht on the side of Kolona. Some other great beaches you can add to your one-day or two-day tours with a RIB boat in Kythnos include Gaidouromantra, Simoussi and Petrousa, often seen as picture-perfect spots to many sailors.
Hiring a sailboat with a skipper in Kythnos is a great option, since it is a rocky island with 92 bays and multiple coves and curves, you can find many hidden treasures that would be difficult to discover otherwise. One can also spot monachus monachus seals and even add new destinations to their portfolio of itineraries in the Cyclades. Due to its position, island-hopping from Kythnos is also an option. You can visit Serifos, Sifnos and continue onwards to Milos. Santorini might be out of sight but including it in your week-yacht charter in Greece would create a thrilling experience. Overall, since trees and vegetation are generally scarce in Kythnos and with a mediocre network of roads and beaches, the best idea is to rent a boat in Kythnos. If you are hoping to try Greek traditional food here, nothing will stop you from docking your vessel by a seaside village in-between your sailing trip. You can try tasting the local specialties of Kolopi (spinach pie), sfougato (a dish made with fried local cheese) and savoro (a dish made of marinated fish), the food standards are kept well also because of the high level of tourism over the past years.
Below you will find some useful information for your boat rental trip in Kythnos:
Mericha Port: Located on the west side of the island and is the main port. The port has many taverns, shops and hotels nearby and therefore gets quite busy. There are lots of boat excursions to the nearby beaches.
Marina Loutra: Flooded with all types of boats in the north-eastern part of the island. The Thermal Baths are nearby as well as several local shops, Water and electricity supplies are offered. Mooring here can become quite difficult during the summer months but there is a lot of shelter, particularly if you stern on the east bay.
Bay of Agia Irini: Right opposite the bay and marina of Loutra. It offers very good anchorage and is roughly 6 km from the town Hora. There a few fishing boats tied up at the small pier, overall a very picturesque backdrop.
Kolonas Bay: The twin beaches are ideal for both catamarans and sailboats as they create a windless bay. Many sailors know this destination and love to dock their boat for an overnight stay.
Episkopi Bay: Separated by Apokrousi and is a little further from Mericha port. A good anchorage spot with fine white sand by the shore.
Panagia Kanala Bay: This bay attracts many yachts and you will find the beach of Megali Ammos and Antonides. Although it does not offer the best protection from the Meltemi winds, the settlement of Panagia is picturesque and you can find the only pine forest on the island. Right opposite Panagia Kanala you can also anchor in the bay of Agios Nikolaos, a great alternative. You can continue your excursion to Gaidouromantra from here and the beaches of Simousi.
Agios Stefanos Bay: A well-protected bay that offers great shelter from any intense gusts. Great for all types of boats and enjoying a small cruise to Agoritsa, Lagousi and Vasilikos that unfold in the outer bay.
There is no Airport in Kythnos, the nearest one is in Athens, but there are several ferry routes to Kythnos from Piraeus and other Cyclades islands.
There are connecting ports from Kythnos to Sikinos, Folegandros, Ios, Serifos&Sifnos, Milos and Santorini.
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