Our first stop is Naxos, the largest of the Cycladic islands and one of the most interesting destinations in Cyclades. Its glorious ancient past and strong influences of the Venetians and the Franks are responsible for the abundance of ancient sites. Naxos breathes history!
Apart from its impressive monuments, though, Naxos boasts a beautiful natural landscape, as it is the greenest island of the Cyclades. Imposing mountains, green valleys, beautiful beaches, and rural villages will exalt nature lovers’ spirits!
Although this is a calm family island, things to do in Naxos are many. The sea around Naxos is rich in reefs and wrecks. In fact, there is the wreck of a Beaufighter torpedo bomber, a German seaplane, and other more recent wrecks. The most famous beach is Agios Prokopis, which has the thinnest sand. Due to its position, Agios Prokopis is protected from the winds especially towards its northern end, where a great rock blocks the waves from the upper side of the islands’ coast, offering its visitors a serene swim on windy days. The Chapel of Agios Prokopis is situated at the entrance of the beach with a magnificent view of the open sea.
Then we cruise to Koufonisia to spend the night.
Koufonisia are the virgin Greek islands known for their caves, turquoise waters and golden rocks. Koufonisia is a group of 2 islands: Ano Koufonissi and Kato Koufonissi. These two islands are the closest to paradise you’ll ever get! They are also very different from each other. While Ano Koufonissi is where the center of the islands’ activity is, meaning restaurants, bars and sights, Kato Koufonisi is uninhabited and can only be reached by boat from Ano Koufonissi.
The scenery in Koufonisia is beyond words! Unreal turquoise water, glittering sand, laid-back atmosphere, and Cycladic architecture create a true wonder amid Cyclades archipelago.
Due to its small size and the limited tourist development, activities there are restricted mainly to swimming and walking. Swimming is actually the only thing to do. The beaches in Koufonisia are not organized and provide great chances for total privacy (especially in Kato Koufonisi). Many of them are naturist beaches. One of the most famous beaches is Gala (Milk) which is a small pebbled beach, like an open cave which connects to the sea through a narrow opening. Another beach is Pori, a gorgeous place with soft sand and crystal water. Last but not least is Glaronisi, which means “the seagulls’ island”, is extremely small, flat, uninhabited and nearly barren, but its private little beaches and stunning rock formations are definitely unique.
After that we cruise back to Mykonos.
Suggested tour: 2 days- 1 night
Miles: 120 nm