Hidden Gems

Discover the idyllic Little Cyclades with Greek island sailing tours

By Jenny Wilson
on  November 16, 2016

If your idea of heaven is escaping to a miniature unspoilt paradise, a break to the Little Cyclades with Greek island sailing tours could be just what you are looking for. This small but perfectly formed collection of islets among the larger Cyclades islands is a sheer delight, offering the ultimate in island getaways.

Great Greek island views - Heading into the sunset

Only four of the islands are inhabited, with the largest population – just 400 people – found on Ano Koufonisi. The other islands are Iraklia, Schinoussa and Donoussa. This latter is situated a little way from its neighbours and is the perfect location for those seeking a truly relaxing experience. As you might expect, these islands offer visitors a charmingly authentic experience reminiscent of the relaxed pace of Greek life from times gone by.

If you find yourself longing for a little civilisation, head to Koufonisia, where there are bars and restaurants catering for island-hoppers; however, the main attraction on all these islands, aside from the sheer peace and quiet, is the stunning scenery. There are almost too many beaches to count, both pebble and sandy. Free from the bustle of mass tourism, there are plenty of secluded coves to explore where you can swim and sunbathe in complete privacy.

Walking is another favourite pastime here, with plenty of trails to explore. Hiring a scooter or bike is also an option, although the roads can be few and far between on the smaller islands. As you might expect, the few tourist attractions are centred around the stunning natural wonders.

One of the most remarkable is found on the island of Iraklia. The Cave of the Sacred Icon of Agios Giannis is tucked away on the southern part of the island and accessed through a small cave entrance. Once inside, visitors can marvel at the array of stalactites and stalagmites that adorn the cave sequence. A similar sight can be found on Donousa. Visit Fokospilia, also known as the Cave of the Wall or the Cave of Seals, to admire the emerald waters overhung by stalactites, said to once be a favourite haunt of seals.

Greek island sailing tours to the Little Cyclades are your passport to an idyllic getaway.

Sailing in Greece - Getting out on the water

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