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Mykonos Sailing on the Aegean Sea

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If you are taking a vacation on Mykonos this summer, another perfect way to experience its beautiful coastline and spectacular landscapes is by sea. Some of the most remote beaches, tiny sheltered coves, bays and inlets can be reached by dropping anchor along their golden sandy shores. For those who seek an ideal balance between land and sea on their vacation, sailing the Aegean Sea around the island of Mykonos is the ultimate alternative for exploring and discovering the wild nature of this Cycladic haven.

There are more than 30 sun-drenched beaches on Mykonos and quite a number of hidden bays and coves.

On the east coast of the island, lies Divounia, one of the most secluded locations on Mykonos. This picturesque fishing settlement has a small private cove and a couple of taverns serving fresh seafood.

Fokos is located north east of Chora, Mykonos town, just after the artificial lake of Marathi, which provides the island with fresh water. It has a sandy cove and is very quiet even in the peak tourist season. There are no tourist facilities and part of the beach is a naturist area. Also on the north coast, is the remote cove of Agios Sosti facing the east of Panormos Bay. The beautiful beach is isolated and peaceful with one traditional tavern for sampling the local specialties of the island.  The Houlakia, beach also lies on the north coast and is divided into two parts, one side with small gray pebbles and the other a small cove of sandy shore. Many visitors to the island come here for the stunning sunsets and wonderful scenery.

On the south coast facing the north, is the tranquil Ftelia beach with strong winds coming from the north making it perfect for wind surfing, but not so ideal for swimming or sunbathing.

However, Korfos, a small bay close to Chora is dotted with small sheltered coves suitable to lap up the bright dazzling sunshine.

Finally, Kapari and Agios Ioannis are located on the west coast of Mykonos. Kapari, a small hidden cove and Agios Ioannis, the famous beach where the movie “Shirley valentine” was shot, are less crowded than other Mykonos beaches and Agios Ioannis in particular, offers magnificent views of the nearby islands; Delos and Rhenia.

There is nothing more relaxing than sailing across the crystal blue waters of the Aegean Sea stretching away to the distant horizon with the cool sea breezes blowing in the late afternoon. Passing through the small strait between the islands of Delos and Rhenia, it is possible to see them both quite clearly from the deck.

Rhenia is an ancient burial ground for the warriors who died on Delos. Their bones were taken there in ancient years and grave markers and burial stones mark their spot. The uninhabited island is a rocky terrain with four solitary, sandy beaches; Glyfada, Stena, Lia and Ambelia, which are protected by two picturesque coves. Mykonians come to Rhenia throughout the year to fish in its calm waters and to bring sheep and goats to graze. Although visitors can only go ashore during the day and must leave early evening, whilst sailing in this region, it is a good idea to drop anchor and swim and sunbathe on one of the secluded beaches.

Neighboring Delos, according to mythology is the birth-place of Apollo and Artemis, and is the home of well-preserved ancient ruins of one of the largest Greek settlements. It is steeped in fascinating history where events changed the course of the island’s existence. Today, the Archaeological Museum of Delos houses an interesting collection of rare exhibits including; sculptures, ceramic pots epigraphs and mosaics. Also worth seeing is the Temple of Isis which overlooks the harbor. The headless statue of Isis and the unusual Babylonian-style horned incense altar stand on this site.

Going sailing during your Mykonos vacation offers the best of two worlds; sunbathing and relaxing on deck or diving into the warm waters of the Aegean Sea to explore the underwater marine life. Non divers can also snorkel or swim before going ashore to a charming beach restaurant to enjoy an appetizing fish meal.

Finally, sailing provides the perfect opportunity to admire the spectacular sunsets that fall over the Aegean Sea.
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