Santorini, the star of the Cycladic islands, in the middle of the Aegean Sea, stands out like a dazzling jewel. Many locals and tourists regard the “honeymoon capital” as the most spectacular of all the Greek Islands. Indeed, it was recently voted as one of the most beautiful islands in the world.
Small, rugged and remote, Folegandros is where history and tradition mingle to create a heady, almost sacred, atmosphere. With only three main settlements and some strenuous walking between them, yachting around the island is the perfect way to take in the dramatic landscape while relaxing in luxury.
At 18 kilometres long and an hour’s sailing from the nearest islands, Astypalea is a hidden gem. This butterfly-shaped island has all the ingredients for a perfect Greek holiday – whitewashed houses, azure ocean and drenching sun – and because of its remoteness, you won’t have to share this playground with many others.
Aboard your luxury yacht, the world – or, in this case, the island - is your oyster. Many of the beaches are only accessible by foot or boat, which allows you the pick of any deserted stretch. With its picturesque villages of traditional stone houses and paved streets, the island oozes history and tranquillity.
Many of the island’s most beautiful beaches are accessible only by 4X4, so cruising in your luxury yacht along the coast, you’ll find many secluded coves and secret spots to call your own. Don’t miss Psili Ammos beach on the east coast, with its soft golden sand, turquoise water and trees offering welcome shade.