09 Jan Polyaigos the secret Aegean sea sailing destination
Polyaigos is the largest uninhabited island of the Aegean Sea. It is located on the northwest side of Milos island and right next to the tiny island of Kimolos. It owes its name to the many (poly) goats (aigos) that can be found on the island.
Few people know about it, yet for many lovers of sailing it is considered to be one of the best and most beautiful sailing destinations. Here is why:
- The only way to access it is by private boat or the local private sea taxis that give tours of the island. That allows for complete serenity and makes Polyaigos a place of untouched beauty, which brings us to the most important reason why it is thought to be an amazing sailing destination.
- Sailing around the island is a short but truly unique experience. The waters surrounding Polyaigos are so turquoise and crystal clear, they can only make you wonder if you suddenly woke up in an exotic paradise thousands of miles away.
- It has numerous pristine beaches, all of which seem to be completely untouched. Some of the most well known and most worth visiting ones are Pano Mersini, Kato Mersini, Galazia Nera (Blue Waters), and Ammoura.
- In case of strong winds – which is often the case in the Cyclades – Panagias t’ Avlaki is a beautiful, protected bay, where you can actually swim, as well.
- You can enjoy an amazing sunset with an endless view of the Aegean, from the Lighthouse of Polyaigos.
- Polyaigos has actually been declared a place of outstanding beauty and it is protected by the Natura 2000 network, as it is the natural habitat of the Mediterranean Monk Seal Monachus-Monachus. If you are lucky enough, you may get the chance to meet one!
- Considering that it is not inhabited, there are not many sightseeing options. There are, however, some breathtaking rock formations that look like works of art and some worth exploring caves, such as the Cave of Fanara that has a natural window to the sky in its roof.
- If you are adventurous and like to explore, you can hike around Polyaigos. Two of the best hiking options would be from Pano Mersini to Ammoura or from Panagias t’ Avlaki to Ammoura. There are very few (if any) signs on both paths, but the amazing views you will get to experience are worth the adventure. In any case, the island is so small it should be impossible to get lost!
- If you want to be more social, have a drink or a nice dinner out, Kimolos is a very small, picturesque island right next to Polyaigos. Its beautiful town is named Chorio (village) and has a few bars and great restaurants and tavernas. You will also find some limited, but really amazing food options in Psathi, the port of the island.
So, if you are planning your sailing trip in the Cyclades, you definitely should not miss Polyaigos!