At Kavas Yachting we sometimes touch on the fact that many islands in the Aegean and Ionian have been settled by civilisations for thousands of years.

The Cyclades archipelago on the Aegean Sea has evidence of mankind stretching back some 7,000 years.

Using the Cyclades as an example, we will show you that a bit of local knowledge sometimes adds something special to a Greek yacht charter holiday.

The Cyclades islands

The Cyclades are named for the Greek word kyklos which means ‘circle’, and the main islands are Naxos, Milos, Paros, Santorini, Sifnos, Ios, Kea, Andros, Tinos and Mykonos.

Due to volcanic obsidian (used for knife and axe blades in the day) being found on the islands they were settled and are said to have become quite wealthy from around 5000 BC.

Pottery has been found in the islands that date that far back that can be seen at various museums, including the British Museum in London. Pottery from through the ages has been found at different archaeological sites on the islands from when under the control of the Minoans around 2200BC and Mycenaeans at around 1400BC amongst others. The British Museum (that also holds the controversial Elgin Marbles that were stolen from Greece) has several examples of Cycadic pottery that you can find on their website here.

As the millennia have passed, some things have not changed. People still make pottery using skills passed down to them through the ages…

Fast forward to the 21st Century…

Kavas Yachting’s owner, Mr Kavas paid a visit to Vathi Cove on Sifnos in the Cyclades where he was lucky enough to see a potter who continues the ancient tradition of making Cycladic pottery to this day.

Vathi is an old town at the southern end of Sifnos, which many visit to see the old world of the Greek islands – many refer to the town as a ‘living museum’ where some customs have changed little over time. Mr Kavas met a potter who makes a large range of handcrafted wares for tourists and locals alike, and sells them from the same shop in which he works. Watch the video he made of the potter and see the images of the pottery made there today on this article.

Cycladic pottery in Sifnos

Kavas Yachting know the waters, not just the boats!

At Kavas Yachting we have been chartering boats for the last 30 years and many of us are keen yachtsman with a great knowledge of the islands you might visit on a charter with us. Our sailing grounds are the Saronic Gulf, Cyclades the Dodecanese and the Ionian Sea.

When you come to sail one of our vessels you may not quite know what you want to see and do. Just ask! We have a wealth of knowledge of local waters and may be able to help you design a route around the islands and mainland of Greece that suit your interests.

Want to get away from people? We might know somewhere. Want to party like there’s no tomorrow? We might be able to suggest the best route to maximise such a trip! Want culture? We’re sure we can help with that. Best of all, we may know some of the best kept secrets in the region that just aren’t on the tourist trail.

Speak to us by email or give us a call before you come to Greece and our team will be delighted to help!

Richard Shrubb