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Within easy reach of Athens, these are the Aegean’s most precious gems. Their colours are blue and white like the Greek flag. The islands come in all sizes and, though the ingredients are the same – incomparable light, translucent water, lustrous white buildings and bare rock, each one has its own distinct character. The ancients gave this island group the name Cyclades because they viewed them as forming a hypothetical circle (kyklos) around the sacred island of Delos. According to myth, the islands were the scraps that remained after a battle between giants. In reality, they resulted from gigantic geological events like earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

The group’s stars, Mykonos and Santorini, need no introduction but the lesser-known islands, big and small, are just as rewarding. For starters, try aristocratic Syros, cosmopolitan Paros, the sculptors’ Tinos and big, generous Naxos. Whether you’re travelling with your family, friends or sweetheart, you’re bound to find your summer paradise in the sun in the Cyclades.

Country Greece
Area 2.572
Languages spoken Greek
Currency Euro
Visa requirements None

Sports and nature

Sports and nature Known for the iconic blues and whites of their villages and their stunning beaches, the Cycladic islands equally deserve worldwide renown what their crystalline waters and cove-studded shoreline offer sailors and sea lovers. From the private coves of the Lesser Cyclades, to wind- and kite-surfing in Paros, there are options for everyone. On land, well-marked hiking trails exist on all the islands, especially on Naxos, Tinos, Amorgos, Syros and Andros. They cross rugged landscapes made all the more enchanting by castles, chapels, ruined towers and antiquities.


Nightlife If you are looking for guide regarding the exciting Cyclades nightlife, you should know that Mykonos island, Ios island and Paros island are the top three Cycladic islands offering a great variety of bars and clubs for wild dances and strong drinks. Particularly, in Mykonos the party begins in the midday at the beach bars and continues till the early hours in the many bars of Mykonos Town. The rest of the Cyclades islands are more peaceful and have few lounge bars to spend a romantic night out.

Culture and history

Culture & history Time for a painless history lesson Thousands of years of civilisation evolved here, much of it visible in local archaeological sites and museums. You’ll see it unwind on the whole island of Delos and Santorini’s Akrotiri, the Minoan Pompei. In the two colossal Archaic statues lying on Naxos and in Kea’s ancient Karthaia. Virtually every island has at least one ancient ruin. While beautiful, typically Cycladic churches exist on every island, the most visited are the 19th-century Panagia on Tinos, the early Byzantine Ekatontapyliani on Paros, and the 11th-century Hozoviotissa monastery on Amorgos. The best museums are Santorini’s Prehistoric Thera, Andros’ Contemporary Art and Archaeology, the Industrial Museum at Syros’ Ermoupoli, Amorgos’ Archaeology Museum; Milos’ museums of Mining and Archaeology with a copy of the famous Venus de Milo; Tinos’ Museum of Marble Crafts at Pyrgos, and the Archaeology and Venetian museums on Naxos.

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