The Cyclades, south of Greece, are considered some of the most beautiful islands in the world. Visitors may enjoy the beautiful mountains, white cubistic villages and black and golden sand beaches; this seems like the ideal holiday destination. The Cyclades are set up in a circle around Delos, also played important roles in Greek mythology; aside from that, I think we can all agree that relaxing on a beach, going hiking or tour prehistoric ruins sound equally pleasant. So, let’s check out 13 of the most incredible Cyclades together!
Folegandros is a small island on the southern edge of the Cyclades. The landscape on the island includes tall cliffs and a large cave. The capital of the island, Chora, is built on the edge of a 200 meter (650 feet) high cliff, so don’t look down. Boats dock at the little harbor of Karavostasis, if you’re planning to reach one of several good beaches, but please note that you’ll have to do a bit of walking as well. 12. Amorgos
The easternmost island of the Cyclades group is Amorgos; it is just 30 km (19 miles) long and 800 meters (2600 feet) high. One of the most impressive islands in the archipelago, this is where you’ll find good beaches, beautiful caves, ideal spots for diving, scenic bays and ancient footpaths leading through steep rocky terrain. Filmmaker Luc Besson shot scenes of the 1988 movie “The Big Blue” on the beach of Agia Anna.
One of the smallest islands of the Cyclades, Syros is a beautiful island off the normal tourist track. Due to the fac that Ermoupolis is the legal and administrative center of the archipelago, there are many people living here, so there’s plenty of conversation to be had. It’s also a great place to experience authentic Greek island culture.
Andros is the second largest and most northern of the islands; here is where photographer will have a hard time deciding what to shoot first, with the Aegean waters splashing on to the colorful houses that line the shore. The city is a base for famous Greek ship owners and captains, while sandy beaches, rocky coastlines, hiking trails up the mountains and a Frankish castle left over from the 13th century will entertain the visitors.
Antiparos is a small island in the southern Aegean, only reachable by ferry. The waterfront section of the main city allows travelers looking for a more authentic experience to walk through it to the quiet village that lies beyond. The city was built around a 15th century Venetian castle, nad if you get bored you may enjoy the oldest stalagmites in Europe in a cave near Aylos Ionnis Hill.
Delos is one of the most important mythological, historical and archeological centers in Greece. It is the home of twins Apollo and Artemis, while early inhabitants traced back to the third century BC. The island’s top sights include the Sacred Harbor, the Terrace of the Lions and the House of Dionysius, a luxury private home built in the second century. Less than two dozen people live here, so there’s your peace and quiet right there.
Milos lies between Greece and Crete, and is known as a colorful island because due to its volcanic origins. This is where the famous statue of Venus was found, which is now on display at the Louvre in Paris. This horseshoe-shaped island may only have about 5,000 residents, but with more than 70 beaches and ocean waters ranging from blue to violet, this place will definitely impress anyone.
Ios is an island with cliffs descending to the sea, where during the summer revelers dance the nights away in clubs in Chora, the main town and port city. The beautiful white-washed houses climb the hillside and visitors rank its golden sand beaches as the top tourist attraction. Don’t forget about the tomb of Homer, who wrote the Iliad and the Odyssey.
Tinos is important to the Greek Orthodox and Catholic religions. Greek pilgrims come here twice annually to pray at the church of Panagia Megalochari (Blessed Virgin Mary). The island also has 40 traditional villages, wonderful beaches and is home to many famous Greek artists; there are also about 80 windmills and picturesque villages climbing the mountainsides.
Naxos is the largest of the Cyclades islands, and is considered to be the childhood home of Zeus. Invaded in the Crusades during the Middle Ages, some folks on this island still wear traditional clothing; the capital is Naxos City, also known as Chora, and it’s close to several beaches, including some that allow nude sunbathing. When nudism gets boring, feel free to visit the Portara, an archway that remains of a Greek temple to Apollo.
Paros is one of the most picturesque of the Greek isles, especially due to charming old towns of cobblestone streets, whitewashed buildings and vibrant vines of bougainvilleas. If you are looking for an attractive nightlife scene, this island will not disappoint. It offers many places that feature a wide range of restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
Mykonos features two primary towns, Mykonos Town and Ano Mera. Charming whitewashed buildings and winding lanes await, while lively shopping boutiques, restaurants, cafes, art galleries and stylish bars will get your wallet empty. Sites not to be missed include the 16th century windmills, the stunning Byzantine church, Panagia Paraportiani, and the romantic seaside district of Little Venice.
Santorini is perhaps the most well-known of the Cyclades. Formed by volcanic action, Santorini is well-loved for its cliff-hanging villages and legendary sunsets, overlooking the turquoise sea. Archeological excavations show the island to have the best Minoan ruins outside of Crete. Black sand beaches and traditional villages are also part of the attraction.