GUIDE TO CYCLADES ISLANDS
The Cyclades islands is arguably the most popular Greek island group in Greece. Including wildly popular islands, such as Mykonos, Santorini, and Paros, the Cyclades is visited by millions of tourists every year!
Located relatively close to Athens, the Cyclades islands can be reached by ferry or by plane if an airport is available, either from Athens or from a European country.
The Cyclades is an ideal summer destination for all types of travelers, from couples to groups of friends and families.
In brief, the most popular islands of the Cyclades are Santorini, Mykonos, Paros, Naxos, Milos, Ios, and Koufonisia. Nevertheless, all the Cyclades islands are incredibly beautiful and photogenic!
ABOUT THE CYCLADES ISLANDS
The Cyclades in Greece is not only the most popular island group but among the most beautiful ones!
It is located in the heart of the Aegean sea and it is relatively close to Athens. The Cyclades derives from the word “cyclos”, which means circle in Greek, as the islands of the Cyclades form a circle around Delos (near Mykonos), the sacred island of the ancient Greek god Apollo.
Santorini and Mykonos are the superstar islands of the Cyclades, but this famous island group also includes other popular islands, such as Paros, Ios, Naxos, Folefandros and Sifnos.
All the Cyclades islands boast traditional Cycladic architecture. This means whitewashed houses, blue-domed churches, colorful windows and narrow cobblestone alleys galore!
Wandering around the paved streets of the picturesque villages is a unique experience!
Most of the time, the capitals of every Cycladic island are called "Chora" and are usually built on the slopes of a hill, boasting a breathtaking view to the natural surroundings and the Aegean sea.
The Cyclades islands are also popular for their stunning beaches! The beaches are mostly sandy and have crystal clear waters, perfect for swimming, while some have ideal wind conditions make it a go-to destination for kitesurfing and windsurfing). Super Paradise in Mykonos, Golden Beach in Paros, Mylopotas in Ios and the Red Beach in Santorini are among the most famous beaches in the Cyclades.
Nevertheless, there are also many secluded beaches, where you can enjoy your privacy and relax in nature.
The Cyclades have an extraordinary natural setting, which makes them an ideal destination for activities such as hiking. As for sightseeing, there is a great selection of archaeological monuments and museums, where you’ll immerse yourself into the history of the islands.
Read also: Small Cyclades: The Back Islands
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