Some of the most beautiful islands in the world are located in the Aegean Sea! Superb sandy beaches, architecture in white and blue mixed with windmills and domed churches, traditional lifestyle, folklore music, hospitable people and stunning landscapes turn your trip to the Cyclades into a lifetime experience. Named from the circle they form (Kyklos in Greek) around the sacred island of Delos, the Cyclades (Kykládhes) offer Greece’s best island-hopping.
Cyclades are the number one sailing destination for the cosmopolitan sailors because of Myconos' vibrant nightlife, and also for the most experienced ones because of the Meltemi winds in summer.
Each island has a strong, distinct character based on traditions, customs and its historical development. Mykonos, Santorini and Ios form the touristic heart of the islands, each fulfilling the Greek island dream while being beautiful and vibrant in their own way. Naxos, Paros and Tinos with the Church of Panagia Evaggelistria is a famous pilgrimage destination and has many special sites to visit.
Moreover there are many smaller and less-known islands like Folegandros for example, once remote behind its tall cliffs, becoming increasingly trendy while Sikinos, with its small population of less than 300 inhabitants, is still little-visited.
The northern Cyclades are within easy reach of Athens. Andros is one of the largest Cyclades, with a varied and rugged landscape. Kea, known as Tzia among the Greeks, is the perfect pit-stop before sailing off into the Meltemi winds, while Kythnos, with its hot springs, remote Anafi and Amorgos are quieter than many of the other islands.
Antiparos is a small island in Cyclades with intense colorations from the Cycladic culture; the variety of the coast, where golden sand beaches give way to small remote bays with blue-green waters, the traditional food, the graphical alleys, the intense night life and the hospitality of the residents are elements composing the beauty of the island.
Folegandros is located at the southern side of Western Cyclades, shining under the Aegean sun. This off-the-beaten-path destination captivates visitors with the untouched beauty of its beaches, the luminous blue of thewaters and the unadulterated style of its architecture.
Mykonos sits amidst the Aegean sea like a unique jewell handcrafted by time, the Greek sun and an anonymous local craftsman, 'the island of the winds' is the most popular and cosmopolitan island in Cyclades and considered as one of the most famous islands in the world.
Santorini is probably the most intriguing island in Greece, nested in the heart of the Aegean Sea, it is legendary for its wild and unreserved beauty, stunning sunsets and scenery, white, red and black sand beaches, impressive traditional houses, balconies with view to the volcano and with a lively night life.
Sifnos is a beautiful mountainous island located in the western part of Cyclades, full of olive trees which create abeautiful scenery along with the glimmering white of the flat roofed houses, the deep blue and turquoise sea and the bright red and fuchsia of the bougainvilleas.