Greece’s islands are very popular destination for tourists from all over the world. Ionian islands are well-known for the turquoise water beaches while islands in the cyclades are smaller islands, within easy reach from Athens, with whitewashed houses and blue windows, narrower cobblestone streets and numerous sandy beaches. Cyclades are a group of islands, around 220 islands and islets, located in the aegean sea southeast of mainland Greece. The name Cyclades derives from the Greek word cyclos, meaning the circle as the islands form a circle around the sacred island of Delos the most important and religious centre of the ancient times. Some of the smaller islands are uninhabited.
The best way to visit the cyclades from Athens is with a ferry or by plane. Ferries start either from the port of Piraeus in the mainland Greece or from Rafina port and the flights start from the International Airport of Athens . Cyclades are a must see destination for tourists from both Greece and abroad. Some of them are very popular islands such as Mykonos, Santorini and Paros while some others such as Milos are amazing options for history enthousiasts and for those love swimming in rock formations beaches and exploring the natural caves.
Santorini and Mykonos belong Cyclades islands that are the most popular islands of the cyclades and Greece in general. There are some people who still cannot tell if these islands belong to Greece or the other way around.
Mykonos, a captivating island is renowned for its nightlife, stunning beaches and delightful whitewashed architecture. It attracts travellers seeking a blend of relaxation and entertainment thanks to its pristine waters and vibrant beach clubs that host numerous parties every year fro the most well known djs from all over the world. The islands iconic windmills and bustling waterfront area in Mykonos town are also well known offering visitors the opportunity to savor cuisine and explore local crafts. For those yearning to immerse themselves in the allure and thrill of the islands Mykonos is a must visit destination.
On the other side, Santorini is famous for its picturesque views and unique landscapes and is considered as the most romantic island of the cyclades that hosts numerous weddings every year. The island features a breathtaking caldera, with its cliffs rising from the clear blue sea.
One of the most charming towns in Santorini is Oia, known for its white-washed buildings and narrow cobblestone streets. Imerovigli, another beautiful village, offers the best spots to enjoy the amazing sunsets. Akrotiri is home to ancient ruins, including a Minoan bronze age settlement, preserved in volcanic ash from an eruption over 3,600 years ago.
Paros Island is a captivating heaven eagerly awaiting exploration. From the town of Paroikia, to the village of Naousa there are abundant opportunities to discover and enjoy on this enchanting island. Don’t pass up on the chance to explore Lefkes village that sits atop the mountain providing awe inspiring vistas not of the island but beyond its borders. On the way to Lefkes someone can stop at the ruins of the Ancient Marble Quarries. For those with an affinity for animals a visit to the Aegean Wildlife Hospital Alkioni on the island of Paros is a must. Whether you’re in search of history, natural beauty or a taste of island life Paros offers something for everyone. With its landscapes and delightful towns Paros guarantees an impression, on all who have the privilege of visiting. If you decide to stay in Paros a daily trip to Antiparos located next to the island would be highly recommended.
Milos, the volcanic island in the cyclades islands with the archaeological importance and some of the best beaches in the cyclades, is a must visit destination for those interested in exploring and learning more about the ancient greek civilisation. While on the island do not forget to explore some of the most important landmarks. Plaka village, the capital of Milos, has the Venetian castle, the archaeological museum of Milos that has a replica of the famous Venus de Milo statue and the war museum located on a bunker from second world war. Ancient city of Klima with the early Christian catacombs and the prehistoric settlement of phylakopi are definitely worth visiting.
The best way to explore Milos amazing beaches is with a boat tour that makes a circle around the island and stops at the most amazing of them. Kleftiko, Sarakiniko and Papafragas caves are some of the most popular stops where you will have the chance to swim at the Aegean Sea.
Amorgos is located close to Naxos the Cycladic island and in between the two Cyclades islands someone can find the small island koufonisia. Naxos is the largest island of cyclades that boasts noteworthy landmarks. These include the Temple of Apollo which holds historical significance in ancient Greek culture. Another significant archaeological site is the Temple of Dionysus in Yria, which is considered a treasure on the island. The Temple of Demeter stands as a testament to Naxos deep rooted heritage while tourists are drawn to the Zeus childhood cave for its allure. Additionally there’s Faragi Kouros that offers a fascinating glimpse, into Naxos vibrant history.
Andros island is a destination that has a history and breathtaking natural beauty. This island is renowned for its beaches, such as the beach Boris located close to Semiramis shipwreck site, the golden sandy beach and the Basti beach . Explorers can also discover the Bridge of Love a stone bridge believed to bring good fortune to couples who stroll hand in hand across it. Andros is also home to monasteries and churches including the Monastery Tromarchianis, which provides insight into the cultural heritage of the island. Foros caves is another must see landmark on the island. With its array of attractions and traditional allure Andros island should definitely be on the itinerary, for those seeking a Greek experience.
Syros is an place with a remarkable past. Its principal town, Ermoupolis boasts some inspiring architectural gems such as the magnificent town hall and the graceful neoclassical buildings located in the Vaporia quarted. The Syros Catholic Cathedral of Saint George and the Syros Capuchin Monastery are absolute must visit attractions. Moreover if you’re intrigued by history the Syros Archaeological Museum in Ermoupolis offers an enthralling glimpse into the islands roots. With its streets picturesque waterfront views and diverse cultural landmarks Syros promises a journey, for travelers seeking a perfect blend of history stunning architecture and breathtaking natural beauty.
Folegandros island offers a unique and serene experience for travelers. The beautiful Agali beach is perfect for sunbathing and swimming, while Katergo beach is known for its crystal clear waters and stunning cliffs. For those looking to embrace naturism, Galifos beach is a popular spot for nudists. Visitors can also partake in a scuba diving lesson and explore the underwater wonders of the Aegean Sea. The countryside of Ano Meria provides a peaceful escape from the crowds, with its traditional whitewashed houses and breathtaking views. The medieval castle of Folegandros is a must-see for history enthusiasts, offering a glimpse into the island’s rich past.
Apart from the most well know islands there are also some lesser-known Cyclades islands with beautiful beaches. Kea, also known as Tzia is a captivating island characterized by its exquisite landscapes and fascinating history. One of the elements that makes this island stand out is the ancient stone statue called the Lion of Kea which dates back, to the 6th century BC. Additionally visitors can delve into the islands past by exploring the ancient site of Karthaias, where they can discover remnants of civilizations. Another fantastic attraction in Kea is Akra Tamelos, which offers awe inspiring views of the surrounding area. With its blend of landmarks and natural wonders Kea is a gem for anyone planning a trip, to Greece.
Serifos is known for its stunning White Tower and picturesque landscapes. The island offers plenty of activities for visitors, from relaxing on the sandy Lia Beach, to exploring the charming Pano Chora with its iconic windmills. The Koutala Bridge is also a popular spot for tourists to admire the island’s natural beauty. Whether it’s soaking up the sun on the beach or wandering through the quaint villages, Serifos has something for everyone to enjoy.
Sifnos island i is well known for its beautiful churches, some of which are Panagia Poulati, Church of the Seven Martyrs, and Panagia tou Vounou Church. In addition the historical places, such as Kade and Kisargia, not only showcase the island’s religious significance but also its rich history. The Panagia Poulati church, in particular, is a stunning example of the island’s architectural and religious heritage, attracting visitors from all over the world. The Church of the Seven Martyrs is another important site, drawing in both pilgrims and tourists alike to admire its impressive design and historical significance.
Anafi island is a small, peaceful paradise with a rich historical and cultural heritage. The island boasts the archaeological collection of Anafi, providing insight into its ancient history. The historical landmark of Fourni, an ancient settlement, offers a glimpse into the island’s past. The impressive Kalamos rock is a natural wonder, attracting visitors with its unique beauty. Additionally, the Monastery of Kalamiotissa and the Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi are both significant religious sites, offering spiritual tranquility and stunning views of the island. Anafi’s combination of history, natural beauty, and spirituality make it a must-visit destination in Greece.
Sikinos island in Greece boasts the beautiful black cave, known as Mavri Spilia, which offers stunning views of the Aegean Sea. The island is also home to the charming church of Episkope, a historic and sacred site. Visitors can explore the picturesque Koutsoulonesi village, with its traditional white-washed buildings and narrow cobblestone streets. Sikinos is a hidden gem, with its peaceful and authentic Greek island atmosphere.
Visitors in Kythnos island can explore the archaeological site of Vrisokastro and the old laundromats, offering insight into the island’s ancient past. For a somber experience, tourists can also visit the war memorial on Kythnos. Finally, the impressive Oria castle stands as a testament to the island’s medieval history, providing breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.
Ios island is known for its beautiful beaches, such as Mylopotas and Never Bay, as well as the charming village of Ios Chora. The Tomb of Homer, a significant archeological site, is also located on the island, attracting visitors from all over the world. In addition, Ios is home to the “Diaseli” Traditional Cheesery & Museum, where visitors can learn about the island’s traditional cheese-making process and its history. Another must-see attraction is the Archeological site of Skarkou, which provides a fascinating glimpse into the island’s ancient past. And finally, the Statue of Kulozis is another noteworthy site that adds to the island’s allure. Overall, Ios island offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and cultural richness for all travelers to enjoy.
Tinos the captivating island in Greece is renowned for its coastlines and charming villages. One of its attractions is the Holy Church of the Virgin Mary Evangelistria, which holds significance for followers of the Greek Orthodox faith. The church displays intricate artwork. Creates an spiritual ambiance, for those who visit. Tinos is also celebrated for its cuisine featuring fresh seafood and traditional Greek dishes. With its landscapes and rich religious heritage Tinos offers a cultural experience that travelers should not miss out on when exploring Greece.
A very nice option while being on the island is to take a boat tour around the island. There are a lot of different companies that offer different trips around the coastline of the island and stop at the amazing beaches. Some of them offer full day trips, some others half day and some others private trips. In general you will find the option that suits better your schedule. In order to take a right decision on which company to choose see reviews and photos from the online sources. All of them till today start from Adamantas, located in the center of the island. You can walk along the port and find all the available options.
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