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The Cyclades represent what the world considers a Greek island.

Most of them are barren rocks, ravaged by the sun and the winds, dotted with whitewashed one-story houses and thousands of small churches, and surrounded by crystal-clear blue waters. The group of 17 islands is named after the Greek word for "circle" (cyclos) because they look as if they circle around Delos.

The island of Delos, just off the coast of Mykonos, was one of ancient Greece's sacred sites, with its own oracle, on a par with Delphi. The Athenians, always shrewd politicians and masters of symbolism, founded the Athenian Alliance, after the final defeat of the Persians in 479 BC, and installed its treasure on Delos, to make the condition of an annual fee in return for security more palatable to their "allies". Of course, later, when Athens decided to build the Acropolis and the Alliance treasure was used to pay for the construction, Pericles notified the peeved Allies that their security was Athens' obligation, therefore how the city used the Alliance funds was none of their (i.e. the Allies') business...

The islands, and especially Mykonos, became a tourism destination in the 1930s, when trendy Athenian society, including shipping magnates and artists, "discovered" their unspoilt landscapes and incredible beaches. In the 1950s the interest was revived, and the 1960s put Mykonos and Santorini on the international jet set circuit. Today, most of the Cyclades are developed tourist magnets and they attract millions of visitors every summer.

The Cyclades have everything. The cosmopolitan luxury of Mykonos. The natural wonder that is the Santorini volcano. The elegant and peaceful landscapes of Naxos, Syros, Tinos, and Sifnos that are favored mainly by families. The rugged and wild beauties of Milos and Serifos. The hip party scenes of Paros and Ios. The apocryphal wilderness of Amorgos.

The islands are all close together and near Athens. Their proximity makes them ideal for an island hopping vacation; it is never more than an hour by boat from one to the next and connections are very frequent during the summer months. Furthermore, the new, fast catamaran boats that run from Pireaus and Rafina make the trip to the relatively distant Mykonos and Santorini a short 2 and 4 hours, respectively, compared to more than twice as long a few years ago


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Ios Chora ? Show on map
Kritikakis Village Hotel is located in Ios, within 500 metres from the town centre and just 170 metres from the port. more...
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Platís Yialós Sifnos ? Show on map
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Niriedes Hotel is located in Platís Yialós Sifnos, just 31 miles from Náousa. Chora Folegandros is 23 miles from the property. more...
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Ios Chora ? Show on map
Featuring air conditioning, Petra Holiday Village offers accommodations in Ios Chora. Oía is 19 miles from the property. Free WiFi is featured and free private parking is available on site. more...
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Mýkonos City ? Show on map
Myconian Inn is a traditional Cycladic complex, situated just a few steps from the centre of Mykonos town. more...
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Parasporos ? Show on map
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Paros Bay offers accommodations in Parasporos, just 28 miles from Mýkonos City. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is available on more...
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Elia Beach ? Show on map
Villa Daedalus is a villa with free WiFi throughout the property, located in Elia Beach. The property features views of the sea and is 3.4 miles from Mýkonos City. more...
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Agios Sostis Mykonos ? Show on map
Overlooking the beautiful Agios Sostis Bay, this new Mykonian-style, family-run hotel offers local cuisine and an infinity pool with sun terrace. more...
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Ios Chora ? Show on map
Featuring free WiFi, Meltemi Pension offers accommodations in Ios Chora, just 19 miles from Oía. Every room has a private bathroom. You will find free shuttle service at the property. more...
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Agios Ioannis Mykonos ? Show on map
Featuring free WiFi, a restaurant and a sun terrace, Manoula's Beach Mykonos Resort offers accommodations in Agios Ioannis Mykonos, just 2.1 miles from Mýkonos City. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. more...
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Agios Ioannis Mykonos ? Show on map
Showcasing an outdoor pool and seasonal outdoor pool, Katikies Mykonos is located in Agios Ioannis Mykonos, just 2 miles from Mýkonos City. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. more...
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Just 300 yards from Paradise Beach and overlooking the Aegean Sea, Paradise View Hotel has an outdoor swimming pool and offers free private parking and complimentary buffet breakfast. more...
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Just 547 yards from Ornos Bay, Vana Holidays offer a swimming pool and sunset views. All air-conditioned rooms feature furnished balconies overlooking the Aegean Sea. Mykonos Town is one mile away. more...
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Pollonia ? Show on map
Featuring a garden, Heliotropio Studios & Apartments offers accommodations in Pollonia. Chora Folegandros is 24 miles away. Free private parking is available on site. more...
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Agios Stefanos ? Show on map
Featuring free WiFi, a fitness center and an outdoor pool, Grace Mykonos offers accommodations in Agios Stefanos, just 1.7 miles from Mýkonos City. more...
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Parikia ? Show on map
The family-run Hotel Irene is situated along Parikia Bay, just 500 metres from the centre. Its rooms are self-catered with sea or garden view. Free private parking is provided. more...

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