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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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 Villas  Villa Thea Collection Villas Villa Thea Collection     
Mýkonos City
Featuring a pool and panoramic Tourlos Bay views, Villa Thea Collection is built in Cycladic style, just 800 metres from Mykonos Town. It offers self-catering accommodation with free WiFi throughout. more...
 My Aktis My Aktis     
Super Paradise Beach
My Aktis offers accommodations in Super Paradise Beach. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. more...
 Greco Philia Hotel Boutique Mykonos Greco Philia Hotel Boutique Mykonos     
Elia Beach
Set on the cliffs above Elia beach, Greco Philia Hotel Boutique Mykonos offer luxurious accommodation with sea views. more...
 May Seven Suites - Adults Only May Seven Suites - Adults Only     
May Seven Suites - Adults Only is located in Megalokhórion, just 0.4 miles from Santorini Port. Free private parking is available on site. more...
 Kensho Boutique Hotel and Suites Kensho Boutique Hotel and Suites     
Showcasing a seasonal outdoor pool and spa center, Kensho Boutique Hotel and Suites is located in Ornos. more...
 Villa  Villa Fanari - Enea Villa Villa Fanari - Enea     
Featuring a garden with an outdoor pool, Villa Fanari - Enea is a detached villa located in Fanari. The property is 2.7 miles from Mýkonos City and features views of the sea. more...
 Nissaki Boutique Hotel Nissaki Boutique Hotel     
Platis Yialos Mykonos
Built with an exceptional view of Psarou Beach, Nissaki Boutique Hotel enjoys an ideal location on the island of Mykonos. more...
 Villas  Hyperion Oia Suites Villas Hyperion Oia Suites     
Overlooking the Caldera and the Aegean Sea and perched on a hill in Oia, Hyperion Oia suites offers an outdoor heated pool, outdoor hot tub and a the terrace. Free WiFi is provided throughout. more...
 Villas  Mykonos Panormos Villas Villas Mykonos Panormos Villas     
Panormos Mykonos
Enjoying panoramic views over Panormos Bay, the white-washed Mykonos Panormos offers villas of Cycladic style. Most of them feature a communal or private swimming pool with a sun terrace. more...
 Condo Hotel  Leonis Summer Houses Condo Hotel Leonis Summer Houses     
A 10-minute walk from Ornos beach, Leonis Summer Houses is 3 km from Mykonos town. It features an outdoor swimming pool with hydromassage facilities and sun beds. more...
 Saint John Hotel Villas & Spa Saint John Hotel Villas & Spa     
Agios Ioannis Mykonos
Occupying 5 acres, Saint John Hotel Villas & Spa features an infinity pool with open views of its private beach. Rooms with spa bathtub, fine dining, and famous bars await guests. more...
 Branco Mykonos Branco Mykonos     
Platis Yialos Mykonos
Located on the cosmopolitan Platis Gialos beach in Mykonos, Branco Mykonos Hotel features a swimming pool with a furnished sun terrace, and a beachfront bar. more...
 Petinos Beach Hotel Petinos Beach Hotel     
Platis Yialos Mykonos
The Cycladic-style Petinos Beach is 215 yards from Mykonos? Platis Gialos beach. more...
 Villas  Aurora Mykonos Villas Villas Aurora Mykonos Villas     
Each with a private pool, Aurora Mykonos Villas are located in Kalafatis, within a stone's throw away from the beautiful beaches of Mykonos, Lia and Kalo Livadi. more...
 Mykonos Blanc Mykonos Blanc     
Just a few steps away from the cosmopolitan beach of Ornos, Mykonos Blanc combines elegance and comfort with respect to the traditional Cycladic style. more...

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