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Cyclades Islands

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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 Thalassa Naxos
Thalassa Naxos, Kastraki Naxou
Thalassa Naxos is quietly situated right on Kastraki Beach in Naxos. It offers self-catered accommodation with free WiFi and balcony with Aegean Sea views. more...
 Seethrough Mykonos
Seethrough Mykonos, Platis Yialos Mykonos
Located in Platys Gialos, the Cycladic-style Seethrough Mykonos has an outdoor pool, a poolside bar and a furnished sun terrace with panoramic sea views. more...
 Kastro Oia Houses
Kastro Oia Houses, Oia
Located in the scenic Oia, Kastro Oia Houses offers cave suites with spacious terraces and hot tubs overlooking the Aegean Sea. more...
 Sophia Boutique Hotel
Sophia Boutique Hotel, Oia
Set in Finikia, within 1.3 km of the pedestrian promenade of Oia, Sophia Boutique Hotel offers accommodation with an outdoor swimming pool and luggage storage space. more...
 Mythique Villas & Suites
Mythique Villas & Suites, Oia
Mythique Villas offers elegant, Cycladic-style accommodation in Oia. Each villa includes a private pool. The beaches of Ammoudi and Armeni are just 1 km away. more...
 Villa Thea Collection
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...
 Calme Boutique Hotel
Calme Boutique Hotel, Drios
Featuring an à la carte restaurant and a fitness centre, the elegant and Cycladic-style Calme Boutique Hotel, in Drios Village, is made of stone. more...
 My Mykonos Hotel
My Mykonos Hotel, Mýkonos City
Set in the cosmopolitan Mykonos Town, 800 metres from the Old Port, the boutique My Mykonos Hotel boasts a seasonal outdoor pool and a furnished sun terrace with views of the sea and the town. more...
 Cavo Delos
Cavo Delos, Ornos
Featuring air-conditioned accommodations with a terrace, Cavo Delos is located in Ornos. This villa has accommodations with a balcony. more...
 Aurora Mykonos Villas
Aurora Mykonos Villas, Kalafatis
Each with a private pool, Aurora Mykonos Villas are located in Kalafatis, within a stone's throw away from the beautiful beaches of Lia and Kalo Livadi. more...
 Myconian Inn
Myconian Inn, Mýkonos City
Myconian Inn is a traditional Cycladic complex, situated just a few steps from the centre of Mykonos town. more...
 Agnandi Cielo
Agnandi Cielo, Tourlos
Set amidst a lush 6,000-m² area of purple bougainvillea and geraniums, the Cycladic-style Agnandi Cielo is located on a hill above the new port of Mykonos. more...
 Artemoula's Studios
Artemoula's Studios, Platis Yialos Mykonos
Artemoula’s Studios are set in a quiet location only 300 metres from Platis Yialos beach. They offer free bus transfer from the port or the airport and a swimming pool. more...
 Andromeda Residence
Andromeda Residence, Mýkonos City
Andromeda Residence is just 2 minutes’ walk from Mykonos Town centre, famous Matoyannia and Little Venice. more...
 Lilly Residence-Boutique Suites, Adults Only
Lilly Residence-Boutique Suites, Adults Only, Naousa
Located by the sandy beach of Naoussa, Lilly Residence - Boutique Suites, Adults Only offers luxurious accommodation with views to the Aegean Sea from its balcony or terrace. more...




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