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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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My Aktis offers accommodations in Super Paradise Beach. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. more...
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Situated on the sandy and lively Ornos Beach, the 5-star boutique hotel of Mykonos Ammos provides trendy sun loungers and beach service. more...
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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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Located in Kanalia, 6 km from Mykonos Town, this detached villa features a terrace and private pool. The property boasts views of the sea and is just 2 km from Ornos Beach. more...
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Platis Yialos Mykonos ? Show on map
Built with an exceptional view of Psarou Beach, Nissaki Boutique Hotel enjoys an ideal location on the island of Mykonos. more...
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Centrally located in Mykonos Town, 600 metres from the nearest beach, the Cycladic-style Constantina Zorz Xydakis offers free 2-way transfer from Mykonos Port and airport. more...
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Agios Ioannis Mykonos ? Show on map
Boasting a seafront location in Agios Ioannis in Mykonos, Anax Resort ideally blends Cycladic architecture with modern amenities. more...
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Platis Yialos Mykonos ? Show on map
Palladium Hotel features romantic accommodations with Aegean Sea or pool views, a 2 minute walk from Psarou Beach, in Mykonos. Guests enjoy open-air dining, and a spa area with hot tub and sauna. more...
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Set on the cliffs above Elia beach, Greco Philia Hotel Boutique Mykonos offer luxurious accommodation with sea views. more...
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Naxos Chora ? Show on map
Offering high-standard accommodations next to the beach to those wishing to enjoy the natural beauty of the island, this is an ideal hotel for relaxing holidays. more...
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Located in Ftelia, 4Z Mykonos Ftelia Villas offers a garden and barbecue. Mýkonos City is 3 miles from the property. Free private parking is available on site. The accommodation has a flat-screen TV. more...
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Acqua Marina Resort is located in front of the sandy New Golden Beach. The 4-star hotel offers a 7535 ft² pool with hydro-massage and a waterfront tavern. Wi-Fi and parking are free. more...
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The Cycladic-style Petinos Beach is 215 yards from Mykonos? Platis Gialos beach. more...
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Set in the picturesque village of Dyo Choria, 7 km from Tinos Town, Tinos E-houses feature a sun terrace and a garden with views of the sea and the island. more...
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Just a 20-minute walk from vibrant Parikia, the Paros Bay enjoys direct access to a sandy beach. The large swimming pool with deck chairs and umbrellas overlooks the bay. more...

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