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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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 Anax Resort and Spa Anax Resort and Spa     
Agios Ioannis Mykonos
Boasting a seafront location in Agios Ioannis in Mykonos, Anax Resort ideally blends Cycladic architecture with modern amenities. more...
 Mykonos Ammos Hotel Mykonos Ammos Hotel     
Ornos
Situated on the sandy and lively Ornos Beach, the 5-star boutique hotel of Mykonos Ammos provides trendy sun loungers and beach service. 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...
 Lyo Boutique Hotel Mykonos Lyo Boutique Hotel Mykonos     
Super Paradise Beach
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Lyo Boutique Hotel Mykonos offers accommodations in Super Paradise Beach. more...
 Absolut Mykonos Suites & More Absolut Mykonos Suites & More     
Mýkonos City
Located in the Mykonos City Centre neighborhood in Mýkonos City, 1.7 miles from Nammos Mykonos, Absolut Mykonos Suites & More features an outdoor pool and views of the sea. more...
 Mykonos Blanc Mykonos Blanc     
Ornos
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...
 Andronikos Hotel Andronikos Hotel     
Mýkonos City
On a small hilltop overlooking Mykonos Town, Andronikos Hotel features an award-winning restaurant and also has an outdoor pool and spa center. more...
 Palladium Hotel Palladium Hotel     
Platis Yialos Mykonos
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...
 Poseidon Hotel Suites Poseidon Hotel Suites     
Mýkonos City
Overlooking Mykonos Windmills, the Poseidon Hotel Suites is only 165 ft from Megali Ammos Beach. The 3-star hotel offers a freshwater pool, and bright rooms with air conditioning and fan. more...
 En Lefko Suites Hotel En Lefko Suites Hotel     
Ornos
Situated in Ornos, the Cycladic-style En Lefko Suites Hotel provides elegant accommodation with minimalist décor, a 5-minute drive from Agios Ioannis Beach. more...
 Mykonos Bay Hotel Mykonos Bay Hotel     
Mýkonos City
Situated on Megali Ammos beach, Mykonos Bay is just 300m away from Mykonos town. It offers a pool with views of the sunset, the sea and the island? trademark windmills. more...
 Petinos Beach Hotel Petinos Beach Hotel     
Platis Yialos Mykonos
The Cycladic-style Petinos Beach is 215 yards from Mykonos? Platis Gialos beach. more...
 Condo Hotel  Villa Bellonia Condo Hotel Villa Bellonia     
Náousa
Featuring a sea-view terrace, a pool and a tennis court, the Cycladic-style Villa Bellonia is 1 km from Naousa Village and just a few metres from the beach. more...
 Kouros Hotel & Suites Kouros Hotel & Suites     
Mýkonos City
On the seafront of Mykonos town, the Kouros Hotel & Suites has elegant accommodations and is in a quiet location with views of the old and new harbors. Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas. more...
 Canaves Oia Sunday Suites Canaves Oia Sunday Suites     
Oía
Featuring free WiFi and an outdoor pool, Canaves Oia Sunday Suites offers accommodations in Oía, just 2.5 miles from Cape Columbo Beach. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. more...

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