Whitewashed houses, blue-domed churches, bougainvillea-lined alleys, sun-kissed ancient marbles and the mesmerizing sparkle of the Aegean Sea. No matter how far and wide you venture, few places on the planet compare to the idyllic beauty of the Cyclades.
The popular Cyclades island group, located right in the middle of the Aegean Sea, includes some of the most famous Greek islands including Santorini, Paros, Naxos, Mykonos, and Ios. But it is also home to other popular islands such as Amorgos, Milos and Delos — not to mention the (not so) hidden gems of Folegandros, Schoinousa and Koufonisia.
The Cyclades boasts some of the best beaches in Greece, the Mediterranean, and the entire world: Super Paradise beach on Mykonos is trendy, cosmopolitan and ideal for anyone who wants their beach visit to come with lots of sunbathing and beach bar parties; Mylopotas beach on Ios is its rock-n-roll counterpart.
Shift the focus to gorgeous landscapes, and the stunning rock formations at Sarakiniko beach on Milos, the multiple sandy cove-lets at Kolymbithres on Paros and the crimson cliffs of Santorini’s Red Beach are the perfect exotic getaway from city life.
Meanwhile, movie buffs will appreciate a visit to Agia Anna on Amorgos which featured in Luc Besson’s acclaimed 1988 film The Big Blue.
The Aegean was the center of the ancient Greek world, and many islands in the Cyclades flourished as trade, cultural and religious hubs, exporting their produce, raw materials, and arts across the known world.
Explore the Aegean’s ancient heritage at Santorini’s renowned Akrotiri archaeological area, visit the kouroi and the Temple of Apollo on Naxos, walk across the Avenue of the Lions on Delos, and take a boat trip to the Sanctuary of Apollo on Despotiko. Jumping forward in time, don’t miss Panagia Ekatontapiliani and the Venetian Kastro on Paros and make sure to visit the iconic windmills and ‘Little Venice’ beachfront on Mykonos.
With literally hundreds of options to choose from in places to visit and things to see and do in the Cyclades, it’s impossible to recommend just one destination. The solution is simple: Treat yourself to an exclusive, tailor-made island-hopping holiday!
From swimming at some of the world’s best beaches to visiting top attractions and world-class archaeological sites, Discover Greek Culture can design the perfect tailor-made holiday experience for you. Wine tastings, culinary adventures, unique cultural experiences and access to exclusive locations are just the beginning. With years of experience as one of the top cultural tourism operators in Greece, we can design the ideal itinerary and take care of all the logistics and details. All you have to do is show up and have the time of your life.