The Cyclades group of islands is one of the most popular of all the Greek Islands, thanks mainly to the exquisite beauty of Santorini and Mykonos islands. Although many visitors glimpse of the Cyclades do not go past these two major destinations, their neighbors are…
The Cyclades group of islands is one of the most popular of all the Greek Islands, thanks mainly to the exquisite beauty of Santorini and Mykonos islands. Although many visitors glimpse of the Cyclades do not go past these two major destinations, their neighbors are also worth more than the customary glance over. Here are some of the main attractions worth checking out in the area.
On top of the list is Santorini, Cyclades’ most popular resident. Although the boat takes forever to arrive, it is the recommended form of transport. The plane ride may be quick but it will not afford you wit as dramatic an approach to the crater-like harbour and the spectacular backdrop of whitewashed buildings and sky blue domes.
The island is famous for its stunning sunsets, however, while waiting for the spectacular display of colors in the sky, you might as well spend your sunny daytime at the popular beaches of Perissa and Kamari. The ruins of ancient Thira, near here, are also worth visiting.
Another popular destination in the area is the vibrant island of Mykonos, famous for its effervescent nightlife and heart-thumping nightclubs. It is also an ideal base for party-goers seeking quick day trips to catch sight of dolphins or explore ancient ruins on an uninhibited island.
Not far away from Mykonos is the picturesque island of Tinos. Aside from its charming villages, breathtaking landscape and stunning beaches, the island is also home to the miraculous Panagia Evangelista Church where pilgrims flock (mid-August) to offer their devotion and petitions.
Paros is also a popular island not only because it serves as a central station for the ferries coming to and from Cyclades, but also because of the windsurfing scene which is very popular here. The beaches are full of surfers taking advantage of its windy and attractive seascape.
For some of the best beaches though, the island of Naxos offers several contenders such as Plaka, Agios Prokopios and Mikri Vigla, among many others. It is also home to Apollon, a fishing village where an ancient unfinished statue of Apollo can be found.
If you are looking for a dramatic landscape of fascinating rock formations, the volcanic island of Milos is the place to go. It also features several hot springs where you can enjoy a rejuvenating dip after long days of lounging around the beaches of Paliochori Sarakiniko and Pollonia. There are also several archaeological sites to visit in the area such as ancient amphitheatres, catacombs and castles.
Those looking for an idyllic and serene haven of leisure and relaxation will delight in what the islands of Kea and Tzia have to offer. They are located near Athens so getting there is not a problem.
Younger folks looking for all night partying within budget will find the island of Ios a perfect jaunt in Cyclades. The island of Amorgos is also worth a visit to take a peek at its biggest attraction, which is the intriguing Monastery of Chozoviotissa carved out of the face of a cliff.