Your Guide to The Cyclades Greece + Cyclades Island Hopping

The Cyclades Islands in the Aegean Sea offer the perfect destination for the ultimate getaway. The Cyclades are the ‘famous island group’ (home to the likes of Mykonos and Santorini), with pristine beaches and stunning, varied landscapes. The Cyclades are the ideal spot if you’re looking to relax and explore the beauty of the Greek islands.

This guide will take you through everything you need to know about The Cyclades, Greece, including the islands you could visit, a guide to island hopping in the Cyclades, how to get to the Cyclades (and get around), and our top recommended itineraries.

Let’s get started!


What are The Cyclades?

The Cyclades island group consists of around 220 islands in Greece. These islands are known for having some of the best beaches in the world, amazing landscapes, and a long history.

The largest and most populous of the Cyclades Islands are Santorini, Mykonos, Naxos, and Paros.

Each island in the Cyclades is different, so I recommend Cyclades Island Hopping. Explore at least 3 of the islands to get a sense of life on different islands, from the prettiness and crowds of Santorini to the beach clubs of Mykonos and Ios and the quiet island life on Folegandros, Koufinisi and Amorgos.


Where are the Cyclades Islands?

The Cyclades are a group of Greek islands located in the Aegean Sea, southeast of mainland Greece. Together, they form the southernmost part of the Aegean archipelago and are some of Greece’s most popular holiday destinations.


Map of The Cyclades Islands


List of Islands in The Cyclades (A-Z)

  • Amorgos
  • Anafi
  • Antimilos
  • Antiparos
  • Delos
  • Despotiko
  • Donousa
  • Folegandros
  • Ios
  • Irakleia
  • Kea
  • Kimolos
  • Koufonisi
  • Kynthos
  • Milos
  • Mykonos
  • Naxos
  • Paros
  • Polyaigos
  • Rineia
  • Santorini
  • Schinousa
  • Sefifos
  • Sifnos
  • Sikinos
  • Syros
  • Thirasia
  • Tinos

Cyclades Island Hopping Itineraries

You could spend a year exploring the Cyclades islands and still have amazing places left to see. Your Cyclades island-hopping itinerary should firstly depend on the length of your trip. Longer trips allow you to experience some of the quieter, less touristy islands like those in the Small Cyclades, such as Koufinisi. Shorter trips will show you the highlights like Mykonos, Santorini and Milos.


2-Month Cyclades Island Hopping Itinerary

If you have a long time to explore the Cyclades, here’s the ultimate 2-month itinerary that we did:

The Athens Riviera – Athens – Paros – Antipatos – Paros Naxos – Koufonisia – Amorgos – Santorini – Milos – Kimolos – Milos – Sifnos – Syros – Tinos – Andros – Mykonos


A Taste of Greece

Explore some of the most famous islands for food in Greece.

Mykonos – Naxos – Paros – Antiparos – Koufinisia – Santorini – Milos – Sifnos – Athens


Hidden Gems and Lesser Known Islands of the Cyclades

Discover beautiful islands off the beaten track.

Athens – Paros – Antiparos – Naxos – Koufinisia – Shinoussa – Donoussa – Amorgos – Santorini – Folegandros – Serifos – Sifnos – Athens


Sandy Beaches & Sunsets

Athens – Mykonos – Naxos – Koufinisia – Paros – Ios – Santorini – Sifnos – Serifos – Athens


Ancient and Sacred Island Hopping

 Follow in the footsteps of the gods as you explore the sacred island of Delos, the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. Plus, take in some other stunning ancient sites on Tinos and Andros.

Mykonos – Delos – Mymonos – Naxos – Koufinisia- Naxos – Syros – Tinos – Andros – Athens (Rafina)


Island Party Time

Explore the islands made famous for their nightlife.

Mykonos – Naxos – Ios – Santorini


Relaxation & Culture in the Aegean Sea

Take it slow and relax on the stunning islands of Alonissos, Donousa and Kimolos before exploring the captivating culture of Folegandros.

Athens – Alonissos – Donoussa – Naxos- Koufinisia – Folegandros – Paros – Santorini


Island Getaway

Recharge your batteries with a getaway to Antiparos, Iraklia, Schinoussa and Kastelorizo.

Athens – Paros – Antiparos – Paros – Donoissa – Koufinisia – Amorgos – Santorini


The Traditional Greece

Sample true Greek village life and soak up incredible views on the islands of Folengandros and Serifos.

Athens – Naxos – Paros – Antiparos – Paros – Folegandros – Sifnos – Sefifos – Syros – Tinos – Andros – Athens (Rafina).


Elegant Escapes

Enjoy a luxurious getaway to Amorgos, Folegandros and Sikinos for some of the best sunset spots in the Cyclades.

Athens – Mykonos – Amorgos – Folegandros – Sikinos – Santorini – Koufinisia – Naxos


Exploring Icons – 8-Day Cyclades Island Hopping Itinerary

 Marvel at some of the most iconic destinations in Greece, such as Mykonos, Paros and Santorini.

Mykonos – Paros – Santorini – Milos – Athens


The Best Cyclades Islands to Visit

All the islands of the Cyclades have something magical to offer. Based on personal experience, here are my top recommendations:


Naxos

naxos in the cyclades greece

Naxos is the largest of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea. It’s known for its rich history and lovely beaches, making it the perfect destination for a relaxing getaway.

The island has many stunning beaches, crystal clear waters and incredible sunsets. For the adventurous traveller, there are also hidden caves and mountains to explore.

Naxos is the greenest and most fertile island in the Cyclades and grows much of the region’s food.

With its traditional villages and architecture, stunningly beautiful beaches, lush vegetation, and vibrant nightlife, Naxos is a must-visit destination for any Greek island getaway.

Things to add to your Naxos Bucketlist:

  • Visit the stunning resort of Agios Prokopios, just 15 minutes from Naxos Town. Read our guide to Agios Prokopios here.
  • Climb to Kastro in Naxos Town (the capital town) and admire the stunning views of Naxos Town and Paros.
  • Explore the remote seaside village of Appalonas.
  • Go on one of the boat trips to Koufinisia Island. This is the best day tour from Naxos to Koufinisi.
  • Walk along the dune-backed beach of Plaka.

Mykonos

mykonos

Mykonos is an idyllic Cycladic island (one of the most famous places in Europe). It’s the perfect place for sun worshippers, beachgoers, and party animals alike. The island has gorgeous beaches that are among the best in Europe.

Mykonos Town (the island capital) is full of iconic white buildings, blue-domed churches, chic boutiques and the vibrant nightlife that the island is known for.

However, there are also plenty of cultural attractions, such as the windmills, the island’s traditional churches and the famous petrified tree.

  • Explore the winding streets of Mykonos Town and spot the famous Windmills of Mykonos and Pedro the Pelican, who roams freely around the streets.
  • Visit the iconic windmills of Mykonos.
  • Visit Elia Beach (one of my favourites)
  • Dance the night away at the island’s notorious beach clubs.
  • Take the ferry to the uninhabited island of Delos (the sacred island) and explore the archaeological sites. Delos is one of the best islands close to Mykonos to visit.

Santorini

One of the most sought-after Greek islands, Santorini’s breathtaking views and unique volcanic landscapes make it a must-visit destination (especially for couples).

From the iconic whitewashed buildings and stunning caldera views to the beautiful beaches, incredible sunsets, and numerous wineries around the island, Santorini is one of the best places to visit in Greece.

  • Ride a donkey up the steep steps to the village of Oia.
  • Take a relaxing swim in the natural hot springs at the volcano’s base.
  • Enjoy the stunning sunsets from the clifftop overlooking the caldera.
  • Go wine tasting at one of the many wineries on the island.
  • Check out the fantastic beaches and spend an afternoon lounging in the sun. The black sand beach of Perissa is my favourite.

If you don’t have much time in Santorini, make sure you read our One Day Santorini Itinerary.


Paros

Parikia Beach in Paros

Paros is the ultimate Island paradise and one of my favorite islands in Greece, boasting crystal clear waters and picture-postcard beaches. The island also has plenty of cultural attractions to explore, such as the Venetian Castle, the churches of Naoussa and the iconic windmills overlooking the bay.

  • Visit the traditional whitewashed villages and marvel at the unique architecture. I enjoyed taking the local bus across the island to Piso Livadi and looking at the villages through the window.
  • Explore Parikia Old Town
  • Explore the Venetian castle and winding streets in Parikia Town.
  • Enjoy a local wine in one of the island’s many tavernas.
  • Stroll the streets of the charming fishing village of Naoussa.
  • Swim or snorkel in the crystal clear waters off the beach at Golden Beach.

Milos

Sarakiniko Milos

Milos Island is the hidden gem of the Cyclades, with its spectacular coastline and unique landscapes.

The island has some truly amazing beaches, like Sarakiniko and Kleftiko, where you can swim in the crystal clear waters and explore the rocky coves.

You can also visit the catacombs, the ancient theatre and the abandoned mines for a fascinating glimpse into the island’s past.

  • Visit the Catacombs and admire the stunning stalactites and stalagmites inside.
  • Explore the ruins at Ancient Phylakopi.
  • Swim at the rocky beach of Sarakiniko and spend the day taking in the moon-like landscapes.
  • Go on a boat trip around the island (and to Kimolos) in a day. This is the amazing tour I did.
  • Relax and enjoy the sunset from the clifftop village of Plaka with its breathtaking views.
  • Go shopping in the area around Milos port.

Syros

syros

Syros is the capital of the Cyclades and the most cosmopolitan island in the group. This beautiful island offers the best of both worlds with its stunning beaches, picturesque towns and bustling streets.

Syros is the perfect destination if you want to explore the unique culture of the Greek Islands and experience the relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere on the island.

  • Visit Ano Syros Town and wander the narrow cobbled streets lined with traditional buildings, boutiques and cafes.
  • Take a stroll along the waterfront in Ermoupolis Town, admire the architecture and try traditional Gyros.
  • Enjoy a meal at one of the many seafood restaurants overlooking the sea.
  • Visit the seaside village of Vari and spend time at the beach. We stayed 4 nights in Vari and enjoyed visiting the beach and exploring other areas of the island.
  • Visit the picturesque village of Galissas, where the whitewashed houses line the narrow cobbled streets.

Sifnos

sifnos greece, the cyclades greece

Sifnos is the perfect Greek island if you’re looking for tranquillity and the chance to explore the traditional culture of the Cyclades. From the picturesque villages to the pristine beaches, the stunning landscape and the delicious food, Sifnos has it all. On my second visit to Syros, I wondered why it wasn’t more popular (it’s truly a hidden gem!)

  • Explore the whitewashed villages of Apollonia and Kamares.
  • Visit the ancient ruins at Agios Andreas, including the remains of an old temple and theatre.
  • Explore Kastro Sifnos
  • Spend the day at Platis Gialos, try the local food, explore the traditional clay shops and relax on the beach.
  • Explore Faros and try the fish dishes at the renowned Liminaki restaurant.

Koufinisia

Koufonisia is a tiny island in the Small Cyclades and the perfect destination for those looking for the ultimate island getaway.

This authentic island is home to some of the Cyclades’ best beaches, crystal-clear blue waters and white sand. The laid-back atmosphere, the picturesque villages and the traditional way of life make Koufonisia the perfect place to relax and unwind. Make sure you book accommodation in Koufinisia in advance as it sells out easily. You can also do a day trip to Koufinisi from islands like Naxos – the main island for onward travel to the Small Cyclades.

  • Explore the islands of Kato Koufonisi and Pano Koufonisi by boat.
  • Swim in the crystal clear waters off the beach at Finikas
  • Spend the day beach hopping on the hop ho,p off the boat.
  • Explore the winding streets of Koufonisia (then relax on Ammos Beach)

Kimolos

Kimolos is the perfect island for those looking for the quintessential Greek experience. From the picturesque port to the rugged coastline, the traditional way of life and the delicious local food, Kimolos has it all.

  • Explore the whitewashed village of Psathi on the south coast of the island
  • Visit the impressive Kastro Castle in Chorio village.
  • Swim in the crystal clear waters of Prassa beach.
  • Go on a boat tour to the nearby island of Polyaigos and visit the hidden coves, caves and sandy beaches.
  • Explore the ancient ruins at the deserted village of Panagia, including the old churches and the remains of the impressive Venetian castle.

Amorgos

Amorgos is the perfect island for those looking to explore the traditional culture of the Cyclades. From the picturesque villages to the rugged coastline, the hidden coves and the bounty of fresh seafood, Amorgos has something to offer everyone.

  • Visit the Monastery of Hozoviotissa, perched on the cliff’s edge at the island’s highest point.
  • Explore the picturesque village of Chora, the traditional cobbled streets and the imposing Venetian castle.
  • Go swimming in the crystal clear waters off the beach at Katapola Bay.
  • Visit the natural sea arch on Makroopi Island and explore the ship
  • Take the bus (or drive) from Katapola to Aegeli
  • Spend the day exploring Aegeli and relaxing on the beach.

Ios

ios greece

Ios is the perfect Greek island for party animals! From the beach bars to the lively nightlife, the stunning beaches and the incredible views, Ios offers the perfect getaway for those seeking sun, fun and the ultimate Greek party. It’s also possible to have a laid-back holiday in Ios. There is everything from upmarket villas to guesthouses. I had a lovely time in Yialos when my daughter was 1.

  • Party at one of the many clubs and beach bars in Mylopotas – one of the top spots on this party island. The far-out beach club is a must!
  • Spend the day at Myopotos Beach.
  • Explore the winding streets of the main town – Chora
  • Spend the day at Yialos Beach and walk to the nearby Church
  • Walk the old donkey trail from Yialos Beach (Ios Port) to Chora and admire the views of Sikinos Island.

How to Get to the Cyclades, Greece

Here’s how to get to the Cyclades and explore this incredible part of the world!


Airports in the Cyclades

The most popular way to reach the Cyclades islands by plane is to fly into the Greek capital, Athens, and catch a ferry from one of the 3 ports in Athens (Rafina, Lavrio or Piraeus).

Flying in Athens is the best option if you’re travelling to Greece on international flights (e.g. from the U.S.).

During the summer months, the international airports on the Cyclades islands (Santorini and Mykonos) serve flights from major European cities, making them great destinations to start an island hopping trip. You can read more about the Airports in Greece here.


Ferries in the Cycladic Islands

If you’re planning a trip to the Cyclades, it’s essential to understand how ferries in Greece work.

The best way to reach the Cyclades Islands is by ferry. Ferries run between the major Cyclades Islands and you can also catch ferries from Athens.

The types of ferries in the Cyclades vary depending on the island you’re visiting.

There are two main types of ferries: conventional and high-speed boats.

Conventional ferries are usually slower, but they offer more amenities such as food and drinks onboard, air conditioning, and sleeping cabins if you stay out at sea for longer periods. We love the cabins on Blue Star ferries for travel from Athens to Naxos or Paros to begin our adventures! Companies like Zante Ferries also offer slower but cheaper ferry services.

High-speed boats are faster but don’t offer as many amenities as their conventional counterparts.

When taking a ferry from one island to another, there are several things that you should keep in mind.

First of all, you must purchase your ticket ahead of time online so that you can guarantee your spot on the ferry. Tickets can be purchased directly from the ferry company or through third-party websites like Ferryhopper. I always use FerryHopper to book my tickets. I like having all my tickets on one app and you can also view the schedules for all the companies and compare ferry company prices and ferry times.

It’s also important to note that most ferries require passengers to arrive at least 30 minutes before departure so they have enough time to check in and board the boat safely.


Weather in The Cyclades Islands

Summers in the Cyclades Islands are hot and dry, while winters are mild and wet. The average temperature ranges from 14°C (57°F) during winter to 28°C (83°F) during summer.

This means that most of your days will be sunny and warm, making the Cyclades a great destination for sun-seekers.


When is the Best Time to Visit the Cyclades, Greece?

The best time to visit the Cyclades islands in Greece is in the late spring or early summer, from May to the end of September.

The weather is generally warm and sunny during this period, perfect for swimming and sunbathing on the beaches. The islands are also the most crowded during the peak summer months of July and August.

The winds can get strong in the Cyclades, especially between May and October, when winds pick up from the north or northwest. This is where things get interesting—the winds can create large waves, making sailing more difficult but also offering fantastic surfing opportunities! But don’t worry if you don’t have any experience with sailing or surfing; waves tend to be calmer during winter months, so it won’t be too difficult for beginners to enjoy their time at sea without getting overwhelmed by waves.

It rains 500mm per year on average—most of it falls between November and December. During these months, rainfall can spark wildflowers to bloom across the islands and give them an even more beautiful landscape than normal! Unfortunately, this also means that droughts are not uncommon here due to the lack of rainwater. Make sure you take extra precautions, like conserving water consumption, so your adventures remain sustainable!


How to Plan Your Cyclades Island Hopping Trip

Consider your travel style

Before deciding which Cyclades Islands to visit, consider what kind of traveller you are.

Do you prefer beach holidays? Culture and Greek history trips? Active getaways? Or something else altogether? Are you a couple? Travelling with a child? Solo traveller? Backpacker?

Knowing your preferences can help narrow down the list of islands that suit you best.

These posts may help you:

The best greek islands for families

The best greek islands for backpackers

Decide on the length of your trip

Some of the Cyclades Islands are quite small, so if you only have a few days to explore, you may want to focus on just one or two islands. On the other hand, if you are planning a longer holiday, you can include several islands in your itinerary.

Consider the distances between islands

The Cyclades Islands are spread out over a large area of the Aegean Sea, so you will need to factor in how much time you want to spend travelling between them.

Some islands are close together, making it easy to hop from one island to another in less than an hour. Others are further apart and may require a longer ferry journey. Plan your route carefully so you don’t end up backtracking.

Research island highlights

Each Cycladic Island has its own attractions, so you’ll want to research which islands have sites or activities that interest you. Do you prefer beaches? history?

Decide on your budget

 Whether travelling on a shoestring or spending more money, the Cyclades Islands offer something for all budgets. Research each island’s accommodation and dining options to ensure they fit within your budget. I find that you can travel well in Greece on a budget, but you should book accommodation in advance. Booking last-minute often means expensive accommodation. I normally book 10 months in advance and then re-look at my accommodation 2 months before.


Getting Around The Islands Once You Arrive

Taxis in the Cyclades, Greece

Taxis are a great way to get around and explore the hidden gems of the islands. They can be found in every major town and port and on some of the smaller islands. The fares are reasonable too.

It’s really important to research taxis before you arrive on an island.

On islands such as Paros and Naxos, there are lots of waiting at the port. If you travel in peak season, there may be long queues or all the taxis can get booked.

On popular islands like Santorini, most people pre-book private transfers and the local bus service meets ferries at the port.

There are few taxis on remote islands like Amorgos and Sifnos, and you’ll be lucky to come across one. Taxis are usually numbered, and the numbers are displayed on notice boards in tourist hotspots.


Renting a car in the Cyclades

Renting a car is one of the best ways to explore. You can make your schedule, drive at your own pace, and get lost down country roads or in charming villages. But, like most things in life, there are some things you should know before you rent a car in the Cyclades.

Let’s break it down so you know what you’re getting into!


Renting a Car in the Cyclades vs Taking Public Transport

The first thing to consider when deciding how to get around is whether or not renting a car is worth it for your particular trip. Factors like where you’ll stay and how long your vacation plays an important role here. Many car rental companies offer day rentals, allowing you to explore an island in a day without relying on sparse public transport schedules.

Most rental companies require drivers to hold international driving permits (IDP). These permits must be obtained before departure from your home country; they usually cost just a few dollars but are necessary, so make sure not to forget this step!

Also, double-check with your insurance provider before signing up for additional coverage from the rental company. Depending on who you’re insured with back home and what type of policy you have, chances are existing coverage may already apply (at least partially) when driving abroad.

Last but not least, don’t forget about gas! Greek gas stations accept cash only (no credit cards!), so come prepared with Euros and small changes whenever possible. This will minimize waiting times at the pump – especially during busy holiday seasons!

The most popular form of transport is by scooter or moped – an inexpensive and fun way to explore each island! Be sure to wear a helmet when riding a scooter, as it is required by law in Greece! Many rental companies offer scooters for rent either online or at one of their many locations across each island.

Renting a car in the Cyclades can open up an entirely new world of possibilities when visiting Greece! Even though taking public transportation could work well depending on where/how long you’ll be visiting, nothing beats having complete control over your schedule, like when venturing out by car! Remember these tips before signing up for any rental agreements so that you don’t get stuck paying extra fees or frustrated by lack of access due to forgotten documents or unexpected rules.


Food and Drink in the Cyclades, Greece

The cuisine of the Greek Islands is as diverse as the islands, with nothing traditional dishes such as moussaka souvlaki to the fresh seafood dishes so abundant in the region; the Cyclades offer a range of delicious dishes to try.

The islands are also the perfect place to sample the local wines and sweet delicacies, such as the famous Greek baklava.

Here are the must-try foods in the Cyclades:


Food to Try When You’re Travelling Around the Cyclades, Greece

Kofto-Makarouna: This hearty meatball and pasta dish is a traditional favourite in the Cyclades region. It’s made with beef, pork or lamb mixed with herbs and spices, then served with elbow macaroni cooked in tomato sauce.

Fava: A yellow split pea puree, fava is a traditional Greek dish typically served as an appetizer or main course. It’s usually flavoured with onions, capers and parsley and can be topped with feta cheese or other accompaniments.

Moussaka: Many people consider moussaka the national dish of Greece, and it’s also popular in the Cyclades Islands. It consists of layers of eggplant, potatoes, ground beef or lamb, and a creamy béchamel sauce.

Dakos: This dish is made with rusk bread topped with tomatoes and feta cheese, then finished with olive oil, oregano and capers. It’s a popular starter in the Cyclades Islands, often served with olives or dolmades.

Stifado: This slow-cooked stew is made with onions, garlic, cinnamon and red wine. Meat such as beef, lamb or pork is added to the mix, and the dish is typically served over rice or potatoes.

Kalamari: Fried squid is a staple in the Cyclades Islands, and it’s served with lemon wedges and tzatziki sauce for dipping. Kalamari can also be grilled instead of fried if you prefer.

Souvlaki: Skewered cubes of pork, lamb or chicken are grilled with vegetables and served on a platter. Souvlaki is often accompanied by freshly made pita bread or fries, one of the most popular dishes in Greece.

Saganaki: This fried cheese dish consists of a hard cheese dipped into egg batter and then fried until golden brown. Saganaki can be served as an appetizer or main course and is often paired with lemon juice.

Spanakopita: This flaky pastry is filled with spinach and feta cheese and baked until golden brown. It can be served as an appetizer or a main course alongside a salad or other side dish.


Drinks to try in The Cyclades

Assyrtiko: This white wine is made with the Assyrtiko grape and is a popular choice in the Cyclades Islands of Greece. It’s light-bodied, with citrus and floral notes, and pairs well with seafood dishes such as moussaka, spanakopita or souvlaki.

Vinsanto: This sweet, fortified dessert wine is made from sun-dried grapes and can be enjoyed on its own or with various dishes. Vinsanto has notes of dried fruit and honey, which makes it the perfect accompaniment to creamy Greek desserts such as baklava.

Raki: This clear spirit is made from grapes or figs and has a strong, fruity flavour. Raki can be enjoyed neat, with ice or mixed with soda water and a slice of citrus fruit. It’s commonly served as an after-dinner digestif in the Cyclades Islands.

Moschato: This white wine is made from the Muscat grape and has a sweet, floral aroma. It pairs well with seafood dishes such as calamari or moussaka and desserts like baklava and melomakarona.

Frappe (A.k.A Greek Coffee): This cold coffee drink is popular throughout Greece.


A Brief History of the Cyclades, Greece

The Cyclades have long been the meeting point between the East and the West, with their geographical location in the centre of the Mediterranean.

The Myceneans first inhabited the islands, a culture that flourished during the Bronze Age.

Later, the Phoenicians came to the Cyclades and established trading routes with the region.

During the Hellenistic period, the Cyclades became part of the first Greek civilization, and the islands underwent a period of prosperity.

In the 19th century, the Cyclades were the centre of the Greek struggle for independence from the Ottoman Empire.

Today, the Cyclades are a popular tourist destination for visitors from all over the world. The islands are known for their crystal clear waters, the buzzing nightlife and the traditional Mediterranean lifestyle.


FAQs About The Cyclades Greece

How many Cyclades islands are there in Greece?

There are about 220 islands in the Cyclades archipelago. These range from the more prominent and popular ones, like Santorini, Mykonos, Naxos and Paros, to the smaller and less touristy ones, like Amorgos, Anafi and Kythnos. Each of the islands offers something unique; the culture, the beaches, the landscapes, the food and the history.

What are the Cyclades known for?

The Cyclades are known for the stunning beauty of the islands, the pristine beaches and the vibrant nightlife. The islands offer many activities, from exploring the ancient ruins to relaxing in the sun on the beach. The most famous Greek islands include Mykonos, where you’ll see images of the windmills and beaches, and Santorini, where you’ll see pictures of the stunning Oia, sunsets and black sand beaches.
The traditional Greek culture can be experienced throughout the region with food, music and festivals all season long. There are also beautiful villages to explore with the traditional whitewashed architecture and stunning views.

Why are the Cyclades called the Cyclades?

The Greek islands are called the Cyclades because they form a circular pattern around the island of Delos. The name comes from the Ancient Greek word “kyklos”, meaning circle.

Which island in the Cyclades has the best beaches?

The best beaches in the Cyclades are found on the islands of Mykonos, Koufonisia, Sifnos, Naxos and Paros. All the islands boast stunning white sand beaches with crystal clear waters that make the perfect spot for a day in the sun. The beaches range from secluded bays to bustling resorts, and there is something for everyone.

What is the mythology of the Cyclades?

The mythology of the Cyclades includes the stories of the gods and goddesses who lived on the islands. According to Greek mythology, the island of Delos was the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, and the ancient temple ruins remain here today. Other myths include the story of King Minos and his Labyrinth, the Minotaur’s island home, and the tragic love affair between Theseus and the beautiful Ariadne.

Are there any festivals in the Cyclades?

Yes, the Cyclades host several festivals throughout the year, the most popular being the Easter celebrations and the Panigiri festival. The locals celebrate the islands’ culture and traditions during the festivals with music, dancing and food.

Is Santorini a part of the Cyclades?

Yes, Santorini is indeed part of the Cyclades. It is one of the most famous and iconic islands within the Cyclades group, known for its breathtaking views, stunning sunsets, and unique volcanic landscape.

What is the best way to island hop in the Cyclades?

The best way to island hop in the Cyclades is by using the local ferry service. You can build your own itinerary and spend as long on each island as you would like. If you prefer, you could book a cruise but cruises usually only stop in the most famous islands – Santorini, Mykonos and Milos.

Which Greek island is the best base for island hopping?

It’s best to stay on multiple islands while island hopping in Greece. However, if you’re island hopping i the Cyclades, Naxos is an excellent base. You can do day trips to islands like Santorini, Myknos, Paros and Koufinisi.


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