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Tuesday 12 December 2017
Cyclades Islands
santorini_1The Cyclades are a group of islands in the Aegean Sea, southeast of mainland Greece. This is one of the island groups which constitute the Aegean archipelago. The Cyclades comprise about 220 islands, most important of which is being Amorgos, Anafi, Andros, Antiparos, Delos, Ios, Kea, Kimolos, Kythnos, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Folegandros, Serifos, Sifnos, Sikinos Syros, Tinos, and Santorini or Thira. Most of the smaller islands are uninhabited. Milos and Santorini or Thira, these two islands of Cyclades complex are volcanic.

Ermoupolis, on Syros, is the capital and administrative center of the prefecture.

The climate of Cyclades is generally dry and mild, the soil is not very fertile, with the exception of Naxos, the produced agricultural products are wine, fruit, wheat, and olive oil. Lower temperatures at higher altitudes and certainly no heavy winter.  Most inhabitants of the Cyclades were employed mainly in tourism.


All year round daily ferries from Piraeus port to Mykonos, Santorini , Paros, Naxos, Syros , Tinos, Ios.  From Rafina port to  Andros,  Mykonos,  Tinos.
All years round almost daily ferries from Piraeus port to Milos, Serifos, Sifnos, Sikinos,  Amorgos, Folegandros, Kimolos, Kythnos
Summer Months daily ferries and high speed ferries  from Piraeus and Rafina port to Cycladic islands.

Airports : Syros , Milos, Paros, Naxos, Mykonos , Santorini 
Daily flights from Athens all year round.


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Amorgos Island

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Amorgos is the most eastern of the Cyclades islands. The heart and pride of Amorgos was built into the side of a cliff- the Chozoviotissa Monastery. The more time you spend in Amorgos the more it begins to grow on you. There is an equal balance of culture and nightlife in Amorgos. The rocky landscape makes for great snorkeling and scuba diving.

Anafi Island

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According to a legend Anafi was created by Apollo as a gift to Jason and the Argonauts. With no vibrant nightlife, if you're looking to relax and get away from it all this is the island for you. The island is filled with friendly people and beautiful beaches. Greek tradition and culture has been preserved on this little island not too far from Santorini.

Andros Island
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Andros is a fairly green island for the dry Cyclades sun. It even has two small rivers. The town of Andros juts out on a beach between two peninsulas and it is the most popular destination on this island. This island is recommended for artists due to its exquisite art museum and also because of the Aegean Arts Circle, which holds yearly workshops for artists of all different kinds. Tourism is not encouraged on the island making it the perfect destination for those who shy away from touristy places. 

Antiparos


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Antiparos
The neighboring isle of Paros and it is a lot more relaxed than Paros. It offers quiet cafes and secluded sandy beaches. The Gigantic Cave of Antiparos is the main attraction on the island. It is located on top of a mountain and it is definitely worth waiting to see the sunset from there. This island is a nice day trip to relax from the busy island of Paros.

Donousa

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Donousa
Donousa is a small island with a few inhabitants. It is a great vacation spot for nature lovers, because it is a stranger to mass tourism. This little island has been a preserved gem of nature; the island harbors small secluded coves on the shoreline, calm sandy beaches,  and quiet whitewashed streets. Donousa is the  perfect romantic getaway. This island is a must add for newlyweds and couples looking to getaway and indulge into romance.
Folegrandos


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This quiet island is recommended for artists and poets due to its inspiring dramatic beauty.  Folegrandos is filled with small quiet beaches accessible mainly by hiking. For those in search of night clubs and discos this island will disappoint. This island is for the romantics due to the small picture perfect villages and the isolated quiet beaches. Some have called Folegrandos as the 'most beautiful undiscovered island of the Aegean.


Ios

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Party the night away and then spend the day on the beach in the Aegean sun with the occasional dip in the sea water. For party seekers this island will captivate you with the overwhelming amount of nightspots and you may just never want to leave. The beaches are full of young hot bodies from all corners of the world. The Milopota, one of Greece's nicest and longest beaches, offers a wide variety of water activities ranging from wind-surfing to jet skiing. Ios is a 'must visit' for the young and beautiful college crowd.
Iraklia

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Iraklia is great for tourist who are interested in trekking and exploration combined with a peaceful relaxing vacation. Iraklia offers some of the prettiest beaches, but some are only accessible by boat or swimming. This island is best summed up with one word 'simplicity'- sunshine, beaches, and relaxing scenic walks. There are two things tourists must know before booking 1) Lots of walking! Due to the size of this island, most places are only accessible by foot 2) accommodations fill up quick, because there aren't a lot, so book early if this island is for you.
Kimolos

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Kimolos is a small untouched island close to Milos. There are no cars and even the tourists are scarce. This island is recommended for those who enjoy backpacking and camping in nature.
Koufonisia

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Koufonisia
Kato Koufonisia is one of the smallest islands with only 350 residents and its neighboring island Pano Koufonisia is not much larger. These two islands offer some of the most beautiful coastal scenery in the entire world. This magical match is known for two things:fresh fish and beautiful beaches. For those in search of the unspoiled paradise these two islands cannot be skipped. It doesn't get any calmer or quieter than this tiny island of beautiful green vegetation
and secluded beaches.
Kythnos


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Kythnos is a small island popular to Greeks, given it has some of the best radioactive thermal springs in Greece. Kythnos has about 65 beaches and they are all absolutely jaw-dropping, however this island is recommended for a day or two in combination with an extensive itinerary.
Milos

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Milos was once home to the famous statue 'Venus de Milo', which now resides in France. Milos is one of the most visually satisfying islands, white villages ascending and descending from multicolored cliffs, stretches of white beaches, dramatic coasts shaped by the volcanic rocks, and this is just a few. Milos comparable to Santorini because of similar rock formations and minerals occupying the surroundings this island has lived in the shadow of Santorini but some say it's even more breathtaking than its competitor.
Mykonos

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If you're searching for the paradise party island where anything goes- look no further! With nightclubs featuring world famous DJs open 24 hours located on beaches only accessible by boat Mykonos is a must on the itinerary for singles and families with older children. It is famous for its cosmopolitan atmosphere and being a gay-friendly spot. For some relaxation and culture, trips are offered to the ancient uninhabited island Delos and its extensive ruins. Just make sure to bring the plastic and the green, because it's one of the more expensive islands.  
Naxos


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Naxos
Naxos is the greenest and largest of the Cyclades islands and it has something to offer everyone; whether you want to relax on the beach, see as much as possible, or just party your pants off. Naxos is the perfect island for a group or family with diverse interests, accommodations range from slow pace villages to the busy town of Chora. The unique landscape, which is filled with imposing mountains, lush plateaus and valleys, and rivers and natural springs, makes for some great exploring. The island is not as swamped by tourists as much as the others. Be sure to visit the Portara (great gate of Apollo) right outside the Chora.
Paros

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Paros
From scuba diving to jam packed night clubs Paros has something for the entire family. One of the many appeals of Paros is its affordability compared to many of the other islands; some have even called it the 'poor man's Mykonos'. Moped rental is recommended for exploring the island and the tiny fishing village of Naousa is a must see. It's great for first time visitors who want a taste of the Greek culture and at the same time enjoy tourist amenities. 
Santorini


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Santorini
Santorini (or Thira, its original name) is the honeymooners’ paradise and probably the most famous island for good reasons. With some of the finest cuisine, picturesque beaches, and the breathtaking sunset in the town of Oia will have you enchanted with this dream island. The main town Thira offers some nightlife for those looking to party, but don't get your hopes up it's no Mykonos. Santorini lies just across from an active volcano that's worth the visit, and make sure to take the donkey ride up to the town after returning from the Volcano.
Serifos


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Serifos
Serifos is famous amongst the Greeks for its excellent dining and relaxing atmosphere. Although popular to Greek tourists, it has not been overly commercialized and overrun by foreigners. The inhabitants of this island hold onto to Greek traditions and if you're in luck you might just catch a glimpse of a traditional wedding, or a saint celebration. A must see on this island is the Cave of the Cyclops, it has two large rooms composed of stalactite, a lake, and a floor made of petrified seashells. The capital, Chora, is built on a steep rock on the southeast of the island with houses located up and down the mountain side providing visitors with a magnificent view.
Sikinos




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Sikinos
Sikinos is a small beautiful fisherman's island. Unaffected by tourism this island is a great add on the itinerary after a crazy week to enjoy the real Greek life and relax on the beach. People are friendly and hospitable and the night life is close to non-existent. After a crazy experimental party week at Mykonos and Ios, this is a great add to unwind and dwell into the real culture of the week.

Sifnos


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Sifnos
For those who seek relaxing meet traditional Greece, Sifnos is the island for you. This island is filled with picture perfect Greek villages and a church for everyday of the year most of them only being open on that specific day. The beaches are uncrowded and the rocky landscape makes for some excellent snorkeling. It is also home to some of the best chefs and friendliest people in all of Greece. This island is recommended for honeymooners, families with children, and lovers.

Syros



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Syros
This beautiful working class island is the capital of the Cyclades. The breathtaking architecture and some of the best food in Greece makes this island a 'must visit' for food lovers, relaxers, and sightseers. Syros was the main port for Greece in the 1800s and it is full of old buildings, churches, and mansions. For a relaxing time without the hectic nightclub scene Syros is guaranteed to be a hit. 

 



Tinos


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Tinos
Tinos is regarded as the most spiritual island of all the islands. August is not recommended for tourists due to the annual pilgrimage to the miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary at the Panagia Evangelistria. This is one of the only pilgrimages of the eastern Mediterranean. Tinos also offers beautiful beaches and scenery with a low-key nightlife. Quiet and very spiritual island, 15 minutes from Mykonos.
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