Located in the South Aegean region the islands that form the Cyclades are wonderful. Some are very well known but others not at all.
Al the legend had it, the Cyclades have been named so because they form a circle surrounding and protecting the sacred island of Delos. Legend or not it is so true and obvious as well if you just look on any map. And here below they are just on an alphabetical order…
Amorgos is the island known from the film “The Big Blue”. Amorgos is found at the easternmost island of the Cyclades and is a popular destination for Greeks and Italians as well as Germans, Dutch and French travellers.
Anafi is very close to Santorini. Lovely place and as all the Cyclades very picturesque but moreover still traditional and not “spoiled” by tourism.
Andros is the first island you will meet if you decide to take the ferry from Rafina. Less than an hour’s travel away it is a beautiful and very popular destination for the Athenians.
Antiparos is so beautiful. Less than a nautical mile away for Paros and with a local ferry connection, this is the island chosen by some very famous actors to build their Greek homes.
Delos is a living museum. Only the guards of the museum and the ancient site are living on the island. And for us is a must visit if you are in any of the neighbouring islands.
Donousa was known as Stenosa or Spinosa amongst the international sailors of a few centuries ago is along with Amorgos located in the eastmost part of the Cyclades. Not a popular destination for travellers unless they are real connoisseurs.
Folegandros is becoming a very popular destination in recent years. The island is simply amazing. Views, nature, everything! Location wise you will find it between Milos and Santorini if you look it up on a map. And the nearest other Cycladic Island to Folegandros is Sikinos.
Ios is just off Santorini. Beautiful destination for the younger travellers but not only.
Irakleia is another gem of the Cyclades lying between Naxos and Ios and very close to Schoinousa, Koufonissi and Donoussa. We doubt it if many people have heard of it but it is there and waiting to be explored.
Kea is the island that you can easily reach departing from the port of Lavrio very close to the Temple of Poseidon. Beautiful, peaceful and still quite traditional.
Kimolos is just about a kilometre away from Milos. Kimolos can be reached by ferry from Piraeus or from Milos.
Koufonisia is a complex of 3 small islands. Pano Koufornissi or Koufonissi, Kato Koufonissi and Keros. Greeks and Italians love both Pano and Kato Koufonissi. Keros is an uninhabited island that visiting it is not allowed since it was a very important site of the Cycladic Civilization.
Kythnos lies between Kea and Serifos. Another island that you can easily reach when departing from the port of Lavrio. Lesser known but still beautiful and with a very long history.
Milos is the island of lovers and one of our most favourite islands of the Cyclades. I am sure we all know of the Venus de Milo that is at the Louvre and maybe also of Asclepius of Milos that is in the British Museum. Both remarkable works of art were found on the island.