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Cyclades Islands

The Cyclades represent what the world considers a Greek island.

Most of them are barren rocks, ravaged by the sun and the winds, dotted with whitewashed one-story houses and thousands of small churches, and surrounded by crystal-clear blue waters. The group of 17 islands is named after the Greek word for "circle" (cyclos) because they look as if they circle around Delos.

The island of Delos, just off the coast of Mykonos, was one of ancient Greece's sacred sites, with its own oracle, on a par with Delphi. The Athenians, always shrewd politicians and masters of symbolism, founded the Athenian Alliance, after the final defeat of the Persians in 479 BC, and installed its treasure on Delos, to make the condition of an annual fee in return for security more palatable to their "allies". Of course, later, when Athens decided to build the Acropolis and the Alliance treasure was used to pay for the construction, Pericles notified the peeved Allies that their security was Athens' obligation, therefore how the city used the Alliance funds was none of their (i.e. the Allies') business...

The islands, and especially Mykonos, became a tourism destination in the 1930s, when trendy Athenian society, including shipping magnates and artists, "discovered" their unspoilt landscapes and incredible beaches. In the 1950s the interest was revived, and the 1960s put Mykonos and Santorini on the international jet set circuit. Today, most of the Cyclades are developed tourist magnets and they attract millions of visitors every summer.

The Cyclades have everything. The cosmopolitan luxury of Mykonos. The natural wonder that is the Santorini volcano. The elegant and peaceful landscapes of Naxos, Syros, Tinos, and Sifnos that are favored mainly by families. The rugged and wild beauties of Milos and Serifos. The hip party scenes of Paros and Ios. The apocryphal wilderness of Amorgos.

The islands are all close together and near Athens. Their proximity makes them ideal for an island hopping vacation; it is never more than an hour by boat from one to the next and connections are very frequent during the summer months. Furthermore, the new, fast catamaran boats that run from Pireaus and Rafina make the trip to the relatively distant Mykonos and Santorini a short 2 and 4 hours, respectively, compared to more than twice as long a few years ago



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 Seethrough Mykonos
Seethrough Mykonos, Platis Yialos Mykonos
Located in Platys Gialos, the Cycladic-style Seethrough Mykonos has an outdoor pool, a poolside bar and a furnished sun terrace with panoramic sea views. more...
 Villa Crystal Agios Sostis
Villa Crystal Agios Sostis, Mýkonos City
Villa Crystal Agios Sostis offers accommodations in Mýkonos City. You can relax by the outdoor pool in the grounds when the weather's nice. more...
 Agnandi Cielo
Agnandi Cielo, Tourlos
Set amidst a lush 6,000-m² area of purple bougainvillea and geraniums, the Cycladic-style Agnandi Cielo is located on a hill above the new port of Mykonos. more...
 Villa Thea Collection
Villa Thea Collection, Mýkonos City
Featuring a pool and panoramic Tourlos Bay views, Villa Thea Collection is built in Cycladic style, just 800 metres from Mykonos Town. It offers self-catering accommodation with free WiFi throughout. more...
 Kastro Oia Houses
Kastro Oia Houses, Oia
Kastro Oia Houses is located in Oía, just 4.3 miles from Fira. The property is air conditioned and features a spa tub. Kamari is 8 miles from the property. All units feature a satellite flat-screen more...
 Calme Boutique Hotel
Calme Boutique Hotel, Drios
Featuring free WiFi, Calme Boutique Hotel offers accommodations in Drios, just 31 miles from Mýkonos City. more...
 Hotel Spanelis
Hotel Spanelis, Mýkonos City
Located in Mýkonos City in the region of Myconos, 23 miles from Náousa, Hotel Spanelis features a sun terrace and views of the sea. Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and is fitted with a TV. more...
 Artemoula's Studios
Artemoula's Studios, Platis Yialos Mykonos
Featuring air conditioning, Artemoula's Studios offers accommodations in Platis Yialos Mykonos. Mýkonos City is 2.1 miles away. Free private parking is available on site. more...
 Grand Beach Hotel
Grand Beach Hotel, Mýkonos City
Ideally set on the sandy beach of Megali Ammos, Grand Beach Mykonos is 440 yards from lively Mykonos Town. more...
 Pearls of Mykonos
Pearls of Mykonos, Ornos
Featuring air conditioning, Pearls of Mykonos offers accommodations in Ornos. Mýkonos City is 1.6 miles away. more...
 Mantelena
Mantelena, Pollonia
Just 250 metres from Polychronis Beach in Pollonia, the Cycladic-style Mantalena offers self-catered accommodation with patio with garden views. more...
 Hyperion Oia Suites
Hyperion Oia Suites, Oia
Featuring free WiFi, Hyperion Oia Suites offers accommodations in Oía. Fira is 4.3 miles away. The property is air conditioned and is fitted with a sitting and dining area. more...
 Mykonos Chora Residences
Mykonos Chora Residences, Mýkonos City
Situated on Fabrika Square, close to Mykonos’ lively centre, Mykonos Chora Residences offer tastefully decorated accommodation with modern comforts and free WiFi. more...
 Kima Villas Suites
Kima Villas Suites, Oia
Located in Oía, 4 miles from Fira, Kima Villas Suites features an outdoor pool and views of the sea. Kamari is 8 miles from the property. more...
 Casa Grande Hotel
Casa Grande Hotel, Platis Yialos Mykonos
Blending traditional Cycladic decoration elements with modern touches, Casa Grande Hotel is set in Platis Yialos. The sea is just a short stroll away. more...




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