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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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 Myconian Villa Collection - Preferred Hotels & Resorts
Myconian Villa Collection - Preferred Hotels & Resorts, Elia Beach
Boasting a privileged location on Elia Beach, the seaside Myconian Villa Collection - Preferred Hotels & Resorts offers luxurious rooms and villas decorated in harmony with the minimal Cycladic style . more...
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Kastro Oia Houses, Oia
Located in the scenic Oia, Kastro Oia Houses offers cave suites with spacious terraces and hot tubs overlooking the Aegean Sea. 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...
 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...
 My Mykonos Hotel
My Mykonos Hotel, Mýkonos City
Set in the cosmopolitan Mykonos Town, 800 metres from the Old Port, the boutique My Mykonos Hotel boasts a seasonal outdoor pool and a furnished sun terrace with views of the sea and the town. more...
 Cavo Delos
Cavo Delos, Ornos
Cavo Delos is a villa featuring free WiFi and a terrace located in Ornos. The property is 1.6 miles from Mýkonos City and features views of the sea. Free private parking is available on site. more...
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Mykonos Blanc - Preferred Hotels & Resorts, Ornos
Just a few steps away from the cosmopolitan beach of Ornos, Mykonos Blanc combines elegance and comfort with respect to the traditional Cycladic style. 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...
 Calme Boutique Hotel
Calme Boutique Hotel, Drios
Featuring an à la carte restaurant and a fitness centre, the elegant and Cycladic-style Calme Boutique Hotel, in Drios Village, is made of stone. more...
 Fira Blue House
Fira Blue House, Fira
Located 4.5 miles from Oia and 3.9 miles from Kamari, Fira Blue House offers accommodations in Fira. Fira Blue House features views of the sea and is 23 miles from Ios Chora. more...
 Kima Villas Suites
Kima Villas Suites, Oia
Swimming in the outdoor pool and enjoying the view of the volcano is just another day at Kima Villas Suites in Oia. All suites have a private balcony and free Wi-Fi. 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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Mythique Villas & Suites, Oia
Mythique Villas offers elegant, Cycladic-style accommodation in Oia. Each villa includes a private pool. The beaches of Ammoudi and Armeni are just 1 km away. more...
 Andromeda Residence
Andromeda Residence, Mýkonos City
Andromeda Residence is just 2 minutes’ walk from Mykonos Town centre, famous Matoyannia and Little Venice. more...
 Petinos Hotel
Petinos Hotel, Platis Yialos Mykonos
Hotel Petinos, recently fully renovated, is situated just metres from Platis Gialos beach and a short bus ride from Mykonos Town. Guests are free to use the sister property's pool with sea views. more...




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