The Cyclades, meaning the circular islands, have ancient Delos at their centre. According to Greek mythology, Poseidon, God of the Sea, was furious at the Cyclades nymphs and turned them into islands. Perhaps that is why the smaller islands are so magical. If you already know the popular beaches, Cape Sounion, Kea, Syros, Paros and Kythnos all await new visitors!
Suggested places to visit in Cyclades Islands
Santorini is a precious gem with cliffs rising from the sea and small islands curving at its edge – remains of a civilisation wiped out by a volcanic eruption in 1,500BC. Relax on the sandy beaches until the sun sets - creating an orange glow over traditional white houses and blue-domed churches in Oia, one of the most photographed Greek villages.
A sizzling island where jetsetters clamour for glamour. Sun, sea and sand are the order of the day but by night boutiques, bars and nightclubs make this a 24-hour-a-day dream destination. Take your pick - walk in the prettiest of hillsides, dip your toe in the turquoise sea or dive headlong into the nightlife before some designer retail therapy.
A contrast to Mykonos, this sacred island is the mythical birthplace of twins Apollo and Artemis - and one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece. Overnight stays are forbidden on the uninhabited island but your yacht can drop anchor nearby so you can explore this once magnificent city in the luxurious cool of early morning.
Explore the old town and its harbour with colourful fishing boats bobbing in the water or stretch your legs and make for the mountains. Naxos, the largest and greenest of the Cyclades, is a place to linger at tavernas to enjoy the fruits of fertile valleys where olive and fruit trees flourish and the smell of herbs fills the air.
Laid-back and one of the most beautiful islands in the Cyclades, discover quiet coves to enjoy the tranquillity and pleasure of ‘secret’ beaches. Cool down in the crystal waters or take a stroll along Byzantine footpaths to traditional villages of white sugar-cube houses with blue window frames to stop for an ouzo and mezze before sailing off into the sunset.