The Cyclades are rocky and dry islands with sparkling clear waters and beautiful small white houses. Míkonos, a cosmopolitan mecca for tourists, is bright and breezy with fine sandy beaches by day, and alive with the nightclubs.
Míkonos, a cosmopolitan mecca for tourists, is bright and breezy with fine sandy beaches by day, and alive with the nightclubs and bars by night. The islands of Delos and Paros are approximately 28 nm from Míkonos Delos is rumored to be the birthplace of Apollo. The ancient ruins on this island have been compared to Pompei for their comprehensive picture of ancient life. Paros is a popular tourist island, and it is well worth a visit to the Katapoliani, considered the finest church in the Aegean. Íos is claimed to be the burial place of Homer. Today the island’s beaches are quite popular among nude sun-lovers. At night the waterfront throbs to the sound of music from bars and night clubs. The chora is a maze of streets full of bars and boutiques. Santorini is a giant volcano, with a crater that is six miles long by four miles wide. The white domed houses of the capital extend along the cliff top above the tiny harbour and present a remarkable sight from seaward. Sifnos is a hilly island, with popular beaches on the southeast coast, and the delightful medieval village of Kastro on the east side of the island.
Sailing north from Athens on sun speckled seas, the Sporades waits to welcome you. They are a small group of islands with ribbons of golden sand along curving shores framed by green, scented pine hills. The clear waters are a delight for swimming and fishing. Skiatos, green and cosmopolitan with pine woods separated by the sea by strands of golden sand has been, thanks to his natural beauty and infrastructure, a favourite tourist destination for many years. Skopelos, all green, with his beautiful beaches and craggy shores, traditional towns, old churches and monasteries, is an ideal resort.
Alonissos, plainer but equalli beautiful, with many blue-green, pine clad bays, offers you the chance to explore, thanks to a large number of market paths, its reach and serene landscape. Alonissos and the many islets that extend towards the east mark the unique ecosystem of the National Sea Park, area of major importance for the survivor of many marine species and, above all, the Mediterranean seal. Remote, to the southeast of the cluster emerges Skyros, ancient and wild, with a long cultural tradition of its own, steep shores, beautiful bays and sea caverns. The island is the natural habitat of a very rare pony, known as the “little horse of Skyros”. It is known for its traditional furniture, elaborate and robust, direct descendant of the Byzantine pieces.