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Travel – Cyclades – a group of 39 main Greek Islands that are located in the southern part of the Aegean




The Cyclades are a group of 39 main Greek Islands that are located in the southern part of the Aegean (south of Athens and north of Crete). Only 24 of these islands are inhabited. In addition to 39 main islands, the archipelago contains some 2,200 islands, islets and rocks. From these, the islands of Santorini and Mykonos are best known of the Cyclades islands. Amorgos, Anafi, Andros, Antiparos, Delos, Ios, Kea, Kimolos, Folegandros, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Santorini, Serifos, Sikinos, Sifnos, Syros and Tinos are the most popular of the Cyclades islands.
The regions of these islands are as below:
• Amorgos: This Island has a famous monastery and few beaches. The land area of the island is about 130 sq. km and is located at an altitude of 2,710ft / 826m. This island is mostly a mountainous island that is 33 km long by 2-6.5km across. The southeast part is down to the sea. To the southwest is Katápola Bay and to the northwest is Aiviali Bay. Katopola Bay is a harbor and the main occupation of the inhabitants of the island is farming and fishing. The ancient towns, extensive cemeteries, finds of coins, and rock inscriptions of this island depicting Minoan and Hellenistic times are the prime tourist attractions of the place. There ia major sea route between Melos and the southeastern Aegean and this island is a major sea port.
• Anafi: This Island is an unspoiled attraction and is a hilly island that is situated to the east of Santorini. The land area of the island is about 36 sq. km/14 sq. mi and is located at an altitude of 1,916ft/584m. There are regular boat services from Athens (Piraeus) to reach this island.
• Antiparos: This is a small island that is to the west of Paros with nice beaches in which tourists can relax.
• Andros: This is the second largest and most northerly island. It is known to be a traditional and tranquil island that is green, mountainous and has many beaches, all of this geared to make this an attractive place for tourists. The land area of the island is about 374 sq. km/144 sq. mi and is located at an altitude of 994m. This is an island which is separated from Euboea by the Pórthmos Kafiréfs (Italian Canale d’Oro). There are neighbouring islands of Tinos (located towards the east) that is separated by a channel 1,200m wide. Mt Pétalon is the highest of the four ranges of hills. This island has a flourishing agricultural economy.
• Delos: This is a small uninhabited island that is close to Mykonos and is popular for its archaeological sites.
• Folegandros: This Island is to the west of Santorini; small and beautiful and quiet.
• Íos (Khóra): This Island is also called Party Island. The land area of the island is about 105 sq. km and is located at an altitude of 732m/2,402ft. This island has the terraced slopes of the Káto Kámpos valley and its side valleys that are the base of agriculture on this island. Íos Island is served by boats sailing from Athens (Piraeus) to Páros, Íos, and Santorin.
• Kea: The land area of the island is about 131 sq. km/51 sq. mi and is located at an altitude of 560m. This is a quiet island close to Athens. The most westerly island is Kea, located 20km southeast of Cape Soúnion. This island was settled by Dryopians from Euboea. This island was a “tetrapolis” of four cities – Ioulis, Karthaia, Koressia and Poiessa.
• Kimolos: The land area of this island is about 35 sq. km and is located at an altitude of 398m. It is also known as the satellite island of Milos. This island is of volcanic origin and lies to the northeast of Melos. Its terra kimolia (cimolith) is used both as a detergent and in medicinal baths. This island has the sheltered anchorage of Psáthi (beach) around the remains of the late medieval settlement of Kástro. The ruined medieval castle of Palaiókastro is the highest point of the island.
• Kynthos: The land area of the island is about 101 sq. km and is located at an altitude of 326m. This is a barren island that lies to the southeast of Kea. This island is full of Karstic limestone. The main occupation of people here is farming and fishing.
• Little Cyclades: These are a group of small islands that lie to the southeast of Naxos that include Ano Koufonisi, Kato Koufonisi, Iraklia, Schinousa and Donousa.
• Milos: This Island is one of the larger Cyclades. The land area of the island is about 147 sq. km and is located at an altitude of 751m. This island is full of rock formations due to volcanic activity. The word Milos is a Greek word that means apple. This island has a different topography from the other islands. It has sulfurous springs to its northeast and southeast. This island has harbors that are the best in the Mediterranean.
• Mykonos: The land area of the island is about 75 sq. km and is located at an altitude of 364m. This island has excellent beaches and nightlife. This island is the most easterly of the northern Cyclades. It was a trading centre and is a holiday island of the group. The neighboring islands of Délos and Rínia are easily accessible from here.
• Naxos: The land area of the island is about 445 sq. km and is located at an altitude of 1,003m. This island is the largest and greenest of the Cyclades. The beaches are very good. This island has a range of hills as well as well watered plains. The hills rise to 1,003m in Mt Zas (ancient Drios). This hill is cut by two passes. Agriculture, marble-quarrying, emery-mining and the recovery of salt from the sea are the main economic activities of this island.
• Paros: The land area of the island is about 186 sq. km and is located at an altitude of 771m. This island has good beaches and a good landscape. It has many contours and range of hills. There are three bays which are in the west; the sheltered Parikía Bay in the north is a sheltered bay and in the east the shallow Mármare Bay.
• Santorini: The land area of the island is about 73 sq. km and is located at an altitude of 584m. This is a volcanic island and has beaches and landscape that are spectacular.
• Serifos: This Island has great beaches and a traditional town.
• Sifnos: The land area of the island is about 73 sq. km and is located at an altitude of 680m. This island is in the centre of a triangle that is made by Melos, Sérifos and Páros.
• Sikinos: This Island is a small rocky island with few beaches.
• Syros: The land area of the island is about 82 sq. km and is located at an altitude of 415m. This island has Italian architecture, a large main town and good beaches. This island is hilly and is located half way between Kythnos and Mykonos.
• Thirassia: This Island is a small satellite island of Santorini and was formed due to the huge volcanic eruption of 2nd millennium BCE.
• Tinos: The land area of the island is about 195 sq. km and is located at an altitude of 713m. This is a traditional island with major cathedral and good beaches. The highest peak is Mt Tsikniás (713m/2,339ft).

The cities of Cyclades are:
• Ermoupolis (Syros) is the capital of the Cyclades.
• Fira — on Santorini island
• Oia — on Santorini island
• Ermoupolis — large port city on Syros
• Kamares — port of Sifnos
• Apollonia and Artemona — adjacent main towns of Sifnos
• Kastro — medieval town of Sifnos

Top Sights Travel Guide: Crete (Kindle) Rough Guide Map Crete [Folded Map] Lonely Planet Crete (Regional Guide)

Best time to visit / climate:
The climate of is a mild Mediterranean climate that is sunny with dry summers and mild winters. The months of July and August has more bearable temperatures and is the best time to visit the place.

Location on Google Maps:

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How to get there:
By plane: There are daily flights from Athens to Mykonos, Paros, Naxos, Santorini, Milos and Syros operated by Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines. Mykonos, Paros, Santorini and Naxos can also be reached from other European airports or by helicopter.
By ferry: From the Greek mainland, ferries and high-speed catamaran services run daily from Piraeus, Rafina and Lavrio.

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers):

Hotels at top- the greek travel
Hotels at vacation-cyclades
Hotels at greekhotels

Blogs / Sites about Cyclades:

Blogs and reviews at realtravel
Blogs and reviews at lonelyplanet
Blogs and reviews at visit-cyclades

Images and photos of Cyclades:

images at Google
Images at greeka
Images at the greek travel

Videos of Cyclades:

Cyclades Islands – Greece

FOLEGANDROS – CYCLADES – GREECE

AMORGOS – CYCLADES – GREECE

Greece and Cyclades sailing

Amorgos island – Greece

Santorini, Cyclades, Greece

Naxos Island | Cyclades | Greece




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