• Visit the Sacred Island of Delos which was the centre of the Aegean Sea for a 1000-year period
• Visit Mykonos, the most cosmopolitan Greek island, as well as Santorini, a miracle of nature and man
• Make a visit to Syros, which has a Western aura and a unique grandeur in contrast to the austere style of the other Cycladic islands
• In order to enjoy the golden beaches of this island complex you should visit the “unknown” Cycladic islands
• Watch out for the thousand all-white small churches and the windmills that come into view in every hill, in alley-ways and in yards
Perfecture of KYKLADES
Region of South Aegean Capital town: Ermoupoli Area: Population:
The islands of Cyclades is the most famous Greek touristic destination. Each one of the more than 50 Cycladic islands is a unique pebble of the Aegean beauty, civilisation and tradition. The capital of this island complex is the city of Ermoupolis, on the island of Syros.
Many of these islands are still relatively unknown destinations, while others such as Mykonos and Santorini are one of the most well-known tourist destinations on a global scale. The landscape is made up by whitewashed settlements, windswept slopes and the deep blue of the Aegean Sea.
In the narrow whitewashed alley-ways of the villages visitors come across unique images. You will see small churches, windmills, austere small houses with flowers in the windows and smiling locals.
During the Prehistoric period the islands had been inhabited by the Phoenicians. Then they came under Persian rule until the Naval Battle of Salamina when they came under Athenian rule. Following the battle at Chaeronia, they were subjugated to King Philip the 2nd of Macedonia and after that to the Romans.
Since the 3rd century AD, the islands became a target of invasions by Goths, Slavs, and Saracens. After 1024 AD, Cyclades came under Venetian rule. In the 16th century the islands became a precinct of the Ottoman Empire, which was never oppressive. Trade and shipping flourished during that period.
How to get there
• Peiraus Port Authority: 2104147800, 2104226000 - Rafina: 2294028888
• The following islands have airports: Mykonos (2289079000) – Santorini (2286028401) – Milos ((2287022090) – Paros (2284092030) – Syros (2281081900) – Naxos (2285023969)