The Cyclades: A holiday through history
The Cycladic islands form a circle around the sacred island of Delos and get their name from the Greek word "Kyklos", which means "circle". One of the most rewarding experiences for the dedicated sailor is to "close that circle". Greek mythology has it that the enraged Poseidon, God of the sea, turned the Cyclades nymphs into islands to punish them.
The Cyclades are comprised of about 220 islands, of which 24 are considered major destinations including the well known islands of Amorgos, Ios, Naxos and Paros, the jet setting clubbing capital of Mykonos and the world famous volcanic island Santorini which is well known as a romantic getaway.
Full of geographical contrasts and landscapes of unique natural beauty, each island has its own distinct architectural features, always in perfect harmony with the natural surroundings. Visitors will admire underground buildings, stone rustic huts, traditional whitewashed Cycladic houses or even neoclassic houses built by the aristocracy in the Cycladic capital of Hermoupolis, on the island of Syros.
Whether you wish for a cosmopolitan and glamorous touch or a relaxed and serene sailing holiday around islands of pristine beauty and exotic beaches, the Cyclades make an ideal place to start for first time visitors to Greece.