Summer arrives and we present a spectacular destination, which combines beach, mountain, culture and spectacular landscapes: Cyclades Archipelago in Greece. This wide archipelago has real icons of world tourism like Santorini or Mykonos. But the Cyclades are much more, islands like Andros, Naxos, Paros, Tinos, Milos, Ios …. They are true paradises with the idyllic fishing villages with their whitewashed houses, labyrinthine alleys and beautiful churches with their blue domes.
Mykonos, Santorini and Ios form the touristic heart of the islands, each fulfilling the Greek island dream. Naxos, Paros and Milos offer all that you might expect from the group, but are also much-visited. The amazing view comes thanks to Santorini’s volcanic past. The villages are perched around the cliffs of the caldera. Boat trips explore the caldera, but you should also visit the ruins of Akrotiri. Andros has a lot to offer. The landscape is fertile and rewards exploration by car or on foot. The beaches of Milos are exceptional. Try Paleohori to the south-east, where underground hot springs warm the waters.
After these six there are a host of smaller or less known islands. Folegandros, to the south, remote behind its tall cliffs, is a really beautiful place. The northern Cyclades are within easy reach of Athens, and get plenty of Greek visitors. Kea, with its oak forest, and Kythnos , with its hot springs, are both quieter than many of the other islands. Andros is one of the largest Cyclades, with a varied and rugged landscape. Tinos with its pilgrimage site, and Amorgos with its waters made famous by the film The Big Blue and an amazing monastery perched on a high cliff, all have something special to offer.
The highlight of Anafi is its peaceful isolation and fantastic beaches. The stiff hike up Cape Kalamos is well worth it, and rewards with fabulous views. At Kea, its pedestrianised centre is well worth an exploration, especially out of season, when it is wonderfully quiet and atmospheric. You can visitthe remains of a Venetian castle, and a surprisingly good archaeological museum.