The most famous island group in the Aegean Sea is the Cyclades. The name Cyclades in English means “circular islands”. As the name suggests, the islands encircle the sacred island of Delos. According to the Greek mythology, the God Of The Sea, Poseidon, was angered by the Cyclades nymphs so he turned them into islands.
The Cyclades is a comprised of about 220 islands, the major ones in alphabetical order are: Amorgós, Anáfē, Ándros, Antíparos, Dēlos, Eschátē, Folégandros, Íos, Kéa, Kímōlos, Kýthnos, Mēlos, Mýkonos, Náxos, Páros, Santoríni, Sérifos, Sífnos, Síkinos, Sýros, and Tēnos. Most of the smaller islands are completely uninhabited or very sparsely inhabited.
Comprised of some of the most beautiful islands in the world, the Cyclades are situated southeast of the Greece mainland, and are one of the island groups that make up the Aegean archipelago. Collectively, the land mass of the Cyclades is 2,572 km² and home to over 120,000 people. The adminsitrative centre for the Cyclades is Ermoupolis, on the island of Syros.
The relatively barren, yet beautiful islands of the Cyclades look like travel posters or postcards come to life. Besides buildings painted in light hues or with whitewashed walls hugging the shores of the Aegean Sea, there are uniquely styled windmills found nowhere else in the world. Not seen in travel posters or postcards though is the traditional lifestyle, folk music and hospitable people that are as important a part of the Cyclades’ allure as the beaches, sun and sea. Without the mix of all of its elements, the experience that visitors to the famous Cyclades island group find so memorable would be diminished.
Millions of tourists visit the Cyclades every year knowing they’ll be spending their vacations in a veritable paradise. Following are places Vagabond Travel recommends as accommodations, as well as thing to see and do.
Villa Alexandros offers 10 comfortable studios in the village of Batsi, 100 metres from the seaside.