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Cyclades is the group of islands in the Aegean Sea, with Mykonos, Santorini, Paros and Naxos to be part of it.

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A church in Paros

Cyclades Map

Some of them are well known both to the public at large and the international jet set, while others remain little known and scarcely figure on the map.

A fusion of stone, sunlight and sparkling sea, the Cyclades lie to the east of the Peloponnese and south-east of the coast of Attica; they stretch as far as Samos and Ikaria to the east, and are bounded to the south by the Cretan Sea.

According to the most likely tradition, they owe their name to the notional circle which they appear to form around the sacred isle of Delos.

The Cyclades have exercised a powerful charm since ancient times, even though access to them was not particularly easy. This was the birth of one of Mediterranean's most important civilizations, one that took its name from the islands: The Cycladic Civilization (3000 - 1000 BC).

Geologists attribute the peculiar form which the Cyclades take today to a succession of geological upheavals - earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, movements of the earth's crust which resulted in the submergence of large chunks of land. Many believe that one such stretch of land was the lost continent of Atlantis.

The diverse outlines of the Cycladic islands as they protrude from the blue waters of the Aegean, bathed in the dazzling sunlight and embellished with little white houses, resemble, in the words of the Nobel Prize-winning poet Odysseas Elytis "...stone horses with rampant manes...". Above all, the people who live here, with their own individual approach to the world, bring to life the narrow alleyways of the villages and the pathways of the countryside, the countless tiny chapels, the windmills, the dovecotes or the wind-beaten hillsides, and are themselves a basic feature of the charm which these possess.

Yet, in spite of the characteristics, which the islands have in common, sparkling sea, sun, the landscape, and the austere line of the architecture - each retains its own individual features, which visitors can discover as they explore them one by one.

The Cycladic Islands enjoy a Mediterranean climate, with an average temperature for the year of 18 - 19C. The winters are mild and the summers - by Greek standards - cool, thanks to the beneficial effects of the seasonal winds known as the 'meltemia'.


These small and beautiful islands, few of which have any amenities, are an ideal destination for those in search of solitude and peace. The rugged beauty of the barren landscape, the sea-lashed rocks, the little coves along the coastline, a chance to get away from the crowds and the culture of technology - these are the charms which attract visitors to these virtually virgin islands. Archaeological excavations have shown that the islands were inhabited in prehistoric times.

In Iraklia, where there is a cave (Ai-Yanis) with superb stalactites, traces of the Cycladic civilization have been found. At the pretty harbor of Messaria on Shinouss there are ruins of medieval fortifications.

Koufonisia has a fine sandy beach at Finikia (Pano Koufonissi) where the water is crystal-clear, and (on Kato Koufonissi) further beaches with coarse sand. The remains of buildings from the Hellenistic and Roman periods have come to light.

Keros has yielded the remains of settlements from the Early Cycladic period, together with archaeological finds of the same date which are considered among the finest anywhere in the Cyclades.

Donoussa, too, with its incomparable beaches, has traces of prehistoric habitation. A few rooms are available for rent in Iraklia, Pano Koufonissi and Shinoussa.

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