The most famous island group in the Aegean Sea comprises some of the most beautiful islands in the world! Gorgeous sandy beaches, architecture in white and blue, traditional lifestyle, folk music, warm, hospitable people and barren landscapes with isolated chapels turn a trip to the Cyclades into a lifetime experience.The name “Cyclades” refers to the islands forming a circle (the name in English means: “circular islands”) around the sacred island of Delos. According to the Greek mythology, Poseidon, God of the sea, furious at the Cyclades nymphs turned them into islands. Here you can find information for some of the most important Cycladic Islands.
is the northernmost island of the group with a great naval tradition and no landscape like the postcards from the Cyclades: apart from the sandy beaches, there are rocky coastlines, mountain ranges alternating with fertile plains, lush vegetation and abundantly flowing streams.
One of the most enchanting yet unknown islands of the Cyclades,
is the religious centre of the country thanks to the church of Panayia Megalohari (the Blessed Virgin Mary). Pilgrims from all over the country come here to fulfil their vows and to seek comfort.
One of the most famous destinations in the world and a favourite holiday spot of international celebrities,It
is extremely beautiful for its bare hills, the amazing sandy beaches, the white chapels and the Cycladic architecture.
An accessible beauty due to its proximity to Attica with a scenery variety: steep mountains, small fields, olive groves, vineyards, valleys, picturesque coves and off-the-beaten-track beaches. On the island with the largest oak forest in the Cyclades bird-watching is a real delight.
Cousteau looked for the lost city of Atlantis on
. Crescent-shaped Santorini (or Thíra), the precious gem of the Aegean, is actually a group of islands consisting of Thíra, Thirassiá, Asproníssi, Palea and Nea Kaméni in the southernmost part of Cyclades.
The Greek Mythology has it that Anafi is
a paradise of pristine beauty and crystal-watered “exotic” beaches, had emerged from the bottom of the Aegean sea to give shelter to the Argonauts.
. The locals call their island “Nios” but its formal name comes from the Greek name for the flower violet, “ion”. It is supposed to be the birthplace of Homer˘s mother and the place of his own tomb.
Unspoilt by development,
offers complete relaxation in a genuine Cycladic landscape. The Greek mythology refers Folegandros as son to Minoa and head of the first colonists on the island.
Ideal for a relaxed holiday,
is a typical Cycladic island with white villages, peaceful harbors, golden beaches, bare hills and beautiful landscapes. The mild tourism growth has left the island alone with its traditional nature.
With a rich tradition in pottery and gastronomy,
is sure to turn a holiday into an unforgettable experience. In the ancient times, it used to be one of the richest islands due to the gold mines.
, the birth place of Apollo and Artemis, used to be a religious centre for the whole of Greece in the ancient times, as well as the principal trade stop in the Eastern Mediterranean during the roman times. Uninhabited now, Delos is listed as an UNESCO world heritage site and receives multitudes of visitors who flock to admire conspicuous monuments and impressive mosaics.
Unrivalled natural beauty, beaches of crystal clear waters, “unique” Byzantine footpaths connecting traditional villages and breathtaking landscapes make
, located at the heart of Cyclades, one of the most beloved holiday destinations.
: the biggest and the greenest island in Cyclades with impressively high mountains, fertile valleys, lush green gorges, stunning seascapes and traditional villages perched high on mountain tops, where the inhabitants still wear their traditional dress and live off the fruits of the land! Nàxos is also an island of beautiful old churches, monasteries and Venetian castles coexisting harmoniously with Cycladic cubic houses.
: The island of “The Big Blue” (a great part of the film by Luc Besson had been filmed there) is at the southeasternmost point of the Cyclades and it displays a very special scenery: mountains, cliffs ideal for climbing, terraces, precipices and picturesque coves with lovely waters.
: The volcanic activity in ancient years has endowed this island with an exciting variety of gorgeous landscapes, thus offering the visitor a wide range of possible activities. The funny shapes of the rocks and their wonderful colours at the beautiful white sandy beaches are one expression of the volcanic features of Milos.
is the island where Greek tradition and western influence come to a harmonious marriage. Ermoupoli (meaning “the city of Hermes”) is the capital of the island and has been the first important trade and industrial centre of the country in the 19th century.
The island complex of Dodecanese in south-eastern Aegean is the sunniest corner in Greece. Twelve large islands and numerous smaller ones with crystal clear waters, sandy or pebbly beaches, important archaeological finds, imposing Byzantine and medieval monuments and unique traditional settlements are waiting to be discovered. Here you can find information for some of the most important Islands of the Dodecanese Complex.
, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Wander around its magnificent Old City, surrounded by medieval walls, and admire the Palace of the Grand Master, the most inspiring building in the whole island. Take a romantic stroll around the famous Street of the Knights and feel like a holy warrior in shining armor, or a noble princess. Peer into the historic past of the city with a visit to the Archaeological Museum.Don˘t forget to come back in spring to attend one of the most famous medieval festivals in Greece, the Sound and Light Festival, a visual extravaganza that you cannot afford to miss.
. Sandy beaches, turquoise waters, lush vegetation, ancient and medieval monuments, tree-lined wide roads, large squares, parks, a superb city plan and an extensive bicycle-only routes network are the distinctive characteristics of the third largest island of the Dodecanese. The island˘s trademark is its medieval castle situated at the entrance of the port. Wander along the impressive avenue with the Palm Trees, or stroll around famous squares and admire legendary buildings, remains of the Italian rule. Pay a visit to the ancient city of Kos and observe important archaeological finds dating back to the 4th century. Did you actually know that you can sit under the plane tree where Hippocrates himself, the Father of Medicine, used to teach his students and examine his patients? The plane tree must be over 2,500 years old, and it is in fact the oldest in Europe! Don˘t miss the 4th century Asclipiion, the Antimáhia 15th century castle with its imposing battle tower, as well as one of the most scenic villages of Kos with a distinctive traditional character, Ziá nestled amongst a dense cedar forest.
. Ôhe opportunity to visit the “island of the sea sponge harvesters”. The first picture to see upon arriving on the island is Pïthia spreading amphitheatrically on two hills. Visit the castle of Chrissoheria and the Archaeological Museum. Set out on a day trip to the traditional settlement of Horï, and admire interesting Byzantine monuments. The early-Christian settlement at Eliniká is a must-see, since it is perhaps the best preserved settlement in Greece. The culinary enthusiasts should taste mouth watering delights, such as sweet smelling thyme honey, juicy tangerines, homemade mizithra cheese, delicious sea-dried lobster tail, and sea ray preserved in sea water!
. An island blessed with an abundance of streams, pine-tree forests, vineyards, olive groves, rocky caves (which are actually home to monachus monachus) and mountainous landscapes, Kárpathos is a paradise for nature enthusiasts. The villages of the island seem like open folklore museums, whereas their inhabitants are still dressed in old traditional costumes, and speak their local, old dialect. Even if you are a wind surfing fan, “Ánemoessa” is the perfect place to exercise your favorite sport. Visit also Kárpathos during Easter or Carnival time and participate with the locals in celebrations.
. The “island of the Apocalypse” or “Jerusalem of the Aegean” welcomes you! Pátmos is quite popular amongst pilgrims since in one of the island˘s caves John the Theologian, one of Christ˘s disciples, wrote the “Book of Revelations”. The stunning beauty of Hïra, a carefully preserved medieval settlement with narrow, maze-like alleys and stone-built houses will take your breath away. Don˘t miss the imposing fortified monastery of Saint Ioannis and the Theologian Apocalypse cave! Visit Patmos at Easter, when deeply religious and spiritual celebrations are held throughout the Holy Week.
is the westernmost island of the Dodecanese, located at the point where the Dodecanese meet the Cyclades. This is the reason why in Astipalea the characteristics of both island complexes blend together to create the island˘s uniquely varied scenery. Visit Hóra, the island˘s capital and port, one of the most picturesque settlements of the Aegean. At the hilltop stands imposingly Hora˘s castle, surrounded by small houses with whitewashed walls, blue doors and wooden balconies overlooking the open blue sea below.
. There are many reasons to visiting Simi apart from experiencing its unique cosmopolitan atmosphere, and wandering around its remarkable neo-classical settlement. During the summer attend the famous Simi Festival, which includes among others classical music concerts, dance performances, and art exhibitions.
. Take the opportunity to visit an unspoiled destination formed by volcanic eruptions. It is rather impressive that today Níssyros is still an active volcanic centre. At the village of Nikia there is a “Volcanic Museum”, the only one of its kind in Greece. Strolling along the narrow streets of beautiful Mandráki, the island˘s capital and port, is a richly rewarding experience. Don˘t forget to observe its colorful houses which are actually built with hewn slabs of volcanic material!
is the largest island belonging to a cluster of many others islets. It forms part of the Natura Network. It is an ideal destination for relaxing, and serene holidays. Here, both landscape and people will definitely help you find inner peace and tranquility. Lipsi is also surrounded by countless uninhabited islets ideal for bird watching.
lies at the easternmost end of Greece, a stone˘s throw away from the Turkish coast. Its main settlement is filled with cheerfully painted houses of exceptional architecture, awe-inspiring churches and picturesque alleys. Taste the island˘s traditional sweets katoumari and strava, and take a boat excursion to Galazio Spileo, the largest and most spectacular sea cave in Greece.
The Ionian Islands are located in the Ionian Sea, off the west coast of Greece. The islands are well known for their beautiful sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, charming villages and stunning scenic countryside which is verdant and flourishing with greenery and nature. Each Ionian island has a distinct character and between them they offer everything you could wish for from a Greek Island holiday.
is the second largest island with plenty to offer its visitors. It attracts visitors from all over the world and is one of those rare destinations that caters for all ages and tastes. The island of Corfu has been described as the Emerald Isle, the Garden of Eden and by Homer himself, a beautiful and rich land all this is due to the lush green hills, towering mountains, clear blue seas, pure white sands, endless olive groves and colorful wild flowers. Corfu is full of variety from its traditional fishing villages to its large modern resorts, coupled with its amazing wildlife, over six hundred types of wild flowers and numerous exotic birds.
is the most southerly of the Ionian Islands has a varied landscape, the west is characterized by striking mountain scenery and is largely uninhabited and the east is packed with fertile plains, picturesque bays and long sandy beaches. Zante has much to offer any visitor, from splendid sandy beaches, the unique chance to see endangered wildlife in the form of Caretta Caretta turtles and Monk seals, impressive monasteries and churches with fine frescos, as well as the famous Blue Caves and the best known sight on Zante- Shipwreck beach one of the most photographed places in the world.
is the second smallest of the inhabited Ionian Islands. It consists of 2 peninsulas that are almost equal in size and they are joined by the isthmus of Aetos (or Eagle bay). The island is long and narrow and is almost divided in half by the sweeping bay of Molos. Ithaca is most famous for being Odysseus˘s homeland. There are two Odysseus sites on Ithaca and they are well worth visiting. Arethousa spring has interesting surroundings, as towering above it is a crag known as Korax, or the raven in English. The other site to visit is the Cave of Nymphs which is a large cavern. If you are planning on visiting in August, you may be interested to know that there is a Cultural Festival featuring artists and orchestras from around the world. Ithaca offers those who like walking some excellent walking opportunities, in the fabulous scenery. With picturesque towns such as Kioni and Friskes, Ithaca is a lovely little island to explore. Ithaca is an island unspoilt by tourism, it is calm and beautiful and perfect for a relaxing holiday. It has very clear waters so is excellent for snorkeling.
is the largest of the seven Ionian Islands. Despite the annual influx of visitors, the island is so big it is still possible to get away to places where you are unlikely to meet a soul for days. The visitor to Cephalonia will be fascinated by the infinite variety of the natural surroundings, where sea, mountain, and small, green plains are harmoniously combined together. Cephalonia is an island as attractive to walkers as it is to sunbathers. For the walker there are acres of inland forest covered mountains to explore. For sun bathers there are plenty on beaches (many of them among the most beautiful in the Mediterranean. Is one of Greece's best secrets and once voted 10th in a world scenic beauty league, thus it demands and deserves exploration. Beautiful golden beaches, lofty mountains providing the scenic backdrop to hundreds of secluded white coves , the strange cliffs , the cave of St. Gerassimos - the island's patron saint, the Cave of Drongorati, the underground lake at Mellisani, churches and Monasteries perched precariously on cliffs, timeless villages. The limestone rock results in remarkable caves and caverns, some of which have become major tourist attractions.The many olive groves and vineyards (Kefalonia boasts some of the best wine in Greece) are testimony to the islanders' reliance on agriculture before the relatively recent arrival of the tourist. From the traditional Fiskardo to the small tourist town of Poros, and the fascinating villages of Livatho which captivated Lord Byron with their beauty for four months, Cephalonia reveals to the visitor a glimpse of paradise at every turn.
is the smallest of the Ionian Islands. Many visitors return year after year to Paxos to experience the intimacy of this peaceful haven, the genuine friendliness of the locals, and the captivating scenery. Paxos is covered in many olive groves with ancient gnarled and twisted olive trees, some of them hundreds of years old, which shelter numerous species of wild flowers and small vineyards. This serene and unspoiled landscape is what makes a holiday to the island of Paxos truly memorable.Tourism has been gently introduced to the island. There are excellent beaches and quiet coves, with crystal clear waters, perfect for swimming. Although only one or two are sandy beaches, Paxos has the most magical clear waters for enjoyable swimming. The island has become a favourite destination but continues to remain unspoilt.
is a very popular summer resort, where there is something for everyone. Young visitor˘s party all night, windsurfers have some excellent spots, there are quiet places for those who just want to relax, and there is a lot to see. The people on the island are known for their hospitality. It is a green, mountainous island, and it is connected to the mainland by a bridge. Windsurfing and water sports are the two major things to do here, but the island also is very nice to explore yourself, either on foot or by renting a vehicle. There are often events going on in the Castle of Agia Mavra, and you can go on several boat trips to the neighboring islands. Beaches are both sandy and pebble here.
is one of the Ionian Islands, but due to its geographical position it officially belongs to Attica. Its location is between the Peloponnese and Crete, in Spartan bay. Kythira is known as the island of Aphrodite. The island has stunning landscapes of natural beauty, beaches, and different villages, each with unique beauty. The island˘s ambience is that of romance, created from the traditional style of most buildings on the island, Byzantine churches and Venetian castles. Each summer several festivals are arranged with local products celebrating the history of the island, keeping the tradition alive. Kythira, is a traditional island that does not have mass tourism or commercialization and therefore remains natural and quiet. Nevertheless every year it attracts tourists who seek peaceful holidays. There are many options, discover the beautiful countryside, relax on the beach, taste the delicious cuisine or enjoy a cool cocktail at the beach bar.
Consists of 5 Districts, Sterea Ellada (including Attica Region - Athens), Epirus, Macedonia, Thrace and Thessaly. Greece is an endless destination impossible to describe in a few pages. Every corner of this land has something different to offer. A tiny fraction of places of interest is presented below:
Athens, Cape Sounion, Delphi, Meteora, Galaxidi, Arahova, Ioannina, Zagoria Villages, Mount Papingo Syvota, Parga, Thessaloniki, Vergina, Philippi, Kavalla, Mount Athos, Halkidiki, Mt. Olympus, Sporades Island Complex, Mount Pelion.