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Cyclades Islands, Greece

The "Cyclades" are a group of islands of varying sizes scattered over the deep blue waters of the Aegean. Some of them are well-known, while others remain little known and scarcely figure on the tourist scene. Taken as a whole, they make an ideal holiday destination for visitors of the most varied tastes. A fusion of stone, sunlight and sparkling sea, the Cyclades lie to the east of the Peloponnese and southeast 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 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 then was not particularly easy. This was the birthplace of one of the Mediterranean's most important civilisations, one which took its name from the islands: the Cycladic civilisation (3000-1000 BC). Geologists attribute the peculiar form which the Cyclades have 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 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 Prizewinning 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 windbeaten 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 austere landscape and the characteristic line of the architecture - each retains its uniqueness, which visitors can discover as they explore them one by one. The Cycladic islands enjoy a Mediterranean climate, with an average annual temperature of 18-19o C. The winters are mild and the summers - by Greek standards - cool, thanks to the beneficial effects of the seasonal winds known as “meltemia” (or "Etesians").

Useful information

Foreign currencies can be exchanged at the banks or bank correspondents offices on the following islands: Kea (correspondent), Sikinos, Milos, Andros, Tinos, Mykonos, Siros, Paros, Naxos, Amorgos and Santorini. For the rest of the islands foreign currency can be exchanged at the local Post Offices (ELTA).

Facilities for Yachts

a) Ports of entry and exit Mykonos, Santorini and Siros are equipped with customs offices, passport control offices and public health services.

b) Yacht supply stations Kea, Kithnos, Serifos, Sifnos, Milos, Andros, Tinos, Mykonos, Siros, Paros, Naxos, Ios and Santorini have yacht supply stations where water and fuel can be obtained.

Religious Feasts

The Cycladic islands have a wealth of churches and monasteries and also take their traditional customs very seriously. As a result, local cultural events and religious feasts are attended and celebrated with enthusiasm. The Feast of Our Lady, on the 15th of August, is marked with special ceremony on Tinos, but celebrated on all the islands since each has its own church to Our Lady.

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Sifnos Island, Greece

Sifnos Island, Greece

A monotonous gray rocky landscape, broken up here and there by a gleaming white chapel, is the first impression visitors get as the ferry draws into the harbour.

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Serifos Island, Greece

Serifos Island, Greece

Bare, undulating hills interspersed with small, fertile valleys cover this picturesque island. The rocky coastline is deeply indented with a succession of coves and bays.

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Milos Island, Greece

Milos Island, Greece

Milos is the most southerly island in the western Cyclades. It is notable for its volcanic soil and for the rich deposits of minerals that lie beneath.

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Santorini (Thira) Island, Greece

Santorini (Thira) Island, Greece

Santorini, one of the most famous islands of the Aegean, differs from the other islands of the Cyclades thanks to its geographical morphology, the result of the activity of a now dormant volcano.

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Folegandros Island, Greece

Folegandros Island, Greece

Folegandros is a small and rocky island between Sikinos and Milos. Visitors will be struck by the wild beauty of the barren landscape, where huge rocks alternate with sandy beaches.

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Amorgos Island, Greece

Amorgos Island, Greece

The oblong shape of the mountainous and barren island of Amorgos lies on the eastern edge of the Cyclades, almost in the Dodecanese. In some places, the coastline is steep and rocky,

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Eastern Cyclades Islands, Greece

Eastern Cyclades Islands, Greece

Small Islands in The Eastern Cyclades Iraklia, Shinoussa, Koufonissia, Keros, Antikeros, Daskalio and Donoussa. These small and beautiful islands, few of which have any special amenities,

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Paros Island - Yachts Base

Paros Island - Yachts Base

Paros, the third-largest of the Cyclades after Naxos and Andros, has developed into one of the most popular tourist destinations of the Cyclades during the past three decades.

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Delos (Dilos) Island

Delos (Dilos) Island

The sacred island of Delos was, in the myths, the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. Today the island is uninhabited: it is a vast archaeological site whose superb monuments

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Mykonos (Mikonos) Island

Mykonos (Mikonos) Island

Mykonos is world-famous. It is no coincidence that this, the most cosmopolitan of all Greek islands, attracts so many visitors from all over the globe, including large numbers of artists and intellectuals.

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Naxos Island, Greece

Naxos Island, Greece

Naxos, the largest and most fertile of the Cycladic islands, lies almost at the centre of the Aegean. Meadows running down to vast beaches, cliffs sinking suddenly into the sea,

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Tinos Island, Greece

Tinos Island, Greece

Tinos lies very close to the southern tip of Andros. This is the holy island of Our Lady, which in August is swamped by pilgrims, who go there to pray in Her church or in fulfilment of a vow.

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Andros Island, Greece

Andros Island, Greece

It is the most northerly island in the Cyclades, the second-largest in the group and also among the most beautiful. Successive mountains ranges with steep slopes, separated by gorges,

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