The Cyclades Greece features beautiful sandy beaches, great archaeological sites, beautiful sunsets, dramatic scenery, and warm and friendly warm, Greek hospitality. The name Cyclades is known to have come from the Greek word "kyklono" which means to circle. This is because the islands circle the sacred islands of Apollo and Dilos. The archipelago is based on a submarine plateau which extends in an arch from the most easterly points of Attica and Evia towards the coast of Asia Minor. All of the islands are hills. The northern hills consistently and predominantly of Cretaceous limestone, micaceous schists, gneisses, and many types of marble. The hills to the south consist of some volcanic materials.
With the exception of the Naxos River you will not find any perennial rivers in Cyclades and as a result of the sharp sea winds, the islands are lacking in trees. Some characteristic features of the landscape are the cubed whitewashed houses and thatched windmills which are very romantic and ideal for a sailing holiday.
The islands are rich in history and you will discover remnants of Minoan, Phoenician, Turkish, Venetian, and Roman influence, the evidence of a settlement dates back to Mycenaean times and has been found in Cyclades, but their first emergence into the light of history in 743 BC. In the fifth century BC the islands came under Athenian influence and in the second century BC the Romans took over. Later, the Cyclades came under Byzantine rule and in 1085 they were conquered by the Normans.
In 1203 and 1204, the Cyclades fell into the hands of Italian rulers and came under Venetian control. Venetian rule lasted until 1797. And, during this period, the islands provided a refuge for Greeks fleeing from the Turks including artists from Crete who founded a school of their own here. And, throughout these centuries, the Cyclades enjoyed a cultural life that was richer than the rest of Greece. In 1815, the young republic of the seven islands became a British protectorate and in 1864 Britain returned the islands to Greece.
Mountainous islands that have very little cultivated land today have little to worry about because the Cyclades invite thousands of people every year to enjoy the distinct colors, single Aegean architecture, the castles, and the bright Greek sun of the islands. In Cyclades, the blue of the sky fades into the blue sea offering the visitor the chance to enjoy some unforgettable holidays. Those people who desire something more bubbly in their holidays can find many cosmopolitan islands. In Cyclades, the islands are where the jet set society of today likes to spend their holidays at. Besides their popularity and their close proximity to each other, the Cyclades Islands are regularly serviced by ferries and hydrofoils. Some of the larger areas have an airport. The Cyclades Islands have many visitors; therefore, if you plan to visit in Cyclades for July or August then, you will have to make a reservation.
Being close to Athens and being easily accessible by ferry from both Piraeus and Rafina, the Cyclades are the perfect place to spend the holidays and the weekends. So, please visit in Cyclades.