The Cyclades Islands in Greece is composed of 39 islands and 24 of them are inhabited. The Cyclades are the most popular of the Greek Islands and they attract thousands of visitors every year. The Cyclades Islands are famous for their extraordinary weather, the beauty of the beaches, the charm of the architecture as well as the history, churches, architecture, beaches, pictures, and much more. Here you will also find vivid cosmopolitan nightlife and at the same time you will find peace and harmony. The main Cyclades Islands are Amorgos, Anaafi, Andros, Antiparos, Delos, Foleegandros, Ios, Kea, Kythnos, Milos, Mykanos, Naxos, Paros, Santorini, Serifos, Sikinos, Sifnos, Small Eastern Cyclades Islands, Suros, and Tinos.
All Cyclades Islands share the same characteristics such as the well known Cycladic architecture, narrow cobble stone alleyways, fascinating archaeological, historical, religious, and natural sights as well as quaint sea side and mountain villages and endless beaches. Each island has certain specific characteristics that make it stand out from the rest and making the islands absolutely unique.
One of the most beautiful islands in the chain of Greek Islands is Naxos. Its rugged mountains and lush green valley are covered with olives, grapes, figs, and citrus trees. Naxos was an important Byzantine center and the island is dotted with more than 500 churches and monasteries with many having notable frescos. Naxos is the biggest island is the Cyclades as well as the most fertile island. It is a great island to explore on foot to see an ancient network of pathways that link the villages and churches. Hora with its Venetian Kastro of winding alleyways and manicured gardens is a main town.
The World Heritage listed Delos as one of the most important archeological sites in Greece and is certainly is the most important of the Cyclades Islands. One of the many highlights is the Sanctuary of Apollo that has temples that are dedicated to him and Terrace of the Lions. The lions were carved from marble and were presented to Delos in the seventh century BC to guard the sacred area. To the northwest is the dry Sacred Lake where according to the legend, Leto gave birth to Apollo and Artemis. Near the hill side villages of Melanes and Mili there is an impressive six meter high sixth century BC unfinished korus, which is a male statue that was left in a quarry that is now surrounded with orchids. Next to the site is a little café where a little old lady serves Greek coffee, wine, omelets, and salads. Another less famous kouros was found near by a few years later; please ask at the café for directions. The island's largest male statue is located in an ancient quarry near the village of Apollonas.
With many islands the Cyclades will satisfy all types of visitors by offering both stimulating and energetic holidays with quiet and relaxed vacations. Whether you are vacationing in Greece as a family, a group of friends, a couple or alone; whether you are interested in archeology, architecture, or nature you will certainly fine your ideal vacation destinations among the Cyclades Islands.