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The Kyklades area guide

Sights and attractions

Greek island life in the Kyklades is often characterized by whitewashed cubic houses built into rocky cliffs, along with golden sandy beaches and turquoise blue water. This idyllic landscape can be found on many of the Kyklades or Cyclades as they are usually known in English.

From the bohemian terraced nightclubs of Mykonos to the artisan shops and volcanic terrain of Santorini, the Cyclades is comprised of over 200 islands jutting out of the Aegean Sea in a circular pattern. Easily accessible from mainland Greece via plane or ferry, the Cyclades islands offer a wide range of atmospheres aside from the stunning landscapes that they have in common.

This includes the party scenes and high fashion boutiques of Folegandros, as well as the tranquil, remote lifestyle found on the smaller islands like Sikinos, which is home to just 300 residents. Trendy cafes, volcanic hot springs and water sports are just a few ways to spend your time here, not to mention the thousands of years of history found in local ruins.

One of the top ways to make the most of the idyllic lifestyle found in the Cyclades is to explore them by boat. Island hopping allows you to see how they vary while admiring the landscape visible from the open water. Hop on and off a local ferry or catamaran to see what each island has in store. Highlights include Mykonos, which has been popular with the bohemian fashion crowd since the 1960s, and is well known for its party-until-dawn lifestyle. Yet it also offers natural wonders such as Paradise Cove, as well as the artefacts of the Archaeological Museum.

On volcanic Santorini, admire the dark sandy beaches as they give way to the whitewashed architecture capped in blue that works its way up the cliffs. Walking trails stretch from village to village, with hot springs peppering the landscape. Don’t miss a visit to the Museum of Prehistoric Thera, which features ancient Minoan murals and panoramic views. Paros is another hot destination in the Cyclades, with its mountain monasteries and sheltered caves.

Restaurants and cafes

Cuisine in the Cyclades makes ample use of fresh, local produce and seafood, and dining out is often a lengthy, social affair. You may recognize some of the restaurant names in trendy Mykonos thanks to their being headed by celebrity chefs, including fashionable favourites like Nobu.

The island also offers delicious Greek cuisine in restaurants like Eva’s Garden, which features a leafy courtyard and freshly prepared Spanakopita. Venture over to Santorini to dine next to the caldera on sun-drenched terraces. One local favourite here is family-run Aktaion, where you’ll receive a warm welcome from the owner as you sample salads and moussaka based on recipes passed down for generations.

Shops

Whether you’re shopping for books, clothing or locally produced wine, you’ll find a treasure trove of independent shops to explore on the islands of the Cyclades. On Santorini, visit Atlantis Bookstore for a carefully curated collection of slim volumes, art books and elegant paper products. Santorini is also home to Art Space, which offers fine wine in a sophisticated setting, as well as Aquamarine Jewellery and a host of souvenir shops.

Mykonos is a must-visit destination for fashionistas. You’ll find international brands like Diesel clustered along Matoyianni Street, the main shopping district in town. Don’t miss Skunkworks for underground fashion or The Curiosity Shop for designer handbags and accessories.

Travel

Daily flights from Athens transport visitors to and from the more prominent islands in the Cyclades, including Naxos, Paros, Santorini, and Mykonos. These are operated by Olympic Air. Ferry ports on the mainland include Piraeus, Rafina and Lavrio. A regular ferry service can last anywhere between 4-8 hours depending on the destination, but there are also high-speed catamarans which cut down the journey time. Within the Cyclades themselves, the ferry is the most popular mode of transportation, with the main hub being Paros.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@primelocation.com

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.



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