Exploring Greece’s Cyclades Islands

3 July 2013

 

Nestled in the Aegeansea with sun-kissed whitewashed houses and beautiful beaches, the Greek island archipelago of the Cyclades offers travellers the perfect place to explore and relax.  Steeped in rich ancient history and boasting vibrant modern nightlife, a holiday here is perfect for the cultural and partying traveller alike.

Take to the shores of the cosmopolitan island of Mykonos.  Located on Greece’s west coast, travellers can enjoy secluded beaches, stunning turquoise water as well as some of the country’s best dining and shopping.  Wander through a maze of labyrinthinealleys in Old Town and peruse the countless shops on Matogiannistreet.  Or, lay on the luxurious white sand of Paradise beach and listen to loud music of the vibrant beach bars.  For the adventurous, head to the historic island of Delos.  Famous as the birthplace of twin gods Artemis and Apollo, travellers here can visit an extensive array of beautiful ancient ruins.  From the stoic Terrace of the Lions to the stunning mosaics of the Temple of Isis, this island will leave you enchanted.

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Next, take to the picture perfect volcanic island of Santorini.  One of the most romantic islands, Santorini is the perfect place to explore the sights and tastes of Greece.  Dine on fresh seafood in the hillside village of Oia and watch the golden sun set over shimmering waters.   Or, take a tour of some of the islands vineyards and taste the traditional flavours created using the ancient winemaking tradition of Vinsanto.  Sun worshippers can experience beautiful volcanic black sand at Kamari Beach as well as watch colourful fish swim amongst crystal clear turquoise waters.

Said to be home of the legendary poet Homer, the island of Ios is one of Greece’s true hidden gems.  Explore narrow streets lined with blue and white buildings in the hilly village of Chora. Travellers can relax in lovely cafes, peruse local boutiques or enjoy sumptuous culinary creations in traditional tavernas.  Transforming as the sun sets into a wild party, ultra-trendy discos and bars come alive with music entertaining locals and travellers well into the night.   Get a taste of Greek history and explore the ancient town of Plakotos where Homer is said to be buried, visit one of the islands 365 beautiful blue domed churches or simply lie in the sun at the popular Milopotas Beach.  An ideal getaway for those looking to escape the bustle of Mykonos, Ios is as beautiful as it is cultural.

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