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Cyclades islands Greece

The Cyclades islands are one of the most popular holiday destinations in Greece. The trademark is the bare rocks and the contrast of the white of the houses and the endless blue of the Aegean. But apart from the picturesque white towns, villages and the beautiful beaches, each island of the Cyclades offers its own package of experiences, from the cosmopolitan life of Mykonos to the relaxed, sophisticated rhythms of the inland of Tinos and from the gastronomic pleasures of Sifnos to the romantic dream for two of Santorini. In general, the Cyclades are identified with secular vacations, romantic getaways for two,or with family, casual outings and trips on the barren line.

However, most Cycladic islands, especially the larger ones, are not limited to a single holiday profile and offer different proposals depending on your style and budget. Some of the larger islands, such as Syros, are alive all year round and are an ideal destination for weekends, while the smaller and more remote ones, such as IrakliaAmorgos , Folegandros or Anafi, are aimed mainly at lovers of the alternative tourism and have a short season, which limited mainly to the summer months. If you are looking for a quiet and relaxing holiday enjoying the magic of the natural landscape, or if you prefer spree and adventure, in the Cyclades you can have the choice you want.
Donoussa, SikinosAntiparos and Kimolos are perhaps the least known islands of the Cyclades, but an ideal destination for those seeking peace and tranquility. On the contrary, islands such as Santorini, Mykonos, Paros and Ios offer intense holidays and spree until morning.

Apart from their natural beauties, the Cyclades have great historical wealth. This is evident from the wide variety of museums, galleries and archeological sites that you will find scattered on many islands.
Another feature of the Cyclades is the hundreds of whitewashed churches, some of which are majestic churches and monasteries worth visiting, such as the famous church of Megalohari located on the island of Tinos.
In the Cyclades the visitor has the opportunity to experience the beauty, the history, the adventure, the spree but also the peace. Difficult choice, but if you search among the many islands, you will definitely find what you are looking for.

GEOGRAPHY

Soil:

The soil of the Cyclades is mountainous, as it consists of mountain tops of a land that sank. The height of the mountains is small.

Mountains:

In Naxos extends the Zia mountain range (1,004 m.), In Andros the mountains Agioi Saranda (714 m.), Petalo (1,003 m.) And Kouvaras (975 m.), In Tinos the Tsiknias (713 m.), In Paros the Prophet Elias (750 m.), In Kea the Prophet Elias (568 m.), In Milos the mountains Profitis Elias (751 m.) And Chondrovouno (620 m.), In Amorgos Krikellos (826 m.) in Ios the Tower (737 m.), in Syros the Tower (442 m.), in Kythnos Petra (333 m.), in Mykonos the Anomeritis (364 m.), in Sifnos the Agios Ilias (695 m.), In Thira the Prophet Elias (565 m.), In Sikinos the Troullos (600 m.) And in Anafi the Vigla (484 m.)

Plains

The territory of the Cyclades is mountainous. Thus there are no plains, but only small valleys and plains.

Thermal Springs

In the Cyclades there are many thermal springs. The most important are Sariza of Andros, whose waters are bottled and Thermia of Kythnos which are two springs known since antiquity.

Mineral Wealth

The Cyclades islands are rich in mineral wealth. The most famous are the marbles of Naxos, Paros and Tinos and the emery of Naxos.

Climate

The climate in the Cyclades is the characteristic climate of the Aegean, with mild winters and cool summers.

ECONOMY

The Cyclades are barren islands and so arable land is limited. The soil and climate of the prefecture are suitable for arboriculture, mainly olive cultivation. Livestock breeding of small animals (sheep and goats) is also developed in the prefecture, because there are no pastures for large animals. There are several mines in the Cyclades, as almost all the islands are rich in ores and minerals. Fishing is another serious economic factor for the islands, whose sea is home to fine fish. Finally, tourism plays a serious role in the economy of the prefecture, both because the islands are beautiful and for the antiquities they have.

HISTORY

According to archeological findings, the Cyclades were first inhabited in prehistoric times. Its greatest economic and cultural development is presented in the Ancient Times, during which they developed the famous Cycladic Culture. In Historical and Classical Times they were allies of the Athenians. In the middle of the 2nd century BC. came under Roman rule and fell into decline. In Byzantine times they belonged to the Aegean Theme and were tested by many pirate raids. In the 12th c. were conquered by the Venetians and experienced particular prosperity. In the 16th c. fell into the hands of the Turks, from whom they were liberated and united with the Greek state in 1830.