The Cyclades is a collection of islands occupying the central part of the Agean Sea. Some of these islands are the most popular and ferry connections are frequent between Athens and the islands.
Ios is a romantic and alluring island within the Cyclades. This island has 75kms of white sandy beaches which are often voted some of the best in Europe. Ios boasts magnificent architecture which is even more spectacular with the glorious sunsets. Ios offers quite a vibrant nightlife, if you choose to venture out.
Paros is considered to be one of the most beautiful Greek islands with exquisite beaches. It is a typical Cycladic island with traditional little villages and hilly countryside offering expansive vineyards. Many of the beaches offer water sports if you are feeling energetic.
Santorini is perhaps the most breathtaking of all the Greek islands. This volcanic island has sparkling white houses that cling to the cliffside and pebble beaches with aquamarine sea. The town has narrow streets with open-air cafes and is connected to the port by means of a cable-way or donkey ride up the steep cliff.
The Dodecanese is a collection of islands situated in the south, between Crete and Turkey. From these islands you can visit Rhodes by ferry from Athens and there are connections between Rhodes and Kos.
Rhodes is one of the more popular of the Greek islands. There is the harbor and old town to explore, you can head south to Lindos with its mini Acropolis, shopping galore or simply bask in the sun on one of the many glorious beaches.
Kos is situated more in the East, hugging the coast of Turkey. This island has more of a gentle gradient and cycling is a popular form of transport for tourists and locals. There are a number of bike rental shops on the island. This island is ideal for a beach holiday as it boasts a long sandy coastline. There are also interesting archeological sites on this island.
Crete is the land of olives and wine. There are majestic mountains and endless beaches, offering lazy days and festive nights, if you wish. The coastline spans over 1000kms and is dotted with numerous coves, bays and peninsulas. This island is steeped in history and offers the amazing archaeological site of Knossos.
SKIATHOS and SKOPELOS are not accessible by ferry from Athens and would require another flight.