62. Cyclades

What are the Cyclades?

The Cyclades are a group of Greek islands in the Aegean Sea. They include Santorini and Mykonos, both very well known tourist destinations, as well as less famous islands of Naxos, Milos and Folegandros and around 200 other smaller islands.

What are the Cyclades like: 

The Cyclades are stunningly beautiful. Santorini and Mykonos are probably my favourite Greek islands - they're very different in personality but both are wonderful.

Where are the Cyclades? 


When did we go?

September 2008

How did we get there?

We went to Santorini, staying in Perissa for a week, having booked with a tour operator. We stopped using tour operators the year after and started booking our own flights and hotels.  

Worth noting: 

You can travel by ferry between the islands - it takes around 3 hours maximum to get from one to the other.

Where were the Cyclades in the 2015 Lonely Planet Ultimate Travelist? 

Santorini was on the list in its own right at number 18.

Do the Cyclades deserve their place in the 2020 Lonely Planet Top 500? 

Without a doubt, yes. The Greek islands have to be seen.

Santorini blue roof