The Cycladic islands take their name from the fact that they surround the island of Delos in a circle. Delos had a special status, because it was the birthplace of the famous god Apollo according to Greek mythology. The most famous of the six Greek archipelagos and the one found on all postcards, the Cyclades can be visited over and over again without ever overcoming them. But before leaving, you will have to choose: do you want to travel by plane, ferry or sailboat? Do we want to have fun and celebrate or discover the remains of European history? Is it a continental island or a volcanic island? Do we want golden sandy beaches or volcanic rocks? All options are possible, but it is impossible to visit everything at once. This Cyclades tourist guide will help you find the islands that best suit you, between Milos, Naxos and the Petites Cyclades de l'Est for the most beautiful beaches, Mykonos for nightlife and pelicans, Paros for its water sports, Délos "the museum island" which was inhabited a thousand years BC, Hydra the pedestrian or Sifnos and Tinos more natural. Despite the advance of tourism, Santorini remains the star of the Cyclades: from the ascent of the stairs on the back of a donkey on your arrival to the mills at the top of the cliffs, everything is magical on this white and blue island. All these islands have in common, for our greatest pleasure, an exceptional gastronomy. You will discover the true flavour of the dishes and mezzes you thought you knew: moussaka, souvlakis, gyros pitas, tzatziki, tarama or eggplant caviar, accompanied by a glass of ouzo or samos, the Greek wine. The meal is accompanied or ended by a frappé, watching the locals compete at the tavli, known in our country as backgammon. Practice now if you hope to win a game. Before experiencing life in the alleys of the small villages of Kostos or Syros, as mentioned above, you will have to choose, because the Cyclades islands are composed of about 250 islands, 24 of which are inhabited. Mythology enthusiasts will choose Délos for all the mysteries that surround this island. While travellers looking for more calm will go to isolate themselves in the small Cyclades. Those who are passionate about archaeological discoveries will be best served as the islands of Cyclades turn out to be open-air museums. There are traces of life on the archipelago that date back to the Bronze Age! No matter which island you choose, you will find beautiful whitewashed houses, charming little harbours overlooking the great blue of the Aegean Sea. The archipelago has so many islands that it will be easier to find places to relax and enjoy idleness. The island of Mykonos, on the other hand, will satisfy lovers of an ultra-festive atmosphere (remember to avoid the heart of the high season).

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When to go to Cyclades?

The tourist season lasts from the beginning of May when the weather starts to become mild, until mid-October - or even the end of October - when the rain starts to fall. July and August are considered, as elsewhere, as the high (or even very high, in August) season.

The off-season. The advantage of choosing the Cycladic islands is that you can avoid mass tourism. It should be noted that the climate of the islands allows you to discover them in much calmer and more serene periods, i.e. in May, June and September. Notice to amateurs.

It's a slow season. The islands are often empty in winter, which gives them a certain charm. However, most tourist establishments close their doors at that time.

How to go to Cyclades? Our advice & tips

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The Cyclades have always fascinated French holidaymakers. Thus, many tour operators offer one-week to one-month tours combining several islands by ferry, plane or sailboat. It takes at least 15 days to visit up to 4 islands. The destination can easily be combined with a visit to another archipelago or Athens. You should also know that many cruise ships pass through the islands in Greece.

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It is very easy to organize your own stay on the islands by booking accommodation and boats independently according to your wishes. It should be noted that it will be necessary to do this sufficiently in advance in high season to avoid unpleasant surprises. Finally, the Cyclades are a safe destination and its inhabitants are very welcoming.

By plane. Quite expensive, most of the trips are to and from Athens, but some airlines also offer inter-island flights.

By ferry. A few major ferry companies can be found all over the country. The schedules are more or less respected and, often, you can also board your car.

In the car. The car is one of the most efficient means of transport to discover the islands.

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When to travel?

The tourist season lasts from the beginning of May when the weather starts to become mild, until mid-October -...
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Weather forecast

More than 3,000 hours of sunshine are announced each year.... In concrete terms, the climate is very hot in July and...
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Budget

It should be borne in mind that the prices charged vary widely according to the season. Special mention to Mykonos an...
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Formalities

For European Union nationals, an identity card or passport is sufficient. For unaccompanied minors, an exit permit is...
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Health

Hygiene. The Greek islands do not present any major health risks. Be careful though: the water is not drinkabl...
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How to travel by yourself?

It is very easy to organize your own stay on the islands by booking accommodation and boats independently according t...
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How to get organized?

The Cyclades have always fascinated French holidaymakers. Thus, many tour operators offer one-week to one-month tours...
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Getting around

By plane. Quite expensive, most of the trips are to and from Athens, but some airlines also offer inter-island...
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