Mykonos, Santorini and Ios form the touristic heart of the islands, each fulfilling the Greek island dream while being beautiful and vibrant in their own way. Naxos, Paros and Milos offer all that you might expect from the group, but are much-visited.
The northern Cyclades are within easy reach of Athens. Kea, with its oak forest, and Kythnos , with its hot springs, are both quieter than many of the other islands. Andros is one of the largest Cyclades, with a varied and rugged landscape.
Meanwhile quiet Serifos, Tinos with its pilgrimage site, remote Anafi, and Amorgos with its waters made famous by the film The Big Blue, all have something special to offer.
The churches are beautiful and are graced with fine woodcarvings and with icons painted by the Cycladian painter (1700) Skordilis. The port of the island, Merihas, is on the western side of the island. Hora or Messaria, the island's capital is 8 km from Merihas and stands on a hillside plateau. A little way to the south is the island's former capital, which retains its ancient name of Driopida ‐ a picturesque village, very typical of the islands. Some of the good beaches of the island for swimming can be found at Merihas, Episcope, Flambouria and Agios Stefanos.