Although Syros belongs to the Cyclades islands, its architecture is more Medieval than Cycladic. The capital of Syros island, Ermoupolis, distinguishes for the elegant Venetian mansions, the picturesque quarter of Vaporia, the large churches and the impressive Neoclassical buildings, such as the Town Hall and Apollo Theatre in the central square. The beaches of Syros Greece are nice and relaxing, with many tourist facilities and accommodation surrounding them. The island is ideal for families and couples looking for romantic holidays. Syros holidays can be combined with many other Greek islands, because it serves as a ferry transportation hub in the Aegean.
Amorgos is one of the most beautiful Greek islands in the Aegean Sea. Located near Naxos and Ios, on the southern side of the Cyclades, this island amazes visitors with the natural beauty, the traditional architecture and the fabulous beaches. Its virgin beauty inspired the filmmaker Luc Besson to shoot scenes of the movie The Big Blue in the beach of Agia Anna. The most famous sight of Amorgos island is the impressive Monastery of Hozoviotissa, constructed on the slopes of a rock with breathtaking view to the sea. A walk in Chora and the other villages of Amorgos Greece will be unforgettable, while hikers will also have the possibility to hike many interesting paths.
Although Kea belongs to the Cyclades complex, its architecture and landscape has little similarities to the other islands of the complex. Also known as Tzia, Kea island is located south of Attica and right opposite the town of Lavrion. An island with rich history and relaxing beaches, Kea Greece receives mostly Athenian weekend vacationers. It is not much open to foreign tourists, but still it has nice seaside villages, a picturesque capital and crystal beach waters. The architecture has more earthy colours that match the wild, mountainous landscape. The island can be reached only by ferry from the port of Lavrion, on the southernmost spot of Attica.
Antiparos is a small island of Cyclades, located just next to Paros island. This is a nice destination for a day excursion from Paros or even many days of relaxing beach holiday. The most popular activity in Antiparos island is swimming: many sandy beaches with crystal water are found in close distance to Chora, even in a walking distance. Nudism and camping are particularly popular on these beaches. Chora, the capital and only village of Antiparos Greece, has traditional Cycladic architecture with narrow paved streets, whitewashed houses and lovely blue-domed churches. On the southern side, there is an impressive cave with stalactites and stalagmites.
Cyclades Islands are an archipelago of islands in the Aegean Sea belonging to Greece, comprising 211 islands, of which 24 are inhabited. It has an area of 2572 km2 and a population of 119,549 inhabitants. These islands sunburned and worn by the waves are haunted by terrible storms, due to winds from the south.
Koufonisia is actually a complex of two islands: Pano Koufonissi which is inhabited and has tourist facilities, and Kato Koufonissi which is totally uninhabited and visited only for a beach trip from Pano Koufonissi. Located between Naxos and Amorgos, Koufonisia island is an ideal place to relax. Perfect for walking and cycling, there are many fantastic beaches to visit and many of them are actually nudist places. Most activities in Koufonisia Greece are concentrated in Chora, where most tourist accommodation, taverns and shops are found. The islands can be visited for holidays or for a day trip from Naxos and Amorgos. The island belongs to the complex of Small Cyclades, along with Donoussa, Schinoussa and Iraklia.
The town extends around the large, natural harbour and it is distinguished for its imposing beauty of neoclassical marble building, of which still, today constitute the architectural decoration and create an admiration for the visitor. On the hill, above the town is situated the picturesque settlement of Ano Syros, of which until today, the cycladic medieval architecture has remained untouched over the years.
The village of Azolimnos lies 4 km to the south of Ermoupolis. A beautiful small beach by the village has been attracting lots of local and foreign tourists who come for a swim and a sunbath. Several diving centers offer underwater trips in the calm crystal clear waters while the beach is covered with numerous tourist facilities. The taverns and restaurants by the beach are popular for the fresh seafood served with spaghetti and wine. You can relish the delicious cocktail shrimps and stuffed cuttle fish in traditional Greek style, while enjoying the view of the blue sea and the nearby citadels. You can also stroll around the small yet attractive church of Analipsi (Resurrenction). The nearby village of Mana with its beautiful farms and green houses is perfect for relaxing. There are hotels and studios near the beach which offer a luxurious stay at an affordable budget, but the numbers are limited and the rooms need to be booked earlier during the season. The village is connected by bus with Ermoupolis.
A tiny island of Small Cyclades, Iraklia is geographically located between Naxos and Ios. Although it is found between two popular Greek islands, due to its small size, Iraklia island has managed to keep its calm vibe away from mass tourism. This is a perfect destination to enjoy some private and peaceful moments. The beaches are not organized in Iraklia Greece and they can be reached mostly on foot, which makes it a great place for trekking and free camping. Tourist facilities are few on the island, but there are enough to cater for the limited number of visitors. The island can be visited for holidays or as a day trip from Naxos. There is local ferry connection from Naxos and the other islands of Small Cyclades.
Considered being the most beautiful beach of the island's south-west coast, Agios Ioannis has soft sand and crystalline blue waters. From there, one can enjoy an amazing view over the island of Delos. A good place to get away from it all. Not too close to the town to be packed so a good place to enjoy a smallish beach.
A tiny island of Small Cyclades, Donoussa is located between Naxos and Amorgos. This is among the smallest islands of the complex and has not developed in tourism. Due to its small size, it has remained a virgin place for summer holidays, with few tourist facilities and much privacy. The main thing to do in Donoussa island is swimming: the beaches of Donoussa Greece are not organized and all have crystal water. They are mostly accessible on foot and offer all the calmness you need in holidays. As there are few means of transport on the island, it is also ideal for trekking. Donoussa island can be reached by ferry from Piraeus or with local boat from Naxos and Amorgos.
Schinoussa is a tiny and remote island in the centre of the Aegean Sea. Located south of Naxos, Schinoussa island belongs to the complex of Small Cyclades, along with Koufonissia, Donoussa and Iraklia. This island is perfect for calm, alternative vacations. The wild landscape, the isolate beaches and the relaxing atmosphere captivate visitors and creates a perfect place for total privacy. Tourist facilities are few in Schinoussa but enough to cater for the limited number of visitors. The beaches are crystal and are mostly accessible on foot. Visitors can go for short holidays in Schinoussa or as a day trip from Naxos and Amorgos with local ferry.