Vacation and accommodation in Greece
is a complete Travel Guide
for Greece. In Vacation-Greece you will find information on Greek islands
and a list of hotels and villas in Cyclades, studios and apartments for all budgets
. Find hotel offers in Cyclades, see maps and photos of Cyclades, book flights, ferry tickets, discover Cyclades
, book guided tours
and make hotel reservations.
The Cyclades islands
are a group of islands of varying sizes scattered over the deep blue waters of the Aegean Sea
While some of them are known to attract a great variety of travellers, from backpackers to people of the international "jet-set", some others remain less known to the majority of tourists and have, therefore, retained their Cycladic character
quite intact through time and have become the ideal holiday destinatio
n for visitors who wish to unwind and experience a holiday "off the beaten track".
A fusion of stone, sunlight and sparkling sea, the Cyclades lie to the east of the Peloponnese and south-east of the coast of Attica; they stretch as far as Samos and Ikaria to the east and are bounded in the south by the Cretan Sea.
According to the most likely tradition, they owe their name to the notional circle
which they appear to form around the sacred isle of Delos. The Cyclades have exercised a powerful charm since ancient times, even though access to them was not particularly easy. This was the birthplace of one of the Mediterranean's most important civilizations, one which took its name from the islands: the Cycladic civilisation (3000-1000 BC).
Geologists attribute the peculiar form which the Cyclades take today to a succession of geological upheavals-earthquakes, volcanic eruptions
, movements of the earth's crust - which resulted in the submergence of large chunks of land. Many believe that one such stretch of island was the lost continent of Atlantis. The diverse outlines of the islands as they protrude from the blue waters of the Aegean, bathed in the dazzling sunlight and embellished with little white houses
, resemble, in the words of the Nobel Prize-winning poet Odysseas Elytis, "stone horse with rampant names".
Above all, the people who live here, with their own individual approach to the world, bring to life the narrow alleyways of the villages and the pathways of the countryside, the countless small chapels
, the windmills
, the dovecotes or the wind-beaten hillsides and are themselves a basic feature of the charm which these possess. Yet, in spite of the characteristics which the islands have in common-sparkling sea, sun, the landscape and the austere line of the architecture - each retains its own individual features, which visitors can discover as they explore them one by one.
The Cycladic islands enjoy a Mediterranean climate, with an average temperature for the year of 18 - 19 degrees Celcius. The winters are mild and the summers - by Greek standards - cool, thanks to the beneficial effects of the seasonal winds known as the "meltemia
". The Cyclades gather approximately the 60% of the tourists coming to Greece each year. Take a look at the islands and you will find out why.