60 Second Geography-The Cycladic Islands
60 Second Geography – Cycladic Islands
The Cycladic Islands are the most well known of the Greek Islands and include Santorini and Mykonos which are the two most popular islands in Greece. Ferry trips are not short – 4 to 5 hours to the closest islands (Kythnos, Syros, Tinos, Mykonos, Sifnos) and from 8 to 10 hours to the furthest (Santorini) depending on the number of stops. There are high speed ferries, but with half the time, comes twice the cost. There are daily ferries from Pireaus to all these islands, with the exception of Kea which you get to from Lavrion and Andros which you get to from Rafina.
- Myconos is the most cosmopolitan of all the Greek Islands and attracts visitors from all over the world-particularly artists and intellectuals.
- One of the greatest treats on Mykonos is the architecture. Brilliant white houses with stepped walls and brightly colored balconies offer a great contrast to the surrounding area.
- The churches of Mykonos are also worth the visit. In particular, Our Lady Paraportiani is a wonderful arrangement of whitewashed masses created over the centuries and is now recognized as a national cultural monument.
- The history of Mykonos is somewhat of a mystery and without much documentation. It is believed it was ceded to the Ghisi family in 1207.
- In Myconos beach lovers will find outstanding golden beaches such as Agios Stefanos, Psarou, Kalafatis, Platis Gialos, Ornos, Elia and Panormos.
- Paros is the third largest island in the Cyclades with a very unusual topography. Because the mountains are concentrated in the center of the southeastern part of the island, there are several flat areas for agriculture and the beaches are an easy reach.
- There are two natural gulfs on Paros-Naoussa in the north and Parikia on the west side, perfect for protected swimming.
- Paros was one of the first inhabited islands in the chain and was considered the center of Cycladic civilization.
- Parikia, is a typical Cycladic town on Paros with paved streets, archways, dazzling white homes interspersed with churches and windmills.
- During the 6th and 5th century BC there was a school of sculpting on Paros and art and letters flourished.
- Paros is an ideal destination for those in search of cosmopolitan bustle and for those in search of solitude.
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