Otherwise known as 'The Pearls of Greece', the Cyclades Islands are located in the heart of the South Aegean that flows around its former centre, the holy island of Delos. Of more than 220 islands, only 25 are populated.
Situated in the centre of the Cyclades group of islands, Mykonos is a former pirate village and for some years has been a meeting place for artists, V.I.P.ís and the international glitterati.
Five old windmills dominate the picturesque bay of Mykonos. In earlier times, the townís millers supplied flour to soldiers, merchants and even pirates. A special attraction is the district of Little Venice, the style of its buildings serving as a reminder of when the Venetians took possession of the island.
Delos is known as the 'Pompeii of the Aegean' and its deserted temples, public buildings, houses and streets still conjure up the atmosphere of this once-flourishing cultural and trading town.
On Naxos, the largest of the Greek islands, the Greek gods have created a masterpiece of nature with bubbling springs and gently-flowing streams, colorful fields and fertile valleys and an abundance of water, fruit and vegetables.
Santorini is the most southerly of the Cyclades islands and the location of the mythical lost island of Atlantis. Itís also a breathtaking island paradise of rock, lava, sea and light. The unique proportions of Santorini are due to a natural disaster that had a devastating effect when over 3,500 years ago a volcanic eruption sank most of the island beneath the sea.
Was it not the Greek god, Poseidon, who threw a handful of rocks onto the seabed that took root and created the Cyclades? It is no wonder that these dreamy islands are a place of myth and legend!