Holiday options when visiting the Cyclades Islands in Greece

With so much to see and do in the Cyclades, it can be difficult to know where to start. Before you book your trip, visit a travel intermediary such as HolidayHypermarket, where you will find all the information and advice you need to plan your holiday.

The Greek islands collectively known as the Cyclades are a group of around 2,200 islands and rocks in the Aegean Sea, to the south of Athens. A mere 33 of the islands are inhabited - the most famous of these are Mykonos and Santorini.

The Cyclades are the Greek islands of holiday fantasy, with shimmering beaches, pure, clear blue waters, stunning sunsets and picturesque, white washed mountain villages that drop dramatically towards the sea.

When visiting the Cyclades for the first time, most travellers head for Mykonos, Santorini and Paros. Mykonos is arguably the most popular island among tourists, with a plethora of great beaches and a vibrant, colourful nightlife. During the day, families and other tourists head for the south side's sheltered beaches.

Santorini is a volcanic island famous for the stunning cliff-side town of Fira. The island is popular with honeymooners and holiday couples, who come in search of romantic sunsets and beautiful backdrops. There is a great variety of things to see and do in Santorini: a unique mix of sandy and rocky beaches, ancient ruins and world famous gastronomy, is what makes Santorini so special.

Paros, the second largest of the Cyclades, is famous for its stunning beaches. A popular choice for families with small children, Paros has a water park and is also a great destination for water sports such as wind and kite surfing. The town of Parika is a busy but laid-back hub of pubs, restaurants and jazz bars.

Smaller islands such as Tinos, Sifnos and Serifos offer a quieter, more traditional view of these stunning islands.

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