worth seeing

Producers

Winery Boutari
Winery Gavalas
Union Santo Wines
Aegean Essence
Cyclades Microbrewery Nissos
Domaine Sigalas
EAS Naxos
Tyrokomia Naxos
Gaia Wines
Volkan Beer
description

A group of 56 islands, with the most important being Amorgos, Anafi, Andros, Antiparos, Delos, Ios, Kea, Kimolos, Kythnos, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Santorini, Serifos, Sikinos, Sifnos, Syros, Tinos, Folegandros, as well as the "Minor Cyclades" comprising Donousa, Irakleia, Koufonisia and Schinousa. 

More than 470 spectacular beaches, rich wildlife with more than 1600 kinds of plants and more than 200 indigenous, rare or endangered species, unique architecture and 250 tourist attractions make the Cyclades a very special place.

Each island has its own unique architectural identity: cave dwellings, tower houses, villages with tiled roofs, castle settlements, neoclassical farmhouses and traditional Cyclades houses, as well as remarkable monuments and buildings of cultural interest such as windmills, watermills, bridges, monasteries, traditional areas for keeping boats, dovecotes.

 

what to buy
  • Cheese: Naxos graviera, Folegandros souroto, armexia, hloro, manousos, Andros volaki, Donousa axialomizithra, Tzia & Mykonos kopanisti, Kimolos manouri, ksinomizithra, touloumisio, ladotiri, Paros anthotiro, Sikinos cheese, Syros San Michael, graviera, petroma, Tinos malathouni
  • Wine
  • Honey
  • Spoon sweets (especially Andros lemon flower)
  • Sifnos pastel, Paros zaharobaklavas, Syros loukoumia, Schinoussa kserotigana, halvadopites
  • Cured meats: kavourmas, Anafi sausage, Tinos pork loin, Syros garlic sausages, Serifos lountza
  • Rakomelo, Andros soumada, Antiparos tsikoudia, Naxos citrus liqueur, Sifnos fruit liqueur
  • Capers
  • Amorgos rusks
  • Santorini cherry tomatoes
  • Dried figs
what to see
  • Archaeological museum of Syros
  • Archaeological museum of Paros
  • Prehistoric Thira museum in  Santorini
  • Archaeological site in Delos
  • Cyclades historical records in Syros
  • Industrial museum in Syros
  • Mineral museum in Milos
  • Contemporary art museum in Andros
  • Wine museum in Santorini
  • Marble museum in Tinos
  • Catacombs in Milos
  • Kouros in Naxos
  • Temple of Dimitra in Naxos
  • Panagia Evaggelistria church in Tinos
  • Monastery of Chozoviotissa in Amorgos
  • Panagia Chrysopigi in Sifnos
  • The first school of contemporary Greece in Syros
  • Ano Syra
  • The beautiful sunset in Fira and the cave dwellings in Santorini
  • Paroikia in Paros
  • The windmills in Mykonos
  • The castle in Naxos
  • Beaches: Maganari and Milopotas in Ios, Kleftiko and Sarakiniko in Mylos, Super Paradise in Mykonos, Kolimbithres in Paros, Pori in Ano Koufonisi, Gialiskari in Tzia, Kolona in Kythnos, Ganema in Serifos, Pachia Ammos in Tinos, Roukounas in Anafi, Agia Anna in Amorgos
  • Scuba diving in Naxos and Mykonos
  • Thermal springs in Kythnos
what to taste

Don't miss the opportunity to treat yourself to some local Aegean specialties!  The Cyclades are known for their cheeses: Naxos graviera, Folegandros souroto, Andros armeksia, hloro, manousos and volaki, Donousa aksialomizithra (mizithra with yoghurt), Tzia ksino, hloro and kopanisti, Kimolos manouri, Mykonos kopanisti, Paros ksinomizithra, touloumisio, ladotiri and anthoriro, Sikinos cheese, Syros San Mihalis, Syros kopanisti, Tinos graviera, petroma (unsalted), anthotiro and malathouni.

Sundried capers, cherry tomatoes and green string beans and thyme honey are part of the Cyclades diet.  Try the pasteli on all the islands, Santorini and Folegandros watermelon pie, Anafi meliteria, Donousa pasteli, kserotigana and sisamomelo, Milos koufeto (sweet made from pumpkin, honey and almonds), Andros pastelaria (made from dried figs and cinnamon) pastitsakia and spoon sweets, Paros zaharobaklavas, Siros melopita (honey pie), Sifnos pasteli, Siros halvadopites and loukoumia, Schinoussa meletinia and kserotigana.

Local dishes include: Folegandros kalasouna and matasata, Amorgos patatato and kalogiro (meat with aubergines and cheese), Anafi emathies, kavourmas, koulouridia and sausages, Antiparos patido rooster and goat in tomato sauce, Andros hiromourida, sisira, lardi, tsigarida, sisiropita, ziladia, Donousa giaprakia, souvli, spinach pie, aranista and klosta (type of pasta), Kimolos kolokithenia and ladenia, Keros wild goat, Kythnos sfouggato and kolopi, Sanotrini melitinia and tomato balls, Serifos chick peas in the oven, fennel pancakes and lountza (cured pork), Sifnos chickpea balls, caper salad, Siros garlic sausages, Tinos skordato and hiromeri.

The Cyclades are also known for their winemaking and Santorini especially has a tradition of 3500 years.  Try the Santorini varieties (nihteri, asirtiko and the famous visanto which is used by the Catholic church for holy communion), white and red in Paros, thermiotiko in Kythnos, roditis in Kimolos, and great wines in Tinos.  Most islands also have rakomelo (drink made from tsipouro and honey).  Try psimeni drink in Amorgos, soumada and potzi in Andros, tsikoudia in Antiparos, fruit liqueurs in Sifnos and the unique citurs fruit liqueur in Naxos. 

Buy capers, figs pastota (dried with sesame seeds), rusks, Naxos prickly pears, Tinos mousalevria (grape must) and fresh fish and seafood wherever you are.


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