The Cyclades translate as ‘a circle of islands’ and the Greek gods must have had a perfect view from up there on high to see this lovely layout of island idylls encircling their sacred island of Delos. This centrepiece is uninhabited except for keen archaeologists working on what is thought to be one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece.
Some people joke that the name Cyclades sounds like a disease. Well, I caught it in my 20's, and I have never got rid of it. There is no antidote. I am doomed to a life in heaven.
There are actually over 200 Cycladic Islands, the main ones being Naxos, Santorini, Paros and Mykonos. They are submerged mountainous terrain, although two of them, Milos and Santorini are volcanic and all are, of course, island hopping heaven. They can be hiked or cycled, kayaked or snorkelled. But no matter which one you go to, or which one you love most, they will all have that cyclical effect. In that you will want your Cyclades holiday to go on forever and ever.