Prefecture of the Cyclades Things to Do

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Prefecture of the Cyclades Things to Do

  • Oia Village

    Santorini Island Things to Do

    Like an enormous crescent moon, Santorini encloses the pure blue waters of its caldera, the core of an ancient volcano. Its two principal towns, Fira and Oia (also transliterated as Ia), perch at the summit of the caldera; as you approach by ship, bending back as far as possible to look as far up the cliffs as possible, whitewashed houses look like...

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  • Delos Island

    Mykonos Things to Do

    A must-see day trip from Mykonos is to take the boat to Delos, birthplace of Apollo and the largest city in the world at one point. Its history goes back to 3000 BC, and the remains are in excellent condition. The entire island is a UNESCO site. I don't think it took more than 20 minutes to get there.

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  • Volcano

    Santorini Island Things to Do

    Doesn’t the Caldera look lovely? What a romantic view. Ahhh… Wait! That is an active volcano that could explode at any moment and destroy large parts of Greece! It last erupted in 1950 and you can even get postcards with a photo of this. Good luck! The volcano first erupted in about the year 1,650 B.C. and caused one of the largest explosions...

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  • Paradise Beach

    4 out of 5 stars

    Mykonos Things to Do

    This place is AWESOME! It's a total scene from morning 'till night. The beach is pretty rocky, but you can rent a chair for the day. Don't e afraid to bargain low. They would ask for 4EUR/chair, and we would bargain down to 1.50 or 2. It's a bit more mellow until about 4 pm when the bar scene starts to pick up. The music starts playing and the...

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  • Red Beach

    Santorini Island Things to Do

    Red beach had a huge landslide last summer and according to a source, another one later. Red Beach remains closed for public. Don't go down to the beach for a swim, just watch from up the cliff since there is a risk for even more landslides! Ingela

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  • Little Venice Quater

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Mykonos Things to Do

    Ninety per cent of the movies showing the Greek islands have a scene in this bay. It becomes a familiar place, but its beauty is undeniable. Don't miss it, because it has much more than the pictured coast to see.

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  • Pyrgos Village

    Santorini Island Things to Do

    I hike to Messa Gonia one morning and decided to follow the trail all the way up to Pyrgos. It's not that steep but near the top the trail has some areas where its made of pumice and a bit dusty. Most of the trail is very nice, esp. the lower half where it goes thru Messa Gonia. This trail really gives you a different view of the island as it feels...

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  • Town of Hora

    Mykonos Things to Do

    One of the most beautiful Chora in Cyclades islands. In fact Chora in greek means “town” and it’s the way locals call the capital of an island when it has the same name with the island (the capital of Mykonos is Mykonos if you got confused :) ) Definitely you will stroll along this amazing maze of twisting tiny alleys leading to nowhere. Don’t use...

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  • Mule Path

    Santorini Island Things to Do

    It's a very steep and long pathway from the harbour to the city, and the mules going up and down are a very typical sight. But the dirt, smells and flies didn't invite us. We preferred to use the common but effective funicular that runs beside the pathway. The guides (?) failed in all circumstances in this island, we had to manage ourselves to...

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  • Elia Beach

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Mykonos Things to Do

    If it's water-skiing, para-sailing, windsurfing or boating that you like, then Elia Beach is the place for you. This is a lovely long sandy beach on the South Coast of Mykonos and there are plenty of tavernas to drop into for a cool drink and a bite to eat when you have finished. If you just want to relax in the sun, you can do that too as there...

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  • Wine Tasting

    Santorini Island Things to Do

    Santorini produces some of the best wine in Greece and most of the wine producers on the island have tours of the wineries with tastings at the end. You have several places to chose from and i have only heard good reports about the wine tours. I have gone a couple of times to "Santos Wines" for tastings and that was really nice. They have an...

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  • Watching Sunset

    Mykonos Things to Do

    Although Santorini has traditionally captured the top place for the most beautiful sunsets in the Greek islands, the sunset in Mykonos has magical moments to offer. The best place to catch the sunset is at the Little Venice area. Have a drink at Katerina's Bar and view the sunset from its balcony. It is simply tranquil and stunning.

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  • Sunsets

    Santorini Island Things to Do

    Santorini is one of those places where you have to watch the sun go down. Because of it´s steep location where the cliffs drop right in to the sea, the sunsets are spectacular and you get the profiles of this amazing island in a different light every minute. Fira and Oia are the two best towns to watch it as they face the right direction and they...

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  • Church of Panagia Paraportiani

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Mykonos Things to Do

    This small and discreet church is a very uncommon construction: built from the 15Th to the 17Th, it is only the visible part of an ensemble of five chapels, four of them underground. Security reasons? Escaping from heat? Maybe! the thickness of the walls, and its pure white may confirm that idea.

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  • Fira

    Santorini Island Things to Do

    Perched on the cliffs, overlooking the sea, the town of Fira shares with the Partenon the fame of the best known images of Greece. The city is a spectacle, with a climax at the sunset. Its narrow streets have some commerce tourist oriented.

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  • Super Paradise Beach

    Mykonos Things to Do

    No visit to Mykonos would be complete without even a short visit to Super Paradise Beach. We were there in the off season and relatively early in the morning as well, so we had the beach just about all to ourselves. Not that we had come to do any nude sunbathing mind you. We just wanted to see the place for ourselves and I must admit we were quite...

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  • Akrotiri Excavations

    Santorini Island Things to Do

    As this site is the best known Minoan site outside of Crete, it is a very important and interesting place. There are visible walls (some three stories high), streets, pottery, furniture and even a flushable toilet. Parts of some frescoes or wall paintings and some huge ceramic jars are colorfully decorated. Being under several yards of volcanic ash...

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  • Wind Mills

    Mykonos Things to Do

    Probably the most recognisable feature of Mykonos (next to everything being painted white) would be the windmills. Originally 16 in number, they were used to grind the agricultural harvests by harnessing the famous Mykonos wind for power. The five that overlook Mykonos Town (Hora or Chora) are probably the most famous. And just like the Matterhorn...

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  • Ancient Thira

    Santorini Island Things to Do

    Ancient Thira is situated on top of a high cliff just above Kamari. It is an excavated site of the foremost post-Minoan settlement on the island. The buildings are spread over a long terraced area and include remains of an early Christian basilica, market-places; foundations of temples and houses, baths, an impressive amphitheatre, and relief rock...

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  • White Churches

    Mykonos Things to Do

    Depending on where you do your research you will get varying tallies for the numbers of little white churches on Mykonos. I've found numbers ranging from 250 to 365. Why so many? You may well ask. The majority of the little white churches are privately owned and you will see them everywhere. They are built by families to commemorate the lives of...

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  • Kamari Beach

    Santorini Island Things to Do

    A very good swim, with a great surprise - no sand. No sand, but no rocks, too. The soil is so compact that we felt like in a tarmac surface - smooth but extremely hard. With a great surf, that could be dangerous, but we found a calm sea, and everything was safe.

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  • Pelicans

    Mykonos Things to Do

    The star of Mykonos, Petros has been the island’s mascot for some time. He was one the pelicans in the flock which flew to Mykonos from the mainland back in the 1950s. After a storm, the pelican gave up migrating to become a local resident. He became so popular after his death, when a successor had to be found to replace him. Today, another...

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  • Thirasia

    4 out of 5 stars

    Santorini Island Things to Do

    Restaurant "Panorama" in Manolas Village, Thirassia happened to be one exceptional experiance for me. After enjoing a simple but good self-service food with friendly people despite lots of work, I forgot my i-Phone and ID, Credit card, a reasonable amount of cash outside the Restaurant. When I came back something like 30 minutes later, it already...

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  • Platys Gialos Beach

    Mykonos Things to Do

    Plats Yialos Beach...it is famous, everybody knows it...you kind of have to come here, to see it for yourself. Personally this was the one beach I didn't care for soooo much. It is really very crowded (some others are, too, but tis one is so compact it seemed like everybody was really on top of each other). We were actually lucky to get sunbeds and...

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  • Emborio

    Santorini Island Things to Do

    Emborio is situated on the south side of the island. It's a traditional inland village with a lovely traditional centre. The lower part of the village is not very attractive but you have to go up to the "traditional centre" (there are signs) where you will find the ruins of a fortress, a maze of very narrow streets and whitewashed houses. You can...

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  • Ano Mera

    Mykonos Things to Do

    The next most significant village after Hora on Mykonos is Ano Mera. Don't blink, you'll miss it! It lies about 9 kms from Hora and is home to the lovely Monastery and Church of Panagia Tourliani. Ano Mera also sports an interesting lttle town square with an array of restaurants and other assorted eateries. We were there on a Friday morning and...

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  • Perissa

    Santorini Island Things to Do

    What can I say about Perissa, well, it's very quiet and very laid back and it does have a camp site, a nice church, which is the largest Church on the Island. We took the bus from Fira to Parissa, and walked along the short sea front, stopping off for lunch at one of the restaurants overlooking the beach. We then wondered on to see the church,...

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  • Panormos Beach

    Mykonos Things to Do

    Panormos is one of my most prefered beaches.I usually come here after 3.00pm where in other beaches start the party.You will find... (if you find) the best lounge beach-bar restaurant you have ever been.It is full covered with an army parachute in sandy color,which really makes this place not viewable...Tables and chairs in restaurant are shorter...

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  • Imerovigli

    Santorini Island Things to Do

    IMEROVIGLI Imerovigli is a traditional village and it is the extension of Fira but is situated on a higher cliff. "VIGLA" means "day" so it got its name from this word. In front of the village is located an enormous rock called Skaros. Until 1800, Skaros was part of the land and had a castle on it where all the administrative offices of the...

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  • Kato Livadi Beach

    Mykonos Things to Do

    Kalu Livadi, a good sandy beach, far from everything, and with only a few people, offered me, maybe due to the surprise, the most appreciated lunch of my life (I write about it in another tip), but it allowed also the best swim in Greece (nudist for some of our neighbors).

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  • Walking

    Santorini Island Things to Do

    The walk from Fira to Oia along the caldera is one of the prettiest walks i have taken in the entire world and i have been to +70 countries and travelled non stop for more than 20 years. You have a little walking path that takes you along the rim through little villages where you almost walk through peoples houses and the view is just...

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  • Archeological Museum

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Mykonos Things to Do

    Located next to the port it was hard for me to miss this museum. Not busy at all (most people come to Mykonos for party anyway) it was very interesting to stroll around this small museum. The staff is friendly and helpful if you have any questions about the exhibits. It is housed in a building that was built in 1902 to house some archeological...

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  • Hiking

    Santorini Island Things to Do

    The easiest method of travel between the two villages is the bus, but hiking between the two is a magical experience. You can hike the 6+ miles easily and get some great photos as well as meet the local people along the way.

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  • Aegean Maritime Museum

    Mykonos Things to Do

    In a little room you will find the Maritime Museum simple but fascinating. An old lady who speaks only greek will try in any way to explain you all the things inside... fortuntaly there are signs with english translation!

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  • Perissa Beach

    Santorini Island Things to Do

    By mid morning we had arrived at Perissa, a long beach extending for 8 km with sun shades and lounges arranged along the beach. Along the beachfront were countless restaurants offering all sorts of food, predominately seafood to be accompanied with an assortment of drinks. People were just arriving at the beach, some stopping at the bar for a "fix...

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  • Firostefani

    Santorini Island Things to Do

    Between Fira and Imerovigli, one of the spots with the best view on the island. Even if officially considerated as a distinct village, Firostefani is the continuation of Fira. It is a quiet village, which is mostly constituated of hotels, traditional houses, villas, studios and rooms. A trourist can enjoy the sunset from here because of its...

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  • Thira

    Santorini Island Things to Do

    Fira is the capitol of Santorini. If you approach it from the sea it looks a little like it's clinging onto the side of the cliff. You can get the most spectacular views over to the Caldera from the coastal path. Cruise ships pull into the port at Fira daily, and the place can get very busy especially when it's invaded by thousands of tourist off...

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  • Megalochori

    Santorini Island Things to Do

    Lonely Planet gives Megalochori a special mention. I can see why. It is a special and different village. Turn off the Perissa - Fira road to "traditional settling"(sic) or it is mentioned by name coming south. Park and walk down the hill into the narrow streets, the trim houses, the bell tower. There are a couple of tavernas in the central...

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  • Museum of Prehistoric Thera

    Santorini Island Things to Do

    Housed in a mercifully air-conned white building, there are a few galleries showcasing treasures dug up from the excavations done at Akrotiri. (The word "prehistoric" seems a misnomer - no dinosaur bones here) Lots of pots, big and small await the discerning visitor. Replicas of wall paintings and frescoes from Akrotiri were being featured as...

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  • Kamari Village

    Santorini Island Things to Do

    Definely not to be missed in Santorini. Somehow it is fact that Kamari is the most touristic part of Santorini. Its vicinity to the airport and its strategic location to reach the other parts of the island makes it the premier stop of any tourist in Santorini. It also boasts of its black sand beach which is the most popular beach in the...

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  • Catholic Cathedral

    Santorini Island Things to Do

    This is a very impressive church which stands out as you walk through the streets of Fira. The peach coloured building is complimented by the ornate clock and bell tower. Damaged during the 1956 earthquake restoration was completed in 1975. We did not have time to go inside where there is an impressive collection of old documents etc etc.

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  • Archaeological Museum

    Santorini Island Things to Do

    Although some of the best archaeological finds from Santorini and other islands in the Cyclades are exhibited at the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens, the archaeological museum on Santorini does house some very interesting exhibits that should not be missed by visitors to the island. Located in Fira not far from the bus depot, the museum contains...

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  • Naxos villages

    Naxos is very mountainous. It's quite a trip getting to the beautiful mountain villages. This is not the place to learn how to drive a moped. The road is full of hairpin turns and 500 m drops, and the local buses take up most of it! I took the bus myself, and there's a route I can recommend whether by bus or car (don't know if there's a hiking...

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  • SANTORINI OR (THIRA) A MUST VISIT !!

    I suggest that when you are here in Greece a visit to the island of Santorini or( Thira) as it is also called, is a must visit. Santorini makes a difference.You have plenty of time ahead, I suggest that you don't book tickets until you are here and believe me May is a very good month. It is a month that hotels are still cheap and in May you will...

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  • Mykonos: Beaches

    Along with its nightlife and gay scene the beaches are probably Mykonos' biggest draw. We visited two beaches in the short time we were there, one of them twice.Agios Ioannis is the beach where Shirley Valentine was set. It's wide but not very deep and has a couple of tavernas behind it. It was just the kind of place we like - not too busy, pretty...

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Prefecture of the Cyclades Hotels

  • Astra Apartments & Suites

    My husband and I finished off our honeymoon at the Astra Apartments, an all-suite hotel. The website...

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  • Aeolos

    It is a small pleasant hotel with a nice view on Mykonos Town and the Aegean sea. It is blue and...

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  • Dimitra Hotel

    I was actually bumped upmarket for a night as Hotel Agios Prokopios was fully booked for my first...

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