Cyclades: Dazzling white villages, golden beaches, and clear azure water are just the start of what these islands have to offer.
Within easy reach of Athens, these are the Aegean’s most precious gems. Ancient Greek geographers gave this unique cluster of islands the name Cyclades because they saw that they formed a circle (kyklos) of sorts around the sacred island of Delos. According to myth, the islands were the debris that remained after a battle between giants. In reality, they resulted from colossal geological events like earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Their colors are blue and white like the Greek flag. The islands come in all sizes and, though the ingredients are the same – incomparable light, translucent water, heavenly beaches, lustrous white buildings, and bare rock, each one has its own distinct character.
Dodecanese: A dozen island beauties on the edge of the Aegean.
A cluster of twelve islands in the southeastern edge of the Aegean, jewels of all sizes decorating the big blue sea: the Dodecanese form a bridge between Europe and the East and everywhere you’ll see traces of peoples and cultures that made their mark over the centuries: Ionians, Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, Ottomans, and Italians. Each island has a character all its own and all offer a plethora of opportunities for relaxation, sightseeing, adventures, and gastronomical pleasure – with a backdrop of stunningly beautiful beaches.