The Cyclades, southeast of the mainland, are the best known island group in Greece, forming a circle in the Aegean Sea.
There are around 200 islands with the most popular for international buyers being chic and hedonistic party-centre Mykonos with its beautiful beaches and volcanic Santorini where blisteringly white homes built up the famous Caldera provided postcard-perfect views. Both have their own airports and cruise ports.
Other islands in the Cyclades include Naxos, Paros and Andros, the greenest of this arid group, and don’t ignore little Kea, just two hours of Athens airport by car and ferry. It is well known to sailors touring the Greek islands who might drop anchor in the port of Vourkari and its safe and decidedly local vibe represents the very best of Greece.