5 themed itineraries for an unforgettable trip to the Cyclades

Itinéraires thématiques dans les Cyclades : tables de restaurants à Naoussa, Paros

Fancy a getaway to the Cyclades? Here are a few itinerary ideas we’ve put together for you to make your trip unforgettable!

The Cyclades, a Greek archipelago of over 200 islands, is a dream destination for travelers in search of adventure and discovery. But how do you organize your stay to make the most of all this region has to offer?

This article suggests themed itineraries to reveal the different facets of the Cyclades. Whether you want to discover its rich heritage, its typical architecture or its natural scenery, follow the guide for an unforgettable trip to the Cyclades!

Discovering the infinite blue of the Cyclades

Itinéraires thématiques dans les Cyclades : Santorin

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  • 🚩 Thematic itinerary: sea and Cycladic architecture
  • 👀 What awaits you: postcard landscapes and cultural discoveries to see life in blue
  • 💙 We love: the authentic charm of Cycladic villages

The Cyclades offer a unique blend oftraditional architecture and crystal-clear seas, creating an unforgettable travel experience! Start your journey on theisland of Santorini, famous for its spectacular caldera, an immense crescent-shaped bay surrounded by cliffs. Then head to Oia for breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea, and admire the white houses with blue roofs perched on the cliffs. You can’t fail to photograph the spectacular sunset from this picturesque village!

Next, set off for theisland of Paros, famous for its sandy beaches and traditional Cycladic architecture. Visit the main town of Parikia and admire the charming maze of cobbled streets lined with white houses and blue churches. Then head for Naoussa, a picturesque fishing village with a charming harbor, restaurants and breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea.

Among the most beautiful beaches in the Cyclades, don’t miss Kolymbithres beach on the same island of Paros, famous for its granite rock formations sculpted by erosion, which create natural lagoons with crystal-clear waters. Here you can enjoy a variety of water sports, such as snorkeling or kayaking, and soak up the sun while relaxing on the warm sand.

Finally, end your trip on theisland of Mykonos, famous for its narrow streets and white houses with colorful shutters and wooden doors. Visit the old town and the famous windmills of Mykonos, unmissable symbols of this emblematic island.

Escape to the heart of unspoilt nature

Itinéraires thématiques dans les Cyclades : Milos

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  • 🚩 Itinerary: natural treasures in the heart of the Cyclades
  • 👀 What awaits you: breathtaking landscapes to soak up the wild beauty of this archipelago
  • 💙 We love: diving in the crystal-clear waters of the Aegean Sea

For outdoor enthusiasts, the Cyclades are full of natural treasures to explore. First of all, start your trip on the island of Andros, a veritable green lung with extraordinary vegetation and numerous waterfalls. With a wealth of footpaths between land and sea, we recommend the hike to Achla beach(see itinerary). It takes you through the forest to its magnificent shoreline, considered one of the most beautiful in Greece. A change of scenery guaranteed!

Then head for Naxos to climb Mount Zeus(see route), the highest mountain in the Cyclades, offering breathtaking views of the entire island and the Aegean Sea. Then make a stop on the island of Paros and discover Petaloudès, a green setting where Mediterranean vegetation blends with fruit trees. Known as « the valley of butterflies », marvel at their shimmering colors and the beauty of their nuptial ballet.

Finally, Milos, a small island of colorful cliffs and heavenly coastlines. Numerous beaches await you for a moment of relaxation or adventure. Discover Sarakiniko Bay, famous for its weather-whitened volcanic rocks and turquoise waters. Plathiena beach, meanwhile, is a crescent of fine sand with the cliffs as a backdrop. Last but not least, Tsigrado beach, with its crystal-clear waters, is worthy of a real postcard. You’re sure to find the one that’s right for you!

Hiking, climbing and kayaking are just some of the activities you can enjoy to discover the unspoilt wilderness of the Cyclades. With this itinerary, let yourself be swept away by the vibrant scents and colors of nature, for a relaxing, timeless experience!

Discover a rich and varied cultural heritage

Itinéraires thématiques dans les Cyclades : Syros

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  • 🚩 Itinerary: Cycladic heritage and culture
  • 👀 What awaits you: a plunge into the heart of Cycladic traditions
  • 💙 We love: being enveloped by the scent of bougainvillea at Ano Syros

First, in Delos, you can visit the sanctuary of Apollo, the island’s main temple built in honor of the god of the arts and the sun. Next, head to the Terrace of the Lions along the Sacred Way to admire the majestic statues of the city’s protective felines. Finally, explore the Theater district, the most luxurious in the ancient city, with the remains of sumptuous mansions such as the House of the Dolphins and its splendid aquatic mosaics.

In Paros, discover the Panagia Ekatontapiliani church and its monumental gateway, one of Greece’s most important Christian monuments. Then, just outside the charming village of Marathi, explore the ancient underground marble quarries of Paros. Once the island’s most famous work, this marble was used to carve the famous Venus de Milo.

Finally, in Syros, stroll through the heart of Ermoupolis, named after Hermes, god of merchants and trade. With its neo-classical architecture, colorful alleyways and cosmopolitan atmosphere, Ermoupolis is one of the most picturesque villages in the Cyclades. Then it’s on to Miaouli Square, the main square of Syros, with its 19th-century architectural marvels. Last but not least, head for Ano Syros, a colourful, Venetian-influenced fortified village ideal for a leisurely stroll.

During your trip, you’ll enjoy guided tours and be dazzled by the exceptional architecture of the buildings. This cultural getaway will introduce you to tasty, fragrant traditional cuisine and local crafts. You’ll also be seduced by thefestive atmosphere of the cobbled streets, to the rhythm of traditional music.

Diving into the secrets of Greek myths

Site antique de Portara à Naxos

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  • 🚩 Itinerary: myths and history of the Cyclades
  • 👀 What awaits you: a journey to the heart of Greek civilization to learn all about its history.
  • 💙 We like: feeling like Indiana Jones amidst ancient remains

Want to step back in time? Then dive into the history and mythology of the Cyclades with this itinerary that will take you back in time. Start your adventure on the island of Delos, one of Greece’s most important archaeological sites. Let us guide you through the amphitheater, the Lions’ quarter and the temple of Isis. You’ll discover the fascinating history of this sacred island, once dedicated to the god Apollo and brimming with archaeological treasures.

Then on to the island of Naxos, where you can admire the famous Portara, a monumental marble gateway that remains from the ancient temple of Apollo and has become the symbol of the island. This historic monument on a rocky peninsula offers spectacular views of the Aegean Sea, especially at sunset. Near the village of Sangri, you can also visit the Temple of Demeter, a perfect example of the use of Naxos marble. Join a guided tour to learn more about Greek mythology and the island’s history!

This experience allows you to discover Greece’s rich history and immerse yourself in an ancient world full of mystery. Let yourself be immersed in a unique atmosphere and explore the wonders of Greek mythology, between two swims in the crystal-clear waters of the Cyclades.

The Cyclades, land of volcanoes

Itinéraires thématiques dans les Cyclades : Volcan Palea Kameni

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  • 🚩 Itinerary: volcanoes and craters in the Cyclades
  • 👀 What awaits you: breathtaking lunar landscapes
  • 💙 We love : basking in the hot springs

With their volcanic landscapes, the Cyclades offer an extraordinary experience. Start with the island of Milos, risen from the waters after a volcanic eruption several million years ago. With its horseshoe shape and pristine white cliffs, this dormant volcanic jewel will open your journey in style.

Then off to Santorini, a must-see Cycladic destination, and discover the islet of Nea Kameni. Emerging from the summit of a still active volcano, the ground is hot and gives off numerous fumaroles. Smell the distinctive sulfur smell and admire the breathtaking volcanic panorama of Néa Kameni. Then head to the volcanic island of Paléa Kameni for a moment of relaxation. Relax in one of the many thermal hot springs with their surprising orange hues.

Finally, for the more adventurous, round off your trip with a visit to Nisyros. This more confidential but equally fascinating island belongs to the volcanic arc of the Cyclades. Here you can discover the Stephanos hydrothermal crater, one of the largest and best preserved in the world. Walk into the heart of the crater and soak up the incredible lunar landscape. Thrills guaranteed!

A visit to these volcanoes will allow you to immerse yourself in the region’s volcanic history and enjoy incomparable panoramic views. This excursion to the heart of the Cycladic volcanoes will immerse you in an authentic and unique atmosphere. Enjoy an unforgettable experience and leave with unforgettable memories.

The Cyclades offer a unique travel experience, rich in history, culture and natural treasures. By following these itineraries, you’ll have the chance to discover the different faces of this fascinating destination. So, what are you waiting for? Which theme inspires you most?