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Cyclades

The Cyclades constitute the most famous group of islands of the Aegean Sea. The blue sea and the white-washed Cycladic houses, the beaches, the steep rocks, the volcanic soil, the naked landscapes, the bays adorned with fishing-boats with their fishermen often seen mending their nets after a hefty catch. Then there are the traditional island songs which invite you to dance to their characteristic rhythm, the ‘screaming’ seagulls overhead and other waterfowl, the archaeological sites, the beautifully decorated terraces and stone walls. The visitor is awe-struck by the magical sunsets, the vineyards and the olive trees which all together compose the austere, simple and at the same time breathtaking Cycladic scenery. The history of the Cycladic islands dates back to the Prehistoric era. The Proto- Cycladic Civilization was developed in the 3rd millennium BC along with the Proto-Minoan Civilization in Crete and the Proto-Hellenic Civilization in mainland Greece. Since ancient times, the Cycladic islands formed a channel for the expansion of trade and culture. The Cycladic islands are: Amorgos, Anafi, Andros, Antiparos, Delos, Donousa, Iraklia, Thirasia, Ios, Kea, Kimolos, Koyfonisia, Kythnos, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Santorini, Serifos, Sikinos, Sifnos, Syros, Schoinoysa, Tinos and Folegandros.