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The Cyclades are a group of Greek islands in the Aegean Sea, south east of mainland Greece. Positioned between Athens and Crete, they are easily accessible and because of this and their quintessential Greek character they are the most popular.
As you’d expect with a Greek region, ferries are one of the best modes of transport for travelling to or between the Cyclades. The mainland ports of Piraeus (Athens), Rafina and Lavrio connect you with the islands with most of the islands directly; Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Santorini, Ios and Milos featuring the most frequent crossings.
Though a lot of ferry travellers in Greece heading off to the Cyclades arrive as foot passengers, the major Islands have good roads and exploring them by car is a good option especially to reach the more remote beaches.
Each of the Cyclades islands has its own characteristics and most are compact enough to explore within a few days. Consequently, they are ideal for those planning to spend their holiday island-hopping because of the great ferry links.
Mykonos is one of the two most popular islands and is the one to head for if you want a high-energy nightlife centred on Mykonos Town. It is also home to fine beaches and is also a paradise for water sports such as surfing, windsurfing and sailing. If you are after quieter beaches, visiting the north of the island is recommended.
Santorini is the second most popular island and curves around a lagoon created by a still active volcano. The island’s villages are perched on spectacular cliffs overlooking the sea. Santorini, thought by some to be the site of Atlantis, is home to the ruins of the city of Akotiri, a mini Pompeii but much older.
Ios attracts more under-25’s than any other Greek island, no doubt drawn by a relentlessly hectic nightlife.
Close by is Naxos. Big, green and mountainous, the island has long sandy beaches, the ruins of a Byzantine castle and fortified Venetian mansions.
Paros offers a far less dramatic landscape and is home to typical fishing villages, good beaches and lively nightlife.
Milos, also formed by ancient volcanic activity, has spectacular caves which make for great snorkelling and diving. It has fine sandy beaches, hot springs, beautiful old churches, early Christian catacombs and the remains of a prehistoric settlement.
"The Star of the Aegean Sea"
This Ferry is for me THE BEST and most comfortable ferry to take in the Greek Islands! The Crew is perfect, the passengers notice that there is much training going on for the crew, you feel really safe on board this Star of the Aegean! The food in the catering facilities is just awesome (especially the spinach cheese pie). Punctuality is never a question on this vessel, it is simply the perfect way to travel! 5 Stars+ for this Ship and her Crew!!Read More Read Less
"Good boat good crew"
Have nothing negative to say, I wish it would give even more choices when eating on the deck!Read More Read Less
I can recommend.Read More Read Less
"very pleasant "
A beautiful new shipand the voyageis like holiday. There I found it very pleasant, and there is nothing that this feeling would have seriously tarnished. Nevertheless, two points are named, who have not shown optimal: 1 Why did the first class dormitory closed, even though I have booked it there? I do not understand. Even in the off season but there could easily be opened if there is paying passengers, right? 2 After leaving the ship, there was an incredible traffic chaos, and there's ruthlessness and danger, not least because of the " stronger, " trucks. Could not regulate the traffic to leave the port? A little civilization would do well here!Read More Read Less
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