After spending about a month touring in the Dodecanese islands, we will turn the nose northwest to the other major island group in the Aegean Sea, which is the famous (and loved by many) group of Cyclades islands.
They are one of the island groups which constitute the Aegean archipelago. The name refers to the islands around (kyklas=circle) the sacred island of Delos. Each of the islands has its own personality and colour, something which will become obvious to you in the forthcoming 21 posts.
The Cyclades consist of about 220 islands, of which we will present you the biggest ones which also are these with permanent residents. They will be presented in alphabetical order: Amorgos, Anafi, Andros, Antiparos, Delos, Ios, Kea, Kimolos, Koufonisia, Kythnos, Melos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Folegandros, Serifos, Sifnos, Sikinos, Syros, Santorini and Tinos. Most of the smaller islands are uninhabited.
Ermoupolis, on Syros, is the chief town and administrative center of the former prefecture.
The islands are peaks of a submerged mountainous terrain, with the exception of two volcanic islands, Milos and Santorini (Thera). The climate is generally dry and mild, but except for Naxos the soil is not very fertile: agricultural produce includes wine, fruit, wheat, olive oil, and tobacco. The Cyclades islands do not really receive wintry weather and cooler temperatures during the summer months are to be found only in the higher elevations.