Thursday, September 10, 2009

Island hopping

The Cyclades are an island group in the Aegean Sea, south-east of mainland Greece. There are 220 islands in total, most of them uninhabited. The islands are peaks of a submerged mountain range; two of them, Milos and Santorini, are volcanic. They are distinguished by their unique cubic architecture, which is not found anywhere else in Greece.

These are the islands I visited this summer.**

Syros - the capital of the Cyclades


Paros - windsurfers love it


Naxos - the largest of the Cyclades


Ios - Backpacker central


Mykonos - party island for people with money


Santorini - ideal for honeymooners and lovey doveys


** OK, so I didn't set foot on each one of them, but the boat stopped close enough for me to take photos from the deck, which is almost as good. I've actually been to all of them over the years, except for Ios. Maybe next year...

24 comments:

exposemaximum said...

truly, this place looks amazing

Gattina said...

I have been in Santorini, it's very cute !
I didn't like Athenes, besides the Acropolis and the area underneath, it's a real ugly town.

Tinsie said...

I love Athens, it's got a great vibe (but then I like all big cities). When did you go? It's been transformed since the 2004 Olympics and I think it looks pretty good now.

Shanny MongNee said...

great pictures

Tinsie said...

Thanks, Shanny, glad you like them!

Mediterranean kiwi said...

i have yet to go to these islands - some may be worth visitng, others are good for just passing by, but greek islands really are the best place for a summer holiday, aren't they!

Tinsie said...

I can't speak for Ios, but all the others mentioned in the post are well worth visiting :-)

palmtreefanatic said...

ooooh ahhh
beautiful!

Karen said...

I was just reading about Santorini. It's on my long, long list of places to visit in Greece. Your photos are beautiful!

Shionge said...

That's good enough even if you dont set foot on it...what a lovely scenery :D

Karen said...

How are you enjoying A Thousand Splendid Suns? I absolutely loved it.

Keep forgetting to mention how much I enjoyed Stephanie Plum, so much so that I bought a paperback (#14) immediately after finishing the first on my last trip to SD. For the record, I did laugh out loud!

Kate said...

The islands you mention on your blog are amazing places to visit but there are so many more like the Sporadic Islands to the North which are breath-taking, the Ionian Islands,each of which is unique in its own way, not to mention the Eptanisa and Dodecanese. Have you been to Skopelos?I love it there as well as Samos. BTW I actually posted something myself. It's been a while ;-)

Tinsie said...

@ Karen: Santorini really is something else - definitely up there in my Top 10 of places to visit at least once in your life.

I've just finished A Thousand Splendid Suns and thought it was very good, a surprisingly easy read considering the subject. I think I liked The Kite Runner best though. Have you read it?

I'm so glad you loved Stephanie Plum! Those novels never fail to cheer me up :-)

@ Shionge: It certainly beats looking at postcards!

@ Kate: Never been to the Dodecanese or Samos, but I've been to Skopelos, and although it was pretty, I felt I could find similar scenery on the mainland (you really need to tour the Peloponnese some day hehe). I love the Cyclades because they're so unique - there's no other place in Europe, and possibly no other place in the world that looks anything like them.

I'll go check your blog - I can't believe you've posted something, I thought you'd given up!

Steffe said...

Fantastic! The Cyclades are my second home! I have spent many months there. My favorite isles are Ios with the beautiful Chora and Milopotas Beach. Antiparos the tiny island with the many great beaches. Santorini for the wine and the views. Paros and Naxos for the night life. I ll stop here but I could go on and on...

Tinsie said...

Now you've made me regret not going to Ios, but it was either Ios or Mykonos and I chose Mykonos because it was more convenient for my travel plans.

Oh well, maybe next year :-)

I loved the Santorini wines too. Vinsanto is my idea of heaven - almost as good as Mavrodafni.

Puss-in-Boots said...

Aaaaw, I'm so envious, it just looks so beautiful. One day...one day, I'll get there.

GMG said...

Hi Tinsie! That's not fair; you took the boat and kept taking pictures of all those islands I woulsd love to go to without putting your feet there... ;)). Just Mykonos and Santorini, but on of the nex years I'll ke the res... ;))

Sorry for the long absence, but after one year work, I got my official week off and, as always, the week before was terrible and the return awful... ;). Furthermore, there was 09.09.09, which for me was a bit depressing, as I entered a Club 60 I would prefer to postpone the joining... ;))

Blogtrotter is now in Turkey, bu in blue,after the green. Enjoy and have a fabulous week!

GMG said...

Weird: the sentence is: «... but in one of the next years I'll make the rest!». Sorry...

Tinsie said...

Sorry! I'd have got off at every island if I'd had time, I swear :-)

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous photos! I love the point 'ideal for lovey doveys' !!! I have just returned from Nice, the weather was 30 degrees so I topped up my tan.. great for the weekend, easy to walk around the whole town and pretty laid back. Now I'm back to work :(

Sandi x

Per Stromsjo said...

Volcanic cubism, how's that for an adventurous holiday!

Tinsie said...

Welcome back, Sandi! Don't you love our gorgeous weather?

@ Per Stromsjo: Thank God, it was not adventurous at all!!

Fifi Flowers said...

Beautiful photos! Looks like a FAB island hopping vacation!

Suzanne said...

Very nice pictures.