Cyclades news and views
The Cyclades is home to the archetypal Greek islands. There are islands to suit all tastes — from the spectacular volcanic caldera of Santorini to the jet-set beaches of Mykonos. The most notable Cycladic holiday islands include Amorgos, Andros, Ios, Folegandros, Naxos, Paros and Syros. The lack of direct flights to many Cycladic islands keep the big tour operators at bay while good ferry links attract island hoppers holidays and the yachting set.
The tourism boom on Santorini has triggered a massive increase in hotel and apartment building on the small island, and not everyone is happy with the results.
The go-ahead has been given for a luxury coastal tourist resort near Koumbara on the island of Ios. Plans are said to include the building of a small port to connect Cape Diakofto to the mainland.
Without the soft sand beaches of many other Greek islands, Santorini has never really based its tourism model on sand and sea attractions. It's biggest draws are the amazing cliff-top villages.
The Greek island of Naxos has been showing off it windsurfing skills in style at the biggest freestyle event in Greece. The weekend event was held on the beach at Agios Georgios.
Nowhere in Greece is quite like Santorini, especially when it comes to their laid-back nature. Being a tourist hotspot, you might expect locals to be a bit tired of all the new faces, but in fact, Santorini is known for its friendly residents, who welcome newcomers.
Santorini has long been one of the most popular summer holiday islands with thousands of visitors over the summer months, including many thousands of cruise visitors and day trippers.The island's volcanic origins have given it a unique spectacular landscape that has turned it a top summer holiday destinations.
Funded by the Municipality of Naxos and Small Cyclades, the promotional video features the holiday delights of Naxos and the surrounding islets of Iraklia, Schinoussa, Koufonissia and Donoussa
Ios has a way of getting into people's hearts and brought a big increase in repeat visitors of the floating type. It's now a case of getting the word out that Ios is a beautiful place
Work on the new airport for Paros started in 2012 and should be finished early next year. Full service for domestic flights from Athens and from airports could be in operation next April.
Club ownerson Mykonos are angry at new regulations which now force them to close their premises at 3am and have imposed a 10-day strike to force authorities to change their minds.
The Hellenic Culture Centre is organising some two-week intensive courses on Greek language and culture on the popular holiday island of Santorini over the summer.
Naxos has been placed among the top ten holiday islands in the world by a leading travel website. The Cycladic island of Naxos is ranked the sixth best island in the world.
Intricately designed dovecotes are dotted in fields and villages all over Andros. Many of the Andros dovecotes are extremely large; some are nearly as big as the house of their owners.
A team of Russian photographers has captured some startling panoramic photos of the most spectacular sights on the island of Santorini and placed them online at an interactive website.
One of the best tourist seasons ever for the has prompted island leaders to consider building a new yacht marina at the Santorini resort of Monolithos.
Romance is in the air on the Greek holiday island of Santorini. So far this year, more than 1,000 couples have exchanged vows on the Aegean island of this year
News of a German yacht hitting rocks off the has raised fears for the safety of boat passengers in waters around the island. The incident late last month reminded many of the tragic sinking of the Express Samina in 2000 when it hit rocks near Naxos with the loss of 82 lives.
The holiday island of Santorini is playing host to some of the world's best free running athletes. Organisers say houses that spill down the side of the are a perfect location
Holiday visitors can expect the volcano island to erupt tonight. The island's Ifestia Festival is its annual tribute to the active island volcano with a spectacular display of thousands of fireworks.
Holiday tourists on the have been plunged into darkness following a blaze in the island's only power station. Around 150,000 visitors are on Santorini at the moment as the holiday season reaches its peak.