Which island of the Cyclades is best for you?

They may look very similar to each other on the photos - whitewashed houses, purple flowers, narrow cobbled alleys, sometimes donkeys... And even the names of some of them sound alike. But each island of the Cyclades has its own vibe and can offer a totally different experience.

Find out which is the best island for you according to the type of traveler you are.

Best islands for families

The best Cycladic islands for families with kids are Naxos and Paros. They have easily accessible sandy beaches, plenty of food options and places of interest for the whole family.

Sifnos, Syros, Tinos and Kythnos are other options with shallow beaches, a bit calmer than the above but yet with enough villages for a walk and all the necessary facilities for tourists.

Best islands for honeymooners

Santorini is the most preferred destination for honeymooners in the Cyclades because of the magical views from the caldera. Mykonos is not that romantic but it offers a great selection of luxury five-star hotels for unforgettable experience.

If you prefer calmer and crowd-free places but you insist on heart-stopping sea views, then Folegandros is right for you. The islands of Milos and Syros are also suitable destinations for a honeymoon - Syros with its boutique hotels in Ermoupoli, and Milos with its selection of luxury adults-only accommodation.

Best islands for party goers

No two ways about it - Mykonos and Ios.

Mykonos is more glamorous, posh and expensive, while Ios offers a more budget experience with no compromise regarding night clubs and parties.

Best islands for couples

Out of the stereotype Mykonos-Santorini, young couples should turn their eyes to Paros, Milos, Folegandros, Syros, Sifnos and Naxos.

Islands suitable for middle-age couples that prefer tranquility are Amorgos, Tinos, Andros, Serifos, Kimolos and Kythnos.

Best islands for foodies

Horiatiki salata - Traditional Greek Salad

Sifnos, Tinos and Naxos are considered the best places for foodies. They produce lots of the ingredients used in local recipes, emphasizing on cheese and milk products, meat and fresh vegetables. Other islands with delicious local specialties are Kythnos, Kea and Amorgos.

Of course, you can eat gorgeous food on any island of the group, with traditional Greek meals and region-specific recipes.

Best islands for hikers

Kalo Ampeli bay

The best choice of hiking trails to explore can be found on Naxos, Andros, Kea and Sifnos.

Anafi, Sikinos and Serifos have shorter hiking routes but they are very tranquil and offer superb sea views.

Best off-the-beaten path islands

The least popular islands of the Cyclades are Donoussa, Schinoussa, Iraklia, Anafi and Sikinos. They are small but yet you can find accommodation and restaurants.

Best islands for kitesurfers and windsurfers

Blue sea and kitesurfers at the beach

Some parts of certain Cyclades islands are more exposed to the constant wind. The best spots for surfers are:

Naxos - Mikri Vigla, Kastraki and Laguna
Paros - Golden beach and Pounta
Mykonos - Kalafatis and Korfos
Tinos - Kolimpithra

Still wondering which island to visit? Put and end to your hesitation and choose a few of them to combine in one trip!

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