The Cyclades is considered the most picturesque island cluster, the quintessence of all Greek islands. It is a cluster of approximately 2000 islands, out of which only 33 are inhabited. The Cyclades are situated in the middle of the deep blue Aegean sea . The Cycladic islands extend from the south coastline of Attica and Euboea up to the Southeast coastline of the Peloponnese, forming an imaginary circle around the island of Delos, "the cradle of Earth". According to mythology, Delos emerged from the depth of the sea in order to be inhabited by the god Apollo. According to geologists, Cyclades emerged after the occurrence of earthquake tremors and volcano explosions on the territorial part that once used to unite Greece and Asia Minor.
Nowadays the Cycladic islands are considered an independent prefecture with Ermoupolis in the island Syros as its capital city. Geography-wise, four basic zones are distinguished:

The West Cyclades, that is Kea, Kythnos, Serifos, Sifnos, Kimolos and Milos,

The Central Cyclades, that is Syros, Paros, Antiparos and Naxos,
The North and Northeast Cyclades, that is Andros, Tenos, Mykonos, Delos and Rhenia
The South and Southeast Cyclades, which is Thera, Amorgos, Anafi, Folegandros, Ios and Sikinos.

Furthermore, there are hundreds of interspersed islets, which are deserted and inaccessible by the liner.

Attendance on the neighbouring islands of Nea Steria - Rafina - Andros (the alternative to Piraeus! !)

The city of Syros is of a relatively limited tourist development, despite its great social and economic prosperity during antiquity. It is built on two hills of the island and is separated in the Catholic and Orthodox districts which have been coexisting in harmony for many centuries. Mykonos, situated few miles Southeast of Syros, is world-wide famous for its magnificent beaches and its cosmopolitan night life, whereas in Delos, situated close to Mykonos, there is absolute quiet. Delos is a great deserted archaeological paradise and has been under continuous excavation for many decades. Paros with the magnificent landscape combines the cosmopolitan night life of Mykonos with more alternatives for a family vacation. On the other hand, Ios is an island known for the endless party (throughout the summer) which takes place on its beaches organised by its numerous young visitors. Tenos, on the other hand, on the 15th of August offers an unforgettable experience. It is on that date that numerous pilgrims arrive on the island in order to receive the blessing of Panagia Evaggelistria. Santorini offers completely different scenery due to its evocative volcanic landscape, which consists of black Pebbled beaches and the magnificent houses built in the craggy volcanic rocks with an amphitheatrically view to the active volcano, which is situated in the sea. According to archaeological finds, the Cyclades have been inhabited ever since the Neolithic period. However, the islands reached their peak at prosperity during 3000 BC, when the magnificent Cycladic civilisation emerged. Later on, the islanders were successively conquered by the Cretans, the Mycenians, the Dorians and the Ionians. The latter founded their religious centres in Delos.
Furthermore, around 1200 AD the Venetian domination influenced the islanders' life style to such an extended that its traces are still identifiable in the contemporary cultural and social inheritance of the Cyclades. As the deep blue colour is dominant both in the sky and the sea and makes a contrast to the barren, rocky landscape dotted by white houses, small yards and numerous chapels with white church-towers, one can discover a unique place of still great variety from one port to another, where unforgettable memories are guaranteed.