The Cyclades

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Cyclades - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum


    Founded in 1870, the Koutsoyannopoulos Winery offers a tour of its old facility, now a multiroom museum that is picturesque, authentic, and...Read More

  • 2. Agios Nikolaos Island


    Not a beach per se, but one of the best swimming spots on the island. From Ia, walk down to Ammoudi, then follow the path past the Sunset taverna...Read More

  • 3. Ancient Thera


    A Dorian city—with 9th-century BC tombs, an engraved phallus, Hellenistic houses, and traces of Byzantine fortifications and churches—floats...Read More

  • 4. Archaeological Museum


    This dusty collection of bits and pieces from island's millennia of history includes pottery, statues, and grave artifacts found mostly at...Read More

  • 5. Baxedes


    The closest sand beach to Ia is handy when you don't feel like making the trip to more famous beaches on the south end of the island. It's not...Read More

  • 6. Boutari Winery


    The first of the island's wineries to open to the public puts on a big show, with a bright, view-filled tasting room surrounded by vineyards...Read More

  • 7. Domaine Sigalas


    Growing the best Greek grapes has everything to do with the land, and the oenologists at Domaine Sigalas, on the ancient plain of Ia, are happy...Read More

  • 8. Gavalas Winery


    One of the oldest vineyards, this winery has been exporting its distinguished produce since the days when mules carted wine-filled goatskins...Read More

  • 9. Kamari Beach


    Santorini's most popular beach, one of several excellent stretches of sand on the southern end of the island, manages to maintain its beauty...Read More

  • 10. Monastery of Profitis Ilias

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Standing on the highest point on Santorini, which rises to 1,856 feet at the summit, Santorini's largest monastery offers a cinematic vista...Read More

  • 11. Museum of Prehistoric Thera


    This is the treasure house that displays frescoes and other artifacts from the famed excavations at Akrotiri. Many of the finds have been sent...Read More

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  • 12. Naval Maritime Museum of Thera


    In an old neoclassical mansion, once destroyed in the big earthquake, the museum has an enticing collection. Pieces include ships' figureheads...Read More

  • 13. Nea Kameni


    To peer into a live, sometimes smoldering volcano, join one of the popular excursions to Nea Kameni, the larger of the two Burnt Isles. After...Read More

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  • 14. Panayia Ypapantis

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The modern Greek Orthodox cathedral is a major landmark. It's worth a look inside for a view of the frescoes by local artist Christoforos Asimis...Read More

  • 15. Perissa Beach


    Separated from Kamari Beach by a huge slice of rock, Mesa Vouno, Perissa is almost identical but that mountain helps to protect it from the...Read More

  • 16. Perivolos Beach


    Pretty much an extension of Perissa Beach, Perivolos features that famous volcanic black sand but with just a tad fewer restaurants, beach bars...Read More

  • 17. Petros M. Nomikos Conference Center

    Arts/Performance Venue

    Upper Fira's exhibition hall, named for the famous ship owner, hosts many international conferences as well as concerts. Visitors can admire...Read More

  • 18. Red Beach


    A backdrop of red-and-black volcanic cliffs adds no small amount of drama to this strand of multicolored pebbles and red-hued sand, and the...Read More

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