The Cyclades (Greek: kiklades) are a group of about 25 larger islands (and 200 smaller) scattered around the Aegean Sea, south-east of the mainland of Greece. The name refers to the islands around (kiklad) the sacred island of Delos.
Syros is the main island and administrative center of the prefecture. Islands such as Santorini, Mykinos, Paros and Ios see most of the foreign tourism, but choosing any of the smaller islands is always incredibly rewarding. On Folegandros, Kea, Sifnos, Amorgos etc, Greek everyday life still slowly goes on blessing any determined visitor endlessly.
The islands are dry and consist of mountainous and rugged hills.The climate is generally mild, but with the exception of Naxos the soil is not very fertile. Wind is always a factor here, and any visit from May to October is almost guaranteed to be influenced by Meltemi's mood swings.
"Add in olive groves and the scented wild gardens of mountains and terraced valleys, all under a brilliant Mediterranean sun, and it's easy to believe that the Cyclades is as close to paradise on earth as you can get." (Lonely Planet)