The mythic haunt of the god of wine & ecstasy, Dionysus, as well as the ancient Minoan princess Ariadne, Naxos is the largest, and some say greenest, island in the Cyclades. Fit for the gods, it features soaring mountains, lush valleys and gorges, and stunning seascapes. Arriving at the port of Naxos, bask in the striking outline of the Temple of Apollo — also know as the Portara — a magnificent symbol of the island’s heritage. In the mainland’s heart, Halki, you will find the renovated old Distillery of Vallindras that today serves up fine liqueur as well as fascinating daily tours. Be sure to sample the savory arseniko kefalotiri (hard white cheese), sweet mizithra, or one of the many other culinary delights this island is known for. Whether you’re wandering through traditional mountaintop villages or exploring old monasteries and 16th century Venetian castles, you'll feel like you've accidentally wandered into Elysian Fields - and one of the best-kept secrets in Greece.
Cool design, contemporary styling and a hug to local island culture make our pick of three easy-to-get-to Cycladic island escapes of Santorini and Tinos, all the more irresistible. They fully capture the Mediterranean canvas of sun bleached whites against sea blues that is just so Greek & Cycladic.read more