Folegandros lies on the southern edge of the Cyclades with the Sea of Crete sweeping away to its south. The island has a bewitching beauty that’s amplified by its alluring cliff-top Hora, easily one of the most appealing villages in the Cyclades. Folegandros is barely 12km by 4km but shoulders a somewhat dark past.
The largest of the Cyclades, Naxos packs a lot of bang for its buck. Its main city of Hora (known also as Naxos) is a web of steep cobbled alleys, filled with the hubbub of tourism and shopping. Yet you needn’t travel far to find isolated beaches, atmospheric villages and ancient sites.
Andros, the second-largest of the Cyclades, has a long and proud seafaring tradition and, conversely, is a walker’s paradise. Its wild mountains are cleaved by fecund valleys with bubbling streams and ancient stone mills. On this lush island, springs tend to be a feature of each village and waterfalls cascade down hillsides most of the year.
Sifnos has a dreamlike quality. A string of three whitewashed villages, anchored by the capital Apollonia, sit like pearls along the crest of the island. The changing light kisses the landscape and as you explore the flanking slopes of the central mountains you’ll discover abundant terraced olive groves, almond trees, oleander and aromatic herbs.