Between Naxos and Amorgos are a small group of approximately twelve islands known as “Lil Cyclades.” The area is composed of predominantly rocky islands in the Aegean Sea. These little gems hide beautiful coves, creeks, and beaches.
There are actually about a dozen baby Cyclades, but only four are inhabited. These four islands are: Donoussa, Pano Koufonissi, Schinoussa, and Iraklia. You’ll find many places to explore, relax, and enjoy these islands’ natural beauty.
Places to see:
These islands are best seen on your private yacht. During the summer months, many yachts seek shelter in these islands from the Meltemi winds.
Lil Cyclades Climate:
The Cyclades Islands enjoy a Mediterranean climate, with mild, moderate winters and warm, sunny summers. Low temperatures range from around 11 °C in January and February to around 25 °C in July and August. Of course, rain is always a possibility, especially in the winter.
The sunny days on the islands are ideal for drying foods such as octopus, tomatoes, okra, and grapes. Drying the foods allows them to keep longer and become more flavorful. In addition to dried foods, the variety of local seafood is fantastic. You’ll find it prepared boiled, baked, fried, or grilled on charcoal and served with olive oil and lemon.
Generally, the best places to eat on the Lil Cyclades are mainly in the main settlements and ports. However, you’ll find delightful cuisine scattered all around, sometimes even where you don’t expect it.
Getting around Lil Cyclades
If you’re looking for a truly exclusive vacation experience, this is the perfect destination for you. This group of islands is less frequented than some of the other Cyclades islands because of its difficult position, but that just means that you’ll have the place practically to yourself.
There are limited accommodation options in the area, so booking a private yacht is the best way to go. You’ll be able to island hop to your heart’s content, and everyday ferries from Naxos make getting around during the summer season a breeze.
So what are you waiting for? Lil Cyclades is the perfect place to escape the crowds and enjoy some peace and quiet.
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