Explore the Quieter Side of the Cyclades Islands

The Cyclades Islands in Greece are some of the most popular travel destinations in the world. Destinations such as Mykonos and Santorini are known by all, but do you ever find yourself wondering which islands in the Cyclades are quieter? It absolutely is possible to have a relaxing break in Greece without the crowds, you just need to know where to go! I hope this guide will help you pick your next Greek holiday by sharing some of the best Cyclades Islands to visit that are just that little bit more peaceful.

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The ultimate getaway from the crowds, the small island of Anafi is located east of Santorini. The only way to get to the island is by boat, the fastest ferry from Santorini to Anafi takes just 1 hour, and can cost as little as €7.

Just like its neighbour, Anafi is recognisable for its dramatic cliffs, wild coastline, and beautiful beaches. The most popular beach on the island is Klisidi which is a lovely sandy stretch with turquoise waters. Other beaches worth visiting are Agios Nikolaos, Roukounas, and Katsouni.

If you are looking for places to stay in Anafi, there are a number of boutique hotels. YPSELI Anafi’s hive offers a hint of luxury that is much more affordable than what you would find elsewhere in the Cyclades. Golden Beach Anafi is a cheaper alternative, also with stunning sea views.

The view from Apollon Village Hotel, a boutique hotel located on the Greek island of anafi
The view from Apollon Village Hotel in Anafi
White washed houses stand atop the cliffside in Folegandros, one of the most beautiful islands in greece.
The beautiful landscape of Folegandros


There are 220 islands in the Cyclades and Folegandros is a must see! Charming and unspoilt, now is the best time to visit before it is discovered by the masses. Perfectly located between Santorini and Milos, Folegandros slots in nicely to a more undiscovered Greek island hopping itinerary.

The fastest ferry from Santorini to Folegandros takes just 50 minute, costing around €70. travellers will be greeted by a majestic volcanic island with a white washed Chora spreading down the cliff edge.

The island offers a offers a slow-paced and authentic Greek island experience thanks to its traditional charm, breathtaking landscapes, and secluded beaches. 

It is an ideal Greek island destination for visitors looking to escape the summer crowds without having to compromise on a beautiful experience.

The island has opened a number of hotels such as the highly regarded ANEMI HotelOnar Suites & Villas, and the very charming Provalma, all with outstanding reviews, a testiment to the level of hospitality that can be expected on Folegandros.


Have you ever heard of Schinoussa? I doubt it! Not many of us have… until now.

Schinoussa can be reached by ferry from Naxos in as little as 1 hour 20 minutes and is ideal for those seeking an unspoilt natural landscape.

There are not a huge amount of tourist facilities on the island, leaving it very much off the beaten track when travelling around the Cyclades Islands, but that just makes it all the more charming!

Hotels and guest accommodations are limited, but there are a sprinkle of Air Bnbs in Schinoussa as well as small hotels, including Porto Dema Luxury Suites on Tsigouri Beach, and Ailouros Summer Hotel which offers pretty sea views.

Expect to find an abundance of delicious food with a big focus on fresh local ingredients. Visitors can enjoy a large selection of grilled seafood and locally sourced vegetables within a number of tavernas and family-run restaurants.

Hikers and nature lovers will thrive on the isla with various hiking trails leading to scenic viewpoints, secret beaches, and hidden coves. the most popular trail is one leading to the remote beach of Psili Ammos.

Picture perfect landscape views in Schinoussa
The quiet side of life in Schinoussa
A typical cycladic street in Tinos Greece
A typical Cycladic street in Tinos


You may have heard of Tinos, tourism here is gaining a little more traction, but nothing on the likes of some of its neighbours. It is perfectly located near to the hub of Mykonos, making it an easy add of to a Cyclades Island hopping holiday.

Known for its charming villages, Tinos Chora (also known as Tinos Town) is a picturesque town with traditional Cyclaidc architecture. Visitors may feel they have stopped off in Santorini or Mykonos here and wonder where the people have gone!

The town is characterised by whitewashed houses, winding streets, and vibrant squares. Around each corner are numerous shops, cafes, restaurants and tavernas.

Away from Tinos Town, other beautiful villages include Pyrgos (not to be confused with Pyrgos in Santorini), Volax and Kardiani.

The best way to visit is by taking a ferry from Mykonos to Tinos, this takes as little as 20 minutes and costs between €10-€20.

Infinity View Hotel is a great place to stay in Tinos Town, as well as Eleana Hotel if you are looking for something more budget friendly. For a super relaxing break I would recommend Living Theros.


Next to its big sister Milos, Kimolos can make a great trip in itself or a day trip from Milos if you wanted to tick off more islands.

Rugged, beautiful and authentic, Kimolos in the Cyclades is known for its unspoiled beauty, traditional character, and serene atmosphere. The island boasts pristine beaches such as Mavrospilia, Soufi, Bonatsa, Kalamitsi and Klima, I would also highly recommend a boat trip in Kimilos.

The crystal clear waters lend themselves well to snorkelling and underwater exploring. The coastal areas offer excellent visibility and diverse marine life such as vibrant fish and colourful sea flora.

Like on other islands, the main town is known as the Chora and is perched upon a hilltop with narrow cobblestone streets, whitewashed houses, and colourful doors and windows.

You can reach Kimolos by ferry from Milos in an hour, just bear in mind there is not a daily service. The Windmill is a very charming place to stay, as well as To Rantevou tis Alykis Rooms & Apartments for an authentic Greek experience.

The small island of Kimolos is a great day trip from Milos

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  • airporttrips says:


    • postcardsbyhannah says:

      my pleasure!

  • girlonabudget says:

    How beautiful are these islands!? I just wish I could visit them all…

    • postcardsbyhannah says:

      Greece is so beautiful isn’t it?