|By: Ylee, 9:53 AM GMT on October 01, 2013||+3|
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The Cyclades are Greece's largest group of islands, consisting of about 220 remnants of an ancient mountain range. The only exceptions are the islands of Milos and Santorini, which are volcanic in origin. They are so named because they form a circle around the island of Delos, where the Greek gods Apollo and Artemis were said to be born.
With steep cliffs, beaches that range from rocky to white sand, and a warm, dry Mediterranean climate, most of the Cyclades economy is oriented around tourism. Naxos, the largest of the islands, does have some agriculture there. Naxos' potatoes are well known all over Greece!
The architecture of the Cyclades is very distinct, with white-washed, rounded exterior walls, buildings that are close together with narrow alleys, and the striking azure roofs!
The Cyclades are very close together, with ferries responsible for most of the transportation. A trip from Milos to Mykonos, which is about 125 nautical miles, takes about 4 1/2 hours, and costs $100, one way!
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