The islands take their name from the Greek “kyklos”, circle of bones as they’re arranged around Delos, the birthplace of the god Apollo and the goddess Artemis. You can step off at Delos to visit the most important ruins on this uninhabited isle. Dine on board beneath the stars and contemplate the isle’s mythical past. Nearby Mykonos is most famous for its nightlife and there are many lesser-known islands like Paros a pearl of the Aegean, with its characterful villages. Folegandros is a romantic island with donkey paths weaving through striking natural landscapes. Milos is the most southerly, its volcanic origins promote a wonderfully colourful flora. Returning north you might drop into Serifos and Syros, both delightful with an authentic atmosphere.