The Cyclades are mountainous, Mediterranean islands with a dry climate. The most popular of Greece’s island chains, they contain the oft-photographed Mykonos, one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations (along with the Parthenon in Athens). Each of the Cyclades has its own distinct personality, but white cube-shaped houses, narrow cobblestone streets, and charming churches are omnipresent. Many of these islands are crowned by huge or small, complete or wrecked castles. In addition to Mykonos, Santorini is a must-see destination. It is a gorgeous island with kilometers of black sand beaches. Serifos, Sifnos, Sikinos, Folegandros, and Koufonisia are less well-known islands, yet they are all worth a visit. And just wait until you try the native cuisine!