Human settlements here are inspired by climate, landscape and necessity, growing organically through the ages. A perfect blend of the natural and the man-made, Cycladic villages are exercises in simplicity, with their white cubic houses, cobblestone streets, narrow vaulted alleys, pristine windmills, and ubiquitous blue domed churches and chapels.
Before the arrival of the automobile in the 1960s, settlements, farms and homesteads were connected with a network of ancient paths, the monopatia (footpaths) or moularodromoi (mule tracks). Sometimes paved in cobblestone, sometimes in dirt, or even hewn in rock, these were the primary routes of transportation and communication on the islands for centuries.
These trails still form the spine of the countryside and are the basis of the islands’ enormous hiking potential: hundreds of kilometers of walking paths with very interesting routes, mostly accessible to the average walker, just waiting to be revisited.
We believe that the best way to experience the uniqueness of the Cyclades is by exploring our monopatia. Our itineraries are designed so you traverse the islands walking and discovering their natural beauty, places of interest, archaeological monuments and remains, as well as their stories. With us, you can get really immersed in authentic Cycladic landscape, culture and architecture: you don’t just visit, you stay in scenic, white-washed villages, and experience local life from within. We want our guests to see the beauty behind the tourist facade and enjoy the special atmosphere of the Cyclades – the natural way: walking right in!