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 what is special about the Cyclades is by exploring our monopatia. Walking Plus itineraries are unique in that you walk and traverse the islands, discovering chapters of their hidden story along the way: natural beauty, traditional settlements, archaeological monuments and sights. With us, you can get really immersed in Cycladic culture and landscape – you don’t just visit, you stay in scenic, white-washed villages in the mountains and experience local life from within. We want our guests to find the beauty beyond the tourist facade and enjoy the light, the landscape and the atmosphere of the Cyclades – the natural way: walking right in!