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The Cyclades are an archipelago in the Aegean Sea south-east of the mainland of Greece.
They are part of the vast number of islands. This name, meaning “circular” in Greek is used to refer to a group of islands around a sacred island of Delos – their exact number is 220, and the main ones are (in alphabetical order): Amorgos, Anafi, Andros, Antiparos, Delos, Ios, Kea, Kimolos, Kynthos, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Folegandros, Serifos, Sifnos, Sikinos, Siros, Tinos, and Santorini (Thira).The city of Ermoupolis, is the main city – and administrative centre of the group, it is situated on Síros. The economy of those greek islands is based almost entirely on agriculture – wine, wheat, tobacco, olive oil.
The climate is mostly mild and (surprisingly) dry, but with the exception of Naxos the soil is not very fertile. Lower temperatures are recorded in higher elevations and generally there is no winter at those isles. As for transportation, the Cyclades is the only administrative region in Greece that is not linked with a state-built highway. All of the traffic roads on the island complex are secondary or provincial; but the distances are also not very big, so this is not such a shortage.
The seminal for history Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Cycladic culture is famous for its flat female idols chiseled out of the islands’ pure white marble centuries a lot earlier than the great Middle Bronze Age. The so-called Minoan culture arose in Crete, to the south: these figures have been plundered from burials and tombs to feed a thriving Cycladic antiquities black market since the beginning of 20th century. Recently the Cyclades islands have become extremely popular with tourists, and as a result there have arisen problems with erosion, pollution, and water shortages.