Sure, everyone knows about the popular and scenic Cycladic islands like Santorini, Ios, Naxos, and Mykonos, but not many people travel to the surrounding islands. Known as the Small Cyclades, these islands are lesser known and less traveled. However, since living in Santorini and traveling to the Small Cyclades, I must tell you that these beauties are just as wonderful, if not better, and worth visiting!
I won’t use the obligatory term “hidden gem” because it’s not true. Lots of people know about Anafi, but it seems to be an island less traveled. With only 270 full-time residents, Anafi is a secluded paradise and it’s just across the sea from busy Santorini!
Not many people come to Santorini to go hiking, but the island actually has some pretty impressive trails. The famous walk that many tourists opt to do at some point during their stay is the Firá to Oia walk. It’s not too treacherous, taking a leisurely 4 hours, and the path is easy to follow. The other paths that Santorini has to offer are not well-known, but should be on every traveler to Santorini’s list (another post on that later).