The lake-like waters of the Lesser Cyclades shielded from the north winds by the great bulk of Naxos, attracted much human activity in the Bronze Age and are beginning to do so again. Some of the islands—Donoúsa and Herakleia—are havens of tranquillity; others—Schinoúsa and Páno Kouphonísi—are developing fast, with visitors attracted by their sandy beaches. All of them offer a simplicity and intimacy which contrasts markedly with the larger surrounding islands.
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