One thing we liked about the famed party island of Mykonos is its proximity to the sacred island of Delos, which according to Greek mythology was the birthplace of Apollo – the god of light, music and art -and his twin sister Artemis. Just a half-hour boat ride from Mykonos took us to this tiny Cyladic island which is one of the most important archeological sites in Greece. Delos bears traces of Aegean civilization from 3rd millennium BC. It has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Come explore the island with us!
Delos was first inhabited in 3rd millennium BC, became the shrine for Apollo in 8th century B.C., and was controlled by the powerful Athenians by 5th century B.C. During Hellenistic period (323 – 30 BC), it became one of the most important center for commerce and religion in Greece. Its inhabitants were wealthy merchants, seafarers and bankers who came from as far as the Middle East. The Romans made it a free port in 167 BC, which brought even greater prosperity to the island. The shift in trade route and the waning interest in ancient religion in the following centuries brought the decline of Delos.
The ruins of the Establishment of Poseidoniasts, a large religious and commercial complex for the association of Syrian merchants. Syrians associated Poseidon with their god Baal.
Located near the theater is a cistern that demonstrates the advance water system developed by the ancient dwellers to overcome the shortage of fresh water supply in the island.
The Temple of Isis contains the cult statue of the goddess. Isis was said to provide good health and fortune as well as protection for sailors.
A modern statue on an ancient pedestal.
- Boats leave for Delos from the Old Port of Mykonos in Hora daily except Monday when the site is closed for visitors. First boat leaves for Delos at 9:00 am and the last one leaves at 12:50 pm. The first boat out of Delos leaves at 11:00 am and the last one leaves at 3:00 pm. We suggest that you take the earlier boat from Mykonos to give you more time to explore.
- Overnight stay in Delos is forbidden.
- Bring sunscreen. Hats are recommended as there is little shelter on the island from the harsh sun.
- Bring water and snack. There is a small cafe in the island but is very expensive and the choices are limited.
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