Cycladic Greek Island of Delos

DELOS 'De-los' (Cyclades)

Delos island Greece


Only 3 1/2 nautical miles from Mykonos, in ancient times, Delos was the "spiritual center" of The Cyclades, or circle chain. As many as 5,000 slaves were sold there on a good day. As the mythical birth place of Apollo, it was considered a sacred island. Today Delos is essentially a large archeological site with no inhabitants except members of The French School of Archeology, who have been excavating the island for over 100 years. Over night stays on the island are forbidden. The ruins take up almost a square mile. Highlights can be encompassed in about 3 1/2 hours.

Mykonos provides the easiest access to Delos and excursion boats leave from the small quay mornings, Tuesday through Saturday, starting at 8:30 a.m. Boats depart every half hour and return between 11 am and 3:30 p.m., most allow a stay of 3 to 4 hours and offer guided tours for about 8,000 dr. Tickets costs 1700 dr. round trip. Its a fun trip in a small boat if its choppy! You could get sea sick. Have a plastic bag to put your camera in. A free map accompanies each ticket and one can listen in on guided tours. Take water, a hat, as well as sensible shoes or boots.

Delos island links

There are Links from neighboring islands such as Naxos but with small caiques or independent ferry services.