The island of Delos is one of the most legendary in the Cyclades, and the perfect starting point for experiencing Greece as a novel.
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A true archaeological treasure in Greece, legendary birthplace of the gods Apollo and Artemis, this small island, a stone's throw from our luxury villas in the Cyclades, is steeped in myth, of which its preserved temples are the last witnesses.
You don't have to go far on the island of Delos to understand why it is so closely linked to the myth of Apollo. Here, each archaeological site, each temple tells the story of the ancient city that the island sheltered and the worship it devoted to this god.
On the island of Delos, your day will certainly unfold like an ancient Greek myth. Visiting this sacred place, at the heart of a civilization that influenced humanity for millennia, is at once a journey through history, nature, and ancient spirituality.
Take the Sacred Way, departure of our walk in the heart of this extraordinary site, to reach the agora and discover the sanctuary of Apollo and its three temples located just behind the Lions' Terrace. Symbolically, they protect the aura of this small piece of land in the Cyclades.
On the other side of the Sacred Lake, venture to the Lions' quarter and the remains of citizens' houses dating back to Ancient Greece.
Take the opportunity to tour of the island's archaeological museum. The ceramics, statues, and mosaics tell visitors about the life of local civilizations in the archaic, classical, and Hellenic periods.
Only 20 minutes of walk separate the port of Delos from the highest point of the island. However, the mystical hike is rich in historical sites and ends with a breathtaking panorama over the Mediterranean and the Cyclades.
The gateway to this tour is the theatre district, a tangle of luxurious houses dating back to Antiquity. Hidden under your straw hat, imagine how the island of Delos's former inhabitants spent their days as you wander between the houses, discovering the mosaics that adorn their walls and floors. Venture to the ruins of the antique theater, the last remains to be seen before the ascent.
On the road, one last stop is required on the Terrace of the Foreign Gods. Formerly a prosperous trading port, the island was home to numerous temples dedicated to the deities of the merchants of the Mediterranean basin. The most spectacular, those of Isis and Serapis, can be discovered in the middle of the other Egyptian and Syrian temple ruins.
When you reach the top, let the wind cool you down. The breathtaking view from Mount Cynthe stretches over the island's different archeological sites and the Cycladic archipelago that stretches all around.
It's time to return to your cool villa in Mykonos for a nightcap at sunset. Tomorrow, set out by boat to discover the island of Rhenia. On this secret and deserted island, accessible only by sailboat, dive into crystal-clear waters and stop in a secluded cove for a picnic, feeling alone in the world.
Today, Delos is inhabited, so it's best to visit in summer and spring since the island is closed to visitors from November to late March.
Spring is our favourite season to visit the island of Delos, since temperatures are more balmy, archeological sites are less busy, and the landscape is dotted with wildflowers. Should you choose to visit Delos in spring, don't forget to consult its hours on the island's official website.
As in the rest of the Cycladic islands, summer is peak season on the island of Delos. In summer, the sites in Delos are typically open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., although these hours can change depending on the sea weather. Should you choose to visit Delos in summer, we suggest you go in the afternoon to avoid the morning crowds.
The island of Delos can only be reached by boat from Mykonos. We suggest you let our luxury concierge service book you a private vessel so you can visit the island with total freedom.
Otherwise, you can also get a boat from the fishing port in the centre of Mykonos, where you can rent a motorboat or book a seat on a large caique to visit with a group. The trip typically takes between 45 minutes and an hour and a half, depending on the sailing conditions. Disembarkation at Delos usually takes place near the former Sacred Port, now silted up.
Generally speaking, a roundtrip to and from Delos from Mykonos by boat costs about 30 euros per person. You can book your tickets:
It is also possible to reach Delos by boat from Paros or Naxos.
It's impossible to stay on the island of Delos itself, as it's an archeological site. To stay near the island, the best option is to choose from our luxury villas in Mykonos!
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You can buy your tickets directly when you arrive on the island of Delos, or let our luxury concierge service take care of all the details of your visit!
A complete visit to the island of Delos usually takes between 3 and 4 hours.
While it's entirely possible to explore the wonders of the island of Delos on your own, we can only advise you to enlist the knowledge of an expert guide to learn all about this mysterious island in the Cyclades!
Let our concierge service find you the perfect guide for your visit to Delos.
The closest Greek island to Delos is without a doubt its neighbour, the island of Mykonos, only a few minutes away by boat!
To find out where to stay when you visit the island of Delos, explore our luxury villas in Mykonos.
If you ask us, there isn't a single Cycladic island that isn't worth visiting, given how this magnificent Greek archipelago bursts with pretty whitewashed homes, blossoming cobblestone streets, delicious tavernas, and ravishing fishing ports.
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