Delos, only 30 minutes by boat from Mykonos, is one of the most important mythological, historical and archaeological sites.
The sacred island of Delos had a position as a holy sanctuary for a millennium before Olympian Greek mythology made it the birthplace of the twin gods Apollo and Artemis.
Thucydides writes that Minos expelled the archipelago’s first inhabitants, the Carians, whose tombs were numerous on Delos.
According to Herodotus, the Carians were the best warriors of their time and taught the Greeks to place plumes on their helmets, to represent insignia on their shields and to use straps to hold these. Later, the Dorians would expel the Carians from the Cyclades; the former were followed by the Ionians, who turned the island of Delos into a great religious center.
Delos is listed by Unesco as one of mankind’s most important cultural and historical sites. It was a sacred island for Ancient Greeks and with the Delos oracle being second only to that of Delphi the island became the holiest place in the Aegean.
Kivotos luxury hotel in Mykonos can organize for you a guided tour of Delos Island. The guide will show you the ancient temples, the mosaic floors of once villas, the famous Delos “Lions”, Cleopatra’s house , the amphitheatre and so much more. The tour takes approximately 3 hours. Note that the site is closed on Mondays.
The tours are performed in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish (Russian upon request). The boat departures from the old in-town harbor jetty, behind the town hall at 10.00am and return either at 12:30, 13:30 or 15:00 (there are 3 boats).
Don’t miss out on this major Greek archaeological and World Heritage site!