Take a break from the party atmosphere of Mykonos and step back in time on the island of Delos. The island has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to many ancient Greek temples dedicated to the gods.
Read below for my experience visiting Delos!
– How to Get There –
Delos is a quick boat trip (approximately 40 minutes) from Mykonos making it the perfect day trip!
Ferries leave daily from Mykonos year round and also from Tinos and Naxos during the summer months. Make sure to check local ferry times for the most up-to-date departure times and rates.
There are also several tour companies in Mykonos that offer trips to Delos if guided tours are more your style.
– What to Expect –
The sacred island has become an important archaeological site due to the many ancient ruins of temples dedicated to Apollo, Leto, Artemis, Zeus and others. In Greek mythology, Leto was the lover of Zeus and had to escape to the island of Delos to avoid the wrath of Hera, the wife of Zeus. It was on the island of Delos that she gave birth to Apollo and Artemis! The island went on to become a major religious center and trading post for the ancient world.
Today, you can explore the small island by foot and visit the ancient ruins as well as the small museum. Plan for 1 – 2 hours to walk the ruins and note that tourism is welcomed during the day with an entrance fee.
– Know Before You Go –
- It can get hot, hot, hot during the summer months and with little shaded areas on Delos, I recommend going early in the morning. Make sure to bring plenty of water as well as sunscreen and a hat.
- Delos is a small, walkable island so wear comfortable walking shoes.
- There is a small shop on the island with drinks and snacks for purchase.
- Lastly, make sure to have cash on hand for the entrance fee.