The mythical birthplace of twins Apollo and Artemis, splendid Ancient Delos was a shrine turned sacred treasury and commercial centre. This Unesco World Heritage Site is one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece. Cast your imagination wide to transform this sprawling ruin into the magnificent city it once was. While many significant finds from Delos are in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, the site’s museum retains an interesting collection, including lions from the Terrace of the Lions. The island, just 5km long and 1300m wide, has no permanent population, so offers a soothing contrast to Mykonos.
Overnight stays are forbidden and boat schedules allow a maximum of four hours at Delos. Bring water and food, wear a hat, sunscreen and walking shoes.
Just west of Delos lies Rineia, an island just small of 14 square kilometres which is now uninhabited. Rineia in ancient times was under the domination of the tyrant Polycrates of Samos and dedicated to Delian Apollo.Here in Rineia people from Delos were bundled off because they were not allowed neither to die or even born in Delos.
Delos island located about 6 miles west of Mykonos, 10 miles south of Tinos and about 15 miles west of Syros. The specific geographical coordinates are 37°24’51.7″N 25°13’40.9″E in Aegean Sea.
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