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Visiting Delos, the sacred cradle of Greek gods

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Fascinating ruins and antiquities abound on Delos island

 

House of the Trident on Delos island

… an outstanding archaeological site where visitors encounter the vestiges of ancient Greek history and mythology as they wander the vast outdoor museum to explore remarkable ruins like the House of the Tritons, above

 

Daytripping back in time:  One of the top sightseeing attractions for visitors to Mykonos isn’t even situated on that island — it’s a short ferry ride away, on a separate island altogether.

It’s Delos, a UNESCO world heritage site where visitors can observe scores of antiquities and other riveting remnants of ancient Greek civilization just by wandering through remarkable outdoor ruins and a museum filled with amazing archaeological treasures.

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Visiting Delos: So much to see, indoors & out

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House of the Masks on Delos island

The House of the Masks …

 

The Temple of Isis on Delos Island

The Temple of Isis …

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Visiting Delos: How to get there

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Google map showing Rinia Delos and Mykonos

This Google map image shows Delos island’s location between Mykonos, right, and Rinia, left. Mykonos offers the closest and most convenient access to Delos, with ferry service from the Mykonos Town harbour


[Editor’s Note: Please see my Visiting Delos in 2016 post for current Delos information, including new ferry ticket prices and new fees for admission to the Delos archaeological site.]

 

Getting there from Mykonos: It’s relatively easy to reach Delos from Mykonos, which just happens to be the closest populated island.

Every day except Monday, when Delos is closed to the public, excursion boats depart the Mykonos Town harbour in the morning, and return in the early to mid-afternoon. Three different boats — the Delos Express, the Margarita and the Orca — offer round trips that typically depart at 9, 10 and 11 a.m., and return from Delos at 12:15,  1:30 and 3 p.m. I say “typically,” because the service depends upon both the season and demand. In May 2011, for instance, boats departed Mykonos only at 9 and 10, and returned at 12:15 and 3. In extremely windy or stormy weather, the boats might be cancelled altogether. You don’t have to return on the same boat that took you to Delos; you’re free to select whichever returning boat you prefer.

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Visiting Delos: Get an overview of the ancient ruins with a scenic hike to the summit of Mt Kynthos

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Mt Kynthos on Delos island

A visitor points toward Mt Kynthos from the Delos harbour

 

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From the mountaintop, visitors can appreciate the vast extent of ruins on the island. The Delos Archaeological Museum is the large building at upper right.

 

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