Delos

The Cyclades fulfil their collective name (kyklos means circle) by encircling the sacred island of Delos. 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.

The island, just 5km long and 1300m wide, offers a soothing contrast to Mykonos, its main access point. Overnight stays are forbidden, so visits are at the mercy of boat schedules. Aside from the museum, there's very little shelter; a hat, sunscreen and walking shoes are sensible precautions.

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These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Delos.

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