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, has no permanent population, so it offers a soothing contrast to Mykonos, from where Delos can be visited. Overnight stays are forbidden, and boat schedules allow a maximum of four hours at Delos. Wear a hat, sunscreen and walking shoes.