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Delos Island

The tiny, uninhabited island of Delos is one of the most important archaeological sites in the whole of Greece . Located in the middle of the Aegean Sea, Delos became the major religious and commercial centre of the ancient Greek world. This was the mythical birthplace of the god Apollo and his twin sister Artemis - a once magnificent showcase of temples, shrines and sanctuaries, the remains of which make Delos one big open-air museum.

The island lies at the heart of the Cyclades - the archipelago takes its name from the fact that it encircles sacred Delos ("kyklos" is the Greek word for circle). It's just a few kilometres off the south west tip of the frantic party island of Mykonos but the two are worlds apart. Mykonos is famed for having one of the wildest night scenes in the Mediterranean whereas Delos sends its day trippers packing before the sun goes down. There's no holiday accommodation here and freelance camping anywhere within this World Heritage listed site is strictly forbidden .

Star attractions include the Sanctuary of Apollo with its three temples dating from the 6 th and 5 th centuries BC. To the west of the sanctuary lies the Sacred Lake where Apollo was reputedly born after his mother Leto fled the jealous wrath of Hera, wife of Zeus. Leto fell pregnant by the king of the gods but was forced to scour the Aegean for a safe place to give birth to her twins after her all-powerful paramour ruthlessly dumped her. Zeus allegedly spied on the birth from the peak of Mount Kythnos in the south of the island. If you have the stamina to climb to the 113-metre summit you'll be rewarded with magnificent views of the archaeological site and the surrounding islands .

Standing guard over the Sacred Lake are nine replicas of the famous marble lions, which were a gift from the people of Naxos in the 7 th century BC. Five of the original lions can be seem in the island's archaeological museum which houses a fascinating collection of exhibits including 7 th century BC statues, reliefs, masks and ancient jewellery .

Other attractions include the amphitheatre, built in 300 BC to accommodate 5,500 spectators, and the nearby theatre quarter where the island's wealthiest inhabitants built opulent houses with grand, colonnaded courtyards.

At the Sanctuary of the Syrian Gods you can see the ruins of a theatre where audiences used to watch ritual orgies. Many of the ruined buildings scattered around the four-kilometre square sight contain elaborate, well-preserved mosaics painstakingly uncovered by the French Archaeology School which is still at work on Delos having started excavations in 1873 .

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 Saint John Hotel Villas & Spa
Saint John Hotel Villas & Spa, Agios Ioannis Mykonos
Occupying 5 acres, Saint John Hotel Villas & Spa features an infinity pool with open views of its private beach. Rooms with spa bathtub, fine dining, and famous bars await guests. more...
 Manoula's Beach Mykonos Resort
Manoula's Beach Mykonos Resort, Agios Ioannis Mykonos
Just 10 metres from Agios Ioannis Beach in Mykonos, the 4-star, Cycladic-style Manoula's Beach Mykonos Resort offers a pool and a seafront restaurant. It features accommodation with air conditioning. more...
 Casa Del Mar Mykonos Seaside Resort
Casa Del Mar Mykonos Seaside Resort, Agios Ioannis Mykonos
Casa Del Mar Mykonos Seaside Resort has Cycladic-style villas with views of the sea, the sunrise and the island of Naxos. It is in the area of Aleomandra, over its private cove on Glyfadi bay. more...
 Hippie Chic Hotel
Hippie Chic Hotel, Agios Ioannis Mykonos
Right on the beach of Agios Ioannis, Hippie Chic Hotel features a pool and elegant accommodation with free WiFi. more...
 Evagelia's Place
Evagelia's Place, Agios Ioannis Mykonos
Evagelia's Place is a short walk to the beaches of Ornos and Agios Ionanis. The budget hotel offers free airport/port transportation services upon arrival and departure. more...
 Mykonos Moussa
Mykonos Moussa, Agios Ioannis Mykonos
Offering accommodation with air conditioning, Mykonos Moussa is situated in Agios Ioannis Mykonos. Free WiFi is provided . more...
 Villa Onuoha
Villa Onuoha, Agios Ioannis Mykonos
Located just 2.9 miles from Delos Island, Villa Onuoha has accommodations in Agios Ioannis Mykonos with a garden, a terrace, as well as free shuttle service. more...
Angelina, Agios Ioannis Mykonos
Located in Agios Ioannis Mykonos, within 3 miles of Delos Island, Angelina offers accommodations with free WiFi and air conditioning. The Delos Archaeological Site is within 3 miles of the villa. more...
 Mykonos Family Home Villa
Mykonos Family Home Villa, Agios Ioannis Mykonos
Located in Agios Ioannis Mykonos, Mykonos Family Home Villa provides accommodations with free WiFi, air conditioning, barbecue facilities and access to a garden with an outdoor pool. more...
 Anax Resort and Spa
Anax Resort and Spa, Agios Ioannis Mykonos
Boasting a seafront location in Agios Ioannis in Mykonos, Anax Resort ideally blends Cycladic architecture with modern amenities. more...
 Diana Villa Mykonos
Diana Villa Mykonos, Agios Ioannis Mykonos
Diana Villa Mykonos is located in Agios Ioannis Mykonos and offers a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and barbecue facilities. more...
 Voula Apartments & Rooms
Voula Apartments & Rooms, Agios Ioannis Mykonos
In traditional blue and white Cycladic-style, Voula Apartments and Rooms is just 150 metres from Agios Ioannis Beach. It boasts a free form outdoor pool and poolside snack bar. more...
 Horizon Hotel
Horizon Hotel, Agios Ioannis Mykonos
Located just a 10-minute walk from Agios Ioannis Beach of Mykonos, the seafront Horizon Hotel features 3 small outdoor pools and offers uniquely decorated rooms, suites and villas overlooking the more...
SeeSea, Agios Ioannis Mykonos
Located in Agios Ioannis Mykonos, SeeSea offers accommodations with a balcony and free WiFi. All units come with a patio, a kitchenette with an oven, and a private bathroom. more...
 Two level summer house on the Beach
Two level summer house on the Beach, Agios Ioannis Mykonos
Featuring sea views, Two level summer house on the Beach provides accommodations with a private beach area, around 2.7 miles from Delos Island. This apartment has a tennis court. more...


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