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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...
 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...
 Manoula's Beach Mykonos Resort
Manoula's Beach Mykonos Resort, Agios Ioannis Mykonos
Just 33 feet 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 accommodations with air conditioning. 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...
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Apsenti couples only - Mykonos, Agios Ioannis Mykonos
Apsenti is the ultimate boutique settlement, exclusively for couples and honeymooners. It features a peaceful retreat with romantic rooms, candlelit dinners and spa facilities. more...
 Bellissimo Resort
Bellissimo Resort, Agios Ioannis Mykonos
Situated along the Bay of Agios Ioannis, Bellissimo features spacious rooms with private porches or patios. There is a covered, sea-facing terrace and a swimming pool. more...
 DeLight Boutique Hotel Small Luxury Hotels of the World
DeLight Boutique Hotel Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Agios Ioannis Mykonos
Overlooking Delos Island, De.Light Hotel offers spacious and air-conditioned suites with a patio or balcony boasting Aegean Sea views. more...
 Katikies Mykonos - The Leading Hotels of the World
Katikies Mykonos - The Leading Hotels of the World, Agios Ioannis Mykonos
Located just 500 metres from the beach of Agios Ioannis in Mykonos, Katikies Mykonos is a 5-star boutique hotel featuring a selection of fine dining options, 2 infinity pools, a spa centre and a gym. more...
 Casa Del Mar Mykonos Seaside Resort
Casa Del Mar Mykonos Seaside Resort, Agios Ioannis Mykonos
Casa Del Mar Mykonos Seaside Resort offers Cycladic-style villas with views of the sea, the sunrise and the island of Naxos. more...
 Mykonos Moussa
Mykonos Moussa, Agios Ioannis Mykonos
Offering accommodations with air conditioning, Mykonos Moussa is located in Agios Ioannis Mykonos. Free WiFi is provided . more...
 Villa Alessandra
Villa Alessandra, Agios Ioannis Mykonos
Villa Alessandra offers accommodations in Agios Ioannis Mykonos, 2.9 miles from Delos Island and 2.9 miles from Delos Archaeological Site. Free WiFi is provided. more...
 Voula Apartments & Rooms
Voula Apartments & Rooms, Agios Ioannis Mykonos
In traditional blue and white Cycladic-style, Voula Apartments and Rooms is just 492 feet from Agios Ioannis Beach. It features a free form outdoor pool and poolside snack bar. more...
 Lithos by Spyros & Flora
Lithos by Spyros & Flora, Agios Ioannis Mykonos
Just 100 yards from Agios Ioannis Beach, the brand-new Lithos by Spyros & Flora is a whitewashed complex offering modernly designed accommodations with a furnished balcony. more...
 Fos Suites
Fos Suites, Agios Ioannis Mykonos
The stylish Fos Suites is a 5-minute walk from the beach and features accommodations with free Wi-Fi and a balcony overlooking the Aegean Sea and Delos Island. more...
 Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort
Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort, Agios Ioannis Mykonos
Located right on Agios Ioannis Beach, Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort provides 5-star, boutique accommodations set amidst cobble paths overlooking Delos Island. more...


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