The island of Delos near Mykonos, is one of the most important mythological, historical and archaeological sites in Greece. For ancient Greeks it was the most sacred place because Apollo, god of daylight, and goddess of night light Artemis, two of the most important deities of the Greek pantheon, were born there.
Delos, the birthplace of Light, since 1990 is a UNESCO world heritage site and reserves its uniqueness. Nowhere else in the Globe is there a natural insular archaeological site of this size and importance, which hosts many monumental antiquities from the Archaic, the Classical, and the Hellenistic periods. The excavations, that started in 1872 and are still in progress, have unearthed the Sanctuary and a good part of the cosmopolitan Hellenistic town. The findings from the excavations are kept in the Delos Museum, and include all or part of some 30,000 vessels, statuettes, small objects, 8,000 sculptures, and 3,000 inscriptions. Most of the sculptures, a few pottery and small objects are exhibited in the Museum’s eleven halls.
The archaeological experience is the one and only activity the island is about and the visitation hours are from 9:00 to 15:00 p.m. The island is accessible on a daily basis by boat from Mykonos, weather permitting. In the summertime, boats from Paros and Naxos too round off the service.
More info: Unesco