Delos Island – blast to the past in Greece

Delos Island

Delos Island: Our first day excursion on (or from) the island of Mykonos. Delos Island is one of the most important mythological, historical and archaeological sites in Greece. The excavations in the island are among the most extensive in the Mediterranean so of course, we decided to make a day trip of it.

Information:

  • The excavations are open from 8:30AM to 3PM, so have an early start if you really want to see it all (an hour or two is really needed)
  •  There are daily boat excursions from Mykonos except Monday, because the archaeological site is closed that day
  • Buy tickets off the dock – shops are all around
  • Boats leave at 9AM, 10AM and 11AM from the pier at the west side of the harbor, right behind the little church of Agios Nikolaos.
  • The boat trip takes about 30 minutes.
  • Boats return at 12:15PM, 1:30PM and 3PM.
  • Boat trips to Delos are also organized from Platys Gialos and Paranga Beach.
  • The cost is €17 for the boat trip plus €5 for entrance (though free for students and €3 for those over 65).
  • A guided tour, departing at 10AM from the pier in Mykonos, will cost € 40 (including boat trip and entrance fee).

Delos Island

+ We bought our ferry tickets and got to the dock early in the morning. Bleary-eyed and with some time to kill, we got tea & coffee to wake us up. The ferry was a 30 minute ride which surprisingly got me nauseous and I’m prone to getting seasick but not that easily. Mimi tends to get more motion sickness than I do and she fared well but she also had some dramamine. :-\

Delos Island

Maybe because I’m a bit of a history buff but I regret not going with a tour guide/audio guide! With  excursions like this, it is really nice to have some background knowledge and context to everything.

They did have some nice information on the boards though. There is a path to direct your walking and at the end, there’s a building where you can use the bathroom, buy souvenirs, get some food, and fresh squeezed orange juice.

Delos Island

Delos Island

The Naxion Lions of Delos. This is where Apollo was born.  The number of lions is estimated to be between 9-16.  According to description, the lions had their  mouths open and (silent) roaring set to inspire a divine fear to the worshipers.

Delos Island

Delos Island

A stray cat that Mimi and I were immediately fond of. How do these cats survive out here? It’s a dry island!

Delos Island

Delos Island

More of the ruins. The island could never sustain life which eventually left it abandoned and uninhibited. It was used to worship mainly anyway.

Delos Island

Our view before getting on the ferry. Mykonos!

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