If you are staying in Mykonos, you can easily take a day trip to Delos Island. It is one of the most popular islands in Greece, because of its rich history and significance in so many mythological tales. To get here, you just need to take a 45-minute ferry over to the island. I wanted to see the most popular spots and hear all the mythological and historical information that makes this island so popular, which is why I booked a tour with Kyklomar Tours.
What makes this island so important? It is believed to be where light was born as Apollo, God of daylight, harmony, and balance and his twin sister, Artemis, goddess of the moon and nightlight, were born. Since this was an island that birthed immortal gods, Delians thought that they could not die or be harmed on the island, as it was protected by the the Greek Gods. Due to this strong belief, no barriers or other protective structures were built to guard them from potential enemies, which basically made them an open target! Eventually, they were attacked for their valuables and the city was destroyed. This happened twice, but after the second time, the population slowly decreased and was eventually abandoned.
Our guide walked us all over the city, showing us the homes, temples dedicated to Apollo and Artemis, main theatre and many other landmarks such as the Terrace of the Lions. As she explained each place with incredibly colorful detail, I could actually picture what it must have been like. At the end, we were given individual free time to explore and visit the museum. The museum is included and well worth checking out, as it is full of mosaics, statues, and literally hundreds of objects found around the city. So take a break from the beaches and head over to Greece’s most sacred island!
**Thank you Kyklomar Tours for hosting me. As always, my opinions are my own.