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An Insider's Guide to Mykonos

A Journey Through Time: Exploring the Islands of Delos and Rhenia

With its golden sandy beaches, lively nightlife, and whitewashed houses, Mykonos is a
visitor’s paradise. However, did you know that Delos and Rhenia, two of Greece’s most
charming islands in the Cyclades archipelago, are only a short boat trip away? You can
even see Delos from the shores of Mykonos!
You can easily embark on a cultural journey to these magnificent destinations during your
stay at Villa Hurmoses.  Boats for the islands leave daily from the Hora dock in town near the
Paraportiannis church between 9:00 am and 2:30 pm, Tuesday through to Sunday.
One of the most significant archaeological sites in Greece will be found on Delos, while
Rhenia boasts breathtaking golden beaches and turquoise waters. Both islands are perfect
destinations for exploring their fascinating history amidst stunning landscapes and one-of-a-
kind attractions.
Delos – The Sacred Island

Delos, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, holds great significance in Greek
history and mythology. Despite being one of the smallest islands, it is one of the most highly
regarded and revered destinations in all of Greece. It is now home to an outdoor museum
depicting antiquities and stories from the island’s past.
During ancient times, Delos served as a religious hub, and it flourished as a bustling
commercial center throughout the Hellenistic period. The island was believed to be the
birthplace of the divine siblings Apollo and Artemis, which only adds to its sacred aura.
This magical island is home to numerous architectural marvels that have withstood the rigors
of time certain, some ruins date back to the 3rd millennium B. The ongoing excavations
since 1872 have led to the discovery of ancient artifacts ranging from sacred vessels,
statues, elaborate sculptures, and inscriptions, to ruins of agoras, temples, a fountain,
marble lions, and even a theater—just to mention a few.
One notable structure is the Sanctuary of Apollo, which houses the famous Terrace of the
Lions. These magnificent stone lions once served as guardians of the sanctuary and their
proud if battered remains can still be seen today, offering a vivid insight into life in bygone
Another highlight of the island is the House of Dionysus, a beautifully preserved ancient villa
adorned with intricate mosaics depicting the god of wine and revelry. Look out also for the
theater, the stadium, and the 2nd century BC Agora of the Competaliasts.
The Hellenistic city once boasted a bustling market. Located near the Sacred Harbor, the
market square is adorned with large, flat gneiss stones, and even today many of them
feature the original openings designed for tent poles. On the north side, you can find the
Portico of Philip and a small Ionic temple dedicated to Hermes, the god of trade, while shops
and workshops are located on both the east and south sides of the market.

Two marble statues positioned in the center of the square are dedicated to Hermes.
Surrounding them, one can observe the foundations of monuments constructed by bankers,
ship captains, and traders.
Delos is unique in that it houses a staggering number of priceless treasures dating back to
the Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic eras—the golden ages of Greek art.
Rhenia – An Unspoiled Paradise
While Delos offers a captivating journey through history, Rhenia, a Natura 2000 protected
area, is a pristine paradise that invites you to bask in its tranquil beauty. This uninhabited
island, also known as the “Big Delos”, is a haven for nature lovers as well as beachgoers.
With crystal-clear turquoise waters, secluded coves, and pristine sandy beaches, Rhenia
offers a serene contrast to the hustle and bustle of Mykonos.
The island’s distinct geological features include imposing rock arches and caves which,
along with the spectacular scenery, create a perfect environment for hiking as you discover
the rich variety of plants and animals.
If you prefer more relaxing pastimes, Rhenia’s secluded beaches provide an ideal backdrop
for sunbathing, swimming, or snorkeling, before indulging in a tasty meal of fresh seafood
and regional specialties.
Why Visit Delos and Rhenia?
Delos and Rhenia offer a rare combination of history, culture, and natural beauty that is hard
to find elsewhere. Thanks to ongoing preservation efforts, a renewed focus on sustainable
tourism, and the introduction of electric-powered boats for tours to Delos and Rhenia, the
two islands promise an unforgettable experience for lovers of antiquities, nature enthusiasts,
adventurers, and all those who like to venture away from the crowds. Bound together by
geography, history, and legend, they offer visitors a unique opportunity to walk in the
footsteps of the ancient Greeks.