Delos#6 in Best Things To Do in Mykonos
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Most travelers agree that, if you have the time, a daytrip to the nearby island of Delos – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – is a must. This little island was once the religious and political center of the Cyclades; Greek legend has it that this was the birthplace of Apollo (the god of music and light) and Artemis (the goddess of the wilderness, animals and the hunt). Because of its mythological significance, the ancient Ionians declared Delos their religious capital. A few centuries later, the Athenians set up a treasury here.
However, after a Roman attack in 88 B.C. and numerous pirate confrontations in the decades following, Delos was eventually abandoned. It wasn't until the end of the 19th century – when the French School of Athens began to excavate – that Delos' rich history was finally uncovered. Today, you can wander about the ancient ruins of once-monumental structures like the Propylaea (formerly a grand marble archway) and the Sanctuary of Apollo. Travelers say you should make some time to hike up the rocky Mount Kythnos (just southwest of the harbor) for excellent views of the surrounding islands. You can also find many of the artifacts recovered from Delos at the Archaeological Museum of Delos.
If you do visit, heed the advice of past travelers by wearing sturdy shoes and bringing plenty of water and snacks to sustain you while you explore.
To reach Delos, you can hop on a ferry from the old port in Mykonos. Round-trip tickets cost 20 euros (or about $22). The ferry ride takes between 30 and 40 minutes. Depending on the time of year, there are between two and four crossings to Delos from Mykonos. Once you reach the island, you'll have to pay an entrance fee to access the archaeological site and corresponding museum. Tickets cost 12 euros (or about $13.50) per adult. Hours vary by season, but generally, it's accessible Wednesday through Monday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information, visit the museum's website. You can also visit the island with the help of a guided tour – a recommendation from past visitors.
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#1 Little Venice
This Chora neighborhood is known as one of the most stunning places on the island. Overlooking the southwest end of the harbor, it was here that many early ship captains decided to settle down and built uniquely magnificent homes overlooking the sea. Today, many of these historic homes have been transformed into a variety of cozy restaurants, trendy bars, shops and nightclubs, making this a bustling place at all hours of the day.
Recent visitors offered mixed reviews for Little Venice. Some described it as a beautiful place to relax with a drink, especially at sunset. However, other travelers said it's overpriced and crowded, especially when the cruise ships are docked. If you do visit, plan to stop by the windmills for even more photo ops as the two sightseeing hot spots are within walking distance of each other. The area is free to peruse, though you'll want to have euros on hand should a drink, snack or trinket catch your eye.
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