Today the island of Delos is uninhabited and can only be visited during the day, but once there were more than 40,000 inhabitants. It was an important center of commerce and religion. According to legend, Delos is the birthplace of the Greek sun god Apollo and his sister Artemis. In ancient times there were shops, temples, market halls and warehouses. It also played an important role in the slave trade.
The history of this island goes back to the 6th century BC. From the 1st century BC this welfare state came in decline and the island was abandoned. Today you will find one of the largest archaeological sites in the world. It's part of the UNESCO World Heritage.
A visit to Delos is a must for the history lover. The archaeological site is fairly well preserved and you get a good picture of life in what was once a very prosperous city.
Count for this excursion on half a day. On the way back you can visit Mykonos town. On Monday, the site is closed.
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