12 Cyclades Delos – Mykonos

The Cyclades form a cluster of islands in the south Aegean Sea. They are Mykonos, Delos, Tinos, Syros, Andros, Naxos, los, Paros, Thera or Santorini, Kea, Yaros, Kythnos, Siphnos, Milos, Kimolos, Folegandros, Sikinos, Serifos, Amorgos, Anaphi and several smaller islands.

In addition to this, many small islets are scattered the length and breadth of the Aegean. All are notable for their picturesque scenery, their clean seas and beaches, their small towns and villages, many of which are interesting architecturally, and their historical remains, which cover all periods (prehistoric, classical, Hellnistic and Roman, Byzantine, Frankish, Turkish, and modern). The Aegean islands can offer the traveller a wide variety of types of entertainment, from the noisy international and cosmopolitan centres to the idyllic atmosphere still to be found in isolated villages.


Not far from Mykonos lies Delos, the island of light, the rock which was once the most splendid religious, artistic and commercial centre of ancient Hellenism, mythical birthplace of the God Apollo and the Goddess Artemis. Today Delos is a vast conglomeration of ruins. Among them the most interesting are those of: the Agora, the treasuries of the various cities, the Stoa of Antigonos, the theatre, the Terrace of the Lions, the Sanctuary of the bulls, the Sanctuary of the bulls, the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Dean’s house and many houses with the most beautiful mosaic floors, representations of dolphins, a Satyr, and that of Dionysus with a thyrsus in one hand and a cymbal in the other astride a panther.

 Delos photo

Delos (I) , AWIB-ISAW: Delos (I) View of several stone structures and monuments at Delos, including a colonnade (two columns with Ionian capitals remain standing) and a fragmented kouros statue. by Harry Meyer copyright: Harry Meyer (used with permission) photographed place: Delos (Delos) [https://pleiades.stoa.org/places/599587/] Published by the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World as part of the Ancient World Image Bank (AWIB). Further information: [https://www.nyu.edu/isaw/awib.htm]. – by isawnyu .


is one of the most characteristic of the Cycladic islands, with its white-washed houses, hundreds of churches, windmills, and stair-like narrow streets. Since the second world war, Mykonos has become a tourist centre of international fame. Foreigners find the island fascinating, with plenty to do both in the daytime and at night.