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Mykonos & Delos sailing holidays

The bare rocky island of Mykonos - Μύκονος was once one of the most important trading centres in the western Aegean. Its arid and only moderately fertile soil permits only a modest development of agriculture, but its beautiful beaches have made it one of the most popular holiday islands in the Aegean. Indeed, the new marina port is growing in popularity and is actually becoming a small charter base from which you can hire charter yachts to start your sailing holiday. Moreover, it has a flourishing craft industry and Mykonos is also the starting point from which to visit the neighbouring island of Delos.
The famous windmills - Mykonos waterfront Mykonos town The beautiful Panormos bay on Mykonos
Delos - Δήλος, is likewise a rocky island and lies 5 nm south-west of Mykonos and it is one of the smallest of the Cyclades. Yet, Apollo was born on Delos and the island was therefore of great importance in antiquity. Indeed, the Cyclades were so called because they were seen as lying in a circle (kyklos) round this sacred island.

The extensive area of remains excavated under the direction of French archaeologists from 1873 onwards is one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece.
East of Mykonos lies the rocky island of Tragonisi or Dragonisi, with sea-caves frequented by seals.

 Previous: Sifnos to the north east.
Sailing map of Mykonos and Delos
 Next: Serifos further to the west.


Aerial photo of Mykonos According to legend Mykonos was the rock with which Poseidon slew the giants. The island's history was closely bound up with that of Tinos. Unlike Tinos, however, it was occupied by the Turks, though it contrived to maintain a considerable degree of independence under Turkish rule.

According to the ancient myth Delos (Dilos) was the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. The destinies of the island turned on its importance as a pan-Hellenic shrine.

Yacht charters Myconos and Delos

  1. Area of the Sanctuaries of Apollo and Artemis
  2. Area of the Sacred Lake
  3. Area of the Theatre
  4. Slope of the Mount Cynthus (Kynthos)
  5. Mount Cynthus (Kynthos)
  6. Area of the Stadium
  7. Harbours
  1. Delian Temple of Apollo
  2. Athenian Temple of Apollo
  3. Poros Temple of Apollo
  4. Colossus of the Naxians
  5. Temple of Artemis
  6. Keraton
  7. Treasuries
  8. House of the Naxians
  9. Ekklesiasterion
  10. Thesmophoreion
  11. Stoa of the Naxians
  12. Bouleuterion
  13. Prytaneion
  14. Neorion or Bull Monument
  15. Stoa of Antigonus
  16. Propylon
  17. Sacred Road
  18. Agora of the Delians
  19. South Stoa
  20. Stoa of Philippus
  21. Agora of the Competaliasts
  22. Agora of Theophrastus
  23. Hypostyle Hall or Stoa of Poseidon
  24. Sacred Lake
  25. Lion Terrace
  26. Temple of Leto
  27. Temple of Twelve Gods
  28. Agora of Italians
  29. Sanctuary of Dionysus or Stoibadeion
  30. Sacred Harbour
   Archaic period
   Classical period
   Hellenistic period
   Roman period
  1. House of the Lake
  2. House of Diadumenos
  3. House of Poseidoniasts
  4. Granite Palaestra
  5. Trading Harbour
  6. Theatre
  7. House of Kleopatra
  8. House of Dionysus
  9. House of Trident
  10. House of Masks
  11. House of Dolphins
  12. House of Hermes
  13. House of Inopos
  14. Samothrakeion and Memorial of Mithridates
  15. Sanctuary of Syrian Gods
  16. Serapeion A
  17. Serapeion B
  18. Serapeion C, including Temple of the Egyptians Gods and Temple of Isis
  19. Temple of Hera
  20. Sanctuary of Agathe Tykhe or Philadelpheion
  21. Cave of Cynthus (Kynthos)
  22. Cynthian Sanctuary of Zeus and Athena
  23. Hippodrome
  24. Archegesion
  25. Stadium
  26. Gymnasium
  27. Synagoga
  28. (Archaeological Museum) (modern)
Yacht charters Mykonos and Dilos
The earliest settlers on Delos, in the 3rd millennium BCE, were Phoenicians and Carians. After their displacement by Ionians in the 1st millennium BCE the island became the main centre of the cult of Apollo, and splendid games - said to have been originally established by Theseus - were held annually in honour of the god. In the 6th c. BCE Peisistratos carried out a purification (catharsis) of the island by removing all tombs from the area round the sanctuary, and in a second purification in 426-425 BCE all births, deaths and burials on the island were prohibited and the existing tombs were removed to the neighbouring island of Rinia (Rhinia).
Lions Terrace on Delos Island
When the Panionic League was founded after the Persian Wars, the Temple of Apollo was selected as the treasury of the League. In 454 BCE, however, Athens carried off the contents of the treasury and reduced Delos and the other islands to a condition of dependence. In 314 BCE Delos asserted its independence of Athens and thereafter developed a prosperous trade which made it the economic centre of the archipelago. Foreign trading guilds including the Hermaists (Roman) and the Poseidoniasts (Syrians from Berytos, present-day Beirut) established themselves on the island.
The lions terrace on Delos island Temple of Aphrodite - Delos Columns in chaos
In 166 BCE the Romans gained control of Delos, and thereafter assigned it to Athens. This brought a revival of the island's prosperity, particularly after the destruction of Corinth. The end came with the devastation of Delos by Mithridates in 88 BCE, followed by its complete destruction by pirates in 69 BCE. Thereafter the island was almost uninhabited, and when Pausanias visited it in the 2nd c. he saw only the custodians of the deserted sanctuary. A fresh settlement was established in Christian times, but this was only a brief life.

Officially it is still forbidden for yachts to anchor off the coast of Delos, however I have seen several yachts spending the night anchored in the channel Aerial photo of Delos between Delos and Rinia (south of the Remmatia Islet). Furthermore, several visitors of my website have told me that yachts are condoned, even permitted, to visit Delos till 15:00 hours when the exhibitions close. Consensus is that the Fourni Bay, 500 m further south, is the best anchorage, and for spending the night the nearby south bay on Rinia will provide good shelter from the Meltemi.

The island of Rinia is west of Delos and is also known as Megali Dilos, the ancient Reneia. After the second purification it became the burial-place for Delos.

Cyclades Islands
 Andros, Tinos
 Mykonos, Delos
 Paros, Antiparos
 Milos, Kimolos
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5 April 2019
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