While the sun has set on Delos’ time as the spiritual epicentre of Greece, the memory of its glorious past lives on. Towering architectural offerings to the gods have now become essential elements to one of the world’s most esteemed archaeological destinations, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Once a cradle of civilisation and home to a population of about 30.000 the island remains an enticing destination for the contemporary traveler but is off limits to bathers who are sure to find the crystalline waters of neighbouring Rinia to be just the ticket. Additionally, Delos is home to one of the oldest synagogues known today, said to date back to between 150 and 128 BCE, sitting on the eastern side of the island. It was discovered in 1912 by a team of archaeologists and echoes the important role of Delos as a multicultural hub throughout the ages.
Today Delos’ unmistakable allure continues to inspire. Its emblematic spirit is often revived through unique projects with far-reaching sensitivities such as climate change and togetherness. In May 2022, Delos was selected to host a truly unique concert, specifically conceived to highlight the uncertainty surrounding our planet’s future. Within this magical atmosphere, Antonio Vivaldi’s renowned “Four Seasons” were brought to life, their notes reverberating against the eons-old rock formation and spreading a powerful message of awareness far and wide.
Ferries, private tours and private boat trips can be taken from the port of Mykonos, where the first step in a journey to the ancient world begins.
Following a 30-minute journey across the Aegean, step foot on the island and feel the ancient vibrations of Delos beat up through the earth. Wander through a labyrinthine maze of archaeological wonder, including sun-bleached marble, remarkably unscathed pillars, and devotional mosaics. Alongside a private tour guide, easily organised by the concierge team of Kalesma Mykonos, the true mysteries of the island of Delos will be revealed before your eyes.