Ancient Delos, southwest of Mykonos, is a tiny island (about 4 sq km) but it contains extensive Greco-Roman ruins which rival the ruins of Delphi and Olympia, but be warned, if you are prone to seasickness, the island is located in one of the most turbulent areas of the Aegean. The boat trip takes about 40 minutes; in windy conditions (the norm), breakfast should be a dry bread roll or two, nothing more. In summer, there are also daily trips to Delos from Tinos.
Delos became a shrine because Leto, a nymph pregnant by Zeus, gave birth there first to Artemis and then, clutching a palm tree, to Apollo.
A floating rock, Delos was rewarded for braving Hera’s jealous wrath by four diamond pillars that anchored it to the seabed.Most of the ruins on Delos occupy a broad area on the island’s west coast. To the south is the theatre quarter (pictured), with various domestic buildings. On the north of the site are the sanctuaries to which pilgrims from all over the Mediterranean came with votive offerings and sacrificial animals.