TERRACE OF LIONS
Settled around 3500 BC, by 1000 BC, Delos was already a religious capital for the cult of Apollo. Polycrates, the Samos tyrant, conquered the Cyclades in 550 BC, but respected Delos. Glory years followed for Delos with both good and bad - both concerned her relationship with Athens.
The rise of Athens meant myths needed to be remade to fit new political realities and the Athenians were clever at inventing stories to connect themselves with Delos, even so far as to have the Oracle at Delphi order the purification of Delos - meaning the removal of all old tombs in an attempt to alienate Delians from their past.
From the dock at Delos, you can wander through the ruins at length. There are so many ruins and from so many periods of Delian past that it really helps if you do some reading on the history and mythologies of the island before coming. A little knowledge makes the site much more meaningful and exciting. The major sites are labelled and to walk around them takes 3-4 fours.
Epicenter for the Cult of Apollo was the Sacred Lake - now dry - surrounded still by a small wall. Here, Apollo was born. Near the Lake were several temples to Apollo, to Leto - Apollo's mother - and the famous Terrace of Lions - made in the 7th Century BC by Naxians. The view over the empty ruins is either haunting or a beginning point for someone with a fertile imagination.
Lonely Planet talks about Takis' gyros. I thought they were ***e. The meat was dry. They put paprika on it, but that doesn't really make it better than anywhere else. The service was also unfriendly.
2euros for a chicken or pork gyro.
I think LP was off on this one...
The narrow streets of Mykonos are paved with flat stones and are outlined with white paint. It's very easy to get lost in Mykonos but it's a lot of fun. The reason for this deliberate confusing layout was to foil attacking pirates, giving the villagers the chance to escape.
Mykonos - Pleasure Isle in the Cyclades
Mykonos is a Greek island and one of the top international tourist destinations, famous around the globe for its cosmopolitan character and its intense nightlife. The island is part of the Cyclades, lying between Tinos, Siros, Paros and Naxos. It spans an area of 105.183 km² and rises at an elevation of 341 m at its highest point. The island is composed primarily of granite. It has little natural fresh water and relies on the desalination of sea water in order to meet its needs. There are 9,320 inhabitants most of whom live in the largest town, Mykonos, also known as Chora, which lies on the west coast. It is believed that the island was named after a local hero, who is considered an offspring of the god Apollo and was worshipped locally in antiquity.
Archaeological finds indicate that the Ionians settled on Mykonos in the early part of the 11th century BC. More recent discoveries have uncovered remnants in Ftelia beach from the Neolithic Kares tribe dating back to as far as 3000 BC.
In Greek mythology Mykonos was the location of the battle between Zeus and the Gigantes, and the island was named in honor of Apollo's grandson Mykons. During these ancient times, Mykonos, due to its proximity to the then highly populated island of Delos, became very important as a supply island and possibly as a getaway location for Delian citizens.
Today, Mykonos is one of the world's most cosmopolitan islands, having become increasingly popular with tourists.
It is widely known for its extremely diverse and often intense nightlife featured by a vast number of bars and nightclubs.
Mykonos is also distinctive for its sandy beaches. Many Greek and international celebrities have summer residences in Mykonos and can often be seen walking the white-washed roads or having dinner at a small street-side table of an expensive restaurant or a taverna.
The nightlife of Mykonos is marketed as among the best in Europe. Mykonos is rated among the top clubbing destinations in the Mediterranean, along with Ibiza, Ayia Napa and Rimini.
Mykonos also attracts world-famous DJs to its clubs and beach bars, the most well-known of which are Paradise, Super Paradise and Paranga.