Let’s learn everything you need to know to visit Delos. The small island of Delos has one of the most important archaeology sites in Greece. The only way to visit the site is to get a day return ferry from a nearby island (Mykonos, Paros or Naxos). You can’t stay overnight on Delos, which has been uninhabited since 478 BC. Facilities are limited, so pack a picnic and bring all the essentials, including a sunhat and walking shoes.
Archaeological buffs and lovers of legends can’t miss a trip to the sacred island of Delos (Dilos), the archaeological jewel of the Cyclades. Travelers can see firsthand where the ancients lived and clamber over the ruins they left behind. Held sacred as the mythological birthplace of Apollo, Delos was at the heart of the ancient world as an important religious and commercial center, reaching its zenith in the Hellenic period around the 5th century BC.
The huge site sprawls along the island’s west coast, from the stadium in the north to the old trading warehouses to the south. Standouts include the Sanctuary of Apollo temples and the Terrace of the Lions. The remains of private houses surround the semicircular theater, and the site includes several agoras, monuments, sanctuaries and temples. You can see finds from the excavations at the site museum, including the original lions from the much-photographed Terrace of the Lions. Another must-do is the climb up nearby Mt Kythnos for views over the island, sea and site.
Whether you catch the ferry to Delos to take in as much of its cultural significance as you can or go to experience for yourself one of the most evocative heritage sites in Greece, you will not be disappointed. The island of Delos truly does have something for everyone visiting Greece. Find all of your beach essentials here for your Delos Greece vacation. Let’s visit Delos Island Greece! You can also visit our Cyclades Travel Guide or Pinterest for information on all the best Cyclades Islands.
Delos Weather (When to Visit)
The best time to visit is Delos is spring and early summer (mid-Apr to mid-June) or autumn (Sept to mid-Oct). This way, you’ll avoid the summer high season, with its inflated prices, hordes of tourists and high temperatures (heat waves of 100°F are routine). Avoid August, unless you really like scorching heat, crowds, and overbooked planes, ferry boats, and hotels. In the autumn, you will enjoy warm days with still-warm waters. One drawback: Off-season there are fewer boats and flights to the islands, where some shops, hotels, and restaurants do not open until June and then close in October.
Best Delos Area (Mykonos) Beaches
Psarou Beach is famous for attracting celebrities from all over the world. It is a beautiful organized sandy beach with clear turquoise waters situated in the south part of Mykonos. Despite the celebrities and the VIPs, many people choose Psarou because it is a great destination for water sports, such as scuba diving and jet ski. There are plenty of restaurants and beach bars here.
Paradise Beach is a well-organized flat beach with sunbeds, umbrellas, showers, changing rooms, and a spacious parking lot. There are also a lot of popular beach bars (Tropicana, Paradise, and Guapaloca), so it gets crowded during the summer season with the majority of the people being youngish.
Kalafatis is known for its water sports. This is very much an active beach. In the left corner of the beach of Kalafatis one can find a hut with hire facilities from a snorkel to diving. There is also a windsurf center, where you can rent a board by hour, and a water sports center for jet skiing.
Paraga Beach is a combination of two sandy beaches separating by a headland and forming a large beach. The southern beach is the calmer, while the northern one is fully organized and lined by many taverns playing music. Paranga beach can be reached by bus.
Platis Gialos Beach
Platis Gialos is one of the most popular beaches of the island, filling with thousands of people during summer time attracted by the golden sand and the wonderful turquoise crystalline waters. Platis Gialos is a fully organized beach, with many hotels lined in front of the beach. Here many people walk straight down to the beach from their rooms.
Delos Area Recommended Tours & Activities
Mykonos Catamaran Daytime or Sunset Sailing with Food and Drinks
Set sail on the bright blue Aegean with this unforgettable catamaran cruise from Mykonos. Swim and snorkel in the crystalline coves around the islands of Rheina and mythical Delos, or visit the pristine southern beaches of Mykonos. Drop anchor for a delicious, multicourse Greek meal cooked up right on board, accompanied by unlimited beer and wine from an open bar. Book Your Mykonos Catamaran Sailing Tour Here.
Ancient Delos Tour
Uncover the myths and legends of ancient Greece on an educational tour of Delos from Mykonos. With an expert historian guide, discover ancient monuments like the Temple of Apollo and the Sacred Way. Enrich your historical knowledge at the Museum of Delos; marvel at the archaic Sanctuary of Artemis; and learn about the culture of the Greek empire from your expert guide. Opt to upgrade your tour to include lunch at a Mykonian farm and a walking tour of Mykonos Old Town. Book Your Ancient Delos Tour Here.
Mykonos: Small-Group Sailing Yacht Cruise to Rhenia and Guided Tour of Delos
Discover the beautiful Cyclades Islands the way they were meant to be seen — from the water! On this full-day yacht cruise from Mykonos, sail across the turquoise Aegean to the uninhabited islands of Rhenia and Delos, stopping to swim and snorkel at a pristine beach cove. Customize your day at sea with either a guided visit to the UNESCO-listed archaeological site at Delos or an extra swimming stop, and savor the good life with a light Greek lunch and refreshing drinks onboard. Book Your Cruise to Rhenia and Guided Tour of Delos Here.
Delos Day Trip from Mykonos
Ride the ferry from Mykonos to Delos with a local guide who shares expert knowledge about the UNESCO World Heritage–listed island. Unveil the drama of Delos during this half-day walking tour through the excavated ruins of its main archaeological site. See the Terrace of the Lions, House of Dionysus, Archaeological Museum of Delos and more as you learn about the sacred isle’s place in Ancient Greek history. Meet at the port or upgrade to include pickup from Mykonos hotels. Book Your Delos Day Trip from Mykonos Tour Here.
Sailing adventure with Nadia K to Delos and Rhenia Island from Mykonos
Leave the crowds on Mykonos behind and catch the wind with this sailing cruise to two nearby Aegean islands. Set sail from Tourlos Bay to the UNESCO-listed island of Delos to explore the ancient Greek ruins at your own pace. Then head to the island of Rhenia, with a stop to swim and snorkel in the crystalline waters. Relax over lunch on board, served with wine, beer, and soft drinks. Book Your Sailing Adventure Here.
Best Delos Area (Mykonos) Restaurants
Avra Restaurant $21 – 57
Avra is conveniently located no matter which hotel you are staying at or which attraction you are taking in. The Avra salad has become something of a celebrity in this town, and a must have. Also enjoy a range of pastas, including a seafood pasta with fresh caught ingredients. The open-air grill can prepare swordfish, shrimp or souvlaki, but inquiring about the catch of the day may lead to an unforgettable experience. Telephone: 30 22890 22298 Web: Avra Restaurant Menu
Bakalo Restaurant $11 – 30
Bakalo is set in a traditional Mykonian house that dates back to the 18th century. On the menu, you will find dishes such as Mykonian spiced cheese with peppers, Cycladian cheese dumplings with tomato and lemon dressing, marinated octopus from Syros, and baked mushrooms stuffed with pork and gruyere cheese from Naxos. Telephone: 30 22890 78121 Web: Bakalo Menu
Blue Myth $30 & Over
The Blue Myth Restaurant is one of the two restaurants at Petinos Beach. Diners can breathe in the fresh sea air, while dining off a wide choice of Mediterranean dishes, as well as an interesting selection of international dishes, with everything from homemade pizza to filet steaks. Telephone: 30 22890 22127 Web: Blue Myth
Coo $30 & Over
The cuisine offered is world class and the highlight is the sushi. The Kobe Beef Filet, a world-famous delicacy made from cuts of the Wagyu cattle that have been raised by following certain strict traditions, is one of their specialties. Their wine list is impressive with several unique collections that can satisfy even the most discerning wine lover. Telephone: 30 22890 26292 Web: Coo
Hippy Fish $11 – 30
The Hippie Fish Restaurant offers a diverse menu that includes the authentic Mediterranean and Greek cuisines and the dishes are made from fresh ingredients that ensure that traditional dishes retain the same taste they are supposed to possess. The restaurant is open from May to October, Monday through Sunday, for lunch, dinner and late-night meals. Telephone: 30 6930 398588 Web: Hippy Fish
Best Beach Clubs (Mykonos)
Skorpios, Paraga Beach
The beach-side lair encompasses a sandy beach, open-plan restaurant, and sunset beach for our music rituals. Given the popularity of Scorpios and the current regulations, we have a reservations-only policy this season. Telephone: 30 2289 029250 Web: Skorpios
JackieO’, Super Paradise Beach
Experience the most unique Beach Club in Mykonos. Located above the dazzling turquoise waters of Super Paradise Bay, JackieO’ Beach Club awaits with an explosion of the senses. Express yourself and relax among the attentive team all day on the Beach, Jacuzzi or Poolside. Telephone: 30 697 301 0981 Web: JackieO’
Alemagou, Ftelia Beach
A bohemian setting you wouldn’t expect to find in Mykonos. Originally laid-back yet eclectic, totally relaxed yet elegant, both remote and cosmopolitan, rough yet refined. Bring only what’s necessary: your swimsuit, your sunblock, your flip flops, your panama hat and your “surfer’s” attitude without the attitude. Telephone: 30 2289 071339 Web: Alemagou
Kensho, Psarou Beach
Whether you prefer the laid back ambience of the cosmopolitan beach bar, listening to live music or exploring an impressive wine list, there’s a venue to meet all tastes at Kenshō Beach Bar at Psarou, Mykonos. The place to be once sun sets. On the cosmopolitan beach of Kenshō Psarou with a lounge atmosphere take your time to try from our fabulous wine and cocktail list and enjoy the perfect ambience. Telephone: 30 22890 29002 Web: Kensho Beach Bar
Beefbar on the Coast, Agios Ioannis Beach
Experience the jaw-dropping transformation of this internationally celebrated bar restaurant, constructed to align with the natural environment. Soak up the Greek sun under one of the full-service sunbeds and wooden cabanas on the tiered terrace and jump into the pristine waters of the Aegean sea. Telephone: 30 2289 077865 Web: Beefbar