Day Trips in Mykonos

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Mykonos is one of the many Greek holiday islands, with links to the myth of Hercules (it is supposedly the site of one of his twelve feats of strength) and thanks to its prime position in the sea, there are plenty of other equally interesting islands that can be reached on a day trip from Mykonos. Mykonos itself can also be visited on a day trip from places such as Athens.

The Island of Delos

Delos is a tiny island just six short miles from the island of Mykonos. This little island is supposedly the birthplace of divine twins Apollo and Artemis. It was once a thriving holy site, with a range of temples. While it is now uninhabited, Delos is a virtual treasure-trove of beautiful ruins and holy artifacts. It also reveals its multicultural origins, having not only Greek temples to Athena, but also ruins of Roman houses, and an Egyptian temple of Isis, complete with its beautiful marble floors. Visitors might also want to see the fantastic Avenue of Lions, and the famous palm tree that marks the spot where Apollo was born. A good spot to check out is Delos’ archaeological museum, where relics from the entire history of Greece are gathered.

Other islands of interest

There are a range of other islands which can be visited on a Mykonos day trip. Paros is forty minutes by Ferry, and is worth visiting purely for its rock beach, known as Kolimbithres. Visitors who want to combine a sense of history with fantastic beaches and good food might choose Sifnos: the village of Kastro has towers dating back to the 6th century BC, and there are beaches and olive groves by the handful.

Tinos is another island not far from Mykonos. It is known for its 750 churches, some of which still draw visitors, such as the Church of Pangia, which is well-known for its icon of the Virgin Mary, believed to perform miracles, and Naxos is another island with beautiful historic architecture, plus a center which has the ubiquitous olive groves, plus mountain villages and attractive valleys. The last island is around 1 and a quarter hours away by ferry from Mykonos, but is well worth going for a visit.

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