The Cycladic Sisters, Mykonos, Delos
and Rhenia, each with her own personality, are among Greece's most precious
Rhenia called alternatively "Great Delos" and "Big
Delos", is four times the size of its sister island and separated from it by a
small strait. Rhenia is really two sections connected by a narrow isthmus. It is
the ancient burial ground for warriors who died on Delos and whose bones were
then transferred to its land, many years ago. One can see grave markers and
burial stones on its rocky terrain. It is a popular belief that the island is
"haunted" by the ghosts of the warriors buried there. Uninhabited, the island
has no plumbing, electricity, or telephones and by Greek law, no one is allowed
to live on Rhenia or build a permanent home there.
On the island
one can find four solitary, sandy beaches named Glyfada, Stena, Lia and Ambelia,
which are protected by two coves. The sea has a very beautiful blue/green colour
that changes as you approach the shore.
Some tourists come to the island
during the day for the experience of being almost alone on an uninhabited
island, but there are only a few who seek this experience. At times, parties
will be held on the island and notices will appear in Mykonos announcing the
event; all the available boats will be chartered and people will descend on the
island with sleeping bags, party all night, and hope that the winds, (the
Meltemi), will permit them to return the next day. But these parties have been
discouraged by the officials in Mykonos because of the obvious danger.
Mykonians come to Rhenia to fish and enjoy the total calmness. They also
bring their sheep and goats here to graze and concrete huts are scattered around
the island to provide temporary shelter in the event of storms.
would be almost impossible for the ordinary tourist to go to this island alone
at night, and it is most likely forbidden, but the island can be visited during
the day. Very few tourists know about the island or have an interest in going
there on a day's excursion, so, if you plan it correctly, it is possible to be
the only person on one of its four pristine, sandy