No?, Rheina Island is also known as Big Delos as it is four times larger than of its “sister” island Delos.
Rheina Island and Delos Island are separated by a tiny strait. In this little area of sea, there are two rocks called “the little Rematiaris” and “the big Rematiaris.” On these rocks, you will find the ruins of an ancient Greek temple and the ruins of a Christian church built thousands of years ago.
There is no running water, electricity on the island. Limited farming (tractors can be seen now and then used by the farmers). They also bring their sheep and goats here to graze and several huts are scattered around to provide temporary shelter in the event of storms, the Meltemi strong winds.
However, I believe it is still prohibited to live here permanently or to build your home on the island.
There are four sandy beaches, Glyfada, Stena, Lia and Ambelia on Rheina Island, protected by two coves. The sea water here is beautiful crystal clear shifting in blue-green colour shade.
Day excursions are available but the night parties have been discouraged by the officials in Mykonos. You can visit the beaches via a rented boat or take a tour boat that combines a visit to Rheina island with Delos Island. There is also an opportunity to sail directly to Rineia Island from Mykonos.
Aegean Ventures is one of several boat-cruise excursion that sails to Rheina Island. Private, tailormade and shared tours-cruises.
Mykonos Sailing has been established for 15 years. Family run business. Several boat-cruise tours. Check out the Vimeo video below made on one of Mykonos Sailing boat tours to Rheina island and Delos.
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Rheina Island a brief history
Rheina Island is a protected archaeological site. It’s the ancient burial ground of warriors who died on Delos. Grave markers and burial stones are visible throughout the rocky island terrain. Allegedly the tyrant Polikratis of Samos Island dedicated Rhenia Island to the god of Apollo.
In between 1898 and 1900 the Greek archeologist Dimitris Stavrolopoulos discovered the cleansing pit and it contained hundreds of jugs/pots of offerings such as ivory, marble, and glass as well as urns with residues of bodies.