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Rinia a pleasant “stop”

Rhinia or Rhenea or Rinia, or Rineia also known as Greater Delos, is an almost deserted island five miles SW of Myconos. The anchorages around the island make a pleasant stop for people who avoid the noise of "civilization" and are a good overnight base prior to a visit by yacht to the archaeological site of Delos, from which it is separated by a 100 metre wide channel. It's history is closely associated with that of Delos. The tyrant of Athens, Peisistratos, undertook to "purify" the sacred island of Delos by digging up the bones from burials there and conveying them to Rhinia for reburial. After the Persian Wars (490, 480-79 BC), the Delian League, the Athenian-led naval alliance against Persian expansion, was formed in 477 on the island of Delos. During the fifth century, Delos and Rhinia were controlled by the Athenians who continued to guard the sanctity of Delos by forbidding both births and deaths on the island. Pregnant women and old people were taken across the channel to Rhinia to give birth or die. Many graves have been excavated and the finds are exhibited at the Museum in Mykonos. Today only a few people from Mykonos keep some animals on Rhinia and during the summer months stay in isolated cottages. The island has three anchorages, South Bay, Miso Bay and Skhino Bay, the first providing good shelter in the prevailing northerlies, the second in winds from N round to SE and the third in winds from W round to SE. The latter two are, however, rock-fringed and care is needed. More sailing Cyclades information : http://www.cruiserswiki.org/wiki/Rhinia.