Mykonos is the most famous island in the Aegean Sea as well as the most cosmopolitan of all Greek islands. It attracts visitors from all over the world including a lot of celebrities. The beautiful golden sandy beaches, the lively atmosphere and the traditional Cycladic architecture represented by the numerous small churches and the houses, along with little Venice make Mykonos an island to remember.
The windmills constitute one of the symbols of the island along with the islands mascot "Petros" the pelican who lives at the port of "Hora" the capital of the island. Although Mykonos has no real historical background there are 3 interesting museums to visit. For further educational trips you should visit Delos isle, which in antiquity was the most sacred island in the Greek world.
Housed in a neo-classical building of 1901, in the northeast side of "Hora". It contains exhibits from the nearby island of Rhenea, sculptures, pots and statuettes. Look for the big vase of clay from the Trojan War. Folk Art Museum opened in 1962, contains collections of furniture, ceramics, traditional costumes and traditional musical instruments. Among the exhibits you will see the first "Petros" the pelican, stuffed.
Opened in 1985, here you can see ships from the early Minoan period to the 19th c, maps and documents and in general exhibits from the naval tradition of the island.
The most photographed monument on the island is Paraportiani church. It consists of a complex of five churches. Four of them are on the ground level and one raised. The ground floor of the complex consists of Agios Efstathios, Agioi Anargyroi, Agios Sozontas and Agia Anastasia The church of Paraportiani is built above Agios Efstatios and actually got its name from the fact that it stands at the small entrance to the medieval fortress. The building started in 1425 and was not completed until the 17th century.
In the past there were 16 windmills serving for the grinding of agricultural products. These days some have been restored and are used as museums and others have been renovated and are used as houses.
Mykonos is a prime example of Cycladic architecture. It consists of narrow whitewashed alleyways, small churches, white houses with wooden doors and windows and brightly - coloured balconies. In the colourful harbour where small fishing boats and yachts coexist, where taverns, "ouzeris", cafes and shops are spread on the coastline, you will also see a pelican eating fish, it is one of a series named Petros. Mykonos has all the necessary facilities of a modern resort giving satisfaction both to visitors seeking an active and cosmopolitan type of holiday and those who favour a more peaceful vacation. Matogiannni with its chic shops, cafes and bars is where the island's pulse throbs. Nightlife in Mykonos is unique. Numerous clubs, discos, bars, pubs are always full with people especially during summer time.
Little Venice is one of the most charming districts of Hora and one of the prettiest places in the Cyclades. Its picturesque two - and three - storey houses, with colorful balconies, windows and doors built right on the sea, form a unique picture. Little Venice is the perfect spot from which to view the sunset.
A respectable commercial section exists in Mykonos. You can go shopping or window shopping in the fabulous boutiques which carry exclusive name brands, among them outstanding Greek jewelers, souvenirs as well as works of art.
One of the most organized beaches of Mykonos. Water sports facilities including scuba diving and a beach bar are available.
A beautiful organized beach with water sport facilities and a tavern for lunch. Elia: Another popular organized big beach of the island. It offers water sports and two good taverns.
A sandy with crystal clear water beach, perhaps the most visited beach of Mykonos. Small boats to the other southern beaches, like Paraga, kalamopodi and Elia leave from here.
One of the famous beaches in the Aegean, with crystal-clear blue water. It is preferred by people of younger age and generally people who like to swim and swing at the same time.
How to get there
•By air: from Athens airport, Eleutherios Venizelos
•By ferry: from Piraeus port