Welcome to Greece’s most famous cosmopolitan island, a whitewashed paradise in the heart of the Cyclades
According to mythology, Mykonos was formed from the petrified bodies of giants killed by Hercules. Moreover, did you know that the island took its name from the grandson of Apollo, “Mykonos”? Set out on a journey to discover a fascinating world where glamour meets simplicity. You may start the exploration from the town of Mykonos. In contrast to other Cycladic capitals, the capital town (Hora) of the island is not built in the shape of an amphitheater but instead spreads out over a wide area. It is one of the best examples of Cycladic architecture and a spellbinding attraction for visitors. Stroll around its narrow marble streets and admire whitewashed houses with colorful doors and window frames, bougainvillea trees in purple bloom and hidden churches. Pay a visit to the church of Panayia Paraportiani, the Town hall and the castle situated above the harbor. Do not forget to visit the Archaeological, Folklore and Maritime Museums to take in a little history. Wander around the pedestrian shopping streets of the Hora, always colorful and busy. The most glamorous of all is Matoyánni Street, lined with brand name stores, charming cafés and stylish restaurants. While you’re out strolling, don’t be surprised if you come across the official mascot of Mykonos, which is nothing other than a… pelican! Pétros the Pelican the attraction of the island!
One of the most scenic corners of the island is Alefkántra or “Little Venice”, an 18th century district, dominated by grand captains’ mansions with colorful balconies and stylish windows. With balconies perched over the sea, pictures of the famous Italian city spring to mind. Relax at a waterfront café and admire the view of the quaint windmills standing imposingly on the hillside above, set against a luminous blue backdrop. For many centuries, the mills used to refine grain with the help of the high winds that blow on the island. With the progress of technology, the use of the mills declined, and now the ones that survived are used as private homes or museums. The most famous ones are the Kato Myloi (Lower Windmills) that stand on a hill facing the sea. Only seven of them have been preserved. The view from up there is incredible, and it is one of the best places to watch the sunset.
Using the Hora as your base, set out on a trip to discover the beauties of the island, in particularly its sun-kissed beaches. Along the southern coast, you will find a great selection of the most cosmopolitan ones. Paradise and Super Paradise may already be familiar to you. Órnos and Psaroú are favorite spots for families. Try a visit too to Platis Yalós, with a well-organized beach where you can soak up the sun lazing on a sun lounge. However, if you are looking for a serene beach to unwind with a book, pick a less organized one on the northern coast of the island, like Ayia Ánna, Houlákia, Kápari, Agrári and Ayios Stéfanos.
Very close to Mykonos there are two uninhabited islands; Delos with the famous archaeological site and Rhenia with its azure waters. You may book a cruise if you wish so to explore the famous island of Delos.