This is the Ibiza of Greece. A beautiful island in the
Cyclades, which looks just like the postcards: white little
houses with flowers and blue windows and doors, hand painted
streets, windmills, pigeon keepers, chimneys, lots of little
churches and wonderful restaurants and cafes.
Many of the Greek "jetsetters" either have a house here or visit
every summer, and the nightlife is very developed. You will see
a lot of eccentrics especially at night time. Even though it is
a party-island, it is not as loud as for example Ios and Kos, so
you can get sleep at night.
Mykonos has a reputation for being a summer resort for mainly
gay men, which is not entirely true. The gay audience is
present, but it is also a glamorous place for the rich and
famous, which is painfully clear to whoever has a look at the
prices on the menus.
The island was once very poor, and the people tried to survive
on fishing and stock breeding on the harsh land. A major
industry was also ship construction. Tourism has turned the
economy over since it started in the 1950's and the locals have
a double attitude towards this: it may have saved the economy
but some also feel that it has taken over too much.
Architecture: With the exception of Mykonos town, Chora, all over Mykonos you
will see the typical Cycladic cubist style of architecture. Small, often single
storey white cubes
sprinkled over the landscape like little iced cakes. Mykonos town however offers
a different architectural style that is unique in the area. Here, flanking the
narrow winding streets are
buildings reminiscent of a medieval style.
Every house is reached via a flight
of straight steps, parallel to the road, whilst the space underneath these steps
was traditionally kept for
storage. Atop the steps is a wooden painted balcony that sometimes projects over
the road to nearly touch the balcony of the house across the street. Here too,
you will find a change
from the ubiquitous blue and white decor of Greece. In Mykonos town the wooden
structures of every house are painted in a rainbow of colours, against the
whitewashed walls and
blue sky, the effect is absolutely delightful.
Landscape: Outside of the capital Chora there are very few densely populated
areas. Villages and hamlets scatter the hillsides. In some areas there is fairly
of holiday complexes, although it must be said, in a very low-key and
sympathetic way. Being an island that receives the four winds head on, there are
very few trees in the landscape.
this, together with the rocks and boulders strewn across the terrain, give a
strange and desolate feeling to the island that contrasts starkly to the
sophisticated busyness of its main
History Mykonos according to mythology, this was
Heracles killed the giants. The rocks around the island are
supposedly their corpses!!!
Mykonos was the first ruler on the island according to tradition, and the
first known settlers we know of were the Ionians in the 9th century BC.
The island was to fall under Athenian, Macedonian and Roman rule in the
years to come, just like the surrounding islands.
The Venetians conquered the island in 1207, and their Duchy later until the
Turks invaded in the first half of the 16th century. All Greek
school-children have read about the heroine Manto Mavrogenous who
success-fully fought the Turks after they tried to land on the island in
1822, a year after the war of Independence had broken out. Her house can
still be seen on Mykonos.
Mykonos was liberated in 1830. It was quite exhausted after the war, and it
was not until tourism started pick up that the island got on its feet
What to See :The town Chora is a place you should really explore. Walk
around, go to the windmills, feed the pelicans Petros ('Rock" and Irini
("Peace"), have a drink in the little harbour and visit the Parapotiani
church. And of course, go shopping. There are also five museums: an
archaeological, a folk museum, a maritime, a cultural and a private one with
old rooms and furniture.
Most of the museums of Mykonos are located at Enoplon Dynameon Street which is one
of the busiest streets of Mykonos town during the summer. To reach this area is fairly
straightforward, At the seafront, turn right by the ferry ticket office into Matogianni Street, walk
the length of this street and turn right at the end - this is Enopolon Dynameon
Street. Here you will find the Aegean Maritime Museum (opening hours 10.30-13.00 pm and 18.30-21.00 pm), next
to it is the Folk Museum, the House of Lena, (open 18.30-21.00 pm). Another
interesting building just before these 2 museums is the house where the Greek
Numismatologist and Archaeologist, Giannis Svoronos, was born .
Further down just before the 3 wells are the
churches of Saint George, that was built in the 15th century BC, and St Barbara
and Saint Fanourios built in 1883.
Behind the primary school of Mykonos is the main square of Chora "Laka", a green oasis
in the whitewashed Mykonos town with Eucalyptus and Palm trees and all kinds of
shops and eateries around, here also you will find the post office. Walking up from there
to the west you will reach the plateau where the famous windmills are located.
These are one of the most popular landmarks of Mykonos. In olden times the people from all over the
Cyclades would bring their wheat and barley to these mills to be made into
Just beneath the windmills is the area of Alefkandra, or 'little Venice'. Its original name Alefkandra derives from its original
use as a laundry and it was here that the women of Mykonos washed their clothes.
If you keep on walking through the winding small streets of Little Venice towards to the north, soon
you will find the Paraportiani church another famous landmark of Mykonos.
The Paraportiani church in fact is 5 churches all built in a compact complex. It is one of the most
photographed buildings of Mykonos and an amazing combination of white against the blue of the sky and the
sea. Its structure over time has metamorphosised into an organic mass that
resembles at one point a sparkling white iceberg stranded on the shore or at other points a huge
cake dripping with icing sugar. From Paraportiani, the Kastro and the western
part of the promenade are very close. In this area is the municipality building with its red clay
roof. From this location the visitor can enjoy a panorama of the promenade of
Mykonos. On the other side of the promenade at the taxi station in Manto square is the Statue of Manto Mavrogenous
a Myconian Heroic figure of the Greek War of Independence equivalent to Laskarina Bouboulina of Spetses island.
The little village Ano Mera is worth s visit: small, pretty and quiet. Visit the monastery and the little church museum from the 15th century.
There are daily excursion to Delos, a small island which used
to be the holiest island in ancient Greece.
Leto gave birth to
Artemis here, holding on to a palm tree. You can not
spend the night on this island, but a daytrip is definitely a
must: the island is cluttered with archaeological remains.
You can also go to another neighbouring island, Tinos, which
is the holiest island of modern Greece. The church of the Virgin
Mary is a goal for thousands of orthodox pilgrims every year. It
is also a very beautiful place worth visiting.
What to Do There are lots of
water sports offered, as well as diving, horse riding and swimming
pools. There are also daily excursions to the beaches, as well as to
Delos and Naxos. The best hours to enjoy Mykonos town is early in the
morning when all the party crowds have been retreated in their hotels to
gain powers for the next night. Strolling in the winding whitewashed
streets of Mykonos in the morning is an unforgettable experience. Go for
a coffee in the Little Venice and take photographs of the spotless white
church of Paraportiani. As the noon approaching head for a swim at one
of the numerous sandy beaches of Mykonos
Beaches The beaches are generally
very busy. It is worth exploring the little bays on the south side.
Platy Gialos and Elia are very popular beaches. Further from Platis
Gialos are the famous nude beaches of Paraga, Paradise and Super
Paradise, you can go there with boats that departing from Platys Gialos.
Other beaches are in Agios Stefanos in the north, Kalafatis beach
recommended for the lovers of wind surfing. Ornos beach, Agios Giannis,
Agrari, all of those beaches and more that you can explore have made the
island of Mykonos the most visited island of Greece.
Nightlife Most of the bars and
clubs are in Mykonos Chora. They are quite stylish and the prices can
sometimes be outrageous. There are also beach parties going on all through
the summer so keep a lookout for advertising posters. For the Greek Music
fans (Ellinadika) among the most popular is the Thalami next to the town
hall and the Mykonos Bar. The Giuzel 9 Muses at
the east side of Akti Kambani and the Argo bar at the square of Manto. At the Three Wells you will find the famous Aegli one of the
hot spots of Mykonos nightlife and on the other side of the road the Asteria
and the Coo restaurant bar. At The Caprice bar in Little Venice, from early afternoon, you
can enjoy amazing sunset views. Nearby is located the famous Scandinavian
bar . The well- known gay bar of Pierro's start its wild parties after
midnight, behind the square of Agia Kyriaki, while Remezzo with
its new name El Pecado Remezzo still has its top spot in Mykonos nightlife,
just under Remezzo, the bar restaurant Kavos stays open 24 hours, so there
is no problem if you want to eat something after the night clubbing.
The night party can go on until the morning and be continued in the famous
beach bars of Mykonos like Cavo Paradiso and Tropicana in Paradise beach,
Super Paradise bar, in Super Paradise beach, Sol Y Mar in Kalo livadi,and
Elia bar in Elia beach.
Food and Restaurants There are both Greek and
international restaurants and most of them are situated in Mykonos
capital, Mykonos or Chora. The island's specialty is the Louza loukaniko
- a special kind of sausage and Kopanisti a special kind of soft goat's
cheese with lots of pepper. Actually any kind of eatery can be found in
Mykonos, from souvlaki and Gyros to Italian pasta and pizza, crepes,
fish taverns and haut cuisine restaurants . You will find many locals
eating at the cafeterias and taverns along the promenade, particularly
at Vasiliki's "Yalos" snack bar right oposite the fish market where you
can enjoy Greek meze with ouzo, Calamari (squid) , fried fish and
huge portions of local sausages at very reasonable prices.
Restaurant Aneplora at Kalafatis bay Mykonos. This elegant but
simple restaurant is beautifully located overlooking the Agia
Anna Bay of at Kalafatis. It specialises in all kinds of
seafood including Class A fish and lobster at very reasonable
prices. You can also find more unusual seafood such as sea
urchins, mussels, oysters and scorpion fish as well as the more
traditional fare such as squid, tuna and bream, etc. For
diners not wishing to eat the fruits of the sea, the restaurant
also offers a wide range of alternative tantalising cuisine.
Aneplora Restaurant is very popular amongst Greek people.
The decor is clean and bright, choosing a colour scheme which
harmonises with the surrounding nature. The service is excellent
- fast and polite even at the busiest times in high season.
Folklore shops are everywhere in Mykonos, and a great souvenir is a copy
of ancient Cycladic art; little white figures in various positions
(playing the flute, praying, thinking, families etc.) which are more
than 6000 years old. The gold is also very good, and you can get
clothes, ceramics, textiles and antiques if you are willing to pay the
price. Many fashion shops are along Matogianni Street , including
upmarket fashion and design names like Prince Oliver for clothing ,
costume jewellery like Folli Follie etc. Famous Greek jewellers can be
found in Mykonos like Ilias Lalaounis jewellery opposite the Art Gallery
of Giannis Galatis at Polykantrioti Street. If you are interested for
something more local and traditional in Zouganeli Street you can buy
local sweets and cakes made of almonds, the famous "Amygdalota", from
Efthymiou sweet shop. Another unique shop of beauty products all made
from Greek olive oil, The Olive Oil Shop, located also in the same
street further towards to the town. Some of the local products of
Mykonos like the cheese "kopanisti" you can find at the traditional
grocers shop "Lykos" (the wolf) in Matogianni Street. In the Grill
Tavern Spilia next to the primary school at Enoplon Dynameon Street you
can buy local cheese and sausages from the tavern owner's production.
Getting Around There are
good bus connections in Mykonos, as well as many car and bike rentals.
It is not hard to get a taxi as well, and there are boat trips to many
beaches. The night though is a bit tricky if you stay far from the
centre of Mykonos town and you are looking for a taxi, you must be
patient as the taxis are limited and the people coming out from the
numerous clubs, bars and restaurants are too many. If you rent a car be
aware that you can't drive it through the town and parking has become a
problem especially in high season.
There are 3 parking spaces around
Mykonos town. A good idea for a first visitor to the island is to get a
taxi for a half or one hour drive around Mykonos in order to get to know
the roads and the island as well. Some of the taxi drivers like Christos
can be a good tour guide and get you through the most important areas
and beaches of Mykonos plus telling you some really interesting facts
about the island.
Hotels and accommodation
: Tharroe of Mykonos Hotel De Luxe. This elegant,
luxury, hilltop hotel is perfectly located for peace and
tranquillity. It offers stunning views across the Bay of
the town itself the port and the windmills, also the nearby islands of Tinos and Syros
while from the south part you can see the islands of Delos,
Paros and Naxos. The swimming pool and
bar area are particularly impressive with direct unobstructed,
panoramic views of the sea, creating an illusion of being on a
luxury liner. To sit here and watch the summer sun setting
on the sea is a magical experience. The decor of the hotel
is inspired by the historical past of the Aegean. It is
comfortable, stylish and sophisticated enhanced by
an excellent collection of paintings and sculptures. The
sculptor Andrew Wielawski has a studio on the premises
where he spends each summer producing works to exhibit at the
hotel itself. The accommodation comprises 28 rooms and suites
ranging from 2
bed roomed suites, to double, triple and
quadruple rooms. All rooms have either a balcony or patio
and are elegantly decorated in a minimalist style with tasteful
original paintings and artwork complimenting the clean lines of
the furnishings. All the accommodation is air-conditioned
with Satellite TV, movie channels and wifi. The Tharroe of
Mykonos Hotel facilities are excellent, offering swimming pool,
gymnasium, wellness spa, beauty parlour. Our gourmet restaurant
"Barbarossa" uses organic products and wines from our wine
cellar. In the hotel you will find a fully equipped Conference
Centre. There is also ample free parking space. For more
information please visit the official site
Andronikos: If you want to use Mykonos town as your base
during your stay, which is quite a good reason as most things
happen there, you can find accommodation within and around the
numerous hotels, rooms and apartments. At the edge of the town
is located the Andronikos Hotel, The Andronikos is an hotel with
a cosmopolitan character built on a small hill next to the town
of Mykonos. It charms your senses with its magical spaces and
breathtaking views to the sea. Andronikos captures your
imagination with its combination of sophisticated design that
beautifully compliments its surrounding environment. The
juxtaposition of modern and classical design gives a fresh style
which, together with the hotel's beautifully chosen furniture
from well known designers such as Arad, Panton, Gehry and
Citterio, makes this hotel especially elegant. The hotel
has excellent restaurant and bar facilities located around the
delightful setting of the aquamarine
waters of the swimming
pool. All of its rooms have enchanting balconies
also equipped with full facilities including room service and WiFi
internet access. For more information visit their official
site on the left.
Zorzis hotel is located
in one of the most central places in Mykonos town only a few
dozen meters from the sea front, in a quiet small lane (Kalogera
street) off of Matogianni street opposite the Alpha Bank.
The hotel, with its elegant frontage, is small (10 rooms) and
very comfortable and well furnished. With extremely reasonable
prices. The friendly hotel owner and the staff will give you all
information about Mykonos and ensure your stay is a pleasant
one. More information at
Getting There Mykonos has its own
airport. There are also good Ferry connections with the other Cycladic
islands, as well as with Piraeus Athens and from Rafina. Super Fast
Catamarans make the trip to Mykonos within a few hours. From the end of
April there are connections with small boats to Paros and other
islands of the Cyclades. From Mykonos you can visit Delos with
daily boat trips, the first boat departs at 10 am and returns at
1.15 am. the ships depart from the west dock near the town hall. For more information visit
|Size: 46 sq km
||International code: 0030
|Population: about 6000
||Local code: 22890
|Cash machine: Yes
||Health center: 22222
|Internet cafe: Yes
||Tourist Police: 23172
||Taxi: 23700 22400
|Internet cafe: Yes
||Coast guard: 22017
||Post office: 22011
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