Mykonos Travel Summary

The island of Mykonos is one of the group known as the Cyclades is known for its beautiful windmills and its narrow streets with whitewashed houses and churches.  Mykonos has a lot to offer a visitor with its wonderful beaches, charming capital, lively nightlife and a chance to visit the ancient temples and amphitheatres of Delos.

The Mykonos Travel Summary is segmented into 2 key travel themes to immerse you into everything Mykonos:

  1. An introduction and brief history to this wonderful town;
  2. What to See

Hope you enjoy it!  Carpe Diem!

1. An introduction and brief history to this wonderful island

Characterised by sun-soaked sandy beaches, warm blue water and traditional whitewashed buildings, famous windmills and a white-washed network of cobblestones streets. The capital Chora boasts a colourful harbour with traditional fishing boats and luxury yachts.  Its streets are lined with trendy cocktail bars, stylish cafes and Little Venice is packed with romantic waterfront restaurants.

There’s plenty of choice for day trips to add to your things to do in Mykonos list. Take a day trip from Mykonos to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Delos, a small island offshore. Only half an hour away by ferry, this archaeological site is the mythical birthplace of ancient Greek gods Apollo and Artemi and has a wealth of temples, statues, and amphitheatres to visit.

Ano Mera, has a number of historical sites, including the 16th-century Monastery of Panagia Tourliani and Gyzi castle built by the ruling Venetian family in the 13th-century.

2. What to See

Chora Old Town

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Mykonos’s picturesque capital is Chora with its whitewashed houses, Greek churches, and colourful blue windows, doors and balconies which characterize the Cyclades Islands is lovely to explore
  • For a spot of food or designer shopping head to the main street Matogianni
  • There is a beautiful cluster of five churches called the Panagia Paraportiani which are renowned across Greece located on the hill of the old Venetian castle

Windmills of Kato Mili

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • The five whitewashed windmills lined up on a hill overlooking Mykonos Town collectively known as ‘Kato Myloi’ are a signature island sight
  • They were built by the Venetians in the 16th century to mill flour
  • The area around the mills offers panoramic views over Chora and out towards sea

Delos 

AllThingsTravel Top Pick

  • Delos is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most important historical, and archaeological sites in Greece
  • Its most famous sight is the Lion Terrace, originally nine beasts overlooking and protecting the Sacred Lake, so-called because the Lake was said to have witnessed the birth of Apollo
  • Highlights include a theatre from 300 BC, beautiful mosaics in houses such as the House of the Dolphins and the House of Dionysos, a large Amphitheatre, and the Sanctuary of Apollo, with the remains of three temples

 

Little Venice (Alefkandra)

AllThingsTravel Top Pick

  • Little Venice is one of the most photographed parts of Mykonos
  • Little Venice is lined with medieval fishing houses hanging over the water’s edge
  • The buildings have colourful wooden doors, windows and balconies are the result of the Venetian influence
  • There are a number of restaurants sitting right next to the water’s edge that are rewarded with fantastic sunsets
  • Popular amongst artists, Little Venice contains some great art galleries

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