Mykonos is situated at the Northern part of the Cyclades, South to Tinos and North to Naxos, close enough to Pireaus. Its extent is 87 square klm, the coast line 81,5 klm approximately, and it counts more than 9000 permanent residents.
Mykonos is the beloved place of VIPS and the dream place of all young people seeking full entertainment. Mykonos is possibly the most well-known greek island worldwide; not without reason. The visitor can fulfill here every desire and realize every vision for unforgettable holidays. The sea and the beaches are among the most beautiful in the world.
Chora (Mykonos town), but also the other settlements are scenic, keeping intact the traditional cycladic style of white houses with blue windows. The bars are famous for the original, unconventional parties. In the stores, the visitor can find anything: from original reproductions of ancient and byzantine artifacts, to exquisite jewels and trendy clothes signed by the “grand maitres” of “haute couture”.
The restaurants and taverns can satisfy every taste: traditionally cooked sea food goes along with “nouvelle cuisine”,ethnic and fusion kitchen, giving the promise of a gorgeous trip in taste. Mykonos is possibly the only island of Greece left intact by the invasion of mass tourism. This is the result of the great interest shown by all people and authorities involved. mykonos greece “Little Venice” in Mykonos
There is high respect to the rich history of this island with the marine tradition and the numerous tiny churches, as it is shown by the several museums on various topics and the well restored old monasteries, houses and other monuments. One of the poles of attraction in Mykonos is the nearby island of Delos, a sacred place in antiquity, birth place of Apollo, the God of Light and Music. Nowadays Delos is an island – museum, with no permanent inhabitants.
About Mykonos Town
The town of Mykonos, or Chora as it is called by the natives, is quite impressive, due to its characteristic traditional cycladic style; the visitor is fascinated not only on the first visit. The town has preserved its atmosphere despite the invasion of tourism and the quick developmet. Mykonos is a typical cycladic settlement, with original characters bathed in the atmosphere of sun and sea.
The tiny white cubic houses reflect the sunlight of the Aegean, in a smart arrangement with total lack of needless features; the labyrinth of narrow stone paved clean streets, with white painted edges and countless bougainvillaea flowers all around, leads to the wind mills and to the numerous small churches hidden among the houses, ending up to the picturesque old port with the coloured boats and caiques.
The compulsory preservation of the traditional architectural features even to the new buildings has given to Mykonos two major advantages lacking from other touristic settlements: continuity in time and harmony in space.
Whatever the visitor wishes, amusement all night round, shopping in expensive and chic stores, eating delicious food with good wine, or spending quiet time (yes even this can happen!), it is possible to fulfill in Mykonos. The market of Mykonos is comparable to those of London, Paris or New York; in the tiny box-sized stores, may be found all the famous great firms of fashion in clothes,accessories or jewelry. High quality souvenirs as byzantine icons, original replicas of well known ancient artefacts (cycladic idols, vessels etc) are also available.
Lots of cafes, bars and restaurants offer any kind of drink, good wine and ouzo, along with the well known local cheese, sausages and fresh sea food. Eating and drinking in Chora, especially at the scenery quarter of Alefkantra, commonly known as the “Little Venice”, is not only an unforgettable food experience!
Walking around in Mykonos town is another interesting activity: the Paraportiani church, dedicated to Holy Mary, a unique architectural complex , with an arched campanile, is one of the best samples of Cycladic folk architecture; found at the quarter Kastro, it rewards the visitor with extraordinary souvenir photos; it is probably one of the most photographed places in Greece.
A series of seven white windmills are found south to the Kastro quarter. They stand there, all white with their imposive volume, to remind to the visitor of the old economy of the Aegean based on wind and sea. Windmills are a “trade mark” of many other cycladic islands, but those of Mykonos are the most well known and the best preserved.
Traveling to the past in Chora, the visitor should take two more stops: firstly at the Yoras bakery, at Niohori, a monument still in function, using only wood for baking; secondly, at the Three Wells, just at the center of the town; it is from those wells that all town used to draw the necessary water up to mid-20th century!
Several public buildings are also worth seeing:
The Municipality Hall is hosted at a two store classic- style building of 1780; it used to be the residence of the Russian consul in the island. The Catholic church dedicated to Holy Mary, known as “Lozaria”, at Aghia Kyriaki, dates back to the ages of Louis 14th of France (16th-17th century); the Municipal Library is lodged in a wonderful palace built in 18th century; the building of the first public school (1859), has been built by the famous German architect Weiler; the Archaeological Museum found at the street leading from the port to the city center, lodges important finds from Delos and Reneia; the Folk Museum with great collections of artefacts of everyday life of the past, gives to the visitor an idea of how life has been in the island even a few decades ago.
Situated 8,5 klm at the East of Chora (Mykonos town), nearly at the center of the island, Ano Mera is a beautiful traditional village built on a plateau, with circa 1350 permanent residents. The houses are built in the small, but rather fertile fields and gardens, with a good plan, having as center the historic, very well preserved monastery of Panaghia Trouliani, built in the 16th century.
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