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Sightseeing in Mykonos

Exploring and walking at Mykonos Town, Chora, is one of the ‘’must’’ in Mykonos.

Important information about Chora is that no car can enter Mykonos Town center as it is accessible only to pedestrians, in order to make your stay a memorable one, as it keeps Mykonos Town center as picturesque as ever!

Windmills exist in Mykonos since the 15th century when operated in Mykonos 28 windmills. Winds in Mykonos benefit the grain grist, reason why there were so many windmills both in Mykonos town and in Ano Mera. Unfortunately, at this time there are only 7 windmills, one of them is the famous Boni’s windmill. Another place you need to visit is ‘’Mikri Ventia’’, a place which is similar to Venice, in Italy, where colorful houses are built near the sea. This place is called alternatively, Alefkandra, due to the fact that Mykonian women used it as a laundry to wash their clothes. In any case, do not miss the opportunity to have an early drink enjoying the sunset and the views from this place.

Do not forget to meet Petros, the pelican, who can be found at the narrow alleys of Mykonos Town and of course you can feed him, if you wish.

Mykonos has a great variety of impressive churches, with the most famous Paraportiani church. The Paraportiani church in fact is 5 churches in the same building complex. It is one of the most photographed buildings of Mykonos and combines the blue color of the sea and the sky with its white color, in an amazing way. Its name comes from the fact that it is located near to the North West ‘gate’ of the medieval wall. It’s weird but the beauty of this church has been created not only by people but also by accidental damaged caused by time.

Shopping in Mykonos is also a highlight of the island as there is a huge market with very popular brands. Matoyianni Street is the most famous street in Chora, where the most luxury brands are located. So, don’t miss the chance to have a walk on this street and even though shopping is bit expensive, window shopping is always a good idea.

The little village Ano Mera is worth visit: small, pretty and quiet. Visit the monastery and the little church museum from the 15th century.

We talked about history and sightseeing, but Mykonos is also known for its sandy beaches and beach bars, which are generally very busy and crowded.  Platys Gialos and Elia are two of the most popular beaches. Last but not least, though, further to Platys Gialos are more beaches, Paraga, Paradise and Super Paradise where you can reach them by boat from Platys Gialos. Ornos beach, Agios Giannis, Agrari and Agios Stefanos and Kalafatis (basically recommended for wind surfers) along with the above beaches are some of the main reasons that the island has been made the most visited in Greece.

Are you thinking only about nightlife when someone is referring to Mykonos? Not without any reason! Mykonos has a rich nightlife, many bars and clubs in Mykonos Town (Chora) and also many beach bars in the most famous beaches which are operating until the very first morning hours. If you visit Mykonos in the heart of the summer you will definitely see crowded alleys at Chora with people enjoying the music also outside the bars holding their drinks and dancing in the rhythm of foreign and Greek music.

  • Windmills
  • Mikri Venetia
  • Excursion to Delos island (only 20 minutes by boat except for Mondays)
  • Archeological Museum at the Remezzo area, one of the oldest museums in Greece, exhibiting among other artifacts the Mykonos pithamphora, the large vase from Tinos, showing scenes from the fall of Troy.
  • Mykonos Folklore Museum at the Kastro area, which features a very interesting collection of objects including furniture, embroideries, jewelry and sculptures from every corner of the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, all gathered in the oldest house of the island. Mykonos seafaring history comes to life at the museum’s basement, were you can embark on a 19th century Mykonian ship with canons, used during the Greek War of Independence.
  • The award winning Aegean Maritime Museum at Tria Pigadia also pays tribute to the island’s nautical history.
  • Right next to it stands Lena’s House, a typical 19th century bourgeois residence with all its furniture.
  • The Agricultural Museum, housed inside a 16th century windmill at the top of the hill in Chora, also known as “Bonis’ Windmill”. If you happen to be in Mykonos on the second Sunday of September, don’t miss the grape harvest festival held here.
  • Don’t forget to visit famous beaches such as the family oriented and well-connected Platis Yialos, the jetsetter Psarrou, the cosmopolitan Ornos, the hippy Paranga, the party all day long Paradise & Super Paradise, the quiet Agrari, the families on the left and nudists on the right Elia, the long and wide Kalo Livadi, the shady –yes, with trees!- Kalafatis, the not so full of sunbeds Agia Anna, the usually windy Panormos, the waveriding and windsurfing Ftelia, the golden haven of Agios Sostis, the Delos sunset view Agios Ioannis (location for the award winning motion picture Shirley Valentine), the family oriented Agios Stefanos, the next to the town Megali Ammos,the easy-going but difficult to reach Lia, the remote and therefore peaceful Fokos, and the two secluded boat destinations, Tigani and Fragia.
  • Water sports, diving lessons, horse riding, boat trips to other islands or sunset sailing cruises are offered at most beaches as well as several guided walking tours at Chora and at the ‘’other Mykonos’’, Ano Mera.
  • The island isn’t called “Greek Ibiza” for no reason! Its rich nightlife offers dozens of bars and clubs down town or on the beach.

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