Continue our journey to discover the beautiful islands of Greece. After the general guide of the country, the archipelago of the Cyclades Islands and that of Santorini, it is time to propose the guide of Mykonos. The island is a popular tourist destination and has the reputation of a place of fun and transgression.
Mykonos (also Micono in Italian) is located in the eastern part of the Cyclades archipelago, close to the islands of Tinos, Syros, Naxos and Paxos, in the middle of the Aegean Sea and not far from the island of Ikaria. It has an area of 86 km², its territory is predominantly mountainous, formed by granite rocks, and the highest point is 341 meters above sea level. Off the coast of its western coast are the islands of Delos and Rineia that belong to the same municipality of Mykonos. Other uninhabited islets surround the island.
Mykonos was inhabited since the Neolithic and followed the fate of the other islands of the Aegean Sea, with different occupations by the Phoenicians, the Cretans, the ions and the Romans, where Mykonos experienced a period of prosperity. It ended therefore under the Byzantine Empire and under the dominion of the Venetians, until the Ottoman occupation. Having gained independence from the Turks, however, the Cycladic islands were abandoned due to extreme poverty. Only around the middle of the 20th century, thanks to tourism, Mykonos and the other islands returned to repopulate. Today the island is a cosmopolitan destination, which attracts visitors from all over the world. Discovered by the hippies in the 70s it has long been considered the paradise of the LGBT community for its tolerant costumes. Today it is known as the summer capital of tolerance in general and is a worldly holiday destination and aimed at fun on the kind of places like Ibiza and Rimini.
The name Mykonos comes from Greek mythology, from Mykons, son of the king of Delos, Anios, in turn born from the union of the god Apollo with the nymph Rhoio. On the island the battle between Zeus and the Titans took place.
The capital city is called Mykonos, but it is also known as Chora (to distinguish it from the island). It is located on the west coast and is inhabited by most of the island’s residents, just under 10 thousand people. The other inhabited centers, located mostly on the coast are: Agios Ioannis, Agios Stefanos, Ano Mera (inland), Kalafati, Ornos, Platys Gialos, famous seaside resort, Psarrou, Tourlos.
The island of Mykonos offers enchanting views, with beautiful views of the sea from the coast and the surrounding hills. Its coastline is very jagged, where beautiful sandy beaches open up between headlands and bays.
The first thing to see is certainly the beautiful city of Chora (or Mykonos), the main center of the island, where there are the typical white houses with windows and blue doors, crossed by narrow streets and paved squares. From the balconies and windows look out colorful flowers, which help to create a romantic and picturesque scenery. At the edges of the streets we find wooden chairs, white and blue, taverns and restaurants that give an even more characteristic look to the place.
To see in Little Chora the Little Venice, Little Venice (Alefkandra). It is a neighborhood of whitewashed houses with wooden balconies overlooking the water in a half-moon bay. The houses and the bay form a very characteristic and romantic scenery, a perfect place to admire the sunset. Today the buildings are home to bars, restaurants and trendy clubs. A very crowded place at aperitif time.
Near the Little Venice, a little further south on the same bay, there are the famous windmills of Mykonos, standing on the sea from the hill of a small promontory. From here you can admire a wonderful view of Little Venice and the sea and of course it is a another fantastic place to watch the sunset. The mills date back to the 16th century and have always been one of the symbols of Mykonos, depicted in many postcards.
Mykonos is home to around 400 churches, the most important being Panagia Paraportiani, the island’s most famous Orthodox church, located along the coast of Chora, at the end of Little Venice, near the old port. It is a real architectural gem dating back to 1425 and completed in the seventeenth century, whose particularity consists in being formed by several chapels, of which four on the ground floor and one on the upper floor. The characteristic religious complex is entirely painted white, overlooking the sea, giving a magnificent view.