The windmills are one of the most famous symbols of the Greek island of Mykonos, and have an interesting history behind them. Having become tourist attractions, they express the poetry of the Aegean wind that blows on the beauty of the island.
The Aegean Sea is dotted with many small islands that form archipelagos, which over time have become popular tourist destinations for families and young people. One of these islands, so loved by summer tourism, is Mykonos, a jewel of Greece with its unmistakable panorama of white houses and blue domes.
One of the most famous symbols of the island, however, are its windmills, which characterize its hills. These are located on the highest part of the city, as if to oversee its beauty from above.
But before becoming attractions for travelers, the mills were used by the inhabitants of the island to grind wheat and barley which was then exported. Structures that have a long history behind them, starting from the sixteenth century.
Silent, motionless, the mills have dominated the town of Mykonos for over four hundred years, caressed by the Aegean wind. But let’s find out what their function was and how they can be visited.
The function of the mills
For about four hundred years, windmills have been indispensable for the economy of this Greek Cycladic island.
The structures, built in the sixteenth century and powered by stormy winds, had the task of grinding the grain that was then exported to Greece as well as to the rest of the world.
There were sixteen original windmills, of which only seven remain today.
Among them, one of them, the Boni, has been transformed into a museum.
To hear his story, as well as that of his peers, follow the path that leads from the port to the hills. A few minutes zigzagged through the narrow streets of the island, and you reach the top, from which you can enjoy a unique view. Once you enter the small space used as a memorial, you can admire the exhibitions that tell the windmills for free every day and how they were made.
Information is provided in English and Greek. The size of the museum is modest, but it offers a very interesting experience for anyone with a historical interest in the region. The museum is open every day and admission is free.
A journey into the past, among the uses and traditions of the island, which have been set aside to make room for innovation and the future.
Each section has a sign explaining, in English and Greek, each individual function and the origin of a particular object.
Excluding the Boni, the mills that rise on the hill of the city cannot be visited. They are, however, a spectacular place to visit outside, especially during sunset, enjoying the magic of the golden hour that reflects its warm lights on the white of the windmills of Mykonos.