Mykonos

The cosmopolitan Mykonos is worldwide known for its nightlife, clubs, and celebrities that visit the island. Mykonos is approx. 160 km from Athens.  

Named after the hero Mykonos, is according to mythology the place that Hercules killed the Giants. The municipality of Mykonos also includes the sacred island of Delos and few more tiny islands around it.

The island was occupied by the Venetians and the Ottomans. When the island was under Ottoman occupation, Mykonos was the island of the pirates and corsairs. During the Greek Revolution against the Ottomans, Mykonos participated with many ships due to a local heroine, Manto Mavrogenous.  

Τhe island is 106 km2 and nowadays has a population of approx. 10.000. The capital of the island is Chora.

Discover Mykonos

We’ll mention only a few of the island’s sightseeing:

  • The Archeological Museum 
  • The Nautical Museum
  • The Folklore Collection  
  • Alefkantra or Small Venice – a neighborhood in Chora were the houses are built (literally), in the sea and used to be the houses of the richest ship owners
  • Ftelia – with the Neolithic settlement and Mycenaean Tomb (14th – 13th century B.C.)
  • The famous pelican of Mykonos – a trademark of the island 

The beaches 

  • Psarou – the most famous one
  • Super Paradise
  • Agios Sostis
  • Panormos
  • Kalo LIvadi
  • Elia (Lia)
  • Ornos
  • Ftelia
  • Agrari
  • Agia Anna
  • Paraga

Activities and Events

Mykonos is known also as the “island of the winds”. Every summer surfers and yachtsmen visit, because of the strong winds. There are tennis and mini-golf courts in Agios Stefanos, beach volley in Agia Anna, and sea parachuting in Elia. 

If you like diving (snorkeling) the best month to visit Mykonos is in September due to the water temperature and visibility.

Whatever you decide to do in Mykonos, make sure you taste the local “kopanisti” a spicy cheese made in Mykonos for more than 300 years, and also the pork sausages that are made from October until Christmas. 

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