Mykonos is, without a doubt, a place of beauty and awe that should be included in anyone’s vacation spots. It is a Cyclades island which holds the element of surprise of having that postcard picture look.
Upon arriving here, one will get to witness all of those white little houses, the flowers, the significant colored doors and windows and the beautiful hand paintings that are strewn throughout the streets. All of this to be found amongst the chimneys, windmills, cute little churches, pigeon keepers and amazing restaurants and cafes.
Many of Greece’s fine jetsetters usually have a house on this beautiful island, or will find time every summer to visit Mykonos Island. Overtime, an exciting nightlife has been developed. The eccentricities will in fact get hold of your attention as nighttime approaches. Mykonos is known to be the island of parties, but even if it is such, the island is not too loud and unruly, so you do not have to worry about getting a good night's sleep.
Mykonos is a glamorous, fabulous location for those of fame and fortune. Known to be a once extremely poor island, the citizens strived to survive by breeding stock as well as fishing, although the island was quite harsh. However, aside from such depression, the island's major industry is ship construction. Soon tourism turned the bad economy into a much better situation. This took place at the beginning of the 1950's, yet most of the locals have different attitudes about this, because for them they may have saved their bad economy but then again they also feel that their island was overwhelmed.
History of Mykonos
Greek mythology tells us that the giants were killed by Zeus' son Hercules. As the giants died and their bodies rotted, their corpses remained and became the rocks that surround the island. In addition, tradition says Mykonos was the primary ruler of the island. Aside from that, the first settlers of the island were Ionians around the 9th century B.C. The island was about to fall under the rule of Athenian, Macedonian and Romans as the years passed. Then the Venetians overtook the land.
There was a Greek heroine, Manto Mavrogenous who fought the Turks successfully in 1822. Even now her dwelling remains on Mykonos Island. It was long before the liberation of Mykonos, which took place in 1930. The war caused much exhaustion, but tourism was picking up well and before long Mykonos got on its feet and the economy was good once more.
Chora: The Simple Life
There is a town in Mykonos well worth visiting and this is the town of Chora. You will enjoy walking around the town, viewing the windmills, feeding the pelicans, having a drink at the little harbor and visiting the famous Parapotiani church. There is also an abundant array of shopping choices in Mykonos.
The Many Museums of Mykonos
If you enjoy history and would like to know more about Mykonos' past, there are five museums from which you can choose; the Archaeological Museum, the Aegean Maritime Museum, Lena's House, the Folk Art Museum (Folklore) and the Agricultural Museum. Most of these museums are found on the street of Enopolon Dynameon, which is indeed one of the busiest streets of Mykonos, especially during the summer.
If you are a water lover, there are a lot of water sports being offered, such as diving. For a feel of freedom then you can do some horseback riding. You can also enjoy daily outings to some magnificent beaches as well as a trip to Naxos and Delos.
For something simple yet enjoyable do not miss early morning strolling along the whitewashed streets. Then at noon have a swim at any of the numerous beautiful sandy beaches of Mykonos.
Photos taken within 10 km
Map of Mykonos & places nearby
Naxos 42 km
Paros 44 km
Ios 82 km
Milos 118 km