Discover a brief introduction to the architecture of Mykonos.
Mykonos is the most cosmopolitan island in the Cyclades and one of the finest examples of Cycladic architecture. Traditional and cubic houses with flat roofs, wooden colored doors, and windows create a unique atmosphere that reflects the main features of the original style, which is now world-famous. Despite its tourist development, the island is proud of its apparent Cycladic identity.
The Chora (main village) is the historical settlement of the island, with a plethora of whitewashed houses overlooking the sea. Wooden colorful doors, stairs, windows, and balconies, hanging over the labyrinth streets create a magical setting.
Every quarter distinguishes by the local architecture, the whitewashed walls, the wooden balconies, and the beautifully decorated courtyards. On the other hand, the white-dressed villages present that impressive contrast on red/grey rocks, resting in total harmony with the rocky and barren landscape of the Cycladic island.
Mykonos was among the Greek islands influenced by the Venetians since it was under their rule for several years(1390-1718). Many tourists can tell the characteristics of Venetian culture. Apart from the medieval castle of Gyzi that stands in Ano Mera, the most characteristic part of Mykonos inspired by the Venetians is Little Venice. It is the most attractive quarter of the island, known for the whitewashed stone-built houses sitting at the edge of the sea with their colorful balconies hanging over the water.
Nowadays, most of those houses belong to famous restaurants and bars. It is no wonder why that neighborhood has become the trademark of Mykonos and the most photographed place on the island.
In the heart of town, you can also see some newly established buildings, like the Town Hall.
Visitors can enjoy their stay in many traditional hotels that have respected the Cycladic architecture.