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 which reflects the main features of the traditional style which is popular worldwide. Despite its tourist development, Mykonos island is proud of its strong Cycladic identity that matches perfectly with the folklore art of the island and the Venetian tradition.
Chora of Mykonos is the historical settlement of the island with a plethora of traditional whitewashed houses sitting in the flat region in contrast to the other Aegean settlements which are developed amphitheatrically in hillsides overlooking the sea. The main town of Mykonos consists of huge white rocks, wooden colorful balconies hanging over the labyrinth streets and different shapes.
Every quarter distinguishes for the traditional architecture of Mykonos, the whitewashed walls, the wooden balconies, and the beautifully decorated courtyards. On the other hand, the whitewashed villages of Mykonos present this impressive contrast on the grey rocks, resting in total harmony into the rocky and barren landscape of the Cycladic island.
Mykonos was among the Greek islands that attracted the Venetians, a reason that is highly appreciated by the many tourists who see many characteristics from the 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 by far the most attractive quarter of this island, known for the whitewashed stone built houses sitting at the edge of the sea with their colorful balconies literally hanging over the water.
Today, most of these houses belong to famous fish restaurants and nice bars. It is no wonder why this neighborhood has become the trademark of Mykonos and the most photographed place on this island. In the heart of the town, you can also see some newly established buildings, like the Town Hall.
Visitors can enjoy their stay in many of the traditional hotels that have respected the traditional Cycladic architecture.