Discover Mykonos island in Cyclades
Travel Information about Mykonos island Greece, Cyclades: Mykonos, one of the most beautiful islands of Cyclades, has become a highly popular tourist destination in the world today. Its cosmopolitan lifestyle, picturesque villages, wonderful beaches and active nightlife draw tourists in large numbers to this island. The capital is Chora, or Mykonos Town, and it is known for its unique Cycladic architecture.
The whitewashed cube-like buildings are closely knit giving it the shape of a maze of streets and narrow alley ways. Some call this island the jewel of the Aegean Sea. Summers attract a lot of tourists here when the famous clubs and beach bars remain open from morning till late at night.
The name of Mykonos island has been taken from the name of the son of the King of Delos. Legend says that Hercules killed the giants and cast them off into the sea that later turned into rocks and formed Mykonos island. In ancient days, this island being close to Delos was very significant as a supply island. The distance between them was just 2 km and therefore it was traveled frequently for supplies to the religious island of Delos.
During the rule of Alexander the Great, it was an important commercial centre. It went under the rule of Venice in 1207 which continued till 1537, when the Turks took over. However, the natives of this island helped a lot during the Greek Revolution against Turks and the island was liberated in 1830, along with the rest of the country. Gradually the commercial power was restored.
Today, Mykonos island is known all over the world for its golden sandy beaches. Super Paradise, Platis Gialos and Elia are very popular with tourists. Wind surfers love visiting the beaches of Kalafatis and Agios Stefanos. Paradise, Paraga, and Psarou are the most cosmopolitan beaches on the island and they are surrounded by lively bars and clubs that play loud music all day long.
There are mainly two villages there, Chora or Mykonos Town, and Ano Mera. Chora is the main center of tourist activities where people enjoy shopping along the narrow streets, climb to the windmills to see the sunset, take pictures with Peter the pelican, the mascot of the island, and have a drink in Little Venice, the most picturesque quarter of the island. You will also come across several Greek and international restaurants to spend some quality time with your company. Although Chora is a cosmopolitan village, Ano Mera is traditional, situated on a plateau. The most important sight there is the 16th century Monastery of Panagia Tourliani.
Although Mykonos island is mostly famous as a cosmopolitan and gay friendly place, there are also places where people can relax away from big crowds. Panormos, Agios Stefanos, Kalafatis are few quiet beaches on the island, without any loud beach bar. A frequent sports in thesese quiet beaches is beach golf. The lighthouse of Armenistis, on the north western side of the island, is also an amazing place to enjoy some relaxing moments and get gorgeous view of the Aegean Sea.