Mykonos, in the Cyclades islands, is considered the most cosmopolitan destination in Greece. The island is famous for its amazing beaches, picturesque villages, vivid nightlife, and its gay-friendly attitude. This is the second most popular Greek destination and it is often described as the Ibiza of Greece. Apart from the beaches and nightlife, visitors shall also find much interesting sites in Mykonos. The quarter of Little Venice, the Windmills and the church of Paraportiani are the main things to see on your stroll around Mykonos Town. Do not also miss boat excursions to the island of Delos, an uninhabited island that is an entire archaeological site today.
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Little Venice is the most picturesque quarter of Chora, the capital of Mykonos island. With colorful houses that are constructed right by the sea, Little Venice is a popular spot with vivid nightlife and lovely cafeterias.
The hill with the traditional windmills above Chora provides the best view of the village and the picturesque port. These windmills have been restored and have become the trademark of the island over the years.
Delos is a tiny island that can be reached by boat from the port of Mykonos Town. Delos was a sacred island for the ancient Greeks as, according to the mythology, god Apollo had been born there. Remains of an ancient sanctuary and a theatre have been found on the island, which is a great open site today.
Located in the village of Ano Mera, the monastery of Panagia Tourliani was originally founded in 1542 and it is dedicated to the Presentation of Virgin Mary. This monastery houses a small ecclesiastical museum with rare Byzantine icons and holy vestments.
Peter the pelican has become the mascot of Mykonos island over the years. A few decades ago, a fisherman took care of a wounded pelican but surprisingly he didn't leave when he was cured but made Mykonos his home. Although the first pelican of Mykonos has passed away, three pelicans run today the paved paths of Chora.
The Castle of Chora is located on a hill offering a marvelous view of Mykonos Town and the sea. In the past, it used to serve as a fortress for protection against various dangers, such as pirates' invasions.
The church of Agios Nikolaos is one of the few post-Byzantine churches on Mykonos Island. It was built during the fourth century in the Old Port of Mykonos and it is dedicated to Saint Nicholas, the protector of sailors.
Agia Eleni Church is located in Mykonos Town and it used to be the Metropolis of the island. It's a well-preserved basilica with important icons, a lovely bell tower, and a chapel overlooking the sea. The Church was built during the Post-Byzantine era in honor of Saint Constantine and Saint Helena.
The maritime museum of Mykonos is housed in a 19th-century mansion in Chora and exhibits old nautical instruments, tools, and maps. In fact, Mykonos is an island with rich nautical history and helped with many ships during the Greek Revolution.
The Neolithic settlement of Ftelia is located on the northern side of the island and dates approximately to the 5th millennium BC. Even though there were occasional interruptions, the excavations revealed many valuable findings.
The Artificial Lake of Ano Mera Dam is located on the northeast part of Mykonos Island, close to Fokos Beach. The dam was constructed to solve the island's water supply problem, and today its artificial lake is a beautiful refuge for many migratory birds.