Below, you will find some basic info about your vacation in Mykonos.
People from around the globe choose the cosmopolitan island of Mykonos, located in the middle of the Aegean Sea, to enjoy, relax and unwind. Mykonos offers all kinds of amenities of a modern holiday resort and is perfect for the jet-set crowds who want to have something to do by day and party all night. However, calm retreats where you can retire for a peaceful holiday away from the intense nightlife are also available.
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Most of your vacations will revolve around Chora, a stunningly picturesque town with narrow white cobblestone alleys lined up with whitewashed houses and churches of Cycladic architecture, crowded around the harbor in the middle of the bay. As one of the most cosmopolitan towns of the Aegean, Chora is the center of tourism and gets pretty crowded, particularly in the high season. The tiny streets are full of stylish cafes, bars, restaurants, shops, boutiques, and art galleries. Despite the tourist development, strict building norms on the island have ensured that the traditional style of Cycladic architecture has been well-preserved.
An important landmark of the island is the windmills above Chora, which date back to the 16th century. Due to their vantage position on the major sea route between Europe and Asia, they were built to grind grains and prepare them for conveyance. With industrialization, the edifices lost their importance and have become mere relics of their once glorious past.
Little Venice, a small quarter of Mykonos, is an inevitable part of your walks around the island during your Mykonos vacation. Located waterfront, the little town is one of the most charming places in Greece. Some of its buildings date back to the 16th and 17th centuries when pirates roamed the Aegean. Proximity to the sea made it easy for the quick loading and unloading of goods. The beautiful Venetian houses with their brightly colored doors and windows, and balconies overhanging the waters are breathtakingly beautiful. Visitors can relax in one of the numerous cafes or bars of Little Venice and enjoy the beautiful sunset with a fancy cocktail.
Just a short boat ride away from Mykonos lies the ancient site of Delos. This island is a very important archaeological site in Greece and has a small museum with findings from the excavations there.
The best part of your vacation in Mykonos will be the beaches. Gorgeous beaches with crystal waters and soft sand dot the coastline. Most popular beaches are located on the southern side, where most people head during their vacation by bus or boat. Paradise, Super Paradise, and Platis Gialos are among the best beaches on Mykonos, well organized, and close to many tourist facilities. Equally famous but smaller in size are the beaches of Psarou and Paranga. For calm holidays, visitors head to the northern side of the island, in the regions of Tourlos, Agios Stefanos, and Panormos.