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Mykonos Town or Chora: The Town of Mykonos, called Chora by the locals, is a typical Cycladic village built amphitheatrically. It has whitewashed cubic houses with wooden coloured doors, windows and balconies, narrow streets forming a labyrinth, beautiful churches, lovely chapels and purple bougainvilleas contrasting with the bright white of the buildings' walls.
Related Tour: Simply Mykonos tour, from 39.00 €
The heart of the city is closed to traffic during most of the day which makes the walk among the labyrinth streets particularly agreeable, especially during the early morning when the city is calmer for most of the people are at the beaches or still sleeping after a long night of clubbing. The main town can be walked all on foot. Note that it is simply not practical to enter the main part of town on scooters/cars because of the narrowness of the lanes. During evening hours the main roads into town are blocked off.
Numerous cafes, chic boutiques, souvenir shops and fine jewelry shops are helping the visitor to enjoy its days in the beautiful capital of Mykonos. Worth seeing in Town, or Chora Mykonos, is the church complex of Panagia Paraportiani which has been recognized as a national cultural monument and is a superb representation of Cycladic architecture. Those beautiful churches are located on the hill of the old Venetian castle (Kastro).
The famous whitewashed windmills, trademark of the island, are standing on a hill overlooking the city and from where one can enjoy a magnificent view over the Little Venice which is one of the most beautiful parts of the capital and is located on a peak of land, like a small peninsula.
Another trademark of the island is Petros the pelican, usually located in Little Venice, he is quite the charmer and loves to pose for photographs. Be sure to look for him!
This peak of land consists of two-story Venetian houses of extremely bright colours, built very close one to another, with coloured wooden porches and balconies, lining the seafront, almost falling into the sea with the waves coming to break under them; all this scene forms a wonderful and unique image that charms everyone by its incredible beauty and its magical atmosphere.
Many trendy cafes and bars are located in Little Venice which becomes a very noisy and lively area during night time.
The capital also has an archaeological museum located between the port and the town, exposing various sculptures, vases and figurines coming from the islands of Delos and Rhenia. In the centre of the town one can find a nautical museum and a folklore museum which houses a collection of icons, furniture, and folk musical instruments.
A great number of bars and nightclubs can be found in the capital, proving that the fame of Mykonos to be a party island is not just fame, it is a fact. As soon as the sun goes down, the capital's narrow streets fill with a crowd ready to party and dance all night long.
There are many different ways to get to Mykonos Town (Chora) from any location on the island.
Airport to Town: 3.3 km / 2 miles | New Port to Town: 5 km / 3.1 miles
Tours: Discover Mykonos Town with an organized tour of Mykonos, starting from 39€.
Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked Mykonos transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from the port, airport or your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: 0030 694 559 7854, 0030 22890 22400 or book your taxi online. The taxi station is located at Plateia Manto Mavogenous.
Car rental: Τhere’s the option of renting a car in Mykonos with as little as 10 euros per day and pick it up directly from the airport, port or your hotel. Using a car rental allows visitors to discover Mykonos town and many other places of interest in Mykonos at their own pace.
Public transfers: Note that there are two central bus stations in Mykonos town: Fabrika and Old Port. There are bus connections between these bus stations and the most areas of the island. Consider that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here.
From Mykonos airport to Town: There’s a bus station outside the airport’s main terminal building. The bus route Airport > New Port (approximately every 1.5 hours) takes visitors to Fabrika central station (second stop). Fabrika is located in Mykonos Town.
From Mykonos new port (in Tourlos) to Town: The bus station is located at the new port of Mykonos, a 3-minute walk away from the passenger disembarkation area. From there, visitors who have arrived by ferry to Mykonos can take a bus to the Old Port where the terminal of the route New Port > Old Port lies (approximately every 30 minutes). The Old Port is located in Mykonos Town.
Tip: Since buses don’t always stop in every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination, so that he makes a stop there.
Sea bus: The sea bus of Mykonos carries out frequent routes, connecting the New port with the Old port of the island. Between the starting and finishing points of the route, there are two intermediate stops close to bus and taxi stations. You can get further information about routes and timetables on www.mykonos-seabus.gr.
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