Town of Mykonos

Information About Town

Chora Mykonos, Town or Chora: Chora 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.

The heart of the city is closed to traffic during most of the day which make the walk among the labyrinth streets particularly agreeable, especially during 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 traveled all on foot and beware 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 jeweleries are helping the visitor to enjoy its days in the beautiful capital of Mykonos. Worth seeing in Chora, 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-storey 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 every one 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 quantity 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 crowd ready to party and dance all night long.

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17 Reviews
Guest 2010-02
Sadly only for a day
I stayed for only a day in Mykonos cause I was on a cruise. So I can't tell a lot about the island, only about Chora, the capital. It will not take more than 20 minutes to go from one side of Chora to the other: a tiny little adorable place with white houses, paved streets (no cars allowed, except for motorcycles that were really annoying sometimes with their awful noise), blue window shutters and the most delicious food of all the cruise! We didn't order something special, just the typical Greek souvlaki, but still it was the best gyros souvlaki we have tasted in Greece. It was in a venue in Little Venice, with colourful tables by the sea (don't remember the name!!). I liked the busy atmosphere of Chora, the colourful gift shops, the nice waterfront, the view from the windmills... If we had a little more time, we would take a taxi to a beach, but as we were supposed to return to the ship in five hours, we just took a quick dip in a small beach in Chora and then walked around.
Guest 2009-07
Crowded and expensive
We spent just one evening in Mykonos as we stopped with a cruise ship there, so we had not much time to see all the island and preferred to stay in the Town. The place was picturesque, with labyrinth streets and small cubic houses. The architecture was beautiful, but there were no flowers and no parks. It was also very clean, situated in a valley by the sea, with local artisan activity. It is actully a fishing port with just a few churches and much touristy industry. There were a lot of restaurants, cafes, clubs, all proximate to the port, and very crowded and expensive. That is the bad thing of the town near the port, not enough lights and not enough people. My favorite thing about the village was the labyrinth streets. I also hated the fact that there were so many transexuals on Mykonosand that they hit on my father (age 50)! We were walking side by side, father and daughter, and there were people hitting him in a very bad and rude way! This should stop, because there may be families with children on vacations and these sites to see are not for children eyes!
Guest 2008-05
Just lovely
Chora is a strange town. Labyrinth streets, nice churches, busy and yet quite dirty and expensive. You do not need a car to get around the town, just a scooter, if you are not afraid of sun burning and bad roads. My accommodation was located close to Chora and that was convenient because I could find anything I wanted: banks, restaurants, travel agencies, post office. The pelican was my favourite clue of Chora Mykonos and the waterfront was the ideal place to drink your coffee.
Guest 2007-07
A very relaxing and quiet area
Hi, my name is Karin Heyboer and I'm South African. I'm 25 years old. I visited Greece and the island of Mykonos. I was staying in Agios Ioannis, which I reached by boat. The trip lasted for about 1 minute. Also the roads to the village were good. Only some sharp turns but good quality roads. The bus also was good because it comes on time. The trip to the Main Town by ferry was a bit long (5hrs) but not terrible. In order to get there I had to ask someone on our way. A friend of the family stays in the area and that’s the main reason we decided to go. This place is picturesque and has small cubic houses. There are no flowers, no parks by the sea, but there are offering views and very nice and friendly local people. Also it has nice restaurants, proximate to the beach. It is a very relaxing and quiet place. Just a lot of electricity and water cutting out occasionally on Mykonos. In the village someone could find telephone, mini market and shops. It certainly met my expectations as it’s a very peaceful place. I would definitely come to this village again and the best would be to come and live here forever! I cant’ recommend other villages as I haven’t done a lot of exploring. But I’m sure it’s all great.
Guest 2007-04
Incredible
We stayed at the Hotel Eva which is a little outside of Mykonos. The hotel and family who run it are WONDERFUL. It was easy to get to Mykonos and spend the day. You must go to Delos and take the full tour. The whole Greek experience was wonderful!
Guest 2007-03
A very picturesque town
Nationality: South African Age: 23 -How did you get to Mykonos town: Public transportation -Where is your accommodation located: Agios Ioannis -How much time did it take you to reach Mykonos town: 25 minutes -What are the conditions of the roads that take you to the village: Very good -If you used public transportations, did you have to wait long for the bus: No -Did you enjoy the trip to Mykonos town: Yes -In order to get to the village were enough signs in order to find it: I used a map -Why did you choose this particular village: Recommended by friends -How would you describe Mykonos town: Picturesque, no flowers, clean, by the sea, beautiful surroundings, local people, great atmosphere -Can everything, one might need, be found in the village: Telephone, mini market, restaurants, cafes, bars, hotels and other accommodations - Did the village meet your expectations? Yes Rate: 8/10 - Favorite thing about the Mykonos town: Its quiet and very relaxing - Is there anything that you don’t like about the village or things that should be done by the authorities to improve it or is something missing: Water and lights cut out quite often - Would you come to this village again: Yes Other recommends villages? No, haven’t been to the other villages
Guest 2006-12
Its quiet and very relaxing
Nationality: South African
Age: 23
-How did you get to the village: Public transportation
-Where is your accommodation located: Agios Ioannis
-How much time did it take you to reach the village: 25 minutes
-What are the conditions of the roads that take you to the village: Very good
-If you used public transportations, did you have to wait long for the bus: No
-Did you enjoy the trip to the village: Yes
-In order to get to the village were enough signs in order to find it: I used a map
-Why did you choose this particular village: Recommended by friends
-How would you describe the village: Picturesque, no flowers, clean, by the sea, beautiful surroundings, local people, great atmosphere
-Can everything, one might need, be found in the village: Telephone, mini market, restaurants, cafes, bars, hotels and other accommodations
- Did the village meet your expectations? Yes Rate: 8/10
- Favorite thing about the village: Its quiet and very relaxing
- Is there anything that you don’t like about the village or things that should be done by the authorities to improve it or is something missing: Water and lights cut out quite often
- Would you come to this village again: Yes
Other recommends villages? No, haven’t been to the other villages

Guest 2006-11
Charismatic town
Nationality: Norwegian
Age: 25
Date: 05/08/06
-How did you get to the village: By boat
-Where is your accommodation located: Chora
-How much time did it take you to reach the village: 40 minutes from Paros
-What are the conditions of the roads that take you to the village: N/A
-If you used public transportations, did you have to wait long for the bus: N/A
-Did you enjoy the trip to the village: Yes
-In order to get to the village were enough signs in order to find it: It was perfectly indicated
-Why did you choose this particular village: Recommended by friends
-How would you describe the village: Picturesque, modern, labyrinth streets, small cubic houses, no parks, clean, perched on a hill, by the sea, offering views, fishing port, any churches, touristy industry, restaurants, cafes, clubs, proximate to a beach, proximate to a port, crowded, expensive, busy, great atmosphere
-Can everything, one might need, be found in the village: Telephone, bank, mini market, restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, travel agencies, museums, hotels and other accommodations
- Did the village meet your expectations? Yes Rate: 7/10
- Favorite thing about the village: Labyrinth streets, the pelican
- Is there anything that you don’t like about the village or things that should be done by the authorities to improve it or is something missing: There is a need for more garbage cans/disposal
- Would you come to this village again: Definitely.
Other recommended villages? Agios Stefanos

Guest 2010-06
Best spot to unwind
I mostly enjoyed the balmy weather, the exotic Greek food and the flawless beaches of Mykonos. I completely forgot the hurry and flurry of the demanding and hectic lifestyle and enjoyed my vacation at this serene and beautiful Greek island. I felt I was re-connecting with nature in an explicit way. The spectacular windmills, the hallmark of Mykonos, was the best spot to relax and enjoy the view. They are located in a walking distance from Chora, on top of a hill. The dynamism of the windmills made me look at it from the viewpoint of an artist. The quintessential features of these traditional structures made me forget the traffic jam, honking cars and the hectic lifestyle of the modern city. Even if you are at a distance, you can view the majestic windmill and its revolving beauty that exudes elegance. The best spot to unwind, although ironically enough the wind blows a bit strong there!!
Guest 2010-06
The lovely mascot
Before even going to Mykonos, we heard of course about Peter the Pelican by friends who had goen there and by the travel guides that presented the bird as one of the top things to see in Mykonos. We were so intrigued by the story that a pelican became the Mascot of Mykonos in a very short duration according to a tale which says that old fisherman of Mykonos nursed a pelican when he was ill. After gaining strength, he made Mykonos his home. People at Mykonos loved him so much and they brought in successors of Peter to Mykonos after the original one died. Certainly we too wanted to see what creature has stolen the heart of everyone at Mykonos. We saw three pelicans at the waterfront and Peter was walking gladly with his new girlfriend. We waited for Peter to stop walking and pose for pictures. The creature is so cuddly and lovely. We had such a great time at the waterfront caching after him!
Guest 2010-06
Elegant atmosphere
The beautiful and tranquil island of Mykonos is full of surprises and scenic beauty. I fell in love with the natural beauty and the serenity of the atmosphere. One of the most elegant and eclectic neighborhoods in Mykonos is called Little Venice. The beauty of the water, the sturdy and wonderful houses surrounding the water makes this quarter a mini Venice. This idyllic and romantic place is actually called Little Venice and it got us in a wonderful mood: vibrant colors, charming ambience, white buildings and colorful windows. Some old houses have been turned into cafeterias with tables at the waterfront. A perfect place to relax with a frappe and a view to the sea. I think it would be nice if some of these old buildings were turned into hotels.
Guest 2010-10
Impressively white
This is a small church in Kastro, the most picturesque quarter of Chora (along with Little Venice). It is right next to the sea and the guide book said that the entrance doors of the Castle used to stand there, which is why the name of the church means "standing next to the doors". A beautiful church and impressively white. It is seen frequently in the postcards of Mykonos. I can't exactly describe you how to get there because the streets are too messing, you will just find it as you walk around.
Guest 2010-11
Very traditional quarter
Little Venice (and the hill with the windmills) is probably the most beautiful spot in Mykonos Town. Lovely small clubs, cafeterias by the sea that it was impossible to sit in the front tables if it was too windy, fabulous gyros restaurants and gift shops. Very traditional quarter. It didn't seem a lot the actual Venice, wonder why they named it like that? Probably because the houses are right in front of the water?
Guest 2010-12
Good depiction of nautical tradition
A small but interesting museum in the heart of Chora. You can't miss it, you will certainly meet it as you walk around the village. To visit, in the morning because if I am right, it closes early in the afternoon. Too sad, because there are a lot of tourists who go to the beaches in the morning and go for sightseeing in the afternoon, when the sun is not that hot. It is housed in the ground floor of a lovely building and inside you can see copies of ships, old maps, nautical tools from previous centuries, manuscripts of logbooks and interesting photos, among others. I think it represents well the nautical tradition of Mykonos and the other Cycladic islands. Only problem the labels that should be better informative in my opinion.
Guest 2011-10
Great to eat, good prices
Mykonos isn't cheap to eat, or do many thins. but the Nisa restaurant is welcoming, staff are attentive and polite, the food is pretty hearty and enjoyable, to add to that, a descent price. I'd recommend paying this a visit. We had tenderloin of pork, stuffed with halumi, baked fish in tomota and veg, and lamb souvlaki- all 3 were good portions, and the wine pretty tasty too!
Guest 2011-12
Enjoy the view
A restaurant with good view to the windmills and the sea. Enjoy the view. The food is also good but more traditional places would be nicer. Due to the position right on the beach of Small Venice, it gets busy.
Guest 2011-12
Modern dishes
White decoration, from the walls to the chairs. Matches good with the island's style. Delicious modern dishes, prices bit on the high side.

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