Mykonos Greece

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Mykonos Little Venice, Photo by Alex Korolkoff

Mykonos Greece

Introduction

Mykonos is a cosmopolitan island that can be found in the Aegean Sea and it looks like most of the Cyclades islands. According to Greek mythology, it is believed that the island was created by the dead bodies of the Giants. This mesmerizing island attracts a wide range of visitors such as the Greek and international celebrities that wants to explore its wild nightlife, laze away on the lovely beaches, and enjoy the picturesque landscapes.

Top things to do in Mykonos Greece

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Windmills of Mykonos, photo by Chris Ouzounis

Go sightseeing at Mykonos Windmills

The windmills are the first thing that you will see once you get to the Mykonos harbor. The windmills are a row of 7 white windmills on a small cape. It is believed that they were built by the Venetians during the 16th century and they are oriented to the north to catch the prevailing wind. It was built close to the harbor for milling of grain that is offloaded from the ships and for easier transportation. The windmill is also not far from the Alefkandra quarter. You are going to find a small gift shop next to the road that you can bargain to take mesmerizing pictures of the white mills as it is contrasted by the blue of the sky and sea.

Explore the Delos Archaeological Museum in Mykonos Greece

This museum was inaugurated in 1904 to keep all the discoveries of Delos that was excavated for 30 years by the French School of Athens. The archaeological excavation continued for over 145 years and the museum has gone through expansion in 1931 and 1972 so that it can contain all the collections. The oldest pieces that you will find in this museum are the ceramics and they date back to over 3,500 years. You are also going to find a wide range of grave statues and stele from 7th to the 1st century BC, and also mosaics, clay figurines, everyday items, and jewelry from the Hellenistic Period. The museum is a top place not to miss while in Mykonos Island if you are a history lover. The highlights of the museum are a bronze mask of Dionysos from the 2nd century BC, a magisterial sculpture of Boreas kidnapping Oreithya from the end of the 5th century BC, and many more.

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Wander around Little Venice in Mykonos

Little Venice is also known as Alefkantra and it is among the most popular and charming areas in Mykonos. The area features picturesque scenery and it is close to the sea which looks like the Italian city. The settlement of Alefkantra was created during the 18th century by the rich captains and merchants. You should make sure you explore the area where you will find majestic and stunning houses with colorful windows and it stands above the sea. It is also a perfect destination to go in the Aegean Sea for mind-blowing sunset views.

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Mykonos Passage, photo by Hector J. Rivas

Visit the Folklore Museum of Mykonos

The folklore museum can be found in Kastro which is not far from the popular Paraportiani. The museum is situated in a two-floor traditional building. It houses a wide range of fascinating collections of hand-made ceramics, classic furniture, and Byzantine pictures which includes crucial manuscripts and photographs. This museum is a great place to go for culture enthusiasts to get an insight into the cultural identity of the island.

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Wander around the Old Harbour

The Old Harbor is the first place where you will disembark in Mykonos Islands. It is filled with a wide range of activities that you can try out. You can head to the east side of the harbor where you will find Town Hall that dates to the 1700s, there is also the tiny church of Agios Nikolaos which features a blue dome in front. You will also find a plethora of bars and restaurants that surround the harbor. You can also wander around the side streets which is filled with design shops, boutiques, souvenir stores, and little churches such as Agios Kirykos and Agia Eleni.

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Traditional blue and white house in Mykonos, photo by The Framed Bear

Relax at Agios Sostis Beach in Mykonos Greece

Agios Sostis Beach is a perfect beach destination to go if you are looking for a serene beach that you can have to yourself. You are not going to find restaurants, beachfront bars, or sunbeds in Agios Sostis beach. The beach offers a laid-back vibe that the beaches in the south and you will find a gently sloping hill that is sparsely dusted with scrub. You can also stroll around the northern part of the beach where you will find a small village with a tavern and church and there is a smaller cove in the area.

Facts about Mykonos Greece

  • Its nickname is “The Island of the Winds”
  • One of the best party places in the world, attracting the best Dj’s every summer
  • A gay-friendly destination with many establishments for the LGBT community
  • Around 10.000 local population
  • One of the  most well-known destinations, islands in Greece

That’s about Mykonos Island, can’t wait to read your experiences from the Island of the Winds, eat a lot, party, have fun and spread the love if you liked my article.

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