Mykonos Greece is in my opinion the most known of the Greek Islands.
All Mediterranean and Greek Islands Cruise make sure to stop here for the delight of their passengers. But this is just a fraction of the tourists that arrive on the island from all over Europe and keep coming again and again.
It is an important tourist destination due to its cosmopolitan character, nightlife, hotels and restaurants. And of course, Mykonos Beaches are idyllic.
Cavo Tagoo Resort in Mykonos
The Cyclades Islands
The Cyclades comprise about 220 islands, the major ones being Amorgos, Anafe, Andros, Antiparos, Delos Greece, Eschate, Ios, Kea, Kímolos, Kythnos, Melos, Mykonos Greece, Naxos, Paros Greece, Folegandros, Serifos, Sifnos, Sikinos, Syros, Tenos, and Thera or Santoríni Island. Most of the smaller islands are uninhabited.
Ermoupolis, on Syros, is the chief town and administrative center of the former prefecture.
The islands are peaks of a submerged mountainous terrain, with the exception of two volcanic islands, Milos and Santorini also called Thera.
Restaurant Taverna in Chora Mykonos
The climate is generally dry and mild, but with the exception of Naxos the soil is not very fertile. Agricultural produce includes wine, fruit, wheat, olive oil, and tobacco. Cooler temperatures are in higher elevations and mainly do not receive wintry weather.
The main city of the island is Mykonos, called Chora or Hora is located on the west coast and the island itself is sometimes recognized as Chora.
The ground is mainly granite therefore the supply of water is almost nonexistent. The islanders rely on sea water desalination for their needs.
World Renowned Paradise Beach in Mykonos
• Petros the Pelican
The legend says that in 1954 after a big storm a pelican stayed on the waterfront and was named by locals “Petros”.
It became the official mascot of the island for the pleasure of visitors and locals.
He eventually died 30 years later to the dismay of the islanders and the tourists. So a replacement was found and the spirit of Petros still lives among the islanders in the waterfront.
• Little Venice
It is located on the western part of town. It is called like that because the buildings were built right at the edge of the sea with many balconies hanging over the water.
The Church of Paraportiani is located near the harbor entrance in what is called the “Kastro” or castle area or the oldest section of town.
This is actually a group of five smaller churches that were built over a long period of time and finally completed on the 17th Century.
Some of the typical windmills of Mykonos
• Mykonos Windmills
Today just a few windmills remain of what an important feature of the island.
At some point in history Mykonos competed with Venice as a supplier of goods on the way to the Orient and back to Europe.
The windmills were built in order to refine the grain and make it easier for transportation.
All this was possible due to the year round supply of winds.
Idyllic View of Mykonos as you arrive by boat
• Archaeological Museum
Here you may find marble statues, sculptures, some jewelry and ceramics found on Mykonos and the neighboring island of Delos Greece.
• Aegean Maritime Museum
This is a museum depicting the maritime history of Mykonos. You’ll see many ships and ancient nautical artifacts.
During the summer months this open air cinema features films in the Greek and English languages, surrounded by a well kept garden. Enjoy your movie while you relish a Souvlaki from the nearby bar.
For more information visit Greece Tourism Website
Royal Mykonian Resort on the Island of Mykonos Greece
Brief History of Mykonos Greece
Its history as all Europe and Mediterranean History goes back to the Neolithic era as discovered by Archaeologists. In Greek Mythology it was where the war between Zeus and the Titans occurred, and the island was named after Apollo’s grandson Mykons.
For years it was a very poor mainly consisting of small fishing villages. It is located only two km away from Delos Greece which was highly populated so Mykonos became the supply and getaway island for Delos Citizens.
Map of the Greek Island of Mykonos
With the years at the middle of the 20th Century, tourism started to flourish and the rest is history. I repeat, today Mykonos is the “in” place for the Rich and Famous. As a matter of fact many actors and celebrities of the entertainment industry own their summer homes on the island. It is not rare to see one of them walking the white beaches or trying to pass as incognito in one of the Tavernas.
The nightlife of Mykonos is spectacular. During the summer months many top music producers and DJs are attracted to the island’s beach bars and clubs.
Mykonos Greece is spectacular, Mykonos is romantic, beautiful and inviting.
mykonos windmills by heiko gorski
port of hora by jeremy avnet
delos ruins by geraki
All courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
The resorts images are courtesy of the resorts mentioned.