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THE SEA

Relax and enjoy

 

Relax and enjoy the fresh meltemi wind –Mykonos is also known as “the island of the winds” and the beneficial rays of the Delian sun (but don’t forget to use sunscreen while doing so!)

Take your time to visit as many beaches as you can. Each one has its own unique character, from the family oriented, well connected Platis Yialos, the jetsetter Psarrou, the cosmopolitan Ornos, the hippy Paranga, the party-all-day-long Paradise and Super Paradise, the quiet Agrari, the families on the left and nudists on the right Elia, the long and wide Kalo Livadi, the shady –yes, with trees!- Kalafatis, the not so full of sunbeds Agia Anna, the usually windy Panormos, the waveriding and windsurfing Ftelia, the golden haven of Agios Sostis, the Delos sunset view Agios Ioannis(location for the award winning motion picture Shirley Valentine), the family oriented Agios Stefanos, the next to the town Megali Ammos,the easy-going but difficult to reach Lia, the remote and therefore peaceful Fokos, and the two secluded boat destinations, Tigani and Fragia.

A variety of water sports are offered at most beaches. You can also chose to follow diving lessons, horse riding on the beach, boat trips to the neighbouring islands or at secluded beaches…………

MYKONOS CHORA

Take a walk!

Walk through the alleys and unmask the beauty of Mykonos “Chora”, the island’s “down-town”, with its unique architecture

Among the various attractions, you will discover the charm of Little Venice, the imposing cylindrical whitewashed towers Kato Myloi (windmills)and the Kastro(castle) area featuring the architectural masterpiece of Panagia Paraportiani – a white church of unique plasticity… You can meet the descendants of Petros the Pelicanstrolling around Yialos, but only during daytime, as they go to sleep early!

If you’re the shopping type, or just want to buy something nice to remember your vacations, strolling around the main street, Matoyiannia, you will encounter lots of stores with designer clothes, jewelry and art objects. You might need to search a bit further in the alleys to uncover some authentic mykonian hidden jewels, mainly handmade white lace, woven textiles, knitwear and leather made sandals.

HISTORY

Archeology & Museums

If you are into archeology, besides the indispensable pilgrimage to Delos, just 20 minutes by boat, with daily organized guided excursions (except on Mondays) …

you can visit the centrally situated Archeological Museum at the Remezzo area, one of the oldest museums in Greece, exhibiting among other artifacts the Mykonos pithamphora, the large vase from Tinos, showing scenes from the fall of Troy. On the island there are also some excavated remains from various historical periods, the most impressive being the Mycenean tholos tomb at Angelica, which is believed to be the mythical burial place of the Trojan hero Ajax (in greek Aias) of Locris.

Other museums worth visiting are: the Mykonos Folklore Museum at the Kastro area, which features a very interesting collection of objects including furniture, embroideries, jewelry and sculptures from every corner of the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, all gathered in the oldest house of the island. Mykonos seafaring history comes to life at the museum’s basement, were you can embark on a 19th century Mykonian ship with canons, used during the greek War of Independence. The award winning Aegean Maritime Museum at Tria Pigadia also pays tribute to the island’s nautical history. Right next to it stands Lena’s House, a typical 19th century bourgeois residence with all its furniture. Last, but not least, the Agricultural Museum, housed inside a 16th century windmill at the top of the hill in Chora, also known as “Bonis’ Windmill”. If you happen to be in Mykonos on the second Sunday of September, don’t miss the grape harvest festival held here.

NIGHT LIFE

 

The island isn’t called “greek Ibiza” for no reason! Its rich nightlife offers dozens of bars and clubs down town or on the beach.

Bar-hopping is imperative! A wise choice would be to start with a cocktail at any bar on Little Venice, which offer a heartwarming sunset view.

A multiethnic culinary paradise, Mykonos displays a variety of restaurants, tavernas and coffee-shops with quality dishes all over the island. And of course, the world-famed greek souvlaki can be found throughout the town!

MYKONOS INLAND

The other Mykonos

One risks to be enchanted from Mykonos town and the island’s beautiful beaches and neglect to visit the inland, but we suggest to take the time for at least one visit to the “other Mykonos

the village of Ano Mera, with its low profile traditional taverns and coffeehouses (kafeneia) gathered around the central square, in great contrast to the cosmopolitan and bustling Chora. It is famous for its excellent quality Mykonian meat dishes, and the spicy cheese copanisti, which is manufactured nearby. The monastery of Panagia Tourliani, a typical example of Aegean monastic architecture, built in the 18th century, increases the feeling of serenity in the village. Mykonos’ most important festival takes place here on the 15th of August. On the hillside next to Ano Mera is situated the lovely Palaiokastro Convent. The third monastery of the island is Aghios Panteleimon in Marathi area, which only opens to the public for its feast-day celebration in the middle of July.

FEASTS & FESTIVALS

 

The past revives at the numerous feasts and festivals of the island, a rather unknown fact for most tourists, which pleasantly surprises whoever participates. They are open to everyone,

beginning after the Vesper on the eve or on the day of the honored saint’s feast day. You are invited to taste traditional plates, such as boiled meat, onion pies, lard with cabbage, bouillon with lemon, kopanisti and louza, homemade mykonian bread and plenty of wine, accompanied by the musicians who play the traditional “tsambouna” (bagpipe) and the “toumbaki” (small drum), but also violins, accordions and other instruments. We highly recommend the following:
–  The midsummer (shortest night of the year) coincides with the orthodox St John’s Klidonas celebration, on June 23, when large bonfires are lit. Join the locals who burn the wreaths they made on Mayday and jump over the fire three times for good luck!
–  The feast of St. Panteleimon on July 27 in Marathi, is performed in the medieval monastery of the area, as aforementioned.
–  On September 14, the Exaltation of the Holy Cross is celebrated with a feast both in the chapel of the Cross at the airport and at the Mykonos Folklore Museum.
–  Join the pressing of the grapes barefoot at the feast of the Harvest, dedicated to Dionysus and become part of the ancient bacchic customs, drinking and dancing, on the second Sunday of September at Boni’s Windmill.
–  Chirosfagia (actually meaning the slaughter of the pig), mainly a family celebration, takes place throughout Mykonos in various small and big festivals, especially in rural areas, during October.
–  August 15, the day of the Assumption of Virgin Mary, is a very important date for Christianity. The main festival takes place at Ano Mera, in front of the Monastery of Panagia Tourliani.
–  The feast of Fishermen is celebrated on 30 June, the day of Agioi Apostoloi, at the Yialos (beach of Chora), where seafood is offered.
–  A very special feast is the one held at Delos on July 7th, celebrating Agia Kiriaki. It is the only day visitors are allowed to stay on the island of Delos during the afternoon, let alone the night, and have the unique chance to enjoy the sunset view from the best preserved ancient town in Greece.
–  On June 11th there is a feast at the church of Panagia on the small Tragonissi island. Boats depart from Kalafatis beach and after half an hour they arrive at Tragonissi, where the adventure begins! One must be determined and athletic, as it involves climbing and walking through a steep and rough path for half an hour to arrive at the tiny white church. After the ceremony, the feast is held into a cavern-like cavity, where every guest contributes bringing some snacks. And an important detail to bear in mind: only men can participate!

Very popular are the events and exhibitions organized at the Municipal Art Gallery, and by the Public Enterprise of Cultural Projection and Growth of Mykonos who coordinates the “cultural summer”.

Last, but not least, Mykonos hosts the annual gay festival, which has become a tradition, with thousands of participants from all over the world.

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Address: Mykonos Town
Mykonos, Greece 84600

Reservations: +30 210 3306012
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