Sites & Villages
The capital of Mykonos is also called CHORA, like it happens often when no specific name exists. Under the beaming light of the Mediterranean Sea reveals its beauty one of the nicest harbor promenades of the Aegean Sea. The town impresses and enchants the visitor by its unique position, the Cycladic architecture with the winding lanes paved with stone, the whitewashed houses with their blue, red or turquoise shutters, the wooden outside stairs, the small hidden places, the numerous tiny chapels and the unexpected colorful gardens enclosed by high stone walls. A labyrinthine net of lanes, places and corners in which one can during the third day of exploration still get lost.
Mykonos city is completely put on the tourist demand. Countless taverns, cafés, bars and shops of all kind offer nearly boundless choices. From April to October party atmosphere rules the congested lanes, which because of their narrow nature are free of cars.
The old town – Palea Chora
The old town spreads behind the harbor promenade and is the real local core of Chora. It goes back to the 14th cent. AD and with its typical small lanes and roads is the center of the tourist activities, a dense concentration of restaurants, shops and art galleries. MATOYANNI STREET is the main market street of Mykonos that one can walk all the way from the harbor to the inner part. At its end and on the right continues the ENOPLON DYNAMEON STREET, then we meet MITROPOLEO STREET and turning to the right it ends in SMALL VENICE.
„Little Venice“ – Mikri Venetia
Small Venice is one of the most picturesque places of the Aegean Sea and is located west of KASTRO. The houses here are built directly on the sea and have colorful decoration; balconies and terraces which were built just above the ocean surface. This quarter, although the name points to the Venetians, was established during the Turkish occupation.
The advantage was that in this manner goods could be brought directly by the boats into the houses. Today one finds the best known bars and restaurants in Small Venice, from whose terraces the visitor can enjoy an especially nice sundown.
Kastro – The Castle
Kastro goes back to the Venetians who established their fortress on this peninsula. Unfortunately almost nothing is left from this castle of the 13th century. The Old Town continues nearly unnoticed in the Kastro quarter. The difference becomes evident only when the visitor walks through the curvy paths of Kastro in opposition to the straight lined streets of the Old Town (Palea Chora).
The church of PANAGIA PARAPORTIANI is the place of the most interest here. The name arose from the position beside the gate of the medieval Kastro. Its shape was formed during 17th century, but the earliest parts go back to Middle Age. The church consists of five chapels which are integrated into this domed building. The chapel called Panagia (Virgin Mary) is on the first floor.
The asymmetrical facade creation attracts many architects, students and artists from all over the world, making this church unique not only in Mykonos, but in the whole of Greece.
Alefkandra lies between Small Venice and the windmill mountain and it was where earlier women used to wash and bleach their laundry. Lefkos = white.
Lower windmill mountain – Kato Myli
The eye-catching sights of Mykonos, motive for plenty of postcards, are the windmills on this small hill southwest of Chora, where originally used to be two dozens of them, but today only seven survived.
Higher windmill mountain – Ano Myli
To the north, above the town, we find the Bonis Windmill close to the by-pass road. From there one has a wonderful view at the whole town and the sunset.
Petros – der Pelikan
A really unique specimen of Mykonos and a legend. The bird was found in 1952 after a storm by a fisherman and was being taken care. Since then the harbor promenade was his district and he became a tourist attraction and a landmark of Mykonos, illustrated on numerous postcards. Petros lived on the island for 33 years. Still today one of his successors “reigns” the promenade and is a popular photo motive for many visitors.
The ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM, located alongside the harbor, was built circa in 1900. It shows findings from the necropolis of Rhenia and a large collection of Cycladic ceramics from the beginning of the Geometric period. Highlight is the “Pithos of Mykonos”: a large jar made in a workshop of Tinos in the 7th cent. B.C., richly decorated with bas – relief zones of bas -relief depicting various scenes from the Trojan War. Opening hours, Tel: 22890 – 26246
The MYKONOS FOLKLORE MUSEUM is located in an old, two-story, captain’s house in Kastro of Mykonos town, a few meters away from the proud Paraportiani church. It exhibits a collection of antique furniture, folkloric ceramics, decorative prints and gravures, embroidered and hard-woven fabrics, weights and measures, a well kept collection of model boats, and other historical artifacts. There are also important archives of manuscripts and printed matter, photographs, maps and a significant library. Öffnungszeiten, Tel: 22840 22591
The AEGEAN MARITIME MUSEUM is located by the Three Wells, next door to Lena’s House, this museum displays a collection of nautical instruments, models of various rowing boats, sailing vessels and steam-powered ships There is also a rich collection of maps and other engravings, as well as the tower with the mechanism of the Armenisti Lighthouse, which had been in use for over 90 years.
Opening hours, Tel: 22840 22700
Lena’ s House is situated near the Three Wells and it is a charmingly preserved, authentic 19th century Mykonian middle-class dwelling, which is fully furnished and equipped with antique furniture and house utensils. Opening hours:
AGRICULTURAL MUSEUM – BONI WINDMILL
The AGRICULTURAL MUSEUM – BONI WINDMILL is located on the edge of the town at Ano Mili, is an outdoor museum, which presents the traditional Mykonian agricultural installation used for the production and processing of farm products: the threshing floor, the well, the oven, wine-press, etc. The museum´s centerpiece is the Boni Windmill, which is in full working order and may be visited. Opening hours:
The second most traditional place on Mykonos is ANO MERA, a former, far scattered farm worker’ s and miner’ s settlement that lies away from the center of Mykonos, about 6 km from Chora. It was established around the fortress-like cloister of PANAGIA TOULIANI. Its construction started in 16th century and was expanded in the 18th century. The bell tower was formed skillfully and decorated with relief boards from Tinian marble. Large celebrations take place on the 15th and 23rd of August.
Although it is effected from the tourist developments, Ano Mera remains relatively quiet. Around the main square we find a variety of restaurants, taverns and cafés.
From CHORA coming in the entrance to the town of ANO MERA on the left possibly after 1 km erricht one the cloister. Open daily from 9-12 o’clock. It is inhabited only by an older nun.
The so-called „ lake of Marathi “ is to the west of the ORMOS PANORMOU in the street to the beaches PANORMOS and AGIO SOSTIS. It concerns, on this occasion, an artificially invested water reservoir in that of the rains is stored. He serves the water supply. The water is transported by means of TRUCK. On a bad earth runway one can do “lake” umrunden.
In the area from a new landing stage was established Without tour for the navigation Fähr and cruise navigation. Here there are also moorings for yachts. Below the street there is a long, narrow sand beach.
Shortly behind TOURLOS one finds the sandy bay of AGIOS STEFANOS – 4 km from Chora. A small church at the end of the sandy beach gives her name to the bay. Hotels, taverns and cafés directly on the sandy beach, nice view over to Chora and the sundown.
Continuing to the North you reach the bay of CHOULAKIA, known for his pebble beach.
The bay of ORNOS is opened to the south and, hence, well sheltered from the wind. Many hotels and rooms to let are to be found in this area.
From here one has a wonderful view to the west – to Delos. Agios Ioannis is to be reached through an asphalt road from Ornos passing over a low hill chain – the “Diakofti”. In this area the Hollywood film “Shirley Valentine” with his impressive scenery admissions was shot in the year 1988. On the left there is an approx. 200 meter long sand beach, on the right a mole and a small church with red barrel vault, consecrated to the holy Johannes (Agios Ioannis).
Platis Gialos is one of the best known regions on Mykonos’ south coast, very well developed touristic infrastructure – approx. 4.5 km from Chora. Good bus connections and boats to other beaches.