Mykonos (Myconos or Mikonos):

Mykonos is one of Greece's most well known islands. It is famous to be the destination of many celebrities and is widely acquaintance for its intense night life. The island allocates an incredible folk architecture , a splendid naked landscape, exceptional climate, a lot of beautiful sandy coasts and has the privilege to be located near to the "Open Archeological Museum" of Delos, the island of Apollo. Hora is the capital of Mykonos, with 3,500 inhabitants. Apart to the Municipality of Mykonos the island has also o Village, called Ano Mera, which arises the total population to 4,000 residents.

The visitor will be impressed by the marvelous architecture that Hora presents, while be seen under the Sun light… Small white houses with their wooden frames, in narrow pave streets, many small churches, tie up in a harmonious total that reaches the sea and surrounds the naked landscape.

Manto Mavroyenous' Statue. Manto Mavroyenous was a hero of Greek Revolution against Ottomans in 1821. The Statue is located at the small square of Hora's coast. Panayia (Virgin Mary) Paraportianni's Temple, an appreciable for its folk cycladic architecture church, is found in the district of the Castle. The island has roughly 400 churches. Alefkandra Square, with a lot of restaurants and recreation centres, is located near the South Mills. At the district of Venice, houses have wooden balconies and are built almost in the sea. Matoyiannia is the internal commercial street, the centre of night life. Archeological Museum, near the new harbour, includes important collections of vessels etc . The Naval Museum of Aegean is found in the central interior street of Hora. The Folklore Museum is located in the district of the Castle, near Paraportianni. You can find the group of Old Churches, which is acquaintant to the tourists as Kouseyiares or Koutsoboles, in the district of Limni (lake).

Mykonians have a lot of feasts, especially for the Orthodox Saints. The family that takes care of each Church, untertakes the organizing of its feast and offers the "sfahta" (meat). Dance is accompanied by folk music played with traditional instruments such as Toumpakia and Tsabounes. The main feasts are the ones of Ayia Paraskevi on 26 July, of Virgin Mary Tourliani on 15 August, Ayios Nicolaos on 6 December, while the one of Ayios Apostolos on 30 June is the feast of fishermen. This is the greatest "Paniyiri" and takes place at the beach, where seafood is offered. Books about Mykonos

To Mykonos: From Piraeus and Rafina with a ferry. The island is also connected by sea with Paros, Ios, Naxos, Syros, Santorini, and Crete. By air there is connection with Athens, Rhodes, Herakleion and Santorini.
At Mykonos: Buses and Taxis (tel:2289023700) in main road network. In addition cars and bikes are rented. Many regions are more easily accessible by the sea, with large wooden boats and experienced seamen as captains. For information call the Association of Boatmen (tel:2289022032).

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Geographical data Mykonos / Information about Mykonos:

Population:                                   9.320                                              
Cities / Villages:                            Hora mykonos, Ano Mera, Onros, Platys Gialos, Agios Stefanos, Dilos
Postal code:                                 846 00
Telephone area code:                     0030 22890           

Get Around Mykonos, Greece

On Mykonos you can get around by scooter, ATV, car, or bus. A sophisticated bus network, which takes you to virtually any point of the island. Additionally taxis operate at constant rate. In the evening, it can be nearly impossible to find a taxi. You can wait hours at the taxi queue in town. There are now two ferry terminals at Hora (Mykonos), the main sea port on the island. If you are on foot and leaving the island, be certain whether your ferry leaves from the old port (the nearest one to the main section of town) or the New Port (about 10 km to the north).
There is also a third "port" from whence boats to and from Delos depart and arrive, but most travellers won't confuse this with the ferry landings.

History of Mykonos

Archaeological finds indicate that the Ionians settled on Mykonos in the early part of the 11th century BC. More recent discoveries have uncovered remnants in Ftelia beach from the Neolithic Kares tribe dating back to as far as 3000 BC.
In Greek mythology Mykonos was the location of the battle between Zeus and the Gigantes, and the island was named in honor of Apollo's grandson Mykons. During these ancient times, Mykonos, due to its proximity to the then highly populated island of Delos (situated about 2km away), became very important as a supply island and possibly as a getaway location for Delian citizens.

Modern Mykonos

Today, Mykonos is one of the world's most cosmopolitan islands, having become increasingly popular especially during the last 50 years due to the numerous international jet set visitors that spend their holidays on the island. It is widely known for its extremely rich, diverse and often intense nightlife featured by a vast number of bars and nightclubs. Mykonos is also distinctive for its sandy beaches, offering everything from crystal-clear waters, windsurfing potential, sea-side tavernas, bars featuring 24-hour loud music and even full nudity in some cases. Many Greek and international celebrities have summer residences in Mykonos and can often be seen walking the white-washed roads or having dinner at a small street-side table of an expensive restaurant or a taverna. The island is also one of the most upscale areas of Greece, and its real estate is very expensive. The popularity of the island has given rise to a wave of real estate development with the construction of private homes, villas, and hotels. This has raised some concerns that the island may be gradually losing its character. In order to prevent this, the island's zoning requires all new buildings to abide by the rules of the Cycladic architectural style.

Mykonos Sights & Attractions, Greece

  • The Windmills - the windmills are the landmark of Mykonos.
  • Little Venice - a district in Mykonos City, famous for its colourful balconies.
  • Petros the Pelican can be found at the waterfront. Originally the pelican was found after a storm back in the 1950s. After Petros died he was so popular that a new pelican was introduced as a successor. Now there are two pelicans inhabiting the island, who can sometimes be found up in the town as well as at the port.
  • Archaeological Museum of Mykonos - the exhibition of the museum includes a large number of vases, ranging from the prehistoric to the late Hellenistic period (25th-1st century B.C.), grave statues, stelae and funerary urns from Rheneia, and very few finds from Mykonos.

Mykonos Beaches, Greece

  • Agios Ioannis Beach - a small beach with fantastic snorkeling opportunities. Never got over crowded, deck chairs were available to rent. Great tavern and cocktail bar very close. Not a tourist beach. Was used in the film Shirly Valentine
  • Paradise Beach - a crowded party beach for the under 30 set, nudity is common. Large pebbly sand is great for windy days.
  • Super Paradise Beach - another crowded party beach for the under 30 set. Paradise and Super Paradise may be some sort of quarantine created by the locals. Also popular with gays, and transgenders. Nudity is quite common and practised in the central beach area.
  • Psarou Beach - Half the beach chairs and umbrella require reservations during peak season. Non-reserved chairs are available first come, first served.
  • Platys Gialos Beach - busy family and tourist beach. Jet ski rentals available.
  • Elia Beach - Rents beach chairs and umbrella for 10 euro. Rentals for Jet ski, waterskiing, wakeboarding and para sailing are available. Elia is a large beach compared to other Mykonos beaches. Nudity is permitted but not as common as Paradise, Super Paradise and Paranga.
  • Paranga Beach - another popular beach. Full nudity is practised on the right end (facing the water). Becoming more popular for nudists that don't want the party atmosphere of Paradise and Super Paradise.
  • Ornos Beach - a quiet family beach. Lots of umbrellas and lounges available for rent. Bathing suit bottoms are required on Ornos. The beach is lined with great restaurants, hotels and a nearby grocery store and town. Some hotels and restaurants are quite upscale. Serviced by bus and boat taxi.

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