MYKONOS TOWN & SIGHTSEEING
Mykonos is considered as the most cosmopolitan spot in Greece, with lots of attractions, such as the amazing beaches, the picturesque villages, the vivid nightlife, the numerous churches and museums. Mykonos Rentals, by Hercules rent a car & bike in Mykonos, suggest to visit with your vehicle these towns, museums and rest attractions of Mykonos Island.
Ano Mera Village
Ano Mera is located 8 km. away from Mykonos Town, in the middle of the island and is the most populated village of the island, consisted by several scattered settlements around the monastery and the Panagia Tourliani church which constitute the center of the village. This pure cycladian architecture monastery was built in the 16th century and it was restructured in 1767 by impressive elements, worth to see. On the hill opposite Ano Mera village, the Paleokastro Monastery stands where there are remains of the Byzantine Castle and its fortress, as well as graves of the ancient Geometric period of Greece.
Ftelia & Panormos ancient settlement
In between Panormos and Ftelia beach, archaeologists excavated a 7,000-year-old settlement with well-preserved remains of public buildings and a rare example of the Neolithic goldsmith´s art, including pottery, obsidian blades, terracotta figurines and the fired clay model of a boat, as well as an extremely rare circular gold pendant with a hole in the middle for suspension.
Little Venice-Mykonos Town
Little Venice is located on the western part of the town where it meets the sea. The buildings have been constructed right on the sea"s edge with their balconies barely meeting the water. During the 16th and 17th century pirating was very common and it is believed that this area was used for the necessary quick loading and unloading of goods.
The Lighthouse of Mykonos, called “Armenistis” is located on the northeastern part of the island at about 7 km away from Mykonos Town . Getting there is very easy, by following the signs to Fanari/Agios Stefanos. Armenistis Lightouse is located on a beautiful place with amazing view of Tinos island and the boats arriving or leaving from Mykonos. The mechanism of the Lighthouse’s first lamp is exposed at the Aegean Naval Museum in Mykonos Town(Chora)
Mykonos Town, called Chora, is definitely one of the nicest and most charming old towns of the Greek islands, with endless small streets, shops, windmills, churches, terraces and whitewashed houses. The perfect place to wonder around with lots of bars, restaurants, shops and secret spots with amazing views of the Aegean Sea.
Mykonos Town Hall
The Town Hall is an impressive two-storied building, built in 1780, hosting all local and international authorities since then. The building itself and its surrounding buildings, are worth to visit, as they are an architectual landmark of the older ages.
The Windmills of Mykonos Town
From as early as the 16th century one of the most recognized landmarks of Mykonos Island have been the windmills. Due to it"s geographic position, Mykonos was situated on major sea trade-route which at one time joined Venice, the gateway of Europe, to Asia. The need to refine grain and compact it for transport combined with an ample year round supply of wind made Mykonos the perfect location. Easy access to the harbor was necessary so most of the island"s mills were positioned in or around the main port with the highest concentration covering the entire western portion of town. With the coming of industrialization the windmills importance began to decline.
Aegean Maritime Museum
The Aegean Maritime Museum is a non-profit institution founded in 1983. The goal of the museum is the preservation, promotion and study of the Greek maritime history and tradition, and in particular the evolution and activities of the merchant ship, chiefly in the historic region of the Aegean Sea. The Aegean Maritime Museum is housed in a traditional Mykonian building of the 19th century located at the centre of the Town of Mykonos, in the area known as Tria Pigadia. The building was the home of the legendary Master of the merchant ship "Enosis", Nikolaos Sourmelis, who assisted the Cretans during their war of independence from the Ottoman Empire. The museum"s exhibits include models of ships from the pre-Minoan period down to the beginning of the twentieth century, historical shipping documents, rare engravings and maps, ancient artifacts, navigational instruments, equipment and tools, as well as a collection of rare coins with nautical subjects from the fifth century BC to the fifth century AD.In the museum"s garden lie reproductions of ancient marble gravestones from the islands of Myconos and Delos, dealing with shipwrecks and sailors who were lost at sea.
Archaeological Museum of Mykonos
The Archaeological Museum of Mykonos was built in 1902 and the exhibition includes a large number of vases, ranging from the prehistoric to the late Hellenistic period (25th-1st century B.C.), grave statues, steal and funerary urns, pottery, jewelry, amphora, clay figurines and little archaic objects.
Mykonian Folklore museum
The museum was founded May 1958 and is situated at Castro, in a 18th century building. In there, are exposed museum articles sorted by subject. Keys and locks collections, handwoven tapestries, painted plates, old weights and measures, traditional. Cycladic sculptures and lighting devices ranging from the ancient oil to the kerosene lamp. Obsedian tools and weapons representing the interior of a 19th century middle class drawing room. A 19th century bedroom. A 19th century kitchen.
The Agricultural Museum
Situated at Ano Mili (Up Windmills) in the town of Mykonos. It is a branch of the Folklore Museum and hosts installations for the processing agricultural products on the island before industrialization. The large "Bonis" -after the captain- windmill, which dates since 16th century is a listed building, a traditional threshing-floor and a village style oven, the wine-press, a water wheel, a stone water tank, dovecote, pigsty, the miller"s house and two little twin churches. There is also a collection of old agricultural tools and machinery.
Churches of Mykonos
A characteristic feature of the mykonian landscape is the plethora of votive chapels. After the World War II it was said that these chapels were as numerous as days of the year. The locals continue the tradition of building chapels as an act of devotion. It is estimated that the number of chapels today is close to 800 (which is actually one per local family). Some chapels are very old and have been designated as historical monuments by the Ministry of Culture, but the majority of them have been built during the last two centuries. These charming simple constructions, with a (usually) red arched roof, ornament the mykonian countryside. They play a vital role in the ilies" spiritual and social life. Let alone in Chora it is said to be about 60 churches!
This is the most popular and most photographed of the 400 churches on the whole island of Mykonos. What makes this church so unique is its construction which is an assymetrical conglomeration of 4 churches into one. Notice the 4 different architectural styles mixing Byzantine, vernacular, traditional and western style. The church dates back to the middle of the 15th century A.D. The name comes from the word "Porta" = Door and Para=secondary as it was build right next to the entrance of the Medieval castle in Mykonos town , which unfortunately has been completely destroyed. Building of great Architectural value, it consists of 4 ground floor temples and one of the first floor, which is the main church. The churches around it (Aghios Sozontas, Aghii Anargyri, Aghia Anastasia, and Aghios Efstathios) comprise the whole of the church of Paraportiani
Mykonos Island has 23 drive accessible wonderful beaches, which are worldly famous for their golden sand and the clear light green-blue waters. Most beaches on Mykonos Island are located on the southern coast, which get quite overcrowded during the peak season (Paradise, Super Paradise, Platis Yialos, Psarou and Ornos beach). Furthermore, the beaches of Paradise and Super Paradise are famous for the best beach parties worldwide. The beaches on the northern coast of Mykonos Island are less organized and more peaceful, ideal to enjoy some calm moments, especially for couples or families visiting the island of Mykonos.
Super Paradise Beach
Location: 7 km south east of Mykonos Town (Chora) Description: Super Paradise is right next to Paradise beach. Less organized than its neighboring beach, however it is still one of the most popular beaches on Mykonos, attracting homo-sexuals as well as hetero-sexuals.
Location: 6 km south east of Mykonos Town (Chora) Description: Paradise is one of the most famous beaches of Mykonos, attracting mostly young crowds for its day and night beach parties. There is a nude part on the beach and also there are water sport activities available.
Location: 11 km south east of Mykonos Town (Chora) Description: Elia is one of the longest and most popular beaches of Mykonos, with many umbrellas, sun beds and beach bars on the coastline, offering water sport activities and nudist area.
Location: 10 km south east of Chora Description: A virgin beauty and very quiet cove between the popular beaches of Elia and Super Paradise, beach with many nudists.
Location: 6 km south of Mykonos Town (Chora) Description: One of the most popular beaches on Mykonos, Paraga seems like two beaches, the southern side which is calm and the northern side which is fully organized.
Agia Anna Beach
Location: 6 km south east of Mykonos Town (Chora) Description: Agia Anna is a small and calm beach with no sunbeds, within a walking distance from the well-known Paraga beach, ideally located for getting out of Paraga Beach crowd.
Location: 5 km south of Mykonos Town (Chora) Description: Psarrou is a well-organized beach on the southern side of Mykonos, which attracts many celebrities from Greece or abroad. Scuba diving and various water sport activities are available.
Platis Gialos Beach
Location: 5 km south of Mykonos Town (Chora) Description: Platis Gialos is one of the most popular and well-organized beaches of Mykonos. This sandy beach is very long with a lot of hotels and restaurants located on it. It is very popular for families and couples.
Agios Ioannis Beach
Location: 5 km south west of Mykonos Town (Chora) Description: Agios Ioannis is one of the calmest and most beautiful sandy beaches of Mykonos Island, with an amazing view towards Delos Island.
Agios Sostis Beach
Location: 8 km north east of Mykonos Town (Chora) Description: Agios Sostis is among the quietest and unspoiled beaches of Mykonos island, offering real freedom. The beach stretches for about 250 meters and visitors go down a small path to reach Agios Sostis. There is no bus connection available so you can only come here by car or motorbike where you can park on the road and then walk down the hill. Another path will lead you to the beach of Panormos, a lovely fishing village.
Agios Stefanos Beach
Location: 3 km north of Mykonos Town (Chora) Description: Agios Stefanos is a small and and less crowded beach during the whole summer season. Its location protects the beach from the winds and there are some water sport facilities as well.
Location: 12 km east of Mykonos Town (Chora) Description: Divounia is a small and quiet coast away from the crowded beaches of Mykonos. This is a nice secluded cove to relax and enjoy some privacy, ideal for couples.
Location: 10 km east of Mykonos Town (Chora) Description: Ftelia is a very peaceful beach on the north side of Ano Mera village. The strong wind that blows there makes this beach ideal for windsurfers.
Location: 5 km north of Mykonos Town (Chora) Description: This is one of the few pebbled beaches on Mykonos(divided in 2 coves, 1 pebbled and 1 sandy), this beach is perfectly located for total isolation, as well as to enjoy one of the beautiful sunsets of Greece.
Location: 12 km east of Mykonos Town (Chora) Description: Kalafatis is the most famous beach for water sport activities. This beach has very soft sand and crystal clear waters.
Location: 14 km south east of Mykonos Town (Chora) Description: Lia is a beautiful sandy and quiet beach, located next to Kalafatis tenement, with exotic and crystal clear green-blue waters.
Kalo Livadi Beach
Location: 10 km east of Mykonos Town (Chora) Description: Located between Kalafatis and Elia beach, Kalo Livadi is fully organized beach with exotic coloured waters and a very popular beach among families.
Location: 6 km west of Mykonos Town (Chora) Description: Kapari is one of the few non-organized beaches of Mykonos Island. It is located nearby the Chora, but far from the crowded beaches of the south.
Location: 3 km south of Mykonos Town (Chora) Description: A very famous beach amonf windsurfers, due to its strong winds. However, when the wind is calmed this beach offers relaxing moment and beautiful crystal clear waters.
Megali Ammos Beach
Location: 1 km south of Mykonos Town (Chora) Description: Megali Ammos (meaning big sand) is a lovely, sandy and non-organized beach within walking distance from Chora, therefore it gets quite busy in summer as it is the nearest beach from Chora.
Location: 3 km south of Mykonos Town (Chora) Description: Ornos is a lovely scenic beach with soft sand and very clear waters, sitting in front of a traditional fishing village, however it can get quite crowded during the peak season.
Location: 6 km north east of Mykonos Town (Chora) Description: Panormos is one of the calmest beach resorts on the northern side of Mykonos, best accessible by car or motorbike, offering peaceful moments and and an alternative for relaxing.
Agios Lazaros Beach
Location: 6 km south of Chora Description: Agios Lazaros is a little beach among the well-known beaches of Platys Gialos, Psarou, Paraga and Ornos, ideal for something nearby the Chora, but not necessarily crowded.