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The capital of Mykonos will remind you of an intriguing labyrinth and rightfully so, since it was created this way in order to scare the pirates away. With whitewashed alleys and little houses, chapels, blooming bougainvilleas and charming shops, it is definitely one of the most beautiful island towns. The central axis of Chora is the famous Matogianni or, if you want, the most privileged promenade that leads to Enoplon Dynameon street and the heart of the vivacious nightlife. Other central points are the Agia Kyriaki square, which is packed with bars and used to house the legendary Pierro’s, and the Castle.
This picture-perfect temple, a work of anonymous Mykonian craftsmen, was named after the paraport, meaning the small entrance next to the Castle. Luminous with its totally white looks, the most photographed church of the Aegean constitutes a shattering representative mark of the medieval Cycladic architecture. The complex structure, which is set up on the west side of the Kastro area since the 16th-17th century, consists of five temples that are constructed in two levels.
You first see Gialos as you enter Chora from the old parking lot. Before you head to the seaside promenade, you walk past Agia Anna beach and a short while later you will come across Manto Mavrogenous Square (Also the taxi stand). The coast of Gialos houses restaurants, cafes and bars while the Church of Agios Nikolas of Kadena dominates the edge. Also a point of departure for the ships to Delos.
You could certainly say that this is the most famous alley of the Cycladic Islands. The cosmopolitan passage that starts from Gialos and leads to Caesar’s Triangle brings together renowned jewelers, designer shops, boutiques, and bars.
This picturesque district is mostly responsible for the island’s recognizability around the world. Little Venice is that small seaside neighborhood with the colorful Captains’ Houses, which resembles a real-life postcard. Around the middle of the 18th century, the wealthy merchants and ship owners of the times begun to build the beautiful white mansions with the red and blue roofed verandahs literally constructed in the sea, on the right side of Alefkantra Bay. This was the turning point for the area’s tourist identity: the quaint houses were restored, renovated and turned into romantic villas, cocktail bars and restaurants, overlooking the Mills and the Mykonian sunset. Drinking a cocktail at sunset is the equivalent to a Cycladic life experience.
The most famous Cycladic mills are another landmark of Mykonos, as well as a monument of Aegean culture. They once functioned as food processing units that served the local needs for many years. Today, however, their mission is to transport the island’s beauty around the world. From dawn to dusk, the seven whitewashed, circular buildings built over the sea on the hill between Niohori and Alefkandra, are turned into the tireless photography subject of the enchanted visitors.
If you ask for the insider’s recommendations, you’ll be advised to enjoy the enchanting sunrise from the grounds of the Armenistis Lighthouse. The Armenistis Lighthouse was built in 1891 at the location Fanari of the cape Armenistis, approximately 5 km northwest of Chora, leading to the Church of Agios Stefanos. Its construction was decided after the British steamboat VOLTA sank causing the death of 11 members of the crew in 1887 on the north coast of Mykonos. The tower rises up to 19 meters and it has a focal height of 184 meters. The mechanism of the original lamp was made by SAUTER LEMONIER and functioned at the top of the lighthouse until 1983. Since then part of it is kept in the garden of the Aegean Maritime Museumarea T, at the three Wells, in Chora.
The pelican, the adorable Myconian mascot, dates back to 1955 when Captain Charitopoulos morning routine was interrupted when he had to save the distressed seabird from Merchia bay. Petros the pelican, as it was named, was loved by the people of Mykonos and was established as an emblem for the island. The first winged friend of the island of the Winds died in 1986; however he left behind good successors. You will see them wandering around in Gialos or lurking for fish in the market of Pagka early in the morning.
The opposite of the lively Chora. The second settlement of the island derived of the consolidation of many villages –in the local dialect the term “village” has the meaning of the autonomous residence next to a farmland- 8km away from Chora. Unique by nature, calm and relaxing, Ano Mera seems like a pleasant break from the intense rhythms of Chora. It expects you to answer to its call and go uphill towards the open paved square which was formed just in 2001. The most important sight of the area is the beautiful Monastery of Panagia Tourliani and it Is definitely worth a visit. To choose one of the little coffee-houses for a Greek coffee made in embers or one of the famous taverns for quality meat-eating, that is to say sausages, exquisite stall steaks as well as the local louza. To look for the workshop of kopanisti and have some of that spicy cheese of goat milk straight from the horse’s mouth!
Mykonos owes Delos a part of its fame since the first tourists were visitors eager to travel by tugboats to the sacred island of the distant past. The sacred island of ancient times is located 6 n.m. southwest of Mykonos. The golden city with the columns, the mosaics, the statues, the palaestrae, the ancient theatre and the bygone wealthy districts came to light again in 1873, after the excavations of the French Archaeological School of Athens. In 1990 Delos was declared a monument of global cultural heritage by UNESCO. Today, in the archaeological site of Delos one will see Arcades, Markets, worship centers and temples as that of Apollo, of Artemis, of Leto, of the Athenians etc. You will also see the avenue of Lions and the Theatre district with the ancient theatre from the 3rd century BC. You can access Delos by tourist boats from the port of Gialos, next to the church of Agios Nikolaos.
Such an exotic “painting” with sand of gold, teal crystalline sea and a wide range of amenities (sun umbrellas, loungers, exquisite service), can only be a dream destination in Mykonos. Thanks to the beach club of the same name, the fame of this dream coast has traveled far and wide, attracting visitors from every part of the globe, who indulge in all-day beach parties, fancy cocktails and dancing till dusk. Super Paradise (or Plintri) is 7 km away from Chora of Mykonos.
A coastal meeting point of jet setters and VIPs, on the way to Platis Gialos. Greek and foreign celebrities make their appearances at this idyllic bay with the sugarlike sand, the turquoise waters and the luxury yachts. The high-quality beach service at the world famous restaurant of the beach is proportional to the socioeconomic status of its clientele. Psarou is located 4.5 km south of Chora.
This south facing, serene beach is a mere 3 miles away from Chora. Its emerald-colored sea, the blond sand beach and a unique lounge bar, an upgrade from a typical beach bar, this beach is now considered to be a treasured Mykonian beach. Next to Lia are the solitary beaches Tsagari and Pano-Kato Tigani, accessible only to those who have a 4X4.
The easiest way to get to the southwest leeward coast (5.6 miles from Chora) is by boat from Platis Gialos. Alternatively, you can drive along a risky street until you reach an idyllic, blond sandy beach that leads to deep blue waters. At the namesake beach bar on the organized beach, you will be able to enjoy cool cocktails and quality Greek cuisine, but also rent watersports equipment.
A popular attraction for both the domestic and international celebrities, situated 5.6 miles south of Chora. A sandy beach, surrounded by the deep blue of the Aegean, fully equipped with sun beds, sunshades, beach bars, water sports school and numerous restaurants. There are quite a few who choose the location for beach volleyball. Also preferred by a great number of families.
This beach has reached a new level thanks to its top-notch beach clubs that have an incomparable experience of leisure and fine flavors in store for their visitors. A visitor’s daily agenda in Paraga includes swimming in the bright blue waters, walks on the sugar white shore and gazing at Delos. Paraga is 5 km away from Chora and can also be reached by boat from Platis Gialos.
This Mykonian paradise, 3.7 miles from Chora, that used to be a nudist haven, has now been transformed into an alternative destination for travelers craving its turquoise waters and isolation. There are no sunshades, sun beds and beach bars. During August the beach is exposed to the etesian winds.
An ideal location for those who want to be next to Chora (1.8miles away) and to the new Tourlos port. The shallow waters, manageable size and family-friendly character are the reasons why many families with children choose it as a holiday destination. The sunset with view to Delos and Rineia is amazing.
Elia owes its fame to the largest and most organized beach of the island it hosts. In addition to its splendid image, with its shallow crystal-clear sea waters and fine sand, you are bound to visit it for the plethora of water sports offered (Jet Ski, windsurfing, water skiing, tubing, parasailing and scuba diving). Another reason to visit is the namesake beach-bar restaurant, which offers excellent customer service
Water sport enthusiasts love this large bay 14 km southeast of Chora. Kalafatis, which has been awarded a Blue Flag, is almost constantly adorned by north winds which favor windsurfing, jet ski and tubes. You’ll never feel bored since there are sunshades, sun beds, windsurfing school, water sports school, taverns and restaurants.
The beach is named after the picturesque little church of Agios Ioannis that adorns it. Apart from swimming in the crystal-clear waters, you will also be drawn to this place by its unparalleled vibes and its unique view of Delos. The setting is ideal; golden sand, crystal clear sea and the sacred island of the ancient times right on the horizon
Being within walking distance from Chora (2.5 miles) makes it one of the most popular choices among visitors. The busy, organized beach has everything one might want: taverns, restaurants, cafe-bars, deck-chairs & sunshades, rooms to let and wi-fi for the internetobsessed. Many cutters and yachts anchor at this leeward bay.
The infinite beach with the magical seabed and the thick sand. In the daily agenda of Paradise you may find nonstop parties, countless shots and loud music. We give an A for its organization as it provides sunshades, deck-chairs, showers, a mini market, rooms to let and beach bars. It is also accessible by boat from Ornos or Platis Gialos.
This wide –platis in Greek, hence the name– Mykonian shore, both family friendly and popular with sports enthusiasts, is located 5 km south of Chora. It is fully organized with sun umbrellas and sunbeds and lined with hotels and restaurants. As one of the most crowded beaches of the island, it attracts mainly families, tourists and fans of water sports.
With constant winds, shallow waters, a golden sandy beach and the futuristic center Kite Mykonos, Korfos has been promoted into a paradise for both beginners and advanced kite-surfing fans.
An area adorned with unique natural beauty in the northern part of Mykonos, 3 miles from Chora. A usual day will include windsurfing and savoring Mediterranean delicacies in an unrivaled beach bar restaurant, with a casual chic ambience and unparalleled service.
Quietly tucked away from prying eyes sits our own little gem of Mykonos, Fokos beach. The remote location and untamed beauty of the place lends an air of exclusivity and privacy that makes it like none other on this busy island. Dive straight into the crystal-clear waters of the Aegean and bask under the warm sun before delighting in some heavenly food at taverna fokos. Described as a jewel of Cycladic architecture it is a calm sanctuary ready to embrace you, even on those windy Mykonian days!