A little while ago, while traversing through the map of Europe, I stumbled upon the ancient and lovely place called Mykonos. Mykonos is an island located in the South Aegean region of Greece. Although a huge island, it is named after the principal town, Mykonos, a customary practice in Greek culture, giving rise to the nickname Chora i.e. The Town in Greek. Mykonos’ most famous nickname is “The Island of Winds”.
Mykonos isn’t very densely populated, with a little over 10,000 inhabitants, it is the ideal tourist spot for a little calm and frolicking. There are 10 main villages with Mykonos, or Chora, being the most important one. Mykonos has a rich history with the Romans, the Byzantines and the Greeks playing a significant role in shaping the island. For all you Greek mythology fans out there, you’d be excited to find out that Mykonos is said to be the location of a great battle between Zeus and Titans and where Hercules killed the invincible giants having lured them from the protection of Mount Olympus. According to a popular myth, the large rocks all over the island are said to be the entire corpses of the giants. Now, ‘nuff said about the history and geography. Let’s jump right into the tourist hotspots!
There are numerous engaging places to visit in Mykonos. Given below are the most popular ones:
Armenistis Lighthouse –
One of my top favorite places to have a panoramic view, the lighthouse, situated atop a hill offers the most spectacular view of the island and the surrounding ones in the Aegean Sea. It is in Fanari, a little far away from Chora.
Mykonos windmills –
The very beauties to give Mykonos its nickname, you can find windmills in all sizes dotting the island everywhere. Out of these, the most famous are the Kato Mili, Greek for lower mills, located in Chora.
Municipal Library –
This 18th century mansion houses over 8,000 books and numerous 18th-19th century photographs and documents. It is in Chora.
Mikri Venetia –
Greek for Little Venice, it is considered one of the most romantic spots on the island and many people gather there to watch the sunset. Rows of 18th century fishing houses line the waterfront with their balconies hanging over the sea. Some of the houses have now been converted into bars and cafes and little shops and galleries. The area attracts many artists who come to paint the picturesque coastline.
An island near Mykonos, Delos is one of the most historical and sacred sites in Greece. Said to be the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, it is a holy sanctuary for Greeks and is a major tourist attraction. There are countless temples and sacred sites to visit, along with beautiful vista to keep you mesmerized.
Moving on to the climate in Mykonos, it has a typical Mediterranean climate. The sun shines 300 days a year and rainy season is from October to March. Temperatures can reach up to 40 degrees Celsius but average temperature remains around 28 degrees Celsius. In winter, it is around 15 degrees Celsius.
Speaking of the cuisine, Greek cuisine is available easily. Mykonos is known for its desserts and a special cheese called Kopanisti Mykonou.
Travelling to Mykonos is straightforward with Mykonos having its own airport. There are frequent flights from Athens to Mykonos. Ferries to the island are also abundant. Travelling within the island is also hassle-free.
So, what are you waiting for? Take to your favorite travel sites, brush up on your Greek and do your own research. Next stop, Mykonos!!!
ImageSource: Mykonos Life