MYKONOS

How to reach it

You can travel to Mykonos by ferry from many different islands of the Aegean sea. To begin with, there is a regular ferry connection between Mykonos and Athens ports. Ferries depart from both Rafina and Piraeus ports.

Mykonos International Airport connects the island with Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” and Thessaloniki Airport “Makedonia”. As Mykonos is a much-preferred leisure destination among people from all over the world, the airport serves flights to European countries, too. View all connnections.
Mykonos International Airport is located 4 km away from Mykonos Town. For over 7 months per year direct flight to Mykonos are available also from many European cities. 

Coordinates: 37 ° 27′N 25 ° 20′E

Region: Cyclades

Capital: Chora

Area: 85,5 km2 

Peak: Profitis Ilias Vorniotis 372m

Main Port: Tourlos Port

Airport: Mykonos JMK 

HIstory

According to Greek mythology, the name derives from Mykons, son of Anio, king of Delos and nephew of Apollo. Mykonos is also indicated as the place where the Gigantomachy ended, with the victory of Heracles over the Giants. The bodies of the latter, petrified, would be the origin of the large rocks of the island, or would constitute the island itself, depending on the sources. With the Roman occupation of the Cyclades, Delos became a free port and the nearby Mikono lived a period of great albeit brief prosperity, which ended in 88 BC when Delos was razed to the ground during the First Mithridatic War. Under the Byzantine Empire the island was included in the province of Achaia and after the fall of the empire with the siege of Constantinople it was therefore occupied by the Venetians. In 1207, like the rest of the Cyclades, Mykonos came under Venetian rule. The Gizi dynasty took the authority of the island and built a Castle for its protection. A century later, Georgios Gizi, the last Venetian ruler, concede the island of Mykonos to Venice. Conquered in 1537 by the privateer Khayr al-Din Barbarossa, its territory was then subdued by the Turks until the revolution of 1821, in which the Myconians distinguished themselves as protagonists of the struggles for Greek independence (in particular the heroine Manto Mavrogenous, according to some historians native of the island) Despite the liberation, the merchant activity of the island suffered a rapid decline from the second half of the nineteenth century, particularly after the opening of the Corinth canal in 1904, favouring emigration and the consequent progressive depopulation, slowed down only in the fifties by the growth of that tourist interest, first for Delos and then also for Micono.

The island’s economy declined during the late 19th century, due to occurrences and events such as the opening of the Corinth Canal in 1904 and World War I. Many Myconians were amongst the Greeks that abandoned the island to find work in mainland Greece (mainly Athens and Piraeus) as well as in foreign lands of opportunities such as the US. Tourism as the answer to the local economy issue became apparent in the following decades, especially after the important excavations of the French School of Archeology began in Delos in 1873, bringing to light some very interesting findings.

Lovers of the Greek history and mythology were drawn to the region and started discovering along with the ancient ruins, also the virgin island of Mykonos and the famous Greek hospitality. It was so that in the early 30’s, many famous artists, politicians and wealthy Europeans were spending their vacation in Mykonos, attracting attention and putting the island on the map, so to speak.

Where to Sleep

Tourists are many times confused where to stay in Mykonos, they have to decide between Chora, famous for nightlife, shopping, and restaurants or to stay in one of the beaches. The most famous are  Platis Gialos and Ornos. The best place to stay in Mykonos for partying is Mykonos Town or also know as Chora, for families better to stay at the beaches of Ornos or Platis Gialos, and for romance and honeymoons stay in Agios Ioannis or Psarou

Hora/Chora is the capital of the island, it is a stunning tangle of narrow pedestrian-only streets – a real pleasure to get lost in. The heart of the village is full of guesthouses, hotels, restaurants, and bars. If you are looking for traditional tavernas you need to reach the waterfront, where there are also two luxury shopping streets, lined with Greek fashion boutiques, art stores, and touristy shops. Little Venice is world famous for waterside bars and for romantic sunset, but also the picturesque Cycladic windmills represents an amazing area to visit.

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Things to see/do

Mykonos is absolutely famous for its gold sand beaches and the great nightlife. Mykonos is not only for the party-lovers it’s an island that offers delicious gourmet restaurants,  cultural activities, and romantic holidays.  It’s a great destination for solo travelers, gay travelers, couples, and families. 

Between the most famous things to do in Mykonos we find, a visit of the Windmills in Little Venice, enjoy a walk through the narrow streets of Chora, join a boat tour to the Archaeological site of Delos that is UNESCU location. Mykonos as most of the Cyclades has so many churches to visit, the most famous are Panagia Paraportiani and Agios Nikolaos in Chora. Many activites can be joined as walking tours to discover the island, gulet sunset cruises with food or aperitif and also a bike tour.