Mykonos is the most famous and cosmopolitan island in Greece, also known as the island of winds due to the extremely strong winds that blow almost all year. This beautiful island, located in the heart of the Cyclades, is famous for its wild nightlife and beautiful white-sand beaches with turquoise crystal-clear waters. Michelin-starred restaurants, high-end beach clubs, elegant accommodations, and haute couture boutiques, combined with the island’s effortless simplicity and natural beauty, are what make Mykonos so unique.
Welcome to Mykonos
What is Mykonos best known for
Psarou Beach Mykonos
Psarou beach, which attracts thousands of celebrities every summer, is unquestionably Mykonos’ most popular and crowded beach. Nammos is the most well-known beach club in the area, with elegant sun lounges, five-star service, and delectable cuisine. The party will begin shortly after lunch and will last until late at night. Helicopters will frequently hover above the beach, and numerous of high-end yachts are usually grouped in Psarou bay. Dancing on the tables and champagne showers while a renowned DJ performs is an experience you should not miss.
Petros the Pelican of Mykonos
In 1958, in Mykonos, a local fisherman discovered a wounded pelican and decided to rescue it. Little did he know that this bird would become the Mascot of Mykonos! As time went by, the locals decided to name him Petros. Petros was constantly wandering around Mykonos’ port, while fishermen and waiters from the local tavernas would frequently treat him with fresh fish. He quickly became popular, as tourists enjoyed petting and photographing him. The Persian Queen Soraya, Brigitte Bardot, Jackie Onassis were among the islands’ celebrity visitors who “fell in love” with Petros. According to the story, Petros died in 1985 after he was accidently being hit by a car. Jackie Onassis then decided to give them another pelican, which they named Petros in his honor. Since then, the pelican has always been replaced, given the same name…and so the legend of Petros the pelican continues to this day!
The Windmills of Mykonos
The windmills are probably Mykonos’ most photographed attraction, but many people are unaware that they played a significant role in the islands’ economy for a long time. Built by the Venetians in the 16th century, the iconic windmills used the island’s very strong winds to grind wheat into flour, which was a very important source of income at the time. The flour was sourced from all over Greece, and sometimes even from other countries. Because electricity enabled new advances in flour production, traditional flour production ceased.
Little Venice Mykonos
This lovely scenic area just below the famous windmills is one of the most romantic on the island of Mykonos. Little Venice is thought to have been built between the 13th and 18th centuries, when Mykonos was under Venetian rule. Back in the day, the charming houses on the beach that are now converted into bars were owned by wealthy and distinguished families. Today, Little Venice is an excellent location for an afternoon cocktail while watching the sunset.
Panagia Paraportiani Mykonos
The church of Panagia Paraportiani, which literally means “Our Lady of the side gate” because the church’s entrance was found in the Castle area, is one of the most picturesque places to visit in Chora, Mykonos’ main town. The fact that this beautiful white washed church is composed of five separate joined churches is what makes it so unique. The four churches on the ground flour level are dedicated to Saints Sozon, Efstathios, Anargiri, and Anastasia. These churches form the foundation for Panagia Paraportiani, which is built above them. The construction began in 1425 and was not completed until the 17th century. This simple yet impressive white church is unquestionably a Mykonos trademark.
Armenistis Lighthouse Mykonos
The tragic sinking of the British steamship “Volta” in 1887, which killed 11 crew members, prompted the construction of the Armenistis Lighthouse in Mykonos four years later, in 1891. The lighthouse overlooks Tinos and the Aegean Sea and is located on the north-western side of the island, just 7 kilometers from Mykonos town. Although you cannot enter the building, Armenistis is a must-see, especially at sunset for the breathtaking views.
The sacred Island of Delos
Delos is a small island near Mykonos that has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. According to Greek mythology, Hera, who was jealous of Zeus and Leto, ordered all lands to shun Leto while she was carrying his children. That made finding a place to give birth difficult for her. Zeus then requested Poseidon to find a safe location for Leto to give birth to the Olympian gods Apollo and his twin sister Artemis. From 900 BC to 100 AD, the island was a cult center for the god Apollo. Today, there are many day cruises from Mykonos to Delos for those who want to explore and learn more about the island’s ancient history.
This quiet and undeveloped treasure next to Delos is ideal for a day cruise. The island has four beautiful beaches with white sand and turquoise waters that will make you feel like you’re in the Caribbean. Rhenia, on the other hand, was once the final resting place of Delos’ warriors.
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