Travel info for Mykonos

Welcome to Mykonos!


- Hora. Alefkantra (Small Venice) is one of the most picturesque neighborhoods in Greece, as well as one of the mostly photographed ones. The houses that literally hang above the sea have distinctive colorful façades and were built by captains in the 18th century and are located between Kastro and Skarpa.
- The windmills. The windmill complex, which is another distinctive Mykonos image, constitutes of seven (out of 10 that used to be there) traditional white windmills, which overlook the Aegean. Once, with the power of the wind, the locals were grinding cereals to make rusks and supply the bypassing ships.
- The City Hall. An elegant two-story building with tiled roof from the 1780, which was established to be the headquarters of the Russian consul, after the Orloff era. Next to it there are two more important buildings: the magnificent building of “Mavros”, which was the first school of the island, designed by the German Weiler and built by Othon in 1859, as well as the small church of Agios Nikolaos of Kadenas, whose existence is mentioned in several manuscripts of the 1700s.
- Municipal Library. With 6.000 volumes, it’s hosted in a mansion of 1735. It boasts stamps and coins collections and it’s located in Agia Kyriaki Square.
- Municipal Gallery. It’s located in the commercial neighborhood of Matogianni and features the work of Greek and foreign artists. It’s also often cooperating with the Athens School of Fine Arts.
- Paraportiani. It’s church/monument of elegance of the Cycladic architecture, which, as time goes by, has turned into an architectural sculpture of high aesthetics. It got its name from its location, since it’s near the northwestern small gate of the medieval castle (paraporti).
- The pelicans. It’s very possible that you will see one of the three practically domesticated pelicans that wander free around the narrow streets and the port of Mykonos. The tradition with the pelicans, which are the island’s mascots, started in 1958 when a fisherman rescued a wounded bird.

The rest of the island

- Ano Mera. This is a traditional Cycladic village, 8 kilometers from Hora, a crossing point of whoever is heading over the northeastern beaches of the island and a place you should definitely visit. Ano Mera hosts the Monastery of Virgin Mary Tourliani, dated back to the 15th century.
- The Lighthouse of Mykonos. This is an astounding lighthouse, built in the location Armenistis. It was built in 1891, after the wreck of an English steamboat in 1887 and it’s 19 meters high. Its French awarded mechanism, which was fully functional up until 1983, is exhibited in the front yard οf the Maritime Museum, which is located in the historical area of Tria Pigadia in Hora. This is where once the entire town was supplied water from.
- The Domed Mycenaean Tomb. Excavations in the location Aggelika, brought to light an impressive Domed Tomb of the 15th century BC. It’s carved in a low height hill, it’s cyclical, has a diameter of 5,80 meters and it’s 4 meters tall. Its walls are well preserved. A 14 meters long corridor leads to the inside, where many artifacts were found and today exhibited in the Archeological Museum of Mykonos.
- Portes. Just above Platys Gyalos there are remnants of two small towers from the Hellenistic era. On the top of one there are three granite monoliths, which form a squared U, like a door. Similar tower remnants can be found in two more locations; one on the west and one on the south part of the island.
- The beaches. The beaches of the island are not just beautiful to look at, but also ideal to enjoy for over 5 months a year. Few of the most known ones are: Paradise, Super Paradise, Ornos, Paragka, Agios Sostis, Elia, Platys Gyalos, Ftelia, Kalo Livadi and Psarou. Many more can only be accessed by taxi boats or a yacht.


Mykonos is a rather small island, of an 88 square kilometers area, 14 kilometers long and 10 kilometers wide. The landscape is pretty uniformed, with mild low height hills, either covered by rain-fed vegetation or by granite and limestone. All the routes are short and cross through the typical, austere and simultaneously charming Cycladic landscape. Below please find the main routes:

TOURLOS – KORFOS: 6 km (ring road)
HORA – ORNOS: 4 km
HORA – PLYNTRI: 6,5 km
HORA – ELIA: 2 km
HORA – FTELIA: 5,5 km


Between mid-June and mid-September, there is heavy traffic and an intense parking problem, around the island. However, the road network is extensive and better, compared to that of other Cycladic islands. 

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