About Mykonos

The mystique Greek Island Mykonos is the crown Jewel of the Cycladic islands. These islands are on the shores of Greece. Mykonos is just east of Athens. It seems to rise like an oasis from the Aegean Sea. You love to watch the islands meandering cliffs as they kiss the azure waters. The tourist is mesmerized by what the eyes meet. You look around and notice the whitewashed villas weathered by time. They date back to 3000 B.C.
Mykonos has witnessed the Zeus war against the Titans on its rugged terrain. The name of the island is a tribute to Mykons, Apollo’s grandson. Nothing seems to have changed on this island. The tourist never miss a chance to watch the golden glory of the sun shimmering on the shores in the morning. In the evening, the sky takes on a soft pastel hue as the sun sets. The islanders of Mykonos lead a simple life steeped in tradition. You see the doors painted in bright dark blue, and the red Bougainville welcomes its visitors. “Petros” is the official mascot of Mykonos. Mykonos is one of the most famous Greek Islands beautiful, stunning welcoming with its blazing granite rocks. It has got a cool stylish cosmopolitan edge to impress its visitors. It has a fantastic nightlife.

Town Hall

The Town Hall, built in 1780, is an early neoclassic-style, two-story building with a tiled roof. It was constructed following the 1760-1774 conflict between Russia and the Ottoman Empire, in order to house the Russian Consul General of the Archipelago. A few years later it came under the jurisdiction of the Community (the local authority of the island that was in operation before the revolution) to house, up to the present day, the offices of the Municipality of Mykonos.

"Little Venice"

Little Venice is the picturesque part of the city, that lies between Castro and Scarpa, with the characteristic colourful wooden balconies “hanging” above the sea.
One can enjoy here one of the most breath-taking sunsets in Greece.

The Windmills

Perhaps one of the most characteristic elements of Mykonos is the Mills. The most photographed are the mills located in the south of Chora, between the picturesque Alefkandra and the district of Niohori, and impress every visitor with their all-white, overwhelming size, lined in a row, facing the sea.
The windmills appear to have been on the islands of Greece from the early 15th century. It is during the end of the 18th century and into the mid-19th century that the windmills were found to operate in Mykonos. Apart from Chora, windmills also were used in Ano Mera. In general, the frequency of strong winds in Mykonos advocated the use of mills for the grinding of the wheat.

The ownership of the mills was usually consumer cooperative. The owners were wealthy landowners, merchants, sailors, etc. Namely they were people who had authority and power in every local community. The mills were also the property of some monasteries such as the Panagia Tourliani, mainly as a result of donations. It was towards the middle of the 20th century, when the mill trade was coming to an end that a few mill owners had become millers.
There are many reasons as to why there were so many windmills in the Cyclades. One is due to the fact that they are amongst the windiest areas of the Mediterranean. Mykonos is exceptionally windy, where the calm days do not exceed an average of ten per year. With the aid of the windmills the inhabitants were able to take advantage of an abundant source of wind energy, and improve their living conditions in the small and remote communities that they lived in. In addition, at that time, flour was a main ingredient in their diet, and so the mill facilitated the grinding of the grain.

The island had over twenty mills but today, seven out of the ten are maintained. Until the end of the 20th century these mills would grind the wheat using the inexhaustible strength of the north wind. The windmills of Mykonos contributed to the economic growth of the island, and as it became a necessary port of call for the ships passing through the Aegean Sea, they would supply them with rusk. A monumental wood-burning oven is the famous “Gora Oven” in Niohori
The presence of windmills in insular Greece is documented in the beginning of 15th century. Later, during the late 18th century to the mid 19th century it is established that 28 windmills were functioning in Mykonos. Apart from the town, windmills functioned also in Ano Mera. Generally, high winds frequency in Mykonos favored this milling operation and marketing of cereals.
The ownership of the mills was generally cooperative. Their owners were wealthy landowners, merchants, sailors, etc., which means they were people who held power and authority in each local community. Mills also belonged to monasteries, such as the Virgin Tourliani , mainly as occasional effect of religious donations. During the 20th century, the final phase of the windmill history, several mill owners were millers themselves.
There are many reasons why windmills are popular in Cyclades, because Cyclades are the most windy areas of the Mediterranean. Mykonos is especially windy, as there are no more than ten windless days per year, on average. By having a windmill, the residents were able to take advantage of an abundant source of energy,wind, and as a result they were able to improve the conditions of their lives in their small and remote island communities.Additionally, during times when wheat and barley were the basic ingredients of the local diet, the windmill served as a time and labour-saving machine.
Today, seven, out of the ten mills which until beginning of the 20th century, would process the local wheat, using the unfailing power of the wind, have been preserved. The windmills of Mykonos, contributed to the economic growth of the island, as it became a necessary stop, for the purchase of paximadi (ship’s biscuit), for ships playing the Aegean. The “Bakery of Yiora”, in Neochori, with its wood-burning over, is a working example of the bakeries of past time.

Southeastern Beaches Near Us

The South-eastern beaches are easy to reach and one has access to them by going through Ano Mera: The Southeastern beaches are among the most popular of Mykonos. One reaches them, going through Ano Mera:


This is another beautiful and popular beach on the island. It is the last “stop” from the boats that transport visitors to various beaches that have begun their journey from Plati Yialos. It is easily on of the most appealing beaches on the island as it has fine sand, easily accessible and refined people.

Kalo Livadi

Kalo Livadi is a beautiful, large, and particularly popular beach of the southern section. It is located between Elias and Kalafatis and is one of the longest beaches of the island in both length and width. There are shops around the beachfront that provide services to cater all needs, both on the premises as well as on the beach. The music that can be heard from the surrounding shops creates a wonderful atmosphere and is very inviting.
The beach can be reached either by taking the road to Kalafatis or the road which is near to the municipal stadium. Both roads are asphalted and are an easy drive to the beach. In addition, the boats leaving from Plati Gialos make a stop at Kalo Livadi.

Kalafatis - Agia Anna

This beach is where windsurfing is particularly popular, and the pan-European Freestyle Windsurf takes place here too. Fun, relaxation, all water sports, and good food comprise a beach that combines everything. There are many trees too that offer natural shade from the sun for those who like to relax in the shade.
Agia Anna is a small beach, to the right of Kalafatis, with fine sand. You will find sun loungers with umbrellas and a beach volley court. Those who seek peace and quiet and are well acquainted with the island preferred to spend their beach time in Agia Anna. There is also a Diving Centre where one can enjoy diving lessons or participate in underwater exploratory trips for beginners or advanced ones. Next to the Diving Centre, there is a café where one can enjoy a pleasant breakfast and a cup of coffee.
Agia Anna is a small beach, on the right of Kalafatis, with fine sand. There are deckchairs and umbrellas, beach volley area and a wooden stand-shop for refreshments and sunscreens. It is preferred especially by many of those who know the island well, and they want their peace of mind. In Agia Anna is the Diving Center, where you can get lessons or participate in an underwater exploratory trips for beginners or advanced. Besides the Diving Center is the bar for breakfast and coffee or barbecue every Saturday.


The last of the southern beaches, which can be reached by car, is Lia. The route is via a long paved road for the majority of the journey and the destination is the tranquil and peaceful beach of Lia. There are sunbeds and umbrellas that stretch out as far as the shore itself as well as full catering to every need. There is a restaurant that aside from the delicious cuisine provides a delightful
environment where if one goes in the evening hours the stunning natural beauty of Lia can be appreciated. The beach is 11.5 km away from Chora

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