What to See in Mykonos
A walk through the town will give you the chance to visit its main sights. Do not forget to visit:
The Small Venice: It is the famous quarter of Alefkadra and has been characterized as the Small Venice since the houses are built on the sea.
The cosmopolitan quarter Matogiania, in the centre of Chora.- The Archaeological Museum, founded in 1905 and hosts findings from the neighboring island of Rinia. - The Folklore Museum and the Maritime Museum.- The Boni AgriculturalMuseum—Windmill housed in a renovated windmill.
The Municipal Art Gallery, with exhibitions of Greek and foreign painters.- Theoutdoor amphitheatre.- The Mycenaean tholos tomb (14th – 13th century B.C.) situated at “Vrisi”. - The alleys of the Kastro quarter.- Panaghia Paraportianichurch (15th century), an impressive complex of five churches which are interconnected.- The churches of Panachrado, Aghia Kiriaki, Aghia Eleni and the catholic church of Panaghia Podariou.
The picturesque windmills, the landmark of Mykonos - Aghios Georgios church and Ai Giorghis Spilianos chapel in the rock and Aghia Sofia church, located 2 km away to the N, in Tourlos.
Mykonos provides many archaeological sites, the main one being the archaeological site of Ftelia, where a settlement of the neoteric Neolithic Age has been found. At various spots on the island survive towers, both square and circular. Square towers have been found on the west of the island at Vouni of Sklavounos and at the spot of Fanari on the south. At Lino on the southeast of Chora there are remains of a settlement with a tower built on top of the cliffs with diameter of 10-11 m and survives at a height of four levels. Worth visiting is Mavrospilia where many tools and objects of the Neolithic Age were found.
Finally, at the position of Aggelika a minoan dome-shaped grave was found end of 15th century B.C.
The sacred island of Apollo which is situated near Mykonos is Delos, which was first inhabited in the third millennium B.C. and at the beginning of the 10 century B.C. was turned into a center for worship. The whole island is an open museum.
Museums in Mykonos
Remarkable museums can be found in Mykonos, the most important ones being:
The Archaeological Museum, housed in a neoclassical building (1902) and hosting an exhibition of ceramics originating from the mass grave discovered near Rineia, headstones, small artifacts, statuettes made of clay, jewellery and weapons.
The Folklore Museum, established in 1962 thanks to the actions taken by the Folkloric Collection of Mykonos and the initiatives and donations made by Prof. V. Kyriazopoulos, is housed in 18th-century building and hosts collections of traditional furniture of Mykonos, Post-Byzantine sculptures and ceramics, bronze and iron keys, popular instruments, etc.
The Aegean maritime Museum, housed in an old, renovated 19th-century Cycladic manor house, hosts a collection of heirlooms associated with the maritime history of Mykonos, such as historical maritime documents, old maps, engravings, navigational instruments, tools and accessories as well as old anchors.
The Municipal Art Gallery exhibits paintings of Greek and foreign artists.
The Municipal Library is housed in the renovated manor house of Mavrogenis family, which was built in 1735 in Aghia Kyriaki Square. its exhibits include about 6,000 volumes, a collection of ancient coins and old stamps exposed permanently in the same room.
Monasteries in Mykonos
On the island of Mykonos you will find several very old monasteries, such as:
the one of Aghios Panteleimon at Marathi, a square-shaped castle-monastery which was founded by monks Kabourakis and Gerasimos in 1665. You can admire the beautiful icons on the wood carved chancel, the most remarkable being the Crucifix (Estavromenos) made by local painter Christodoulos Kallerghis.
The Paleocastro Monastery, a female convent dating back the18th century and lying on the slope of Aghios Elias Vourniotis hill. It has been built according to the typical architectural patterns of Mykonos and is affiliated with Panaghia Tourliani Monastery.
Aghios Georgios Ampelokipon monastery dating back to the 17th century and located under the Panaghia Tourliani Monastery.
Churches in Mykonos
Mykonos has many churches and country churches. Their total number is over 600 throughout the island.
Most impressive in construction is the famous, most photographed the Church of the Virgin Mary Paraportiani, a complex of five churches. Four churches comprise the base of the construction and the fifth stands on top like a dome.
The four base churches are St. Efstathios, St. Anargyri, which is the oldest of all and is said to be constructed at the end of the 14th beginning 15th century and was completed in its present day form in the 17th century, St. Sozon and the small church of St. Anastasia.
Another important church is the Church of the Virgin Mary Tourliani, which was built in the 15th century by two monks of the monastery Ekatodapilianis of Paros, as is mentioned on the inscription of the miracle icon of the same period. It was reconstructed together with the monastery in 1767.
Opposite the Town Hall of Choras there is an old small church of St Nicholas of Kadena which was restored for the first time by the Russian ambassador of Mykonos Count Ioanni Voinovitch. It was restored and rebuilt into a neoclassical construction from 1908 to 1912 where it took its present day form which is very picturesque with its blue dome.
Of interest is the Catholic Church, known as Rosario (Our Lady of the Holy Rosary) which was built in 1668.
Beaches in Mykonos
Mykonos is famous for its beautiful beaches. In its west coasts, north of Chora are the touristic settlements of Tourlos and Aghios Stefanos which surround the homonym sandy beaches. The modern port of the island is also in Tourlo.
South of Chora are two of the busiest beaches in the island, Ornos and Aghios Ioannis which have been developed in an almost unified touristic settlement. Platis Gialos and Psarou settlements surrounding the homonym sandy beaches constitute today a hub full of services and a sea connection to the most popular beaches of Paradise and Super Paradise. In Platis
Gialos is Panagia Catholic church - also called Lozaria - built in 1668.
Some other beaches are Paragka, Agrari, Aghios Sostis, Choulakia, Lia beach, Elia, Kalo Livadi, Panormos, Aghia Anna, Kalafatis, Ftelia and Kapari.
The Myconian cuisine stands out for the variety of flavors. It includes dishes such as pork with cabbage or herbs, sausages, chub mackerel with caper, marathokeftedes (balls with cheese and dill), skordomakarona (pasta with garlic) and sweets such as melopita (honey pie) and amigdalota.
Mykonos is famous for kopanisti, a cheese with peppery flavor, and other local products such as the sun dried Myconian sausages made with aromatic herbs, louses - a special product of Myconian cuisine made of hog’s tenderloin, sisera or siglina (frying fat) and its sweets - mainly its amigdalota (cookies with almonds).