famous cosmopolitan island, a whitewashed paradise in
the heart of the Cyclades. According to mythology,
Mykonos was formed from the petrified bodies of giants
killed by Hercules. And the island took its name from
the grandson of Apollo named “Mykonos”
In contrast to other Cycladic capitals, the capital town
(Hóra) of the island is not built in the shape of an
amphitheatre but instead spreads out over a wide area.
It is one of the best examples of Cycladic architecture
and a spellbinding attraction for visitors. Stroll
around its narrow marble streets and admire whitewashed
houses with colorful doors and window frames,
bougainvillea trees in purple bloom and hidden churches.
You can visit to the Archaeological, Folklore and
Maritime Museums. Wander around the pedestrian shopping
streets of the Hóra, always colorful and busy. The most
glamorous of all is Matoyánni Street, lined with brand
name stores, charming cafés and stylish restaurants.
Soak up the atmosphere along the lively waterfront and
admire a fleet of fishing boats casting colorful
reflections in the azure waters. This is where you will
find the Kazárma building, which served as accommodation
for the soldiers of Manto Mavrogenous, a heroine of the
Greek Revolution. The first floor served as her personal
While you’re out strolling, don’t be surprised if you
come across the official mascot of Mykonos, which is
nothing other than a... pelican! Pétros the Pelican was
found by a fisherman after a storm in 1954, and
eventually became the locals’ companion. When he died,
the grief for his loss was so deep that a replacement
was soon found.
One of the most scenic corners of the island is
Alefkántra or “Little Venice”, an 18th century district,
dominated by grand captains’ mansions with colorful
balconies and stylish windows.
The second traditional settlement of Mykonos is Áno Merá,
situated around the historic monastery of Panayia
Tourliani (a 16th century church with a brilliant carved
wooden iconostasis). To the north, in Fteliá, lies an
important Neolithic settlement, and a 14th-13th century
BC Mycenaean tomb.
Using the Hóra as your base, set out on a trip to
discover the beauties of the island, in particularly its
The island is a paradise for water sport enthusiasts! It
is only natural that the “Island of the Winds” should
attract surfers and sailors from all over the world!
If you find yourself in Mykonos take the opportunity to
explore the tiny archaeological gem of Delos Island,
just a short boat trip away. Delos was a sacred island
in ancient times, and according to mythology was the
birthplace of the twin gods Apollo and Artemis. It’s a
an ark of history, floating lazily on the waters of the
Aegean Sea, just a few miles away from cosmopolitan
Mykonos. It’s a chance to walk around the revival of the
glory of the Greek civilization. It’s the head priest of
the Cyclades, the birthplace of the immortals. It’s
Nowadays, Delos reserves its uniqueness to the know
world: nowhere else in the Globe is there a natural
insular archaeological site of this size and importance.
No other island on Earth hosts so many monumental
antiquities from the Archaic, the Classical, and the
Hellenistic periods, i.e. the centuries of the great
Greek art, on a territory used exclusively as an
archaeological site. Delos is not a museum; Delos is not
there to tell a story. Delos is history itself.