A Greek island belonging to the Cyclades, Mykonos lies between Naxos, Paros, Syros, and Tinos.
Mykonos is famed not only for its beautiful white sandy beaches and landscapes but also for its history. It is famed for being part of the Greek mythology as the place where Hercules fought the Giants; it is also said to be where Zeus had a battle with the Titans. It was named after Mykons who was the son of Anios, son of Apollo to nymph Rio.
Chora and Ano Mera make up the two main communities of the city.
Chora is the main town of Mykonos, thus, it is also called Mykonos Town. A stunningly picturesque town, Chora features a maze of tiny streets with churches and houses. In the Aegian region, it is one of the most crowded and most cosmopolitan towns. It is lined with little art galleries, boutiques, shops, cafes, and stylish restaurants and bars.
Despite the rapid growth and development of the island, Chora has still not lost its traditional Cycladic architectural character and style.
The Our Lady Paraportiani Church is one of the favorite sights in the area. Lying on the Old Venetian Kastro hill, this complex church is also considered a national cultural museum. Among the many churches in the island, it is the oldest and most famous.
The shore in Chora leads to a place called “Little Venice” because of the high Venetian houses that come with porches in various colors and wooden balconies.
During summer, many tourist come to the island for its exciting nightlife.
This small village is located on the middle of the island, 7km east of Chora. Ano Mera is the only on land settlement in Mykonos. It is here where the 1542- built monastery of Panagia Tourliani is situated.
Other communities in Mykonos are Agios Ioannis which is famous for being the setting of the “Shirley Valentine” movie, Agios Stefanos which is known for its many hotels, taverns, restaurants, and cafes; Platys Gialos which is popular for its beaches; Ornos famous for its markets and shops, and Tourlos which is known for its private yachts and fishing boats.
The geology of Mykonos is primarily composed of granite. It has very little natural fresh water – despite being surrounded by it – and thus relies heavily on the sea water’s desalination to meet its inhabitants’ need for fresh water.
To learn your way to the city, read our page on Mykonos City Guide.