Mykonos

Mykonos

About Mykonos

Mykonos is a Greek island, part of the Cyclades, lying between Tinos, Syros, Paros and Naxos. The island spans an area of 85.5 square kilometres (33.0 sq mi) and rises to an elevation of 341 metres (1,119 feet) at its highest point. Mykonos’ nickname is The Island of the winds. Tourism is a major industry and Mykonos is well known for its vibrant nightlife and for being a gay-friendly destination with many establishments catering for the LGBT community.

Mykonos, part of the Cyclades island group in the Aegean Sea, is one of the most popular and glamorous Greek isles, known for its nonstop party atmosphere. Beaches such as Paradise and Super Paradise welcome a diverse crowd, with sandside bars that blare thumping music. Massive dance clubs attract world-renowned DJs and typically stay open well past dawn.

It is said that the island was named after the local hero Mykons, who was worshipped in antiquity and was considered to be a son or a grandson of the god Apollo.The island’s principal town is Mykonos town, also called “Chora”. Chora actually means “town’ in Greek and the Greeks always call a town Chora when the island happens to give its name to its principal town as well.

one of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea, was devastated by a volcanic eruption in the 16th century B.C.E., forever shaping its rugged landscape and villages. The whitewashed, cubist houses of its 2 principal towns, Fira and Oia, cling to cliffs above an underwater caldera (crater). They overlook the clear Aegean and beaches made up of black, red and white lava pebbles. The island is the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history.

Area: 40.61 mi²

Island group: Cyclades

Population: 10,134 (2011)

Climate

The island is windy, and cooler than other islands of Greece. The wind has been exploited for centuries by windmills, which are found all over the island. Rainfall follows a Mediterranean pattern, being concentrated from October to March, and is not abundant, given that it amounts to about 500 millimetres per year, and this is confirmed by the landscape, which is arid.

Safety

Mykonos is generally a safe island, with the only problem of dangerous and drunk driving. Be aware in case you want to rent a motorbike or quadbike, because its roads are sometimes narrow with sudden twists that need driving experience and extra care.

One of the things to keep an eye out for is drunk and intoxicated people roaming about. Mykonos is a place where many young people go to party. Although street crime is not very common on Mykonos, taking certain precautions can avoid these rare situations.  Don’t carry around large amounts of money, and avoid wearing expensive jewelry or looking flashy.  Drawing un-needed attention is never a good idea, so try blending into the crown instead of sticking out.

There are many beach activities available on the island, and with these come certain inherent dangers.  Valuables should never be left unattended at the beach.  Doing so is asking for trouble.

Getting Around

Most travellers start their voyage to Mikonos from Athens either by plane or ferry. There are between 3 and 16 flights per day (duration: 40 minutes) from Athens with domestic airlines ranging in price according to season.

There is a bus network that takes you around the island. There are two bus stations in Mykonos Town, each on different sides of Mykonos Town. From the main southern bus station, Fabrica, buses can be taken for departures to Platys Gialos (every half hour), Paraga (every hour), Paradise (every half hour), Ornos and Agios Ioannis. There are also night buses from Mykonos to Platys Gialos and Paradise leaving every hour. From the northern bus station which is not very far from the old port ferry quay, buses can be taken for departures to Ano Mera, Elia (departing at 11AM, noon, 2PM, 4PM, 6PM and 7PM, returning 30 minutes later), Panormos and Kalafatis. Departure times are clearly marked at the two bus stations and the end of the bus routes. Bus schedules change a bit about every two weeks. Frequencies of buses are higher in high season.

It is possible to buy your bus ticket from the bus driver (have exact change ready), but you can also buy your bus tickets before boarding the bus. Bus tickets can be bought in advance from a bus ticket vending machine (euro coins necesary) and can be purchased at kiosks, mini-markets and tourist shops as well.

On the entire island there are only about 30 taxis, which means that depending on taxis for transport can be an exercise of great patience. In Mykonos Town the main location for taxis is in Manto Square (also called Town Square or Taxi Square), on the harbour front near the statue. You have to wait in line and sometimes you can wait for hours in the taxi queue. In the evening it can be very difficult to find a taxi. Taxis do not use meters, but there’s a notice board giving rates for each destination. Fares are reasonable, however some drivers may try to rip you off.

A motorbike or a car is the way to go if you want to explore the rest of the island, especially the more remote beaches at the north coast. Motorbike and car rentals are readily available around the island. In Mykonos Town the highest concentration of rent a car – motorbike agencies is in and around the area of the southern busstation, where you will find a wide range of choices. The other area of Mykonos Town with rent a car – motorbike agencies is near to the old port, behind the Archaeological Museum.

Activities

Little Venice

This neighborhood is replete with elegant and gorgeous old houses that are situated precariously on the edge of the sea. Many discerning travelers in the past have fallen in love with this charming quarter to its magnetic appeal. Quite amazing are the sunset views from Little Venice. Here the buildings have been constructed right on the sea”s edge with their balconies overhanging the water.

Church of Paraportiani

Church of Paraportiani is situated in the neighbourhood of Kastro, in the town of Chora, on the Greek island of Mykonos. Its name literally means “Our Lady of the Side Gate” in Greek, as its entrance was found in the side gate of the entrance to the Kastro area. Construction of this church started in 1425 and was not completed until the 17th century. This impressive, whitewashed church actually consists of five separate churches which are joined: the four churches (dedicated to Saint Eustathios, Saint Sozon, Saints Anargyroi and Saint Anastasia) are at ground level and constitute the base of the fifth church that has been built above them.

Folklore Museum

The beneficial to the public institution “Mykonian Folklore Collection” was founded by Professor Vasilios Kyriazopoulos on May 1958. The museum is situated at Castro, in a 18th century building. In there, are exposed museum articles sorted by subject.

Keys and locks collections, handwoven tapestries, painted plates, old weights and measures, traditional, Cycladic sculptures and lighting devices ranging from the ancient oil to the kerosene lamp. Obsedian tools and weapons representing the interior of a 19th century middle class drawing room.

Aegean Maritime Museum

The Aegean Maritime Museum is a maritime museum in Mykonos, Greece. The founder and chairman of the museum, George M. Drakopoulos, received the Athens Academy Award and the World Ship Trust’s Award for Individual Achievement for the foundation of the museum. A non-profit institution, it was founded in 1983 and in 1985 opened to the public in a Mykonian building of the 19th century, located in the area known as Tria Pigadia in the town centre.

The museum aims to undertake the preservation, promotion and study of Greek maritime history and tradition and specializes in the merchant-ship history of the Aegean Sea. The Aegean Maritime Museum was the first ever Greek museum to restore living historical exhibits as they were originally designed and built.

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Top Beaches

Psarou Beach

Psarrou is one of the most famous beach villages of Mykonos Island, but mainly among Greeks. Every year thousands of tourists and celebrities visit this sandy beach, which is organized offering luxurious sunbeds and umbrellas. Due to Psarrou’s popularity, especially during August, which is the peak of high season, there is a waiting list for the sunbeds and umbrellas. This cosmopolitan beach is surrounded by fancy restaurants, tavernas, mini markets. Many luxury hotels are also built around Psarrou. It is located 4 km from Mykonos town (or Chora) and it is close to Platys Gialos.

Agios ioannis Beach

This beautiful small beach is located on the west side of Mykonos, facing Delos. It’s the beach where the film “Shirley Valentine” was shot and also where the most famous feast of the island (Ai-Yiannis) takes place, at the end of September.

Elia beach

Elia beach is the largest of the south chain of Mykonos beaches with fine sand, easy access and a nice crowd, only 10 km aprox away from Mykonos Town. The beach is characterized as “gay-friendly” by the connoisseurs of Mykonos with separate nudist and gay areas.

Super paradise

Super Paradise beach is the most alternative and anti-conformist beach on the island. Virtually void of hotels, the exclusivity and unique ambiance of Super Paradise beach have made it a favourite hot spot not only for gay but also for straight visitors. Nude tolerant and in specific spots “nudists only”, Super Paradise beach is set in a wide bay, where the echoes of the restaurant and the disco bar emit the energy and vibrancy of Mykonos all day long.

Paraga beach

A small, sandy beach with beautiful landscape (cape Drapanos), located on the south coast of Mykonos near the beach of Agia Anna. Here you will find one of the two camping areas of the island.

Ornos Beach

The beach of Ornos is located in the south part, 3,5 kilometers away from the center of Mykonos. Caster sand, blue water, no wind so you will definitely enjoy your swimming. A bustling beach, full of young people, families and tourists. Very good organized with sunbeds, umbrellas, sofas, beanbag, restaurants and beach bars. Special places are: Kuzina, Pasaji and the all-time classic Aperanto Galazio.

Lia beach

Lia is one of the most beautiful beaches in Mykonos with exotic waters and great environment. It is located in the south eastern edge of the island, 14 km from Chora, near Kalafatis. It is one of the last stops with the boat that goes from Chora to the beaches of the island. Lia beach is well organized with colorful umbrellas, sundecks and other useful facilities.

kalo livadi Beach

Kalo livadi is one of the longest beaches in Mykonos and quite popular for the facilities and parties. It is found between Kalafatis nd Elia beach, located 10 km from Mykonos Town and 2 kn from Ano Mera. The vast Beaty of the exotic waters and the idyllic setting mark the landscape of this beach. It is well organised with many umbrellas and sundecksfor your comfort under the hot sun, the ideal destination for people who wish to spend some days away from noisy crowd.

kalafatis – agia anna

Two nice beaches with vast stretches of sand and clear waters. Among them lies the small peninsula “Divounia” with a fishing harbor. Beautiful scenery, easy access by transportation, surfing and driving school.

Platis Gialos

It is perhaps the most overpopulated beach in the island. Sheltered by hotels and organized with umbrellas and sunbeds, addressed to tourists, but also an ideal solution for mothers with children.

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