Sights in Mykonos

by Niki Kefala
'Delos Lions' - Mykonos
'Delos Lions' - Attribution: Randy Levine

Mykonos has been known as a party town and it truly is! But it's also a very beautiful island with many sights. Walk through the narrow winding stoned pathways, admire the shops, eat at the small crepe shops or at the several Greek and Italian restaurants, and party at cafes and bars with techno music. Then, find a place to sit and view the amazing sunset behind the windmills and the boats on the water.

A Little Venice in Mykonos

Don't forget to visit Little Venice. It's a popular neighborhood which is called Little Venice because the houses are built over the sea. Also visit Matogiannia, a cosmopolitan spot in the heart of Mykonos Town. Go to the Archaeological Museum, which was founded in 1905 and houses findings from the neighboring island of Rinia. The Archaeological Museum of Mykonos is small but has important archaeological collections of pottery, sculptures, vessels, ceramics, gravestones and more, that were moved from ancient Delos, the birthplace of Apollo, the God of Light. Don't forget to visit the Folklore Museum and the Maritime Museum. If you love art, go to the Municipal Art Gallery, where you can admire works of Greek and foreign artists. Take a stroll at the outdoor amphitheater, at the Mycenaean tomb (14th-13th century BC) and at the 'Fountain'.

On the island there are over 600 churches of various types, from churches to very old monasteries like Marathi, a monastery-castle with a square shape, founded by the monks Kampourakis and Gerasimos in 1665. The monastery has beautiful icons in wooden temple. The church of Virgin Paraportiani which dates from the 15th century will be the highlight of your visit.

The island of Apollo

Mykonos has many archaeological sites. In various parts of the island, visitors can see preserved towers. One of them is the Mavrospilia where many tools and objects of the Neolithic era have been found. Also you can visit the Mycenaean tomb from 15th century BC. Very close to Mykonos is Delos, the sacred island of Apollo, which was inhabited in the early 10th century BC. The entire island is now an open museum with no permanent residents.

Worth visiting is also the lighthouse Armenistis, in the homonymous cape, which was built in 1890 and is 10 meters high, the Tomb of Ftelia and the hill of Palaeokastro where you can see traces of ancient and Byzantine times. In the villages, you can see the 'pigeon houses', with their elegant decor and the functionality in pigeon breeding. As you can imagine you have a lot to see here!