Mykonos island the Aegean Jewel
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Mykonos is located in the center of the Cyclades, south of Tinos and southeast of Syros. For years it is one of the most touristic islands in Greece. Tourism has been enhanced by direct flights to many European countries and by domestic flights from Athens as well as by several ferry and catamaran routes from Piraeus, Rafina and several Aegean islands and Crete. Every day on the island arrive cruise ships with tourists from all over the world. Originally, Mykonos was only a stop on the way to ancient Delos. For the last 40 years, Mykonos has become the most popular island of the Cyclades and the destination of thousands of tourists every year. You can see many celebrities from show business, fashion and sports walking the Matogianni streets. Also many of the most rich people on the planet.
It is a fact that in the middle of summer Mykonos sinks from tourism, but if you do not mind the crowds or you come off the peak of the tourist season, which is a much better proposal, the capital of Mykonos is still one of the most beautiful cities Aegean islands with Cycladic white-washed houses, picturesque windmills, Little Venice, the sea and the beaches that are never far away, whitewashed cobbled streets and hundreds of Cycladic chapels. Do not let the crowd stop you from exploring the city of Mykonos.
The picturesque Mykonian houses are stacked around a cluster of labyrinthine alleys with colorful balconies and bougainvillea courtyards. The best time to explore the city is early in the morning when busy crowds sleep still after the night, go for the beaches, and around 12 noon raids with organized crowds of cruise ships begin. From 8 in the afternoon, the city fills up again for the night.
The beauty of the city of Mykonos focuses, among other things, on the confused labyrinthine paths and the streets where you do not need maps to wander around, you just discover the hidden beauty.
There are, however, several places worth visiting, such as the Archaeological Museum that houses some good pots from Delos, the library, with Hellenistic coins and Medieval seals, the Folklore Museum which is housed in an old mansion with a collection of folklore objects and is in the same area as the old Venetian castle near the most famous church of Mykonos, Paraportiani, an exciting patchwork of five chapels that have been merged with each other.
The coast beyond the castle leads to Little Venice with the bars on the wave and further to Alefkandra, behind Alefkandra Square, the two metropolises of Mykonos, the Roman Catholic and the Greek Orthodox, while the streets are filled with art galleries and tourist shops. Above the square are the famous Mykonian mills symbol of the island and one of the most photographed locations.
Instead of finding your way along the beach, follow the road to the bustling Fabrica and the Three Pigadia and then the Armed Forces Street and Matogianni Street, all with lots of bars, boutiques, food and all sorts of shops.
The whitewashed two-storey houses with blue windows and doors, narrowly whitewashed alleys and flowers in the arches create a unique architectural style. In the country for many houses there is no room for yards and garden. In many rural houses of Mykonos, as in other Cycladic islands, there are pigeons that look like a jewel with authentic decorative elements and designs.
The windmills are considered as a trademark of the island, and in the past were the only source of revenue for the island. The musical tradition of the island is not as great as in the other Cyclades. The local traditional instruments are the tsampouna, the violin and the lute. On the contrary, the island is known for its traditional knitwear. Mykonos was the home of many great artists. Markos Markaris and Christodoulos Kallergis were two famous Mykonian hagiographers, Antonis Polykandriotis and Maria Iglesi were well-known painters also many people of letters such as Mlpo Axioti, Ioannis Svoronos, Stavros Manesis, Nikos Angelakis and Bartholomeos Grays.
In thousands of souvenir shops in Mykonos you will find beautiful traditional folk art items, traditional woven fabrics in beautiful colors and original designs, ceramics, wood carvings, leather goods, inspirational paintings from the island and handmade windmills. The jewelers can find the popular, traditional earrings of Mykonos, as well as other jewels of gold and silver, while clothing stores offer a wide variety of clothes for all tastes.
In patisseries, you will find traditional almonds and kalathakia, while in small shops selling food, you can buy Kopanisti, Louza and Mykonian sausages.
Beaches Mykonian beaches have a great crowd especially at the peak of the season, most of them located in the south of Mykonos. The island actually offers excellent beaches and especially several beaches for nudists. From the nearest and most famous beaches of the island are Ornos, Platis Gialos, the famous Psarou, Paranga, Paradise, Super Paradise, Elia, Kalo Livadi and Kalafatis. The most well-known luxury beach bars are Nammos, Scorpios, Principote, Lohan, SantAnna, Alemagou, Farma, Jackie O and Kuzina. You can go by buses, boats, taxis or your own means.
Food and entertainment In Mykonos you will find all kinds of restaurants with traditional cuisine, gourmet restaurants, fish taverns, fast food and pizzerias, kreperi and souvlaki.
Frequently bus routes connect Mykonos Town with seaside resorts and beaches, one end to the north of the coast of Campania over the old harbor and the other end to Fabrica. If you have your own car special car, the largest car parks are in Mylos and old Port.
The airport is about 3 km outside of the city. If you arrive by boat you will arrive at the northern jetty where the ships arrive, or at the old harbor near the city if you come with a catamaran. There are daily services from Piraeus and Rafina.