Mykonos, the most cosmopolitan island of Greece

The small island of Greece, arid, almost completely devoid of vegetation, called Mykonos, is one of the tiniest islands in the Cyclades. According to an ancient myth, the rocks scattered throughout its arid landscape (and generally windswept) are the solidified remains of the giants killed by Heracles.

Mykonos has become one of the biggest attractions in Greece, for its enormous beauty, its picturesque narrow streets and the charm of its beaches as well as for the attractive windmills or its proximity to the archaeological site of Delos. Its whitewashed streets, cubic-shaped houses and churches with the blue/light-blue tones of the doors and domes, constitute the typical features of the Cycladic architecture.

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Mykonos, the uninhibited island of Greece

Mykonos has become one of the most expensive of the Aegean islands, in a sea that perfectly adorns Greece. Here, tourists come from all over the world, totally attracted by its impressive sandy and rocky beaches and the select bars and restaurants that huddle in the port. So, undoubtedly, it makes it the ideal island where one can spend a lot! So much so that, according to the Greeks, the money earned in July and August is the money they live on for the rest of the year.

The main city of the island, also called Mykonos, has numerous and tiny Byzantine chapels that are, for the most part, votive offerings of the island's sailors or family chapels built at different periods. Not long ago, the inhabitants of Mykonos had to support themselves with what little they could produce from those arid lands. Also, no one can forget the famine suffered in Greece under the Axis occupation during World War II.

Over the years, more precisely in the 1950s, a few tourists timidly began visiting Mykonos on the way to the nearby Delos islet, with its ancient wonders (it was the religious and political center of the Aegean as well as the seat of the Delian games, the most important celebrations in the archipelago).

What to do in Mykonos, Greece

In Mykonos, Greece, you cannot stop strolling along the waterfront and walking along Matogianni Street, the main commercial artery, where you will be seduced by the jewellery shops, first class boutiques, cafes and pastry shops (It is worth mentioning the traditional almond cookies on the island, “Amygdalota”). Likewise, if you “get lost” in the narrow, whitewashed streets of Mykonos you will really understand that these winding paths were intended to thwart the pirate attacks.

In the meantime, when you travel around Mykonos, you should not miss walking around the port and, near there, Little Venice, the picturesque neighbourhood located at the southwestern end of the pier. Of course, in the distance, on the other side of the water, lined up like lead soldiers on the high hill, you can see the famous windmills of Mykonos, an echo of a bygone era, when wind energy was used to grind the grain of the island.

In short, when you walk through Mykonos, you will be swept away by a mix of intense feelings and emotions.

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