Mykonos is a Greek island, part of the Cyclades, lying between Tinos, Syros, Paros and Naxos.
The most iconic feature of the island are the windmills. The windmills can be seen from every point of the village of Mykonos, the island’s principal village, which is frequently called the Chora. The houses have got the distinguished Cycladic architecture of white and blue traditional paint.
Chora, impresses and charms its visitor from the first moment, thanks to its beautiful location, scale and architecture. In today’s Mykonos, the repetition of the forms of the Cycladic traditional architecture and in the newer buildings, ensures in the city and the hinterland a sense of continuity and harmony.
The Municipal Gallery of Mykonos is a center of exhibitions and cultural events of the island, houses works of Greek and foreign artists in the building located in Matogianni. Sometimes it operates in collaboration with the branch of the Athens School of Fine Arts, which is housed in the region of Chora in the idyllic environment of a large estate.
One of the most picturesque corners of the island is Alefkandra or “Small Venice“, a district with houses in the seaside that began to be built from the middle of the 18th century and were the homes of wealthy merchants and captains. Wonderful architecture with colorful windows, doors, stairs, wooden balconies that literally get wet by the wave and give the neighborhood a smell of the famous Italian city.
Two towers from the Hellenistic period, exist in the place known as Portes, above Platys Gialos. The name comes from the preserved upright door of the tower framed by three large chipped granite blocks. Mykonos is neighboring Delos in the Aegean Sea.
Delos is one of the most important mythological, historical, and archaeological sites in Greece. The excavations in the island are among the most extensive in the Mediterranean; many of the artifacts found are on display at the Archaeological Museum of Delos and the National Archaeological Museum of Athens.
The Temple of the Delians is the largest of the three cult temples dedicated to Apollo, as well as The Terrace of The Lions.
According to mythology, Leto took refuge in Delos to give birth to Apollo and Artemis, and to avoid the wrath of the goddess Hera. The 6th century BC Temple of Leto is dedicated to the mother of the twin gods. Delos is located 3.5 km South-West of Mykonos. Visitors may travel by boat from Mykonos to Delos. The disembarkation takes place today at the site of the ancient port, on the west side of the island. In front of the pier is an open paved square with altars, temples and shops, where the guilds of Italian merchants were located.