Little Venice in the town (hora) of Mykonos, Greece's Cyclades Islands.
Mykonos is right up there in the top three best Greek Islands for its exquisite little town, fine cuisine, wild nightlife, stylish and well-kept surroundings, good summer weather and pretty good beaches.
Expensive? Well, yes. Pricey if you choose to eat
or drink in places like those pictured above. Move a few metres inland
to a place without a view and you'll get the same deal at one tenth
of the price. And for the hard-up traveller there's always pork in
pitta bread with salad and a cold beer for €3, as on any Greek island.
Crowded? Fine tourist destinations will always be crowded, like Paris or London. That's what
happens to the best, but you should still see it and you can
always try to visit Mykonos out of high season which is late June/July/August.
Greek islands have a main town with the same name as the island, so
to avoid confusion that town - as in Mykonos - is generally known
as 'Hora.' (aka Chora). Most Horas feature narrow, winding streets
and predominantly white and blue painted buildings, but Mykonos' is
bigger and better preserved.
Mykonos is in better shape than most other islands, with dry stone walls and many
fine, well-maintained, organically styled homes. The main feature inferior to some other
islands except Santorini is Mikonos' beaches which tend to have fair sand and massed pay parasols/sun beds with little space to move, such as Elia Beach, or coarse sand and more space such as Super Paradise.
Mykonos doesn't have much in the way of 'Sights', so these windmills will have to do. If you want ancient sights grab a day trip to Delos island.
Mykonos hora main street.
Mykonos port and Hora.
short distance offshore is tiny Delos island, visible on the horizon in the night photo above, a World Heritage site
hosting some outstanding archeological remains and a lot of Greek history. There is no accommodation
there so day trips run there from a small pier around the corner
from Little Venice.
A guided tour is a useful way to make the excursion more interesting as there're plenty a fascinating facts about the island.
Delos marble amphitheatre, circa 300 BC. Photo by WallyG. Next, see more Mykonos town or Mykonos Beaches
And when tourists are tired of walking, shopping and eating in Mykonos hora and feel the need for a bit of ancient culture then just a few minutes offshore is the island of Delos, a sacred place for the Greeks, loaded with reminders of Greece's glory days and one of the most important archeological sites in the country in addition to being the birthplace of the Greek boss deity, Apollo.
Some of the best sights
on Delos apart from the theatre are a Minoan fountain, the Terrace of Lions, various mosaic floors, temples and market squares.
Tourists who feel like island-hopping or just taking a couple of days out can jump a fast ferry from the port to neighbouring Naxos or Paros in an hour or Mykonos to Santorini within a couple of hours.
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