Experience the Cultural Heritage of Mykonos and discover its long history
The Iconic Windmills of Mykonos
These windmills are one of the most iconic symbols of the island. They were built by the Venetians in the 16th Century and currently attract large amounts of tourists visiting in order to snap a photo standing in front of these beautiful landmarks. A definite must see spot!
Day Trip to Delos
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Island of Delos is among the one of the most important archaeological sites in the Aegean. Guided and unguided tours of the island are on offer, while boats leave the port in Mykonos Town many times a day for Delos. Tickets can be purchased from travel agencies in Mykonos town. In addition, there is also a morning boat to Delos leaving from the area of Platis Gialos. Make sure you have a map and preferably a guide so that you know what you are seeing and can take full advantage of the opportunity to walk through the ruins of such an important ancient site.
Aegean Maritime Museum
This museum is dedicated to the preservation, promotion, protection, and study of Greek Maritime Tradition throughout history. It is a non-profit institution and was founded in 1983, and in 1985 opened its doors to the public. The Aegean Maritime Museum is housed in a traditional 19th Cenutry Mykonian building and is located in the centre of the Town of Mykonos, in the area known as Tria Pigadia.
Archeological Museum of Mykonos
Located in the Chora, The Archaeological Museum of Mykono was built in 1902. It was designed by Alexandros Lykakis and paid for by the Ministry of Education and the Archaeological Society of Athens. This is a great cultural spot to visit when staying on the island. There are various collections inside, including a large number of vases, ranging from the prehistoric to the late Hellenistic period (25th-1st century B.C.)
Paraportiani Church in the Chora of Mykonos
The Church of Panagia Paraportiani (Εκκλησία της Παναγίας Παραπορτιανής) is the most photographed church in Mykonos. Construction of this complex of 5 churches began in the mid 1400's and was not completed until the early 17th Century. Make sure you visit this beautiful piece of Mykonian history during your strolls through town.
Little Venice in the Chora of Mykonos
Mykono is known for its picturesque white washed buildings and its tiny winding streets where one can get happily lost and explore the Chora or Main Town of the island. With almost all roads leading to the beautiful Greek sea, it is easy to understand why Mykonos, especially the sea side bars and cafes of 'Little Venice' is a unique summer destination.
Panagia Tourliani Monastery
This gorgeous monastery of Panagia Tourliani is the most significant landmark in the area of Ano Mera. It is only .8km east of the Chora and easily accessible. The monastery was founded in 1542 by Monks belonging to the Katapoliani Monastery of Paros Island. It was restored in 1767, where its impressive architecture took form. There is a small museum which operates inside the grounds.
The monastery is named after the dome or 'tourlos' in Mykonian dialect, of the church and is also the name of a sacred icon of the Virgin Mary. Panagia Tourliani is known as the Patron Saint of the island and is celebrated as such every August 15th.
Armenistis Lighthouse in the Area of Fanari
This is one of the most beautiful spots to visit just simply for the view of Mykonos from the top. Once you reach the lighthouse you can see all the boats arriving and leaving from the island. Tinos Island seems very close to you from the view at the top of the lighthouse. You can reach this spot by following the signs toward the area of Fanari. The lighthouse was built in 1891, the tower stands at 19meters, and the height of the focal plane is at the 184 meter mark.