Mykonos is an island of the Cyclades in the Aegean Sea in Greece. Mykonos is surrounded to the west of Delos, Tinos and Naxos in the north to the south. It has an area of 86 square kilometres and approximately 9300 residents. The capital of the island – the Chora – also called Mykonos. The island is one of the most popular Greek islands with mass tourism.
According to mythology Heracles defeated here, during his twelve deeds, a giant, which he threw into the sea and he became a stone that was the island of Mykonos.
The island was named after Apollo’s grandson Mykonos. The archaeological remains on the island, indicate that the island was inhabited by the ancient peoples of Ionia, as of the first part of the eleventh century BC Recent discoveries in addition, the island was headquarters of the Neolithic Kares tribe. In the modern era the island was first occupied by the Ottoman Empire and later the Republic of Venice. Over the last centuries the Mykonos people have distinguished between the protagonists of the struggles for Greek independence.
Mykonos town is typical of the Cycladic architecture. Their characteristics are white houses with flat roofs, colourful wooden doors and windows and balconies adorned with flowers, are also remarkably steep cobbled streets. Except in the Little Venice neighbourhood, which was built entirely in Venetian style on the beach promenade.
Mykonos is served by an excellent ferry connection network with the cities of Piraeus, Rafina, Heraklion (Crete), Santorini, Ios, Paros, Naxos, Skiathos, Syros, Thessaloniki and Tinos. The Mykonos Airport serves, among others, Athens, Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Dusseldorf, Vienna, Munich and Zurich. Thus Mykonos is one of the most accessible islands in the Cyclades.
This island was regarded as a haven for gays but later we will pay to become the “capital” Summer of tolerance in general. Nevertheless, the character as an alternative island was very famous in the eighties and nineties, is much diminished in recent years, both for the growing success of Mykonos in the world, for both competition and other new locations.
Since the mid-60s the island had a large number of visitors who come from many different countries. The arriving tourists expect on this island most of all: the sun and the sandy beaches. Mykonos is often described as the island of the winds. In summer the temperatures are on Mykonos averaged 27 degrees Celsius. Such a climate, of course, is an invitation to stay for several days on the beaches of this island, which are not known to be wrong as the most beautiful of the Aegean Sea. Even at the sight of the crystal clear water and golden beach will be a sense of pure relaxation.
Beaches: South of Chora is the cove Korfos frequented mainly by windsurfers who can exploit the strong winds in the area. Of course it is not suitable for bathing. The nearby town of Agios Ioannis however, is preferred by small family mostly by the noise of alien Greek night parties taking place on the beaches of the south.
On the south coast from west to east include Ornos Bay, a beach for families to just two kilometres from Chora, Platis Yalos and Psarou.Two beaches on the bay next super-equipped and full of choices.
Paradise beach is one of the most famous beaches of Mykonos, which attracts mainly young people and characterized by the deafening din of the music that never ends. Super Paradise beach, famous as the Paradise suitable for those in search of quiet.Agrari a much quieter beach on the bay of Elia. Elia beach has significant infrastructure and many luxury hotels.
To the north of Chora are Agios Stefanos and the beaches Tourlos and Choulakia.
Today, Mykonos is a cosmopolitan island home to thousands of tourists every year. Many Greek and international celebrities spend their summer holidays on the island and it is not unusual to see a walk along the white walls of city buildings, or dinner in the dining rooms of local restaurants.
Mykonos is also famous for its many many nightclubs that in the summer lit up the night by the light of dawn. The center hosts many entertainments and you are lost in a web of white alleys, pubs, nightclubs and shops, all open 24 hours a day.