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Discover the charm and history of Mykonos’s white-washed churches, windmills, and narrow
winding streets on this in-depth walking tour of old town. Learn about famous local figures,
stroll through the island’s ‘Little Venice, and nibble tasty treats from a popular bakery.
Venture off the beaten path as your guide shares local lore, and dig into the town’s ancient
and cultural roots with a visit to the Archaeological and Folklore Museums. Hotel or port
pickup and drop-off is included.
Mykonos Town or Chora:
Famed for its picturesque Cycladic architecture and relentless
party scene, Mykonos town, with its hip boutique hotels, chic local taverns, bohemian bars,
lively clubs and modern-meets-rustic vibe is by far the most cosmopolitan town of the Greek
islands. A stroll through the labyrinthine streets of Mykonos town, once built to confuse the
unwanted visitors and protect the village from pirate’s attack, is what really makes a trip to
Mykonos famous windmills are the landmark of the island. While the five
windmills in the hill of Chora get all the attention, visitors can see a total of 16 windmills on
the island. With Mykonos being the ‘island of the winds,’ these windmills operated from the
16th until the 19th century, capitalizing on the region’s winds for agricultural production.
After the introduction of electricity the windmills lost their financial power but became one
of the most popular monuments of the Cycladic islands. Many of the 16 old windmills in
Mykonos are still standing and are thoroughly renovated, and one is currently a museum.
Little Venice is one of the most photographed neighborhoods in Europe,
located on the west side of Chora. Its characteristic architecture, whitewashed houses with
colorful windows and wooden balconies that hang over the sea, have inspired many artists
and romantics, and won over many unenthusiastic travelers, as its elegant character and
amazing sunset view disarms even the most discerning ones. This special area was built in
the 18th century and was used to quickly load and unload goods onto the boats during
pirate raids, while its mazy narrow streets where structured to confuse the pirates than
managed to set foot on the island. Today, many old houses in Little Venice have become
bars and restaurants where you can sit and admire the romantic sunset view while enjoying
a cocktail in this postcard-perfect neighborhood.
The heart of the island is known by locals and tourists to be Matoyianni
Street in Mykonos Town. The street is dominated by designer outlets, jewelry stores, art
galleries and souvenir shops, selling luxury products to high end customers. Many well
known celebrities have been spotted shopping here. During the summer months most stores
are open until midnight. In Matoyanni street you will never be short of things to do after
hours. Some of the most popular nightspots of the island are located here, offering excellent
dining and entertainment choices until the early morning hours.
Petros The Pelican:
The pelican called Petros has been the official mascot of Mykonos since
1954. Petros was found wounded by a fisherman off the coast of Mykonos. He was nursed
to health and surprisingly never left the island. He made Mykonos his home and gradually
became a celebrity. When Petros died, the whole island went into mourning and Jackie
Kennedy compassionately donated another pelican to the island. Today a pink pelican can be
seen wandering around Mykonos old harbor.