Top 10 sights worth to visit in Mykonos
A few miles south-west of Mykonos is located a small picturesque islet, called the islet of Delos.
According to Greek mythology, Delos was the son of Apollo, god of music, true and light, and his twin sister Artemis, goddess of hunting. The child’s mother was Leto who was seduced by Zeus and when Hera, Zeus wife, learned about the pregnancy, she banned Leto from giving birth in any place in Earth. However, the only place she could give birth was the island of Delos, which was revealed by Poseidon out from the sea and was not considered as part of the Earth.
This is where its name came for, Delos means “revealed”. The island is dedicated to god Apollo and the ancient Greeks, due to its significance, built a lot of extraordinary temples and statues there. The excavations of Delos island began in 1873 and they are still carried out by the French School of Archaeology.
The island of Delos is part of the World’s Cultural Heritage and is protected by UNESCO. Undoubtedly, Delos island is a must-visit destination, due to its historical significance and easily accessible location, just 20 minutes away by taxi-boat from Mykonos Town.
Armenistis Lighthouse is one of the characteristic buildings located in Mykonos. It was built in 1890 and was the result of a shipwreck that occurred in the spring of 1877. It is located in Cape Armenistis and is accessible through the road of Agios Stefanos.
The point is extraordinary with a breathtaking view of the Aegean sea and Mykonos sunset, which make it an ideal place for capturing unique photos. The lighthouse is all of 19 meters in height. Today, the lighthouse is still in operation.
Little Venice is one of the most picturesque and romantic places of the island. The neighborhood consists of small elegant houses built in the middle of the 18th century and occupied by wealthy merchants and sea captains. The houses are situated right on the edge of the sea with their wooden balconies being drenched by the waves. The area has many restaurants and bars where the visitor can enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets in Greece. It is highly recommended for visitors as they will totally fall in love with this place.
The Windmills of Mykonos impress the visitor with their snow-white color, spherical shape and dominant presence. Their existence dates back to the beginning of the 15th century. During that period, the main element of the Mykonians’ diet was flour, so the windmills were used to facilitate the cereal grinding process.
Mykonos windmills are one of the most characteristic symbols of Mykonos. They are located between Alevkantra and the district of Niohorios. Today, the windmills are no longer operational, but several of them have been renovated and turned into a museum, like Boni’s windmill.
Boni's mill is located at the Ano Myloi area, just above the town of Mykonos. It is part of the Folklore Museum of Mykonos. It is a museum that represents the traditional agricultural equipment used in Mykonos for the production and processing of agricultural products.
Apart from its historical significance, it is also one of the locations with the best panoramic view of the island in a dominant position with the background of Mykonos. The Ministry of Culture has declared the mill as a historic monument of Byzantine / Later-Byzantine period due to its age and position.
House of Lena
In the center of Mykonos’ town, in an area called Tria Pigadia, there is a historic residence that has been turned into a museum. Named after the last owner of the house, Lena Skrivanou, Lena's house is part of the Folklore Museum of Mykonos and is an authentic middle-class Mykonian residence of the 19th century. The museum has objects which have come from Mykonians’ donations as well as a collection of different types of laces and rich antique furnishings.
The Municipal Library of Mykonos is located in Agia Kyriaki square and possesses more than 6000 volumes of literature, history and many more categories. The museum used to be a significant old mansion that belonged to Mavrogenis family and is dated to 1735. Apart from books, the museum exhibits photographs of old Mykonos as well as Cycladic coins and old seals.
The municipal library has been renovated over the years but is no longer operational. However, it definitely worth your visit.
The Aegean Maritime Museum of Mykonos is located in an area called Tria Pigadia, in Mykonos Town. The museum’s opening dates back in 1985 and its purpose is to exhibit the nautical history of Greek tradition.
The Aegegan Maritime Museum of Mykonos was the first Greek museum to restore living historical exhibits, such as the Armenistis Lighthouse, the sailing ship Evangelistria and the cable-lying ship Thalis o Milesios. Among the exhibits of the museum are ship models from the early Minoan period, marble finding from Delos island and Mykonos, historic ship documents, a collection of 5000 rare books and ancient items and tools.
The Archaeological Museum of Mykonos was built in 1900 and is located above the old harbor in Mykonos. Initially, the museum preserved the vestiges recovered from the Purification Pit in 1898. The pit was unearthed by D. Stavropoulos in the breathtaking islet of Rhenia. Among them are magnificent ceramics and other finds that impress the visitor, such as the great "Mykonos Pithos" which represents scenes from the Trojan War, the “Grave stele of Glykon” which was discovered in the sea incidentally and the statue of Heracles which was found inside a safe heaven of Heracles in 1899.
The Monastery of Panagia Tourliani in Mykonos was founded in 1542 by monks and is situated right in front of the central square of Ano Mera village of Mykonos. The miraculous icon of Panagia is considered to be the work of Apostle Louka who is the prostatitis of the island of Mykonos.
The architecture of the Monastery impresses the visitor who will be stunned by the characteristic samples of the Cycladic marble sculpture and the ecclesiastical museum of the Monastery. On August 15th, the largest festival of the island takes place there.
To the southeast of the Monastery of Panagia Tourliani, about 1 km away, you will find the Monastery of Paleokastro, built in the 12th century and also worth to visit.