Are you thinking about heading over to Mykonos island in Greece? Have you already booked a trip? Lucky you!
Mykonos may be small but it is perfectly formed, offering a number of sights and experiences that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
In this article, we will take you to the top 5 must see sights when visiting.
Little Venice, Mykonos Town
Whilst Mykonos has distinct links with the Roman Empire, the island was ruled by the Venetians from 1390 until it was conquered by the Ottomans in 1781. You can see this clearly in the buildings of the area called, you guess it, Little Venice.
These stunning 2 and 3 story buildings are built right on the sea’s edge with balconies overlapping the crashing water below. They have been well preserved and these days are now buzzing restaurants and art galleries.
Make sure you view Little Venice during the day to take in the beautiful scene of the different buildings, or even stay for sunset where the buildings and sky light up in beautiful colours. The best view is from the Windmills….
Opposite the pretty view of Little Venice, you will find 5 ancient, Mykonian windmills.
These windmills, plus many more dotted throughout the island, were build hundreds of years ago and were used to grind agricultural yields using the wind that Mykonos is known for.
Thanks to modern technology, these windmills are no longer operational; however they have been perfectly restored, with some being converted into museums and restaurants.
Due to the high altitude of the Armenistis Lighthouse, many travel up here for the sweeping views and unique sunset experience, rather than to view the lighthouse itself. You really won’t be able to see this incredible view anywhere else in the world.
The lighthouse can be found on the North West of the island. You will need to follow some dirt tracks to get here, but follow the signs for Fanari and you will be directed to the Lighthouse.
The pretty church of Panagia (Virgin Mary) Paraportiani, is one of the most photographed Church’s, not just Mykonos, but the whole world!
The name of the church literally means ‘standing next to the entrance door’ which meant that it was next to the castle door. The church is also made up of 5 churches that were built next to, or on top of the original church over time.
You can find Panagia Paraportiani in the Kastros neighborhood in Mykonos town.
You cannot visit Mykonos and not take time out to sit back and watch its perfect sunset.
Whether you watch it from the beach, the Windmills, the lighthouse, your hotel or another spot you have come across, it will be like no other you have seen before. Watch as the sky lights up blue, purple, yellow, orange and red before the sun drifts off below the horizon.
You will certainly get all the feels from this experience.
We highly recommend hiring a quad bike to get around Mykonos. They are small, and some a bit slow, but they can get you to all the hidden sights and up and down the dirt tracks. The roads are not that busy so you will find getting around very easy.
However you decide to get around, make sure you take your camera to capture these unique sights to make your friends very jealous indeed!
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