Mykonos was for many years a poor island. It was not until the 1920s that people began to recognize it as the island of pelicans, windmills and later as a place where hippies clashed. It is located in the Greek archipelago of the Cyclades, north of the islands of Paros and Naxos. The island has an area of 86 km² and a permanent population of about 6,000. It is one of the few islands in Greece that is known worldwide. Here you will find shops of world luxury brands, which you will not find on any other island in Greece. Many of the world's celebrities own property here. The island is also visited by tourists from all over the world for its rich nightlife and famous parties that come alive in July and August. Outside the high season, Mykonos is a quieter destination.
The capital of the island is the eponymous Mykonos, called Chora. The lively harbour with its Kastro and "Little Venice" districts directly encourages strolling, shopping, good food and entertainment. Here you can admire the local architecture and archaeological monuments. Every evening, during the tourist season, the quiet, picturesque streets of the town transform into a lively centre with a mix of tavernas, pubs, bars and clubs that attract the attention of tourists.
In Greek mythology, Mykonos was the scene of battles between Zeus and the Giants. It was named after Apollo's grandson Mykonos. There are famous preserved windmills all over the island. The church of Panagias Paraportiani is also worth mentioning. The island is also known for its excellent cuisine, which will satisfy all your tastes. Whether it's traditional cold cuts, rabbit sausages or famous sweets such as amygdalota almond pastries or soumada almond milk.
Mykonos is characterised by its Cycladic architecture, rolling hills and mountainous terrain. The island has several smaller and larger bays, coves and many beaches. Due to the lack of humidity, which occurs only in winter and spring, the island is not abundant with greenery. The summers are very warm with very little rainfall and only in some areas is there wind. Mykonos is a suitable destination for everyone. In July and August, however, it is necessary to take into account the increased number of visitors. However, even in high season you will find beaches that are not crowded. They all abound with golden sand and crystal clear water. Some beaches are alive day and night (Paradise, Super Paradise). Among the most famous are Paraga, Paradise Beach and Super Paradise, which is renowned among gays and lesbians from all over the world. Kalo Livadi or Ornos beaches are equally popular. The beaches are organised with water sports on offer, but there are also beaches for lovers of tranquillity, for whom we recommend Agia Anna or Agios Stefanos. Due to the large number of beaches and their variety, there is a beach for everyone in Mykonos.
If you would like to visit an ancient monument, you can take a trip to the neighbouring islet of Delos, which is home to an archaeological site and was an important religious and commercial centre in antiquity, or you can take a boat trip to the caves on the island of Tragonissi.
Tourlos is a small, peaceful place located about 1.3 km from the capital of Mykonos, and the famous Agios Stefanos beach is only 1.2 km from Tourlos. There are several restaurants, grocery stores, a very good bus service and a taxi service.
Distance from the airport: Mykonos (airport) - Tourlos 10 km.
- Greek name: Mykonos (Μύκονος)
- Capital: Mykonos (Chora)
- Island area: 86 km2
Mykonos & Delos
Includes: Mykonos (Chora), Agios Charalambos, Megali Ammos, Korfos, Kanalia, Kapari, Agios Ioannis, Glyfadi, Fameliti, Tou Patera i Plaka, Ornos, Psarou, Platis Gialos, Agia Anna (Paranga), Paranga, Super Paradise, Agrari, Elia, Karapetis, Kalo Livadi, Loulos, Divounia, Agia Anna, Kalafatis, Lia, Sagari, Merchia, Fokos, Mersini, Ano Mera, Monastery of Panagia Tourliani, Tarsanas (Ftelia), Ftelia, Panormos, Agios Sostis, Marathi, Armenistis Lighthouse, Choulakia, Agios Stefanos, Delos, Mykonos (Chora)