Exploring the capital town (Chora) of Mykonos island
In contrast to other Cycladic capitals, the capital town (Chora) of the island is not built in the shape of an amphitheatre but instead spreads out over a wide area. It is one of the best examples of Cycladic architecture and a spellbinding attraction for visitors. Stroll around its narrow marble streets and admire whitewashed houses with colourful doors and window frames, bougainvillea trees in purple bloom and hidden churches. Pay a visit to the church of Panagia Paraportiani, the Town hall and the castle situated above the harbour. Don’t forget to visit the museums in Mykonos, such as the Archaeological, Folklore and Maritime Museums, to take in a little history. Wander around the pedestrian shopping streets of the Chora, always colourful and busy. The most glamorous of all is Matoyanni Street, lined with brand name stores, charming cafés and stylish restaurants.
Soak up the atmosphere along the lively waterfront and admire a fleet of fishing boats casting colourful reflections in the azure waters. This is where you will find the Kazarma building, which served as accommodation for the soldiers of Manto Mavrogenous, a heroine of the Greek Revolution. The first floor served as her personal residence. While you’re out strolling, don’t be surprised if you come across the official mascot of Mykonos, which is nothing other than a... pelican! Pétros the Pelican was found by a fisherman after a storm in 1954, and eventually became the locals’ companion. When he died, the grief for his loss was so deep that a replacement was soon found. In honour of Pétros, the locals have established a long tradition of pelicans wandering around the waterfront as an essential part of everyday life. So, whatever you do, don’t forget to take a picture with the successor of the famous pelican Petros!
One of the most scenic corners of the island is Alefkántra or “Little Venice”, an 18th century district, dominated by grand captains’ mansions with colourful balconies and stylish windows. With balconies perched over the sea, pictures of the famous Italian city spring to mind. Relax at a waterfront café and admire the view of the quaint windmills standing imposingly on the hillside above, set against a luminous blue backdrop.
The second traditional settlement of Mykonos is Ano Mera, situated around the historic monastery of Panagia Tourliani (a 16th century church with a brilliant carved wooden iconostasis). To the north, in Ftelia, lies an important Neolithic settlement, and a 14th-13th century BC Mycenaean tomb.
Using the Chora as your base, set out on a trip to discover the beauties of the island, in particularly its sun-kissed beaches.
For your stay in Mykonos, you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
In the town of Mykonos (Chora), as well as in many other areas of the island, there are hotels and accommodations of various categories and types (rooms to let, residences, Bed & Breakfast inns, studios, hostels, guesthouses and furnished apartments) that can satisfy every visitor's demands and needs for a pleasant and enjoyable stay.
You will find wonderful hotels, rooms and apartments to let of all categories and price ranges.
The best way to explore the island is to have your own transport and worthwhile to visit places that do not reach the local transport and tours.
The bus serves almost all areas of the island with regular routes and during the summer months work until 4:00 am.
The ferry connection is from Piraeus and Rafina.
There is a regular air connection with Athens and many charter flights from abroad during the summer months.
For your convenience, you can use the route map on the field “Routes” with information about the mileage, the time you need and the route you will follow, selecting the points of interest.