Concidered the most cosmopolitan Greek island, Mykonos attracts a great number of visitors including many artists and celebrities from all over the world. This amazingly pretty island offers all amenities of a modern resort with many activities for day and night. It is famous for its hectic night life and its golden sandy beaches. Low rocky hills, ending to crystal water beaches from the genuine mykonean landscape. Chora, the capital of the island, with its paved narrow streets flanked by gleaming white-washed houses, all with brightly painted window shutters and wooden balconies which ablaze with colorful geraniums and variety of shops, tavernas, bars and clubs, gives to the visitors the unique sensation of a film scenery. Ano Mera, is the most important village after Chora offering accommodations, while some of the most frequented bays are Ornos, Platy Yialos, Aghios Ioannis and Super Paradise with sandy beaches lined with umbrellas and sun beds. Always famous for its nightlife, Mykonos is still one of the liveliest places in Greece after dark and if the idea of a perfect holiday is a beautiful setting, great beaches with water-sports and lively nights, Mykonos should be on the top of everyone.
Perhaps the most important of the tourist asset of Mykonos, one which distinguishes it from other islands are the beaches. Particularly in the South, the picturesque coves with sandy beaches follow one another. Those beaches, can be reached by car or motorbike. Many Southern beaches are linked with each other with a boat operating on a regular service, all day all summer, which offers the visitor a very interesting excursion opportunity.
Places near Mykonos
In the Kastro, which is the original nucleus of the present-day town of Mykonos (on its northwestern edge), stands the Paraportiani, a group of building impressive for its shapes' plasticity.
Historic religious sites on Mykonos can also be found along the coastline, and Panagia Paraportiani is one of them. Located at the entrance to the Kastro neighborhood of Chora, the whitewashed walls of this seaside church form a unique shape due to the building’s unusual construction. Five small churches that were built on top of each other beginning in the 14th Century became the Panagia Paraportiani that can be seen today. The asymmetrical shape and rare combination of architectural styles combined with the ocean view have helped to make Panagia Paraportiani one of the most photographed sites in the world.
In this location, during the Middle Ages, there was a tall, fortified tower, side by side and above one of the entrances to the Kastro. Now there is a complex made up of five churches altogether, four on the ground level and on the floor above, the church of the Virgin, which is the oldest of all. The Paraportiani, and the windmills are the island’s trademark.
Mykonian Folklore museum of Mykonos Island Greece.
The beneficial to the public institution "Mykonian Folklore Collection" was founded by Professor Vasilios Kyriazopoulos on May 1958. The museum is situated at Castro, in a 18th century building. In there, are exposed museum articles sorted by subject.
Keys and locks collections, handwoven tapestries, painted plates, old weights and measures, traditional Cycladic sculptures and lighting devices ranging from the ancient oil to the kerosene lamp.
Obsedian tools and weapons representing the interior of a 19th century middle class drawing room.
A 19th century bedroom.
A 19th century kitchen.
Around the "Mermelechas well"- a known pirate there are large and small traditional Aegean ship models, cannons and pictures of old Mykonian sailing and steamships.
The Museum is open from April till October from 17:30-20:30 every day and from 18:30-2:30 on Sundays. Telephone contact on (0289-22591/22748) No admission charge.
The Agricultural Museum is situated at Ano Mili (Up Windmills) in the town of Mykonos. It is a branch of the Folklore Museum and hosts installations for the processing agricultural products on the island before industrialization. The large "Bonis" -after the captain- windmill, which dates since 16th century is a listed building, a traditional threshing-floor and a village style oven, the wine-press, a water wheel, a stone water tank, dovecote, pigsty, the miller"s house and two little twin churches. There is also a collection of old agricultural tools and machinery. The museum is open from June till 30th September, between 16:00-20:00 daily. Telephone : (+30) 22890 22591-22748. No admission charge.
Lena’s House, being a typical 19th Century Mykonian town hoyse, is one of the annexes of the Mykonos Folklore Museum. It was named after its last occupant, Lena Skrivanou and is a single-storey building of the 19th century complete with its antique furnishings, located at Tria Pigadia in Hora. It functions as an autonomous museum and it is open to the public, while one can get a taste of a typical middle-class house of the 19th century Mykonos.
The floor plan of this house is typical of its period. At the front, there is a large main room with a wide arch at the centre supporting the roof. Going further in, there are two smaller rooms. At the back of the house, there is a service room and also two small courtyards, with a replica of a dovecote.
The original furnishings of the house, all of the 19th Century or older, have been enriched by the donors and the Folklore Museum itself with the addition of several items of a modern period. There one may see an interesting collection of European and domestic furniture of 19th century in their regular position and also useful and decorative pieces of its household.
Among the attractions of Mykonos, Mills are the trademark of the island with the old Bonis Windmill being the most distinctive one. Bonis Windmill, one of the Upper Mills (Apano Myli), dates most likely from the 16th century.
This mill, originally belonged to the old Mykonian family of Bonis, the Mykonian windmill is a stone-built three-storey and cylindrical construction. The ground floor is used for the collection and weighing of the grain. The flour is collected on the middle floor, while there is an ancient milling machine on the second floor. The sail-wheel of Bonis Windmill has twelve wooden spokes with the same number of triangular sails.
The Agricultural Museum of Mykonos was established subsequently to the 1st Symposium of the Folklore Museums of Greece, which was held in Mykonos in1984. It serves the idea of an outdoor museum, which includes as its exhibits the Bonis Windmill and some other newer facilities, such as the threshing floor, the dovecote and the oven. The Windmill, the threshing floor and the oven are the tree rural installations that for centuries have provided the locals with bread, the most significant part of their everyday diet.
The intention of the Agricultural Museum is to preserve the autonomous rural farmhouse, typical of what once was such a vital aspect of rural life in Greek islands. Also, at the Agricultural Museum of Mykonos one can see tools and machines from the pre – industrial and early industrial eras, which were used in the past for the production and processing of agricultural products.
The museums centerpiece is the Boni Windmill, which is in full working order and may be visited from June to September daily, 4:00-8:00 p.m. (tel.: +30 22890 – 26 246).
Lena's house, near the Three Wells, is a charmingly preserved, authentic 19th century Mykonian middle-class dwelling, which is completely furnished and equipped with antique furniture and house utensils.
Open evenings, except Sundays, from April to October, 6:30p.m. to 9:30p.m.
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Aegean Maritime Museum of Mykonos Island Greece
The Aegean Maritime Museum is a non-profit institution. It was founded in 1983 and in 1985 it opened its doors to the public, on the island of Mykonos. The goal of the museum is the preservation, promotion and study of the Greek maritime history and tradition, and in particular the evolution and activities of the merchant ship, chiefly in the historic region of the Aegean Sea. The founder and chairman of the Museum"s board of Trustees, the Myconian George M. Drakopoulos has been honoured for the foundation of the Museum with the Athens Academy Award and with the World Ship Trust"s Award for Individual Achievement.
The Aegean Maritime Museum is housed in a traditional Mykonian building of the 19th century located at the centre of the Town of Mykonos, in the area known as Tria Pigadia. The building was the home of the legendary Master of the merchant ship "Enosis", Nikolaos Sourmelis, who assisted the Cretans during their war of independence from the Ottoman Empire.
The museum"s exhibits include models of ships from the pre-Minoan period down to the beginning of the twentieth century, historical shipping documents, rare engravings and maps, ancient artifacts, navigational instruments, equipment and tools, as well as a collection of rare coins with nautical subjects from the fifth century BC to the fifth century AD. The museum"s library consists of more than 5,000 volumes of rare books and more recent editions, and archives of manuscripts and photographs, and is constantly updated to include additional archival material and new scholarship in relevant subjects.
In the museum"s garden lie reproductions of ancient marble gravestones from the islands of Myconos and Delos, dealing with shipwrecks and sailors who were lost at sea.
The Aegean Maritime Museum was the first museum in Greece that rescued and restored living historical exhibits to operate as they were originally designed and built: The "Armenistis" lighthouse (built in 1890), the "perama" type sailing ship "Evangelistria" (built in 1940) and the cable-laying ship "Thalis o Milesios" (built in 1909). The "Armenistis" lighthouse operates again in the Museum"s garden, in Mykonos, while "Evangelistria" and "Thalis o Milesios" are berthed at the Hellenic Navy"s Museum wharf at the Paleo Phaliro marina.
The Aegean Maritime Museum participates in international conferences and exhibitions, as well as in the festivities of the Hellenic Navy for the "Maritime Week". It has also developed a significant publishing activity in the area of the Greek maritime history.
As the name suggests, Little Venice Quarter is a section of Mykonos where the barrier between the buildings and the sea is nonexistent. Waves lap the sides of the charming houses, cafes and restaurants that sit elegantly perched on the water’s edge. Built during the 16th and 17th Centuries by wealthy sea merchants, Little Venice Quarter is situated on the western edge of Chora near Alevkantra beach. The romantic atmosphere and ethereal beauty of Little Venice Quarter make it a favorite hangout for artists who have recreated the scene in countless paintings.