Tria Pigadia (3 wells) is a popular meeting place at the centre of Old Town. These three wells date from mid 18th centuries and until 1956 they were the ones that brought water to the town of Mykonos (a much smaller village back then).
A nice legend about them is that if he who manage to drink from all 3 of them will never leave the island! Another legend says that if a virgin drinks from all three she will find a husband! As these wells are not functional anymore it is hard to test the legends :)
The last time we were there a local informed me about a conflict between the locals and the nearby café/bar that have put some giant flower pots next to the wells making the access to the square more difficult. We just took a picture and then visited some of the near by churches like the small Agia Varvara & Agios Fanourios church (pic 2), it was very peaceful inside and felt like oasis while the sun was burning outside.
As in every island in Cyclades Mykonos is full of small churches. Most of them (more than 200!) are just privately owned chapels but in Chora of Mykonos you can see and visit some small ones in full action. On Sunday morning you can attend the mass (a nice experience anyway) but they are also open the other days so you can check the interior (usually some icons only) and light a candle.
We visited about 10 (!) of them, all located in the city centre. In most cases there weren’t other visitors around so we just took some pictures. The only difference was in Agia Kiriaki church where we met with local women outside, they were serving typical local desserts to people after the mass, it was the feast of Agia Kiriaki that day (july 7) so the church was celebrating.
Some of churches can be seen on my photos here
Pic 1:Agia Varvara & Agios Fanourios church
Pic 2&3:Agios Georgios church
Pic 4: Agia Kiriaki church
Pic 5:Panachrantou church that dates from 17th century
Petros was a pelican that was brought on the island after a storm and decided to stay here, I guess he didn’t know how busy the islands would turn the next years :) So, the locals adapted him and he became the mascot of Mykonos, he was just wondering around the streets of Mykonos, there are some old photo where you can see Petros the Pelecan posing next to celebrities of the past! But after 30 years he got old and died….
And then? Then new pelican arrived (ok obviously they bought a new one) and they called him Petros too like the old one!! In 2007 I noticed 4 of them so I guess the drunk people must get confused during the night :) Someone is usually next to them taking care of the pelican.
There are more than 30 beaches in Mykonos most of them sandy. Although the most famous can be found in the south (you can easily reach them by bus) including Paradise, Super Paradise, Platis Yialos etc Thousands of people will go there not just for swimming but also for party all night long at their beach bars where dance music plays non stop in high season…
I have to admit that I never visit Mykonos for the beaches but if you are desperate to swim and don’t have much time to go further out of the town you may try the small beach near the port. As you can see it’s always busy, mainly with families so no nude or party animals here :)
The venetian windmills are some kind of landmark of Mykonos and you can see them in many postcards. You will have your photos here for sure and it's amazing during the sunset. They were 16 of them all over the island in the past but these 5 we see here in Mykonos town are the most famous. They first ones were built in early 16th century.
Windmills were very helpful because they were using the non stop winds of the area to grind agricultural harvest (grain) so later to be exported all over Mediterranean sea (probably that’s why they are located near the port).
One of them is a now a house while another one is used a jewelry store.
Laografiko Museio Mykonou is the Folk Museum of Mykonos and houses a small collection of local items that were used some years before. Daily items from local houses from an an era that tourism didn’t exist and people were trying to make a living by going fishing and cooking inside as there were no posing restaurants around :) There are some old furniture, items from the kitchen, old keys, boat models, wovens, old documents, photographs, byzantine icons etc
The problem with this small museum is that it opens for a few hours only in the afternoon so those who come during the day will always see the front door locked.
It’s open daily 17.30-20.30 (Sundays 18.30-20.30)
The town Chora is a place you should really explore. Walk around, go to the windmills, feed the pelicans Petros ('Rock" and Irini ("Peace"), have a drink in the little harbour and visit the Parapotiani church. And of course, go shopping. There are also five museums. an archaeological, a folk museum, a maritime, a cultural and a private one with old rooms and furniture.Most of the museums of Mykonos are located at Enoplon Dynameon Street which is one of the busiest streets of Mykonos town during the summer. To reach this area is fairly straightforward, At the seafront, turn right by the ferry ticket office into Matogianni Street, walk the length of this street and turn right at the end - this is Enopolon Dynameon Street. Here you will find the Aegean Maritime Museum (opening hours 10.30-13.00 pm and 18.30-21.00 pm), next to it is the Folk Museum, the House of Lena, (open 18.30-21.00 pm). Another interesting building just before these 2 museums is the house where the Greek Numismatologist and Archaeologist, Giannis Svoronos, was born .
Further down just before the 3 wells are the churches of Saint George, that was built in the 15th century BC, and St Barbara and Saint Fanourios built in 1883.
* Petros the Pelican - An old celebrity of the town's waterfront, "Petros" has been the official mascot of Mykonos for over 50 years.
* Mykonos windmills - From as early as the 16th century, they are one of the most recognized landmarks of Mykonos.
* Little Venice - Here the buildings have been constructed right on the sea's edge with their balconies overhanging the water.
* Paraportiani - One of the most famous architectural structures in Greece. Its name means inner or secondary door which it was to the Medieval stone walls which encircled the area.
* Archaeological Museum - Houses marble sculptures, ceramics and jewellery recovered from the islands of Delos, Renia and Mykonos.
* Aegean Maritime Museum - Displays models of a collection of ships from the pre-Minoan period through to the 19th century and nautical and ancient artifacts related to the history of shipping on Mykonos.
The little Catholic Church is situated right in the heart of Hora among the shops and restaurants. It is a tinly little chapel really, but quite lovely anyway. For Catholics visiting Mykonos and wanting to go to Sunday Mass, there is a Mass at 7.00pm on Sunday night. It may be best to check however, because it could change at different times of the year. I couldn't be sure.
The priest ascertains how many people are present speaking which language and then says Mass in the most popular language of the congregation. The readings and the homily, however are spoken in Greek.
Kalafatis Beach is where you go if you are right into water sports big time. It boasts its own wind surfing centre and is also the place for jet-skiing and scuba diving.
It is situated not more than a few minutes drive from Ano Mera.
I particularly liked the building high on the hill overlooking the beach. I'm afraid I wasn't able to identify what it was (if anything) but the crosses and bells had me intrigued.
If you are one of the many people who don't want to go to places that are too "touristy". then Petinos Beach is not for you. This is tourist heaven and I found it very exciting.
The fabulous beach is enormous and is fronted by many hotels and restaurants. We were spoiled for choice when it came to choosing a lunch venue. We finally settled on one and were shown to a table right on the beach. The food was unremarkable, so much so, that I can' teven remember what I had. What I do know is that we spent an hour or two here people watchng and it was great.
During the day, we hired a little scooter to get back and forth to the hotel, and run arounfd the town, although everything is accessbible.
Mornings spent at the beach, the water is so wam, then off to lunch, in town. I suggest you go back to the hotel for a little nap, then back to the beach, or strolling around town to do some shopping and sight seeing, this can go on until the small hours of the morning. Very relaxed atmosphere, people are friendly.
I am so glad we took our (then) little girl, as it is a family holiday, Greek people adore children, so they are very accomodating. Also because we went in May , just the start of the tourist season, we found it so much easier to get along.
Mykonos is widely considered Greece's Party Central, but when you're taking a break from the beautiful beaches and nightlife, stop in at this sixteenth-century monastery, named for the patron saint of the island. Built in the 16th century, it contains precious icons that have shaped Greek culture.
If you have wondered why the grilled octopus on your menu is so expensive, you should see what the fishermen do to the octopus after they have been caught by hand in the waters off Delos island. The octopus is placed on the concrete at the port and repeatedly beaten with a wooden stick or thrown onto the ground. Why are they doing it? After all, the octopus is already dead. It is to make the octopus tentacles softer so that you will find it easier to chew on.
I couldn't say exactly where this picture is taken, but I think there are enough spots you can find with a view like this..and I would certainly rent a car and drive around because you'll get some incredible views like this one of Mykonos Town. Everyone is always running to the Little Venice to have a drink and watch the sunset (which I also recommend to do once), but if you can find a viewpoint like the one in this photo, the view is breath taking. It is really a nice thing to do to sit there and just sit and watch over the town, and also a great place to be for the sunset as well--and you don't have to pay 12 Euros for a drink!
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