Town of Hora, Mykonos
One of the most beautiful Chora in Cyclades islands. In fact Chora in greek means “town” and it’s the way locals call the capital of an island when it has the same name with the island (the capital of Mykonos is Mykonos if you got confused :) )
Definitely you will stroll along this amazing maze of twisting tiny alleys leading to nowhere. Don’t use any map here, just walk, sit on a café, do shopping, visit an art gallery. I prefer it during the day, when everyone is lying at the beach so it’s more peaceful and you have time to admire the beautiful architecture, the whitewashed houses etc. During the night it gets really crowdy with everyone try to find a cheap pub. There isn’t any of course so they keep walking all night! lol
What makes Mykonos different is that they have a strict architectural law and every building must fit with the rest no matter if it is a popular store or a bank (pic 5). Every corner is so photogenic so don’t forget to charge your battery…
The Kastro bar behind the Little Venice area in Mykonos town is a beautifully decorated place with a great view to the sea, serving quality coffee. We were caught in Mykonos on a rainy morning, which we spent in this very pleasant space.
We had nice souvlaki in Sakis grill, upper end of Matoyanni str (locals eat there).
There are several reasonably priced quality places to eat, drink and relax in Mykonos town, as long as you avoid places that employ touts.
Sophia, Effie, Rena
This is the most amazing place, it almost defies description. A maze of little alleyways lined with boutiques, jewellers, souvenir shops, cafes etc.etc.etc. There is fascination at every turn. I couldn't believe it and nor will you when you go. You will definitely get lost, but don't panic, just keep walking and turning corners and eventually you will find yourself in a familiar spot.
The narrow streets of Mykonos are paved with flat stones and are outlined with white paint. It's very easy to get lost in Mykonos but it's a lot of fun. The reason for this deliberate confusing layout was to foil attacking pirates, giving the villagers the chance to escape.
Hora or Mykonos town is the main town on the island. It is filled with narrow,winding streets, whitewashed buildings with blue trim, nice restaurants ,clothing and jewelry shops, a fish market and a vegetable market. There are a few windmills and you may even bump into a pelican or two!
Town Hora is a big maze...beware! In the daytime, it's a big shopping mall full of little and charatized shops; in the night time, it's a big club...music everywhere. Come on follow the music and dancing on the street with people.
Wander among the narrow streets and alleys of the Chora. Each corner will contain another surprise, another pelican or another bar from which the latest in Eurofunk can be heard emanating. Turn another corner and you leave the glitz behind and a sight like this will greet you. It is all in what you are looking for.
'The Little Venice of Mykonos' is the tourist office moniker for these tall, pretty houses built right by the sea. Open-air cafes let you savor the sight - for the price of a coffee ('Metrios, parakalo') - with time to spare.
Petros was the original pelican mascot of Mykonos. I have heard stories about Petros' sad demise but cannot determine the veracity of them or not. His successors can be found walking about as you will be through the winding narrow alleys of the whitewashed Chora.
The port of Mykonos is beautiful as countless pictures will attest to. The habor is shaped in a graceful crescent with the whitewashed town crowded behind. The Venetian windmills atop the hill to the south, crown the setting. The open seas and Delos beyond, complete the scene.
The capital, Hora, is a typical sample of cycladic architecture, It is built in a flat area, in front of the colourful harbour. White small streets, white cycladic houses, wooden walls and colourful balconies with flowers compose the scenery of Mykonos town.
There are many beaches for all kinds of Beach lovers. Nudismis accepted on most of them and I have heard that the locals are very open minded to everything ! so, go there and have lots n lots of fun in the sun ;-)
In the picture u can only see a small beach in the town of Hora which is the main town of Mykonos Island. Most people stay in this town because its the largest and most of the nice hotels and hostel are here. so, if u do not want to go far away to any of the wonderful beaches then u can simply walk a few meters from your hotel and relax here.
This is exactly what you expect when you visit a Greek Island. Narrow streets, one of a kind shops, and crisp white buildings.
Tourist euros have brought Mykonos an economy you won't find on Kithnos or Iraklia. Houses are grand - whether locally-owned or not.
Beaches begin right outside of Mykonos, though, for the best beaches and more isolation, you'll need to catch a boat. Otherwise, reserve you beach chair early from among the hundreds of others.