Probably the most recognisable feature of Mykonos (next to everything being painted white) would be the windmills. Originally 16 in number, they were used to grind the agricultural harvests by harnessing the famous Mykonos wind for power. The five that overlook Mykonos Town (Hora or Chora) are probably the most famous. And just like the Matterhorn in Zermatt and the Eiffel Tower in Paris, wherever you go in Mykonos Town, they can be seen.
If Mykonos has an iconic symbol, it's the windmills. They were built starting in the 16th century, to grind grain in preparation for shipment. Sea-going vessels would stop by to drop it off, then pick up the milled flour for transport all over the eastern Mediterranean. So it was important to build them near the harbor. Sadly, only a handful remain today.
One of the attractions of Mykonos are the wind mills which have gained fame in one of the James Bond Movies. Beautifully aligned they overlook the bay of Mykonos. This is one of the most photographed sights on the island. Some have become available for rent and one can actually life in these wind mills.
There are 5 windmills located in the vicinity of Little Venice. These are the icons of Mykonos. Traditionally, these windmills were used as grinding mills, deriving its power from the wind. Today, these white circular buildings with conical roofs have been restored as residential dwellings, shops and a museum.
At one time there were many windmills on the island and they were used to grind grain. There are far fewer now, but you will still find them. Many of the remaining are nonfunctional and a few have been converted into homes. Cool house! The most famous and most frequently photographed are the row of windmills overlooking the town of Hora,
I would not go up the hill just for taking a picture, but my Hostel was up the hill so I took this picture of the mills while going down to the village.
Did I told you that I liked the mills a lot?
If you take a boat/ferry to arrive/departure/tour etc. from/to Mykonos, don`t miss the view of the mills from the Sea.
From some streets in the village you will have a beautiful view of them, but the best one is going a little bit further from the coast...
Windmills in Mykonos are not only amazing, they are one of the symbols of the island and you'll be able to admire their silhouettes from wherever you are.
Previously, there were many windmills throughout Mykonos. The windmills were used to mill flour. They now have fallen into disuse, one is actually a house now. They are a sight to be seen at night
Built during the long rule of the Venetians, the windmills actually still milled flour until recent years. One is a house now. All of them together serve as a photographer's prop gloriously.
This image is traditional to the island. Like a symbol Thatch roof windmills dominate the skyline of the Mykonos.
There are 5 mills in the village. They are beautiful during the day, but I liked them the most during sunset...