museums in Mykonos!
Ok you came here to party but there are also some cultural choices here :) as my visits to some of the museums were in pre-digital era I have pictures only from the archeological museum :)
Located next to the port it’s an easy visit on your way back to the feery. It is housed in a building that was built in 1902 to house some archeological artifacts that were found in Rhenia area in 1898. In our days you can see items that were found in Mykonos, Delos and Rhenia. The building of the museum renovated in 1935 and 1970 in Cycladic style to fit with the rest of the town.
Its collection is spared on 6 rooms including a large amount of vessels from early geometric period (1050BC) to 700BC, with typical cycladic pottery. There are also other ceramics, sculptures, jewelry from 2nd century BC and funeral reliefs from hellenistic period.
The entrance fee is 2euros.
It is open Tuesday to Sunday 8.30-15.00
Aegean Maritime museum
Near Tria Pigadia area you can visit this tiny museum with some nice detailed ship models, anchors etc There helpful signs in greek and English.
The entrance fee is 4euro and it’s open 10.30-21.00
Just before Little Venice, on Kastro area you can visit the Folk Museum of Mykonos is a small museum focusing on 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)
Boni Mill and Agricultural museum
A bit out of Mykonos town you can visit this windmill and apart from the great view learn some things about windmills and agriculture procedures
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Petros the Pelican...
Ok, here we are, Petros is the legendary pelican of Mykonos! The first one has died many years before but the locals always bring another one to replace every time and for some strange reason they call it Petros again! On April 2007 I saw 4 of them! Don’t worry where to find the pelican, Petros strolls day and night around the alleys of Chora.
Chora of 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
Don’t miss the old venetian windmills (pics 2-3) which are 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. One of them is a house now and you can see them on the hill up on the right side of Little Venice area. There are other windmills across the islands but most of them are not in function.
The stroll down to Mikri Venetia (Little Venice) (pic 4), a small part of Chora where some colorful houses were built by the sea and they have their balconies made of wood hanging up above the waves. Most of them are nice cafes/pubs now where you can enjoy your coffee or cocktail. The restaurants here are expensive though but from the other side the view is great with the windmills above the hill and the sunset coming in front of you….
the old port and seafront
Mykonos old Port is the first view of Mykonos we got when we arrived to the island - and for a few hours it was the only sight we had of it: the sea was rough and the tenders couldn't get to the bat to let the passengers out.
The sight, I must admit, was very picturesque: a circular harbour surrounded by white washed houses. In my opinion it was a better sight than the one we got ashore: the main town - though nice - is swamped by tousits and every single building is a shop/bar/disco. Too much of a tourist trap for me...
Agios Nicholaus Church
Agios Nikolaos Church is possibly the first sight you'll walk into if you arrive in Mykonos by boat and dock at the old ferry port of Hora. It is a very tiny church with a blue dome and it is locared between the port and the little Venice.
This church is one of the few post-byzantine era churches on the island.
Catholic Church of Mykonos Virgin of St. Rosary
The island of Mykonos has about 400 churches, and in the main town, Hra, you can find a good number of them... and yet, only one is a catholic church... and this catholic church, it appears, it's the most photographed of the island. I'm not sure about the reason but possibly it's because of its location near the famous windmills, and because it's located in a little square rather than in a tiny lane - making it easy to be captured on "film".
This church was dedicated to the Virgin of St. Rosary in 1668. Don't miss the icon depicting the Virgin and the Child between St. Dominic, the apostle of piety of St. Rosary, and St. Catherine of Siena... it came all the way from Venice in 1715.
The windmills of Mykonos
The Windmills of Mykonos are the most distinctive landmark that you see once you get to Hora, the main town of the island...basically where the famous nightlife is. In the past they were used to refine grain.
The row of windmills that you can see today, southwest of the city, are called Kato Myloi (lower windmills) and they are easily accessible on foot from the harbour - it shouldn't take more than 10 minutes to get there. At sunset they are very suggestive.
The actual lighthouse is nothing special but the way up here is lovely - you must stop off en route for the panoramic view ovver Mykonos. Its right on teh tip of Mykonos Island and you can see out over to the neighbouring island of Tinos.
Ano Mera has a large square just adjacent to the Monastery with many tavernas to choose from.
we blindly chose the one where they said "come into the kitchen and see the food"....then you get tempterd and had adelicious lunch...with a large bill at the end! It was the most expensive lunch we had in Mykonos but it was very tasty greek food and good ambience. Name of Taverna was Vangelis.
Monastery of Panagia Tourliani
In ano Mera, the only other notable town on Mykonos is the Monastery of Panagia Tourliani. We had to visit Anomera twice to get a look insie the monastery - first time they had beeen painitng and it wasn't dry enough to let visitors in! Founded in 1542 the monastery has a whitewashed exterior and a coloured dome and, in its courtyard, a lovely sculptured marble fountain and a fine wood-carved temple from Florence can be admired.
A cosmopolitan tourit trap but I loved the town of Mykonos or Chora as it is known. A maze of white-washed cobbled streets with colourful boutiques and artists galleries amidst churches and tavernas. Centred around the old port with its lovely tavernas and fish market. keep an eye out too for Petros the Pelican a much loved symbol of the town. You can't help but take loads of photos!
Another iconic view of Mykonos are the windmills not far from Little Venice, albeit a little spoilt by the nearby carpark on ther edge of town. A better viw was had from sea as we sailed out to Delos and also from the old mindmill on the hill above town. The Bonis windmill here houses a folklore musem - tiny but worth it anyway for the climb up above the town for the great views of the Chora - town of Mykonos. Also away from the crowds too. Inside the windmill, up s the steep staircase you can see the old mill workings (no entrance fee).
Church of Panagia (Virgin Mary) Paraportiani.
The church of Panagia (Virgin Mary) Paraportiani is an iconic view of Mykonos. Five chapels in one apparently (four on the ground and the fifth on top) with what loks like a covering of thick icing sugar! Amazing place for photography - we watched a photographer shoot some models with this church as a backdrop. This 15th century church is the most famous in Mykonos so don't miss it.
This is one of the places to hang out in Mykonos, probably one of the most expensive places too for a drink. Even early season in My is was always crowded here and you had to squeeze your way through the crowds of people and try not to end up in the sea! Great spot for a meal in the evening though or a cocktail as you watch the wonderful sunsets. Th light on the overhanging bar balconies was quite beautiful. Everyone wants a picture taken here.
Mykonos: The Spirit of Petros Lives
A feature of the island, the pelican has gained a sort of celebrity status. Cherished by locals and admired by visitors, this long-billed, webbed-footed, feathery (and quite a big) creature is constantly approached, fed, and/or photographed. Really, it’s an attraction in and of itself.
The original pelican celeb was Petros. He was found after a storm in 1954, and for some reason or another decided to cease all migrating habits to become one of the locals. Well, who could blame him... beautiful scenery, free food, and affection - for life.
Petros lived on Mykonos for thirty years until his death, but no worries, his spirit lives on. You can see it in his descendants who have made the waterfront home. But wait, you too can own a part of Petros history. Just wander into any souvenir shop on the island and purchase a stuffed animal in the pelican’s liking, which come in all sizes - small, medium, and large.
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