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1. Welcome to Mykonos island

Mykonos vacations, Greece

Mykonos vacations, Greece

Mykonos is a very popular Greek island located in the Cyclades, classed as a top tourist destination, renowned for its cosmopolitan character which attracts large numbers of tourists. The island is part of the small group of islands called the Cyclades, lying between TinosSyrosParos and Mykonos. It spans an area of 105.183 km2 (41 sq mi) and rises at an elevation of 341 m (1,119 ft) at its highest point. The island is composed primarily of granite. It has little natural fresh water and relies on the desalination of sea water in order to meet the needs of its population. There are 9,320 inhabitants (2001) most of whom live in the largest town, Mykonos, also known as Chora (i.e. the Town in Greek, a common denomination in Greece when the name of the island itself is the same as the name of the principal town), which lies on the west coast.

Mykonos is one of the most cosmopolitan islands in Greece, known for its diverse and intense nightlife as evidenced by a vast number of bars and nightclubs. Mykonos is also known for its sandy beaches. The island has an international airport, and is a frequent destination for cruise ships.

In Greek mythology Mykonos was the location of the battle between Zeus and the Titans,

Agari beach on Mykonos, Cyclades Greece

Agari beach on Mykonos, Cyclades Greece

and the island was named in honor of Apollo’s grandson Mykons. During these ancient times, Mykonos, due to its proximity to the then highly populated island of Delos (situated about 2 km away), became very important as a supply island and possibly as a getaway location for Delian citizens. The island was once very poor, and the people tried to survive on fishing and stock breeding on the harsh land. A major industry was also ship construction. Tourism has turned the economy over since it started in the 1950s and the locals have a double attitude towards this: it may have saved the economy but some also feel that it has taken over too much.

If you would like to visit the beautiful island of Mykonos, you may book your accommodation through our site and get a special discount.  If you need any extra information, then please contact us here information@abettergreece.com or +30 69 34 620 501 / +30 22840 24 879

2. Activities on Mykonos

Water sports on Mykonos

Water ski, Wake board, Wake Skate, Wake Surf & Barefoot

Whether you’ve never done it before, or if you’re an expert, you can double ski, slalom ski, wake board, wake skate, wake surf and barefoot in the beautiful Platis Gialos bay. Our professional ski and wake board instructors will teach you from the beginning with a ground lesson before heading into the water. You will feel confident about the techniques before you enter the water, making your learning experience safe and easy.

info@mykonoswatersports.gr

Giannis – +306977279584

3. Best beaches on Mykonos

Mykonos beaches, Greece

Mykonos beaches, Greece

Ayios Ioannis beach on Mykonos: Ayios Ioannis is located just 6 kilometers towards the southern west side of Chora. This area is probably the most privileged area of Mykonos as it has the most panoramic views of the sacred island of Delos, that one could ever imagine. It is a sandy beach that does not attract as many people as the other beaches on Mykonos, however it is rarely an empty beach. You can reach this beach by bus or if you have your own car or motorbike. There are water sports, restaurants, choices of accommodation, taverns and shops upon the beach.

Kapari beach on Mykonos: Kapari beach is located just next to Ayios Ioannis beach. It is a sandy beach surrounded by rocks. Kapari beach also has a wonderful view of the sacred island of Delos. You can get to this beach by foot from Ayios Ioannis beach.

Psarou beach on Mykonos: On the road leading to Plati Gialo, towards the southern side of Chora, you will see a sign that directs you towards Psarou beach, a very popular beach for locals as well as tourists. There is also a taxi boat departing very often from Chora that takes you to Psarou beach. A beautiful sandy beach with crystal clear waters. There are deck chair that you can rent but the beach is usually full and no deck chairs available in late July and August.

Paranga beach on Mykonos: Located on the southern side of Mykonos, on the eastern side of Plati Gialo is Paranga beach, another beach with almost white sand and crystal clear waters. The rocks that are on the one side of the beach give a unique charm to the landscape, whereas a large rock that emerges from the crystal clear water is a beautiful rock to dive off, for those that like adventures. Deck-chairs and umbrellas are available whereas there is a large variety of taverns, souvenir shops and cafes upon the sea shore.

Ayia Anna beach on Mykonos: Ayia Anna is a much smaller beach, located very very close to Paranga beach. It shares the same facilities but also the same beauty.

Paradise beach on Mykonos, Greece

Paradise beach on Mykonos, Greece

Paradise beach: Kalampodi beach on Mykonos: Kalampodi beach is better known as Paradise beach on Mykonos. Paradise beach is the most famous beach on the southern part of Mykonos, it is a long sandy beach with crystal clear blue waters. This beach is located just 5,5 kilometers away from Chora and you can get there by bus, taxi or your own vehicle. There is a camp site near by that has existed since 1969 and many beach bars with loud music that will accompany you all day. It is well organised beach, scuba diving is just one of the choices for activities in the area.

Super Paradise beach  – Pilintri beach on Mykonos:  Pilintri beach is better known as Super Paradise Beach on Mykonos. Super paradise beach is the most famous beach on Mykonos. Its a sandy beach with blue clear water. For those who prefer fun and noise to relaxation, it really is like a super paradise as the loud music, the drinking and dancing continues non-stop during the night and the day. You can get to Super paradise beach by taking the boat taxi from Plati Gialo or by bus, taxi or private vehicle.

Agari beach on Mykonos, Cyclades Greece

Agari beach on Mykonos, Cyclades Greece

Agari beach on Mykonos: Agari beach is one of the jewels of Mykonos. Water ski is available on the beach, as well as many choices of accommodation and taverns. Agari beach is quiet and peaceful compared to other beaches on Mykonos, with deep blue waters and golden sand.

Elia beach on Mykonos: Elia Beach is a very long sandy beach in the southern part of the island of Mykonos. This location offers a good selection of hotels and restaurants and can be reached by bus or boat from Platis Gialos. It is one of the organized Mykonos beaches where nudism is still permitted.

Kalo Livadi beach on Mykonos: Kalo Livadi is located about 10 kilometers away from Chora It is also a beautiful, a very popular beach in the southern part of the island of Mykonos.

It is located between Elia and Kalafatis and is one of the biggest beaches in length and in width. The music plays loud from the nearby restaurants .Also features a beach-service for the pleasure of swim and relaxing holiday.

The beach can be reached either on a left turn on the road to Kalafati either after the Ano Mera football field. Both roads are with asphalt, and in very good condition. It also has a “stop” by sea, that launches from Platis Gialos. There are public showers, sunbeds, and beach bars for guests. Hotels and restaurants are also very close.

Mykonos guide, Cyclades

Mykonos guide, Cyclades

Kalofotis beach on Mykonos: This is where the Blue Flag flies for many summers now! Windsurfing fun, relaxation, water sports, good food, the beach, can combine everything.

A feature of the beach is that there are plenty of trees that offers natural shading and the beach is divided in half for bathers and for lovers of water sports in such a way that everybody can be pleased.

Lia beach on Mykonos: The last of the southern beaches that you can go by car. The road is long and hard, but its beauty will compensate you. Thick sand, emerald waters, umbrellas, deck chairs. In Lia there is opened the beach restaurant, with wooden deck floor , loud music, bar for a drink and Italian cuisine.

Fokos – Mersini beach on Mykonos: There it is .. Mobile offline, complete peace and incredible sand.! A beautiful beach right after the second dam of Mykonos with landscape completely different from normal Cycladic.

Next to fokos is the beach of Mirsini. Here is The beach that you really relax. In the beach can be reached anyone leaving the Ano Mera on the way to Maou, the road is asphalt in good shape, and once you reach the dam of Fokou is unpaved in both directions of the road.

Right in front of the beach there is a private parking area, that belongs to the restaurant .

Ftelia beach Mykonos, Greece

Ftelia beach Mykonos, Greece

Ftelia beach on Mykonos: Windsurfing – air waves and incredible wind ! The best beach for incredible leaps, wave riding and windsurf. North beach located in Panormos Bay with amazing water and sand. When you are on the western side of the beach throughout the landscape seem like lagoon especially when there is no wind. The beach is divided in two parts by band rocks leading to the seashore where detected prehistoric facilities of the Neolithic site whose findings are dated 4,500 BC

In the same position is likely to be accepted by the prehistoric period and the tomb of Aianta of Lokrou, hero of the Trojan War, worshiped in Mykonos.

On the way to Ano Mera. Follow the signs Part of the road is asphalt .

Along the beach and on the lane-ways road that leads there, there is space for parking of vehicles.

Usually you see caravans and lovers of windsurfing who come and enjoy the amazing waves and the ‘clean air’of Ftelia beach.

Ayios Sostis beach on Mykonos, Greece

Ayios Sostis beach on Mykonos, Greece

Ayios Sostis beach on Mykonos: Large, sandy beach – one of the nicest in Mykonos-north of the island. At the beach, you will not find umbrellas and deck chairs or beach bars.

Before it become so popular it was the mainly occupied by nudists. The beach is also pet-friendly.

To eat, the old tavern, Kiki works only lunchtimes, without reservations, as there is no telephone, offers roasted and grilled dishes, and has no electricity.

Panormos beach on Mykonos: It can be reached only with private vehicle. Some days is not that crowded, and preferred by the locals.

These unique beaches, are suitable for swimming, located in the northern part of the island, with a fascinating view over the bay. This characteristic gives all the conditions to enjoy your surfing there.

The beaches located 4.5 km From Mykonos town and the road network is in excellent condition.

Houlakia beach on Mykonos: 

Ayios Stefanos beach on Mykonos (Tourlos): 

Ornos beach on Mykonos: Protected by wind Ornos beach located south of Korfos, with regular transportation, and a significant number of hotels and restaurants. Small fishing harbour makes it perfect for anchorage for yachts. Ornos is one of the most busy and “family” beaches of the island located in the southwest part of it. The area of Ornos it has now developed into a tourist village. The beach is at the back of a large and fairly safe Ornos bay, facing south. From the beach of Ornos, Launches start for other known southern beaches of Mykonos (as in Platis Gialos). Access to Ornos can be made either by the new Ring Road either by the provincial road Mykonos Town – Ag.Ioannis route . Roads with asphalt and in perfect condition.

Parking   –    Limited spaces in private own parking spots.

4. Sightseeing on Mykonos

The sacred island of DelosDelos is a small isolated island, located just 2 miles to the south west of the well known Mykonos. Delos is classed to be nirvana for archaeologists.   Extensive Greco-Roman ruins, occupying much of the island’s 1.5 sq miles (four sq km), make Delos the equal of Delphi and Olympia.

The 2001 Greek census reported a population of 14 inhabitants on the island. The island is administratively a part of the municipality of Mykonos. There is no accommodation on the island of Delos as The archaeological sites of Delos and Rhenia are under the protection of the Greek Ministry of Culture and archaeology; thus, both the mooring of private boats there and staying overnight without official permission are strictly forbidden.

Read more about the sacred island of Delos

archeological museum Mykonos, Greece

archeological museum Mykonos, Greece

The Archaeological museum of Mykonos: The archaeological museum on Mykonos was built in 1902 and is located in the area named Kamnaki in Chora. The museum was built in order to house the findings of the ‘purification pit’, the prehistoric necropolis which was discovered in 1898 in Rhenia, potters that represent the Cycladic pottery from the Geometric period until the Hellenistic Period and many more sculptures are housed inside the museum. ”Pythos of Mykonos” is the most impressive finding of the island as it has relief presentations from the Trojan War.

The archaeological museum on Mykonos is open every day except for Mondays from 8.30 until 15.30.

Telephone +30 22850 22325

The folklore museum of Mykonos: The Folklore Museum is the located in an old, two-story, captain’s house in the Kastro of Mykonos town, a few meters distant from the proud Paraportiani church.

There are six main exhibition halls which house collections of antique furniture, Byzantine icons, Folkloric ceramics, historical commemorative plates, decorative prints and gravures, as well as embroidered and hard-woven fabrics, locks and keys, weights and measures, a lovely collection of model boats, and other historical artifacts. There are also import archives of manuscripts and printed matter, photographs, maps and a significant library. Open from April to October 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. daily except Sundays. (tel.: +30 22890 22 591)

The Aegean maritime museum of Mykonos: Located by the Three Wells, next door to Lena’s House, this museum displays scale models of various rowing boats, sailing vessels and steam-powered ships which, in turn, from Prehistoric times until the present, have traversed the Aegean.

Also there is a rich collection of maps and other engravings can be seen a collection of reproductions of ancient gravestones, carved with sea-themes; there, as well, is the tower with the mechanism of the Armenisti Lighthouse (1889). The “EVANGELISTRIA”, a traditional sailing vessel belonging to the museum, is moored every summer in the old harbor where it may be boarded by interested visitors. Open, April to October, daily, 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and evenings from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.. (tel.: +30 22890 22 700)

Mykonos churches, Cyclades, Greece

Mykonos churches, Cyclades, Greece

Panayia Paraportiani: Panayia portiani is classed to be one of the most significant monuments of the Aegean due to the way it is built, its special architecture and its long existence.

It is actually a two floor complex of five churches which was built on the ruins of a tower from the medieval wall of Mykonos. It owes its name to the Greek word ‘Paraporti’ which means side door and refers to the small northwest entrance of the wall and the church was built next to it.

The church was created in between the 16th and the 17th century A.D. in its first phase. But time and damages to the original shape of the church forced changes to be made and many renovations gave the church its form and shape which is still a marvel until today.

Panayia Tourliani monastery: Founded in 1542, this monastery was built in the place where there originally was an old church of The Virgin. From 1757 to 1767, consecrated/ dedicated to the church of The Presentation of the Virgin, it was renovated by the holy monk lgnatio Basoula and achieved its present day from The marvelous, carved- wood “baroque” rood screen in the three-chambered church, the bishops throne and the ambonas…(late 18th century) are said to have been made in Florence; the beautiful icons on the rood screen are attributed to the icon painter Ioannis “of Korfu”.

The architecture of the complex, by the simplicity of its grandeur, impresses the visitor who will carefully observe the marble belfry and the water spigot in the courtyard which are elaborately decorated with carvings, typical examples of traditional marble sculpture.

The monastery’s collection include many old tools and utensils, important religious relics, priests’ robes furnishings (old carved wood epitaph, analogia/podium etc), post-Byzantine icons, and various other offerings.

The main settlement of present day Ano Mera has extended (from its’ center) in the area surrounding this monastery which formerly was vary significant to the island.

Paliokastro monastery: Located to the north of Ano Mera, this 18th century nunnery is a typical example of the monastic architecture of the Cyclades. It takes its name from “Paleokastro”, the neighboring hill, crowned with a medieval castle (early Byzantine, occupied until the time of Gizi), which has its foundations on the remains of an ancient fortress.

This area is known as one of the two major settlements of the island in ancient time. One can see here, among other things, the old church of Agios Vlassis with its neighboring large dovecote and a prehistoric grave-marker consisting of a single 3-meter-high granite slab.

Ayios Panteleimonas: As you proceed towards Panormos beach, you should make a stop in Marathi where the castle monastery church Ayios Panteleimonas is located. It is a private monastery that was built in the 17th century A.D. The monastery is open to guests on its name day which is on the 27th of July and the previous day.

Mykonos island, Cyclades, Greece

Mykonos island, Cyclades, Greece

Alefkandra (Little Venice): Little Venice is the colorful neighborhood between the Castro and Scarpa, with the wooden balconies “hanging” above the sea. One can enjoy here one of the most beautiful sunsets of Greece.

The three wells of Giannaros: In the center of the present-day town, in the area known as “Tria Pigadia”, are the tree wells which were the main water supply for Mykonos Chora form the middle of the 18th cent. until 1956

The three Hellenistic towers: The three towers are in Platis Gialos, Mykonos and the area in which they stand has been named “Portes” by the locals. It is believed that the towers were used in ancient times to defend the island

The windmills on Mykonos: The Windmills” are found south of Chora, in between the picturesque Alefkandra and Neochori. They impress visitors with their all-white overwhelming massive shapes, in a row facing the sea. Today, seven in number have been preserved, out of the ten mills which until beginning of the 20th century, ground the local wheat using the unfailing power of the wind. The wind windmills of Mykonos, in cooperation with its many bakeries, contributed to the economic travel of the island, as it became a necessary stop, from the provisioning of paximadi (ship’s biscuit), for ships playing the Aegean. The “Bakery of Yiora”, in Neochori, with its wood-burning over, is a working example of the bakeries of past time.

Petros the pelican: Mykonos mascot and the most loved animal on the island. Thousands of visitors take their picture with Petros, as if he were the latest box office celebrity from Hollywood.

City hall on Mykonos, Greece

City hall on Mykonos, Greece

The Town Hall: The Town Hall of Mykonos, was built about 1780, is an early neoclassical two-story building with a tiled roof, which was constructed after the 1760-1774 conflict between Russia and the Ottoman Empire, in order to house the Russian Consul General of the Archipelago. A few years later it came under the jurisdiction of the “Koinotita” (the local self-governing body of the island of the Greek revolution) and, since then, the office of the Municipality of Mykonos has been located there.

5. Villages and settlements on Mykonos

Chora on Mykonos: Mykonos town is just the right size to keep you interested — perhaps at times lost, yet always comfortable. The residents seem to really enjoy sharing their town with the visitors. You may see an old man greeting suntanned vacationers as he leads a donkey laden with vegetables or flowers. You’ll see fishermen leaving the harbor in the morning and returning in the afternoon. In the cool of the evening the residents will promenade down the esplanade to meet their friends at the numerous cafes.

Mykonos villages, Greece

Mykonos villages, Greece

The variety of Mykonos shops, restaurants, cafes, taverns, and night clubs is incredible. Even in the midst of a quiet area of back streets you’ll come across a restaurant, candy shop, or boutique. If you find one that warrants a return visit, your challenge is to decode the labyrinthine maze again. Intermingled with the streets of homes and shops are a large number of churches and chapels. One of the most interesting is the Church of Paraportiani, with its conglomeration of four Byzantine chapels on a promontory facing the sea. Mykonos Island has reportedly 365 churches and chapels. They display the signature cubic architecture with white-washed facades and blue domes.

One of the delights of our wanderings was coming upon the sea on the opposite side of the peninsula which forms the main harbor. From the small bay we gazed north to look upon the wall of homes and shops called Little Venice. Then we gazed south to view the landmark Mykonos windmills, echoes of the time when wind power was used to grind the island’s grain. We decided to take an espresso break at one of the cafes in this area and enjoy the bay, windmills, and sunny ambiance.

While Mykonos Town is action central for tiny Mykonos Island, its numerous bays and beaches were designed for the vacationer. Places such as Agios Stefanos, Platis Gialos, and Psarou have resort villas with quiet beaches. We were fortunate to stay at the Kivotos Clubhotel on Ornos Bay. At this 30-room villa the relaxation is non-stop, with a private beach, swimming pool, and kayaks to explore the rocky coast line. This environment quickly spoiled us, starting with the complementary breakfast. The nearby village of Ornos has a great sandy beach and four taverns which serve excellent Greek lunches and dinners.

Ano meria on Mykonos: Ano Mera is, after Chora, the most important of the older villages on the island. Standing 8 km. to the east of the town, Ano Mera has the interesting monastery of Our Lady Tourliani, ornamented with fine wood-carvings. The church has a collection of valuable ecclesiastical vessels vestments and embroideries. The courtyard contains an interesting bell-tower and a marble fountain.

6. The history and mythology of Mykonos

Mykonos Paraportiani

Mykonos Paraportiani

When exploring the history of Mykonos it is difficult to find an accurate beginning as its development is richly entwined with fact and legend dating back thousands of years. If we consider it’s place in ancient Greek mythology it is said both Hercules and Poseidon had a hand in destroying some of the Giants that opposed Zeus on this very island. Later, as the story goes, the island was named in honor of Apollo’s grandson Mykons. During these ancient times, Mykonos, due to its proximity to Delos, which was then highly populated, became very important as a supply island. The short 2-kilometer distance between the islands was frequently traveled. For religious reasons it was said that no one should be allowed to be born or die on Delos. If this were true and this culture center so sacred, it may suggest that Mykonos had its roots as a vacation island long before modern times.

From an archeological point of view the Ionians were found to have settled on Mykonos in the early part of the 11th century BC but recent discoveries uncovered remnants from the Neolithic Kares tribe dating back to as far as 3000BC.

As the island of Delos began to develop as a sacred center, Mykonos was swept along with the influences of the different people who would come to control the region in the years to come. The Phoenicians, Macedonians and Athenians left their mark but it was not until the coming of Alexander the Great the fate of Mykonos took a turn for the better by becoming a commercial center for agriculture and maritime trade. High quality clay deposits also improved the island’s importance, as ceramic containers were the best means of preserving and exporting goods during this ancient time.

Due to its geographic location as a crossroads for shipping and it’s close proximity to Delos, the island’s future continued to flourish reaching a state of enormous wealth during the time of Roman occupation and the reign of Augustus Caesar.

Mykonos holiday, Greece

Mykonos holiday, Greece

During the Middle Ages Mykonos fell under the rule of the Venetians and in the years that followed found themselves to be victimized by the Saracens and latter the Turks who dominated the area from the 14th century. At this time the slave trade was common and thousands of islanders were abducted. The Greek War of Independence, which ended with its liberation from the Turks in 1830, spawned the Mykonian heroine Manto Mavroyenous who rallied the island’s people and defeated a Turkish onslaught in 1822.

Starting as early as ancient times, the cycladic islands as well as the rest of the Mediterranean sea had become famous as a natural breading ground for piracy. The island of Mykonos received its fair share of buccaneer influence, which lasted right up until the beginning of the 19th century.

With the coming of steamships also came the first signs of modern day tourism. World War II quickly put an end to this as Mykonos while experiencing German occupation suffered greatly through starvation. It took until the mid 50’s for tourism to rise again. Due to the islands unique architecture, relative seclusion and hospitality it soon became a haven for the rich and famous.

Today Mykonos enjoys a success unparalleled in its history by having become one of the worlds most famous vacation islands.

You might also want to read about THE HISTORY OF DELOS

Ayios Ioannis Mykonos, Cyclades, Greece

Ayios Ioannis Mykonos, Cyclades, Greece

In Greek mythology Mykonos was the location of the battle between Zeus and the Titans, and the island was named in honor of Apollo’s grandson Mykons. During these ancient times, Mykonos, due to its proximity to the then highly populated island of Delos (situated about 2 km away), became very important as a supply island and possibly as a getaway location for Delian citizens. The island was once very poor, and the people tried to survive on fishing and stock breeding on the harsh land. A major industry was also ship construction. Tourism has turned the economy over since it started in the 1950s and the locals have a double attitude towards this: it may have saved the economy but some also feel that it has taken over too much.

7. Rent a car on Mykonos

We cooperate with a couple of rent car agencies on the island of Mykonos.
Cars can be delivered to the port or to your hotel and be picked up again there, too.
Insurance is usually third party but full car insurance is also available upon request. The vehicles are rented out for a minimum time of 24 hours and prices are negotiable.
It is best to pre-book a car as it’s not easy to find what you are looking for in the high season on Mykonos.

We also have three types of automatic cars, these are:

  • Hyundai accent
  • Jeep terios
  • Grand Cherokee

Here is a list of companies that rent cars and motorbikes on Mykonos

  • ACTION+30 22890 27609
    2 ANEMOS +30 22890 22741
    APOLLON +30 22890 24136
    ASSIMOTITIS +30 22890 22276
    5 AUTO CENTER +30 22890 22741
    AUTO MOTO +30 22890 71640
    7 AUTO POWER +30 22890 24700
    8 AUTO RENE +30 22890 24552
    AVIS +30 22890 22960
    10 BEST +30 22890 24243
    11 DIAS +30 22890 28834
    12 Delos +30 22890 23484
    13 EUROMOTO KINHSH +30 22890 26199
    14 EUROPCAR +30 22890 27111
    15 FABRIKA’S +30 22890 28028
    16 FIRST +30 22890 28344
    17 HERTZ +30 22890 23791
    18 KOSMOS +30 22890 24013
    19 MANOLO +30 22890 24998
    20  MIHALIS BIKES +30 22890 23730
    21 MOTO TRUST +30 22890 23975
    22 MOTOSPEED +30 22890 28555
    23 MUNCHEN +30 22890 24772
    24 MUSTANG +30 22890 26464
    25 My Car +30 22890 24130
    26 MYKONOS +30 22890 24933
    27 NATIONAL +30 22890 26728
    28 NORTH RENT A CAR +30 22890 27826
    29 OK +30 22890 23761
    30  PEGASUS +30 22890 23760
    31 PIER1 +30 22890 24004
    32 POLOS +30 22890 23168
    33 POSEIDON +30 22890 24000
    34 PRIMA +30 22890 79277
    35 QUATTRO +30 22890 22675
    36 SAHAS +30 22890 22112
    37 SAKIS +30 22890 28252
    38 SIXT +30 22890 28862
    39 Top Moto +30 22890 24581
    40  Tomaso +30 22890 28000

8. Useful information about Mykonos island

map of Mykonos and Delos, Greece

map of Mykonos and Delos, Greece

Mykonos is a Greek island located in the Cyclades and is classed as a top tourist destination, renowned for its cosmopolitan character which attracts large numbers of tourists. The island is part of the small group of islands called the Cyclades, lying between TinosSyros, Paros and Mykonos. It spans an area of 105.183 km2 (41 sq mi) and rises at an elevation of 341 m (1,119 ft) at its highest point. The island is composed primarily of granite. It has little natural fresh water and relies on the desalination of sea water in order to meet the needs of its population. There are 9,320 inhabitants (2001) most of whom live in the largest town, Mykonos, also known as Chora (i.e. the Town in Greek, a common denomination in Greece when the name of the island itself is the same as the name of the principal town), which lies on the west coast.

Mykonos is one of the most cosmopolitan islands in Greece, known for its diverse and intense nightlife as evidenced by a vast number of bars and nightclubs. Mykonos is also known for its sandy beaches. The island has an international airport, and is a frequent destination for cruise ships.

Mykonos beaches, Greece

Mykonos beaches, Greece

In Greek mythology Mykonos was the location of the battle between Zeus and the Titans, and the island was named in honor of Apollo’s grandson Mykonos. During these ancient times, Mykonos, due to its proximity to the then highly populated island of Delos (situated about 2 km away), became very important as a supply island and possibly as a getaway location for Delian citizens. The island was once very poor, and the people tried to survive on fishing and stock breeding on the harsh land. A major industry was also ship construction. Tourism has turned the economy over since it started in the 1950s and the locals have a double attitude towards this: it may have saved the economy but some also feel that it has taken over too much.

USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS ON MYKONOS

Main police station on Mykonos +30 22890 22716
Port Police on Mykonos +30 22890 22482
Hospital / Health center on Mykonos +30 22890 23994
Fire department on Mykonos +30 22890 23199
Tourist information office on Mykonos +30 22890 79760 / +30 22890 28621
Ambulance service on Mykonos +30 22890 23998, +30 22890 23994
Tourist police on Mykonos +30 22890 22218
Ferry scheduales for Mykonos +30 22890
Weather report for Mykonos www.meteo.gr
International operater +30 22890
Travel agency on Mykonos +30 22940 23300 / +30 22940 24660
Taxi station on Mykonos +30 22890 23700, +30 22890 22400
Bus station on Mykonos +30 22890 23360, +30 22890 26797
Archeological museum on Mykonos +30 22890 22325, +30 22890 79301
Airplane information on Mykonos +30 22890
Lawyer on Mykonos +30 22890
Municipality of Mykonos +30 22890 23261 / www.mykonos.gr
Taxation office on Mykonos +30 22890
Post office on Mykonos +30 22890
Water company (faults) on Mykonos +30 22890
Electricity company (faults) on Mykonos +30 22890
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