Mykonos Town on the western coast of Mykonos Island in the Aegean Sea is also known as Hora or Chora Mykonos, and offers a great choice for your next getaway in 2020. Narrow streets wind through Mykonos Town in maze like formations, lined with white washed houses adorning brightly coloured front doors and shutters, leading to churches and chapels steeped in culture and history. Take a stroll to Panagia Paraportiani, a national cultural monument and church of spectacular architecture; also the old Venetian castle or Kastro on the hill overlooking Hora. There are a number of museums in Mykonos Town too. There is never a shortage of choice of eateries in Mykonos Town (Hora) with numerous cafes, chic restaurants and trendy tavernas open day and night. In Hora you will find many fine jewellers, small boutique shops, as well as many places to purchase your Mykonos holiday souvenirs. Summers here are lively, especially at night when the countless bars and nightclubs attract many visitors.
Mykonos island boasts stunning natural beauty typical for a picturesque island in the Aegean sea – white sandy beaches bordering crystal clear waters, as well as a dramatic and rugged rocky interior. In combination with a lively character, it promises everything you need and expect for a Greek island paradise getaway.
Mykonos Town at a glance
Cultural hotspot not to miss
You’ll adore the picturesque Little Venice bay in Mykonos Town
Fab shopping scene
Fashion, jewellery, art and local Greek designs – the shopping scene here is absolutely excellent
Top attractions to visit
Climb up to the famous windmills for a spectacular view over Little Venice
Hit the nightlife & bar scene
Expect plenty of trendy bars and nightclubs – this is Mykonos after all!
Sample the cafe culture
Spend your days chilling out in the numerous cute cafes dotted all over this whitewashed village
Art & culture
We recommend a visit to both the Archaeological Museum and the Aegean Maritime Museum
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Things to do in Mykonos Town
Mykonos Town is an old city boasting many cultural landmarks worth visiting, most notably Panagia Paraportiani, a stunning whitewashed Byzantine church who's original building dates back to the 14th century but was not completed until the 17th century. It is the most popular and the most photographed of the 400 churches, made up of 4 ground level chapel, and one on the floor above – making it a must-see landmark to anyone visiting Mykonos Town.
Make sure to visit Little Venice, in the western part of town. This picturesque seaside district is made up of beautiful medieval era one and two storey houses, with colourful wooden balconies. With a unique and romantic ambience, this is the perfect place to enjoy a couple of cocktails and watch the sun sink beyond the horizon. Not far from Little Venice you'll find the famous windmills, which have stood overlooking Mykonos Town since the 16th century reminding visitors of the island's past as a major producer of wheat. The hills also provide a stunning view of Little Venice and the surrounding countryside.
For a better glimpse into the past, visit Mykonos Town's archaeological museum exhibiting a range of artefacts ranging from the prehistoric, to the late Hellinisitc period (25th -1st century B.C.) explaining the history and the emergence of this typical Aegean culture, so famous around the world.
Numerous picturesque beaches can be found around Mykonos Island. Coves with soft sand offer excellent choices of water sports and other day time activities, as well as sunbeds and umbrellas for those who want to soak up some sunshine! Agios Ioannis Beach is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches on Mykonos, and is located on the west of the island and easily reached from Mykonos Town. Its soft white sand, elegant chalk stone formations and perfectly clear water attract many visitors during peak season. Aghios Stefanos Beach is the closest beach to Mykonos town, about a kilometre from Troulos and the new Mykonos Port.
If you decide to go on a day trip of different beaches then make sure to see Agrari Beach, about 10 km away on the south coast near Elia, as well as Paranga and Paradise Beaches which are also worth a visit. Each boasts a different atmosphere, yet remains quintessentially Greek.
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