Due to being one of the most preferred holiday destinations in the world, many assume that Mykonos has become a characterless island, overrun by tourists and glam celebrities. This is a rumour! Despite the island’s tremendous popularity it has succeeded in maintaining its unique identity, evident in the multiple quaint landmarks found all over the island. These are proof of the island’s cultural heritage and identity, proof of past civilisations, proof that history is alive in Mykonos!
Chora of Mykonos
The capital town of Mykonos Chora has been a tremendous hit since the early 60s. The picturesque town has been constructed around the Medieval Castle of the quaint town, lying on the peak of a hill by the glistening coastline. The buildings, built according to traditional Cycladic architectural style, are breathtaking! The labyrinth-like alleyways invite both locals and tourists to explore the town step by step. The plethora of charismatic churches, overwhelming windmills, but most of all the serene white colour that overflows and colourful blossoming flowers create a unique harmony and style. The most popular and scenic part of the town lies on the west side of Chora and is known as Little Venice. Little Venice consists of a line of 16th century two-storey buildings which balconies literally hang over the deep blue, perfect to gaze at and enjoy the stunning Mykonian sunsets! The ancient buildings have been converted into charismatic bars, cafes, shops and art galleries perfect for an evening out on the town or a chilling stroll through the area.
The island of Mykonos boasts of history! One of the most impressive archaeological sites found on the island is Ftelia Archaeological Site, found merely 5 kilometres from Chora. Extensive excavations have revealed a prehistoric settlement originating from the Neolithic Period. This fascinating settlement is possibly the most ancient on the island and a must when visiting the island. The most impressive find is the Tomb of Ftelia, which is presumed to be the burial tomb of Ajax of the Locrians, who according to legend was buried after his body, was found on the island’s coast after being drowned by the angry Gods for raping Cassandra in the temple of Athena.
One of the most impressive landmarks of Mykonos is Armenistis Lighthouse, an 1891 lighthouse located on a 19 metre tower! The imposing lighthouse of 100 metres height, was originally built in 1889, and is still in operation till this day. If you are seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of the capital and escape to a serene environment, the Armenistis Lighthouse is the ideal location for you! Enjoy the scenic landscape and view of the entire island from the peak of the hill. Just amazing!
Where to Stay-Mykonos Theoxenia Hotel
Mykonos Theoxenia Hotel offers the best of the island has to offer with a unique and distinctive twist! The hotel is the epitome of style, glamour and tranquillity. The boutique hotel’s classical architecture is ideally fused by modern amenities. At the five-star Mykonos Theoxenia Hotel you have the pleasure of enjoying fine gourmet dining, breathtaking coastal views, extensive gardens, poolside tanning and relaxing, spa treatments and so much more than you can imagine. One thing is for sure, you will not find a more ideal blend of style and luxury anywhere else!
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