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Sightseeings

Sightseeings

  • WIND MILLS (KATO MYLI)

“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.

  • CHURCH PANAGIA PARAPORTIANI (CHORA)

In the Kastro, which is the original nucleus of the present-day town of Mykonos (on its northwestern edge), stands the Paraportiani, a group of building impressive for its shapes plasticity. In this location, during the Middle Ages, there was a tall, fortified tower, side by side and above one of the entrances to the Kastro. Now there is a complex made up of five churches altogether, four on the ground level and on the floor above, the church of the Virgin, which is the oldest of all. The Paraportiani, and the windmills are the island’s trademark.

  • MONASTERY OF AGIOS PANTELEIMON (CHORA)

Northeast of Chora in the rural area of Marathi, lies this fortified monastery.
The large white building with small red windows boasts a beautiful wood carved chancel with many icons, the most notable of which is the Crucifix (Estavromenos) made by local painter Christodoulos Kallerghis. Unfortunately, the pretty blue and red church to the right of the entrance-way is closed to the public and only opens for its feast-day celebration in the middle of July

  • MONASTERY OF PANAGIA TOURLIANI (ANO MERA)

This beautiful monastery is situated 8km from Chora in the southeast end of Ano Mera. It is named after the dome (tourlos) of the church and the blessed Icon of the Virgin Mary.
The bell tower, the intricately decorated marble fountain in the yard and the beautiful Florentine wood-carved chancel screen are several of the exceptional features of the monastery. There is also an exhibit of religious artifacts and ecclesiastical gems.
Mykonos most important festival takes place here on 15 August.

Opening hours
Everyday 9:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 19:30

  • CONVENT OF PALEOCASTRO (ANO MERA)

The Paleokastro Monastery (meaning Old Castle) is an 18th century nunnery situated on a hill near the town of Ano Mera in one of the greenest spots on the island. Its architecture is particularly interesting and the interior is decorated with icons and a magnificent altar. The striking 3-metre granite slab (menhir) that protrudes out of the ground next to the monastery is believed to be an ancient symbol of worship or a gravestone.

  • MANDO’S MAUROGENOUS SQUARE (CHORA)

The square where the taxi stand is located takes its name from the Greek war heroine, Manto Mavrogenous and her statue sits in the middle.

  • 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.

  • TRIA PIGADIA (THE THREE WELLS)

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