Although one of the smallest islands of the Cyclades complex, Mykonos is definitely the most famous, thanks to its treasure of natural beauty, rich history, cosmopolitan character combined with a wild nightlife, as well as plenty of local color.The island’s landscape is a symphony of blazing bare rock, blinding white peasant architecture and, in contrast to its small size, numerous lacy stretches of the most beautiful sandy beaches, and all these are accentuated by the wonderful Mediterranean light and set against the deep blue background of the Aegean.
Today it is estimated that the population amounts to 11 000 people (4 000 are foreign residents), who have a reputation of being friendly, tolerant to the island’s wild lifestyle, and very adaptable to changes.
Mykonos owes its name to the son of the King of Delos. According to the mythology, Hercules, in one of his twelve tasks, killed the Giants and threw them into the sea, where they petrified and turned into huge rocks, thus forming the island of Mykonos.
The town of Chora is a place you should really explore. Walk around, go to the windmills, feed the pelicans Petros, have a drink in the little harbour and visit the Paraportiani church. The Paraportiani church is in fact five churches, all built in a compact complex. It is one of the most photographed buildings of Mykonos and an amazing combination of the white against the blue of the sky and the sea. There are also five museums: an archaeological, a folk museum, a maritime, a cultural and a private one with old rooms and furniture.
Play tennis or mini golf at Ayios Stéfanos, beach volleyball at Ayia Anna or try sea parachuting or jet skiing at Eliá or Kalafátis. There are also a lot of water sports offered, as well as diving, horse riding and swimming pools.