Mykonos Quick Facts
Do you intend to visit Mykonos this summer? Here are more interesting facts about traditional Mykonos and its history:
Mykonos is part of the Cyclades group of Greek islands and is home to over 10,000 residents.
Mykonos Town itself is also known as Chora (meaning the town in Greek). You will come across this name on signs, maps and brochures so it’s good to familiarise yourself with it first.
The town sits on the west coast of the island, nestled behind Old Port and about 10 minutes from the airport.
The island has two seasonal winds, earning it the nickname island of the winds. It’s important to note that this will affect your travel experience. When the winds are particularly heavy it can force outdoor restaurants and bars to close.
From the 16th century to the early 20th century, the windmills in Chora were used to mill flour and remain today in a refurbished state.
The church “Panaghia Paraportiani” owes its name to the small gate (paraporti) which used to connect it to the medieval castle right next door.
Mykonos has had its own ship wreck, since 1995. It is the Anna II freight ship which sunk off Lia beach and you can go diving to see it.
The island boasts over 800 churches and you can find 80 of them classified as historical museums at Mykonos town (Chora) alone.
The name “Cyclades”, where Mykonos belongs, was given to the 33 islands surrounding the sacred isle of Delos because of their cyclical formation.
Mykonos celebrates over 70 country fairs. 38 of them happen in the Summer, during the high season, from June till September.