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Mykonos, one of the most famous destinations in the world and a favorite holiday spot of the jet set, is extremely beautiful and well known for its bare hills, amazing sandy beaches, sparkling white country chapels and Cycladic architecture.

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Mykonos, the famous island of the winds, is said to have taken its name from the hero Mykonos, son of Anios, king of Delos, who was in turn the sοn of Apollo and the nymph Roio. According to mythology, the giants killed by Hercules were buried here, which is why the island is scattered with large rocks. Bright and airy in the light of day, cosmopolitan and mysterious at night, Mykonos has become a popular destination for travelers from all over the world.
What many don’t know about Mykonos, however, is that it is an island with what might be called a “dual personality”. It may, on the one hand, be intense, brilliant and cosmopolitan, but on the other it is also particularly picturesque, with cobbled lanes, dazzling white houses, chapels and windmills that inspire peace and calm. Thus the unique nature of the island lies in the fact that it covers all demands equally.
The main town, or Hora of Mykonos, is admittedly one of the most beautiful in the Cyclades, and delights the visitor at first sight. In contrast with other Cycladic capitals, it is not laid out amphitheatrically, but lengthwise. White-washed cobbled streets, white houses with colored doors and window frames create a fairy tale scene. Of special interest in the community are the church of Panagia Paraportiani, the Town Hall and the Castle on the hill overlooking the port. On the seaside is Kazarma, with the arches under which stood the soldiers of Manto Mavrogeni.
The sidewalks of Mykonos, the most commercial of which is Matogianni, pulsate with life, as there are countless shops with brand name clothing and elaborate jewellery, as well as bustling cafes, bars and restaurants for all tastes at all hours of the day. In Hora, you can also visit three noteworthy museums: the Archaeological Museum, the Folklore Collection of Mykonos and the Nautical Museum of the Aegean.
One of the most picturesque and famous corners of the island is Alevkantra or Little Venice, an 18th-century community in which the aristocratic houses of wealthy merchants and ships’ captains literally stand in the sea. The marvelous architecture with multicoloured roofed verandas and wooden balconies that are washed by the sea, give the community a strong feeling of the known Italian city. The stately windmills stand robustly gazing at the Aegean. The second most traditional settlement of Mykonos after Hora is Ano Mera, which covers a large area of the hinterlands around the historic monastery of Our Lady of Tourliani, with its superb carved wooden icon screen. North of Ano Mera, in the Ftelia region, there is a significant Neolithic settlement and a Mycenaean tomb from the 14th-13th century BC.
On the west coast of Mykonos are the seaside resorts of Tourlos and Agios Stefanos, which extend around the coasts of the same name. South of Hora are two of the most popular beaches on the island, Ornos and Agios Ioannis, as the communities of Platys Gialos and Psarou are among the most popular on the island. Other lovely beaches are Paradise and Super Paradise (famous for the wild parties held there!) Paranga, Agrafi, Agios Sostis, Houlakia with its large pebbles and impressive granite formations, Elia, Kalo Livadi, Panormos, Agia Anna, Kalafatis, Ftelia and Kapari.

Source: Visit Greece - The Official website of the Greek Tourism Organisation