Like Ibiza, Mykonos is definitely itisland of stereotypes, among white houses, blue-colored windows and doors, balconies in bloom, narrow streets and mills in the background, not to mention that it is the entertainment area, club culture and music in general – house, commercial, techno, minimal and so on – it goes crazy everywhere, including beaches, at any time of the day or night, but – thankfully – there is more. ONE unusual aspect of Mykonos which few know (or want to know).
As happens in the ‘cousin’ of the Iberian island, also in this one, which is it queen of the Cycladesyou can find more, both if you visit it in the spring and autumn, where it is less crowded (although the island after Covid was stormed even in unthinkable periods at other times), and in the more ‘hot’ ones, ie. showing her more authentic faceamong landscapes and landscapes of rare beauty.
There’s a lighthouse, it Armenist’s lighthouse, for example (opening image), which is the right place to start your ‘different’ stay on this island. To get there, the road is not paved, the structure is a ruin, but it does not matter. What really matters is the view it gives you when you reach it. In Greece, as elsewhere, it is certainly more beautiful, but from here the view of the city is unique, and from that height you can detoxify yourself from the perpetual chaos.
Cultural tourism is certainly not Mykonos’ strong point, but there is also something in this regard. E.g Archaeological Museum which contains many pottery finds from the nearby islands of Rhina, Paros and Delos – or The Maritime Museum – various naval models of the pre-Mycenaean navy and various objects such as anchors, rudders and navigation books are kept inside. On the island – and few people know it – there are those too Folklore Museumthat The Agricultural Museum And Lena’s house, an authentic traditional home of the Mykonos bourgeoisie, a precious testimony to its ancient social stratification before tourism homologated everything. In fact, the poor lived in the small houses in the dense maze of alleys in Chora; the rich, on the other hand, mostly shipowners, the houses of Little Venice. Occasionally there was the bourgeoisie, who lived in the houses that one will still see today, all with a small terrace on the street, a large living room, two bedrooms and an outside courtyard with bathroom.
Little Venice is one of the central points on the island, impossible to avoid for anyone visiting it because everything passes and arrives from here. It is the symbol of Chora – the city center – and will win you over with its architecture, which unlike other areas has the first row of houseboats on the water just like in Venice, hence the name, although with the magnificent lagoon city has nothing to see.
Take a walk around the square with its taverns and visit Monastery of Panagia Tourliani with the bell tower, the marble fountain in the middle of the courtyard and the inner exhibition of sacred robes from the Byzantine tradition. The Church of Panagia Paraportianion the other hand, near Kastro, is less known by most, but it deserves a visit, (if one finds it open), because it comes, among other things, from the fusion of four small churches built close to each other from the 15th to the 17th century. Magnificent and symbolic, the red dome Paleokastro monastery, built around the twelfth century. To get there you have to go up a hill from the village of Ano Mera, in one of the greenest areas on the island. It is a convent of women dating back to the eighteenth century, and among the curiosities there is a surprise. To enter, it will be sufficient to knock on the front door, and at that moment a nun could open for you, who will guide you and accompany you inside. A few meters from this structure, the church is also dedicated to San Vlasis with ancient substances and votive images, according to the Orthodox ritual, in addition to the numerous rooms that once served to accommodate the guests of the monastery. There is also a rare prehistoric tomb nearby consisting of a giant granite cliff.
Do you want to escape from the city center? Don’t worry, take a car and drive south, along Agrari Strand, where you arrive on a somewhat winding road that offers an unforgettable panorama and – strange but true – silence. The beach is quiet and pleasant thanks to the presence of sand and pebbles, which makes it suitable for families. The same can be said about the beach of OrnosAnd – always in the southern part of the island – in the elegant Psarou beach as in the evening it becomes the suitable place for exclusive parties, quieter than those organized at the very famous Paradise Beachwhere a pre-burned youth often falls in and the music reigns from morning to morning (though the day after).
The beach Kalo Livàdi it is some of the most beautiful from a landscape point of view. Here you can stay overnight in the new Aegon Mykonosa Marriott International Autograph Collection resort, a unique destination that offers two different experiences of relaxation and luxury: the tranquil Retreat located on the hill a few steps from the beach and the most lively Revive at the waterfront. The two large swimming pools in the two structures are perfect, and so are the other 19 private in some of the most exclusive rooms decorated, inside and out, with wood, rattan and bamboo that are able to create an atmosphere that mixes with the surrounding environment. The restaurant will taste the various Greek delicacies (and not only) prepared by chef Zinonas Christofidis with fusion dishes from around the world and sushi bar. That Sentu Beach & Lounge it is instead in the southeastern part of the island, where the blue water of the Aegean Sea meets a long sandy beach. If, on the other hand, you want to move to the north coast, it is worth taking at least a bath there Agios Sostisextremely quiet – ea Panormos which can only be reached by car.
Last but certainly not least, this is the advice we give you. If you are among those who after a few days on the island can not stand its chaos and excesses (in many cases also people), there is nothing better than spending a day in Delo the cradle of Apollo and Artemis, the gods of the sun and the moon. Unesco World Heritage Site since 1990, it is a huge archeological site where excavation operations have remained uninterrupted since the end of the 19th century. For the Athenians, it was a sacred island, and it still manages to maintain its authentic status today, because – unless you are an archaeologist working there – it is forbidden to spend the night on this island. From there you can also go to another nearby island, Tynosor – and it is also recommended – go back to Mykonos and see it with other eyes: there is chaos, it is true, but if you want, you can avoid it, all as they see fit.
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