Dilapidated rows of old fishing houses teeter over the Aegean coastline in the enchanting Little Venice where you can watch the sun set behind the whitewashed edifices above the blue sea. The area’s effortless charm makes it one of the most romantic spots on the island and visitors spend large sums to stay in the quaint residences, the first of which was built in the mid-18th century.
Originally they belonged to rich merchants or captains and the little basement doors that provided direct access to the sea and underground storage areas led people to believe that the owners were secretly pirates!
Little Venice, which is situated between Alefkandra and Kastro, attracts many artists who come and paint the picturesque surroundings and there are many galleries and exhibitions. Some of the old houses have also been converted into chic bars and cafes, but the neighbourhood still retains its venerable appeal.
The windmills are a defining feature of the Mykonian landscape. There are many dotted around the island, but most are concentrated in the main town of Chora and all facing the North. The famous “Kato Mili” in Chora (Greek for lower mills), stand majestically in a row on a hill overlooking the sea to harness the strong Northern winds.
The windmills are symbols of an important aspect of the history of the island and many of them have been refurbished and restored to preserve their beauty. No windmills are in operation today but many serve as homes to locals and vaults to numerous Mykonian heritage documents.
Both a testimony to Mykonos’ maritime history and a fully functioning lighthouse, the landmark is a must-see! At the location of “Fanari” which translates to “lantern” in Greek, the scenic coastal road also offers some of the most spectacular views on the island just 6.5km from Chora.
Three identical wells sit in a row outside the famous Astra bar. Unlike most modern wells which are 30 plus metres deep, the Tria Pigadia are only five to six metres deep as they were built into sand where water was more easily accessible
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.
Mykonian fishermen display the day’s catch on large marble slabs beneath a triangular canvas roof. Locals flock to Chora’s fish market in the early hours to buy a variety of deliciously fresh produce
Over 8,000 volumes are housed in an 18th century mansion on Ayia Kyriaki Square in Chora. The library also contains a vast collection of 18th and 19th century photographs, documents and Cycladic coins and old seals as well as sketches and books from the personal library of the American artist John Ratekin.
The library is a small, charming space, really only two large rooms, and all the walls are lined with dark wooden shelves. There are chairs laid out to sit and read and the lady who runs the place is very friendly, knowledgeable and is willing to share many exciting facts.