the playground of jetsetters, Mykonos is now one of the most heavily
visited and expensive of the Greek islands. With
one of the Mediterranean’s most scenic harbors and abundant
beaches, the peak summer months can be chaotic.
tender ashore to the harbor area of the Esplanade in Hora (or
Mykonos Town). Two types of taxis are available, but exploring the
town is best done on foot. Hora has been designated an architectural
landmark and cars are not allowed in the narrow streets. However,
small motor scooter taxis can be found at the pier that will zip
passengers about the city. For trips around the island, standard
cabs can be found at Taxi Square and there’s a good bus system.
than Hora itself and the pelican mascots that greet passengers at
the pier, there is little to see on Mykonos of importance. For
premier archaeological sites, excursions to Delos are highly
recommended. A walk through Hora’s streets reveals small blue
domed churches, quaint whitewashed houses, and an unusual working
Windmill Museum is located west of the city. It’s a
picture-postcard pretty scene, particularly the area of “Little
Venice” where wooden galleried houses with colorful balconies
overlook the sea.
best excursions are by boat to Delos where ancient ruins in the
Sanctuary Area include the Agora of the Competialists; the Sacred
Way, the processional road to the Great Temple of Apollo; the Avenue
of Lions with its marble beasts; and the now-dry Sacred Lake. The
Agora is also the starting point for explorations of the Mount
Kynthos district and the remains of the Hellenistic Quarter and the
House of Cleopatra—not the Egyptian queen, but a wealthy Athenian.
The House of the Dolphins is a small structure containing renowned
mosaic floors depicting cupids riding dolphins. Other notable
buildings containing mosaics are the House of Dionysos and the House
of the Masks. The Archaeological Museum displays many artifacts from
the area. Take your own bottled water with you; refreshments are
atrociously expensive on Delos.
is home to a large artists colony and many galleries in Hora display
their works. Gold jewelry is found in abundance throughout the
island, as are gift and souvenir shops.
Located on the
island’s south coast, the most famous of the splendid beaches is
Paradise, also noted for being the original nude beach. The beaches
start at Plati Yialos and stretch to Kalafatis. Plati Yialos is
backed by a hotel and tends to be crowded