The world-renowned, cosmopolitan island ideal for couples, families and friends. A picturesque town featuring boutique shops, excellent cuisine, trendy bars and a vibrant nightlife scene. The island is also known for its beautiful sandy beaches and whitewashed Cycladic architecture. Historical sites include the ancient island of Delos, a short 30-minute boat ride away from Mykonos.
The most romantic place
With lovely narrow old streets full of little shops and restaurants, Mikri Venetia (Little Venice) is known as the most picturesque part of Chora, the capital of Mykonos Island. This lovely little area comes alive especially in the evening when people gather from all over the island to watch the sunset. A truly magical aura indeed. The magnetic beauty of Little Venice is portrait by many artists in their priceless artworks, etchings and paintings.
A journey to the birthplace of Gods
A sacred site of history and intrigue, the island of Delos offers a unique vision of ancient Greek life and culture. Take a step back into ancient Greece where the gods and goddess held court and where reality and myth were considered equally important. As the birth place of Apollo and his sister Artemis, the island is deemed a sacred site. No mortals were allowed to be born or to perish on its otherworldly soil.
THE ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
Overlooking Delos from the Chora harbor, this small museum houses numerous artifacts discovered during the island's excavation. Built in 1900, the museum was initially destined to house the findings from the excavation of the “purification pit” in Delos dating from the 5th century and the necropolis of Rhinia. The museum is famous for the great collection of vases, representative of the distinctive Cycladic ceramic art, some of which date back to the Geometric period back to the 6th century b.c.
The windmills (Kato Milli) are quintessential features of Mykonos landscape. In all, there were 16 such windmills in operation. They are conspicuous by their snow-white color, spherical shape with the customary pointed roof made of the finest variety of wood. The Windmills of Chora and the ones at Ano Mera were a great boon to the people of those localities and were primarily used for grinding the agricultural produce that was meant to be transported to places outside Mykonos.
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While harmonizing every aspect of your stay at Santa Marina, your Luxury Collection Concierge will also, should you choose, secure you privileged access to the island’s other hotspots. As authorities on the Mykononian lifestyle, they have their fingers on the pulse of what’s trending and when to get there, and a knack for opening doors.
PARAPORTIANI CHURCH is one of the most popular and photographed churches on the whole island and in Europe. Built from 15th-17th centuries, what makes this church so unique is its architecture, which is an asymmetrical conglomeration of four churches into one a mixture of Byzantine, vernacular, traditional and western style.
The ARMENISTIS LIGHTHOUSE is located at the north-western side of Mykonos, overlooking the narrow pass that separates the island of Mykonos from the island of Tinos. This wonderful landmark, located at 6km from Mykonos town, was built in 1891 after the tragic sinking of the English steamboat VOLTA in 1887.
PETROS THE PELICAN. As you stroll the wonderful streets of the island, you may run into Petros, a local celebrity and the ‘mascot’ of Mykonos for more than 30 years. He was one of the pelicans in the flock which flew to Mykonos from the mainland back in the 1950s. After a storm, the pelican gave up migrating to become a local resident.
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