Things to Do While Visiting Mykonos Town (Chora)
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Mykonos Town, or Chora as the locals know it, is the main town on the Greek island of Mykonos and one that attracts travelers from all over the world. They come here to visit the cafes, churches, clubs, and beaches and to get a taste of the Greek culture in general. Besides browsing through the city and enjoying the culture, there are some activities to take in that you won’t want to miss. Here’s more information:
Your first stop in Mykonos Town is Little Venice. This romantic quarter is oozing with elegance; the view of the Aegean Sea from Little Venice can’t be beaten, especially at sunset. Artists and sailors call Little Venice their home, and plenty of artwork can be found here. Old world charm lingers here; many of the older homes have been converted into bars. Shopping, drinking, and photography are popular activities in Little Venice.
The windmills of Mykonos Town are what define its landscape an add extra charm. Mykonos is known to be a windy destination, though the windmills are no longer operated by the force of nature. While the windmills once used to create a bustling agricultural economy for Mykonos are no longer operational, they still stand today as a beautiful reminder of the town’s rich history. Some of the windmills are museums now; many of them are over 100 years old.
Visit Mykonos Town’s most photographed church and get a picture of your own at The Church of Panagia Paraportiani. The church’s name implies that it was located right next to the door of the castle. Panagia Paraportiani is a conglomeration of five smaller churches; the dome-shaped Virgin Mary church sits at the very top of the other four. The churches were all built at separate times in history; the latest was constructed in the 17th century. The white facade of the church contrasts beautifully with the azure sea in the background.
Return to the windmills for a visit to the Agricultural Museum. As previously mentioned, agriculture is an important part of the history of Mykonos Town. This museum is housed partly in the Boni windmill; it has a large collection of farming tools that the people of Mykonos Town used back in the day. The Agricultural Museum is an offshoot of the Folklore Musem; the Agricultural Museum is free to enter. Inside, you will be able to get a better look at the inner workings of the windmill.
Located in the Kastro neighborhood, the Folklore Museum houses a variety of antiques from the 19th century including furniture, ceramics, instruments, pictures, and textiles. The museum offers an intense look back in time to help visitors discover the history of Mykonos Town. There is also a remarkable collection of paintings here. There are so many artifacts in the Folklore Museum; you will want to allocate plenty of time to spend here.
Whether you come to Mykonos Town for its nightlife and history, or you just want to come and admire the people and blue waters, this place offers an escape for everyone. During your time here, be sure to take in at least one of these activities!
This post was written by Greek Boston