Armenistis Lighthouse is one of the most characteristic buildings of Mykonos. Located in Fanari area on a hill formerly called Vourdoulakas, which means vampire. It is assumed that the name came to frighten children in order not to approach the cliffs, which were very dangerous.
The Lighthouse though, now deserted but still functional, is a well known meeting point for visitors of the island and shelter for young couples due to it’s romantic nature. It’s strategic position offers great views, amazing sunsets, as it is an ideal place for contemplation and relaxation. But initially Armenistis was built to avoid accidents at sea. The reason was given by a shipwreck in the spring of 1877. Nowadays the original mechanism of the Lighthouse is located in the garden of the Maritime Museum of Mykonos as an exhibit to the public.
The complex of Mills, towering proudly over the sea, over the small hill southeast of Mykonos town.
The Mills are located by the sea, between the picturesque Alefcandra and the settlement of Niohori and impresses visitors with their all-white imposing volumes, oriented to sea. Today, only seven out of ten are maintained (on the whole island at some point were more than twenty), which exist here since the first decades of the 20th century and used to grind the local wheat using the power of the north wind.
The windmills of Mykonos, early manufacturing units, contributed decisively between the 17th and 19th century at the financial strength of the island, because it was a necessary stop for passing sailing boats, in order to resupply with cereals. Losing their economic importance to the development of technology after the 1st World War, emerged as one of the most popular monuments in the Cyclades and their image as a “trademark”, traveled all around the world.
In 1700 the complex of 11 mills have already been developed and operated. Today, in the best condition is the Mill Geronymou (private), which operated until the late ’60 and has maintained most of its equipment.
If you are a true cinema lover, then being on vacation cannot change that! And what better experience than enjoying a good movie under the starry sky of Mykonos, listening to the breeze running through the leaves. If this is music to your ears, then the open air cinema Cine Manto is the place to be. Located right in the center of cosmopolitan Mykonos town, Cine Manto promises nights that will stay with you, even when you are no longer on the island. Tall trees and discreet warm lighting along with smiley faces welcoming you inside create an ideal scenario for those who are looking for an alternative relaxing evening on the island! The screenings begin in May and last until the end of September with 2 screenings daily.
Open air cinemas are deeply into Greek modern culture, and if it’s your first time experiencing that, you will immediately understand the reason why this stands!
A tiny island within an area a little larger than five square kilometers and less than half an hour away by boat from Mykonos. It’s often called “the sacred island” and “the island of light” because, in Greek mythology, it was the birthplace of Apollo, the god of light, and Artemis, the goddess of night light. According to the testimony of Thucydides, the first people to inhabit the island of Delos were the Kares and the Phoenicians. By the end of the 5th century B.C. there were already a few houses and farmhouses round the sanctuary, but the city was developed within only a few decades after 166 B.C. It is estimated that round 90 B.C. this tiny little island, which is but a dot on the Mediterranean map, was already inhabited by roughly 30.000 people from every part of the world. All these different people co –existed peacefully, having adopted the Greek way of living, speaking and writing in Greek, living in Greek houses and building sanctuaries dedicated to their gods without having any particular problem. The all worked and enjoyed themselves along with the local people, while their children attended the same high school, played and worked out in the same arenas. For the first time then in the human history, on this tiny corner of the earth, all people in the Mediterranean seem to be co – existing peacefully. The city went into decline after it was looted and razed in two separate attacks; residents gradually left the island, and eventually Delos was abandoned completely and almost forgotten. Delos regained international attention when archaeologists began excavating its ruins in 1872. In 1990, Delos was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. A description for UNESCO’s Delos listing says “The archaeological site is exceptionally extensive and rich and conveys the image of a great cosmopolitan Mediterranean port.” Small numbers of travelers, mainly from Europe, started visiting the island to view the fascinating historic sites that were gradually being unearthed. Over the decades, the trickle of tourists turned into a steady stream of sightseers from around the world, and today Delos is a top tourist attraction drawing more than 100,000 visitors each year and is widely considered a “must see” attraction for people visiting Mykonos.
Its name literally means “Our Lady of the Side Gate” in Greek, as its entrance was found in the side gate of the entrance to the Kastro area.
The lovely church of Panagia (Virgin Mary) Paraportiani is among the most photographed churches not only in Mykonos, but in the whole world. It is located at the entrance of Kastro neighbourhood, right by the sea.
The white-washed building is in fact a complex consisting of five chapels divided into two levels. The five churches were not contructed at once, but gradually along centuries. The oldest church is Agios Anargyros, which was built in late 14th century. The other churches were built in the 16th and the 17th century, while there were renovations till 1920. The church of Agios Efstathios is the centre of this complex, surrounded by the churches of Agios Anargyros, Agios Sozon and Agia Anastasia. On top of these four churches, there is the church of Virgin Mary, which looks like a dome.
Panagia Paraportiani is one of the most characteristic images of Mykonos and it cannot go unnoticed thanks to its dazzling white color and its Cycladic plasticity. Virgin Mary was named Paraportiani after “paraporti”, which is a tiny entrance to the castle, while as for its 300 years old miraculous icon.
Skoufa gallery was established in 1981 in Athens and after a very successful process opened a second boutique in cosmopolitan island of Mykonos! You can find Skoufa gallery in the centre of Mykonos town, where you can have the opportunity to explore exuberant collections and exceptional objects from renowned and upcoming Greek designers. The purpose of the exhibitions is to travel visitors into a visual path of a summer paradise, reflecting the airy and harmonious atmosphere of the island. Location: 12 Dilou Str. Mykonos town
Rarity is one of the most famous galleries in Mykonos island, which was established in 1995 in the center of Mykonos. It is the first art gallery in Greece to showcase the work of internationally recognized artists and is, therefore, something of a historical site as well as a cultural one, bringing the best of contemporary art to the island drawn from a cosmopolitan collection of artists. The aim of the gallery is to offer original carefully-selected exhibits to strengthen the appreciation of the contemporary art and to create a unique experience in aesthetics to all its visitors. Location: Kalogera 20-22, Mykonos town
Established since the late of 1990s, Minima Gallery showcases a wide variety of contemporary artworks by upcoming Greek artists, as well as artists from all over the world. Also, the work of a number of well-known artists is presented in this fine gallery. The work of a small list of sculptors as well as its more comprehensive painting displays is included there. The décor is minimal and combined with the traditional Cycladic architecture. The style of the exhibits that are housed there range from the highly colorful abstract to exceptional examples of landscape photography, covering all tastes and interests. Location: Goumenio Sq., Mykonos town
The Imar gallery was established before a decade, in a picturesque colorful square, in the centre of Mykonos town. The owner, Alexander Simeonidis, is an art lover and particularly sculptures, and his aim is to promote the work of the contemporary Greek artists, painter and sculptors. The exhibitions that the Imar gallery houses are related to the nature, the world of water, rendered in a modern expression and change in a regular basis, giving the opportunity to lovers of art or the casual visitors to gain a strong artistic experience. Location: Goumenio Sq., Mykonos town
I-Museum by CTRLZAK, is a brand-new concept store, has just arrived in Mykonos island. The store brings together historical replicas from various archaeological Greek museums. The concept is triple and revolves around three main axes: stratification, excavation and museological representation. People from countries like Greece and Italy, where excavation sites abound, might be familiar with the sight of archeologists kneeling down next to excavation pits and handling delicate findings. Thanks to its many windows, the space itself is filled with natural light during the day. Location: 8, Delou Str., Mykonos town