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About MYKONOS

MYKONOS

Mykonos is a Greek island in the Aegean Sea and belongs to the Cyclades. The capital   Chora, is located on the west side of the island. The island has a population of 6.600 people. The island has a coastline of 89 km., with beautiful beaches.

The most famous place on the island is called Little Venice because of its similarity to Venice.

Mykonos, from the 50s onwards, is one of the most popular tourist islands of the Mediterranean. The island is particularly popular because it combines frantic fun and relaxation. The island is characterized by its intense nightlife. The bars and clubs every night are full of people, while dancing and drinking does not stop until   the early morning hours. Today the nightlife of Mykonos is considered the most vibrant and active in Europe.

Large number of visitors, among them important personalities from around the world, made the market of Mykonos famous.

Thus, in the streets of Mykonos, the most commercial Matogianni, one can find shops with designer clothes, fine jewelry and art objects.

In scattered cafes, bars and restaurants of Chora, one can enjoy coffee, ouzo and many other delights.

There are many kinds of beaches. Guests have the option to choose the beach they want, depending on their mood.

Some of the most famous and popular beaches are the “Super paradise”, the “Shack”, “Platis Gialos”, “Elia” and many others.

Every beach, with crystal clear waters, has its own beauty.

 

 

Mythology

According to mythology, the island was named after the hero Mykonos, son of Ainios of Karystos . It was inhabited  by the Egyptians, Ikarians, Phoenicians and Minoans and  then by the Ionians. According to another mythological tradition, in ancient Mykonos, the giants were killed by Hercules. (Stravon SS 487)

The Mykonians, who belonged to the Delian League, worshiped the Hellenic Dodekatheon, but particularly Dionysus and his mother Semele, Demeter and Neptune, and to honor them, they had celebrations with boar, ram and lamb sacrifices. The coins of Mykonos bear Dionysus, full-length, or the head of Neptune.

 

 

Geography

Mykonos has the shape of an irregular triangle, interrupted by small coves, most important of which is Panormos in the north, Tourlαs in the west and Evri in the east.  The main capes of Mykonos are Aligomantra in the southwest and Armenistis in the northwest. The historical Delos is located, 2 miles southwest of the island.

Mykonos’ soil is mostly rocky. There are two mountains: the Anomeritis in the east and Vorniotis in the north. Both of the mountains higher peaks are called “Prophet Elias”. Mykonos lacks forests and has many streams. In the past the water supply was from wells. Today water needs are covered by the desalination plant.

The subsoil of the island is rich in iron deposits of manganese, copper, and galena, but remains unexploited. Main agricultural products are barley, grapes and figs. The Mykonian cheese, “Kopanisti”, is famous for its spicy chili taste. Another local cheese is tyrovolia which is an unsalted cheese, used for  traditional pies, gingerbread and onionbread. The residents are engaged in fishing, which does not cover the island’s needs.

 

Climate

The sun shines for up to 300 days a year and rains between February and March.

Although temperatures can rise as high as 40 °C (104 °F) in summer months, average temperatures are around 28 °C (82 °F). In winter, the average temperatures are 15 °C (59 °F).

There are two seasonal winds in Mykonos. The Sirocco, a  famous southern wind, in winter and the Meltemi, a cooling wind which comes from the north, during July and August.

 

 

 

Villages

There are ten villages:

Landmarks

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  • Municipal Library– located on Ayia  Kyriaki Square in the main town of Chora-  an 18th-century mansion, housing over 8,000 volumes and 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 American artist John Ratekin.

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  • Petros the Pelican– an old celebrity of the town, “Petros” has been the mascot of Mykonos for over 50 years. He came to the island after a storm in 1954 and after his death the islanders elected a successor to carry on his legacy until today.

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  • Mykonos windmills– The windmills are a characteristic feature of the Mykonian landscape. There are many around the island, but most of them are concentrated in the main town of Chora. The famous “Kato Mili” in Chora  stand in a row on a hill overlooking the sea. The windmills were built by the Venetians in the 16th century to mill flour and remained in use until the beginning of the 20th century. Many have been refurbished and restored to serve as homes to locals.

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  • Little Venice – rows of fishing houses in  the waterfront, with their balconies hanging over the sea. The first of these was constructed in the mid-18th century. They originally belonged to rich merchants or captains. The   basement doors that provided direct access to the sea and underground storage areas led people to believe that the owners were pirates. Some of the houses have now been converted into bars, cafes, little shops and galleries. Little Venice is considered one of the most romantic spots on the island and many people gather there to watch the unique sunset. The area attracts artists who come to paint the picturesque coastline.
  • Armenistis Lighthouse– is a fully functioning lighthouse. It is located in Fanari, 6.5 km from Chora.

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  • Tria Pigadia– are three identical wells standing in a row in the middle of the main town, Chora. They were built in 1722 to provide the town with water. The Tria Pigadia are only 5–6 metres deep as they were dug into sand where water was more easily accessible.

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The original  building underwent  expansions in the 1930s and 1960s and a large eastern room was added in 1972. The museum contains artefacts from the island Rhenia, including 9th- to 8th-century BC ceramic pottery from the Cyclades and 7th- to 6th-century BC findings   from other areas in the Aegean. Its most famous item is the large vase produced in Tinos, showing scenes from the fall of Troy.

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  • Aegean Maritime Museum– was founded in 1983 by  Mykonian George Drakopoulos and opened to public  in 1985 with the goal of preserving and promoting the study of Greek maritime history and tradition. The museum was the first in Greece that rescued and restored historical exhibits to operate as they were originally designed and built. In addition to original pieces, there are also replicas of famous historical ships and collections of coins with nautical scenes from the 5th century BC to the 4th century AD.

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  • Folklore Museum– the oldest house on the island, houses a collection of 19th-century furniture, jewellery, ceramics embroideries, marble sculptures, tombstones and a variety of other trinkets. There are also models of 19th-century Mykonian ships, maps and an anchor and canons, used during the Greek War of Independence.

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  • Lena’s House– this 19th-century traditional Mykonian residence belonged to a wealthy shipping family and the original furniture is still preserved. The house now operates as a museum.

 

 

 

Archaeological sites

Mycenaean Vaulted Tomb

In Angelica, an impressive Mycenaean domed tomb of 15th century BC , was revealed. The tomb which is circular and of 5.80 m. diameter, is dug into the ground, with internal walls, maintained at a height of 4 m. The dome which has collapsed, had a protective embankment. At a height of 0.30 m. above the floor, there is a built surface in Π shape, for the deposition of the dead. The chamber is accessible by a 14 m. long and 2m wide  path, directed from south to north. All funerary objects like pottery, gold jewelry, crystal gems etc. are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum.

 

Divounia

In Divounia, a series of settlement remains, from prehistoric times to the Roman period, were revealed. In Dimasto peninsula, the bay that separates Kalafatis Beach from Kalo Livadi, we have indications of the possible existence of another prehistoric city. Mavrospilia is also worth visiting, since many tools and objects from the Neolithic era where found there. In  Paliokastro there are settlements of Early Cycladic and Mesocycladic years respectively.

 

The Neolithic settlement of Ftelia

The excavations began in 1995. The Neolithic settlement is located in Ftelia Mykonos, in the gulf of Panormos and north of the road leading to the village Ano Mera. The position is oriented to the north and therefore exposed to the winds, which would make life difficult most of the time of the year. However this is not unusual, since Neolithic sites with similar orientation have been found in other Cycladic islands, as in Kea, Antiparos , Naxos and Kythnos.

In 2002 the remains of a “palace” shaped   building, with walls as height as   1.50 m.,   came to light. They also found arched buildings and two round buildings as   height as   1.80 m., possibly used as granaries. Similar buildings are unusual in   the Neolithic period. Geomorphological studies show that Ftelia was a residential facility, covering 7-8 hectares, which flourished during the Late Neolithic I   period. According to studies the place must be inhabited from 5100 until about 4500 BC.

In the buildings, pottery fragments and dozens of intact vessels, probably made in a local pottery,   were found. White and red colors were applied on the black polished surfaces of the vessels, externally and internally. Apart from the ceramic finds, great abundance of tools was also found.

Two female terracotta figurines, found   at shallow depth from the surface, are really   impressive. The first one is small, characteristic of the Neolithic period in Greece, while the other is at  least  0.30m  tall  and completely unusual. It has long cylindrical neck terminating in an oval head, slanting backward and   triangular body with thick buttocks.

The findings of small amount of shells and fish, makes clear that the residents of the settlement were mainly farmers, stock breeders and  hunters  rather than fishermen. Remains of Neolithic period found in the hills of Ftelia and other parts of the island, show us that the place was inhabited from the very early ages.

 

 

 

 

Transportation

 

Mykonos Airport is located 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) southeast of the town of Mykonos and it is served by international flights during the summer period. The flight from Athens to Mykonos is 25 minutes.

Mykonos is also accessible by boat and ferries. High speed vessels travel there daily, from the surrounding islands and Athens.

Taxis, buses or boats are available for transportation. There are three main bus depots in Mykonos. The northern one is situated behind Remezzo Club, above the old Port and provides regular service to Ano Mera, Elia and Kalafatis. At the Old Port, lays another depot At the Old Port, and provides  service to  Tourlos and Agios Stefanos. Another bus depot, at the town “entrance”, is called Fabrika and  provides regular service to Ornos, Agios Yannis, Plati Gialos, Psarou, Paraga, and Paradise Beach. Small boats travel to and from the many beaches while  tour boats go regularly to the nearby island of Delos.

 

 

Mykonos Invest

Mykonos is one of the most popular Greek islands. Although the economic crisis affected the real estate sector, there are a lot of people from every part of the world, investing in properties here.
Mykonos has always had an international jet-set appeal, with goes back to the days of Onassis, who had a mansion here. The prices in Mykonos have dropped since 2009 and there are always people buying properties here. Now that Greece is slowly limping back to normalcy, one can expect to see more people investing in Mykonos. The property market in Mykonos has always had its share of European buyers from Britain, Germany, Italy and France, as well as a number of American buyers with Greek origins.

The VHD Luxury Properties can assist you in finding the property you are looking for. VHD Construction could also help you with constructions and renovations, with the supervision of experienced architects. Buying a property in Mykonos, you can both use it for your holidays and have a profit for the rest of the time by renting it. Our company can undertake the management of your propert. The profit after taxation is between 4-6%.