Mykonos , a brief guide. All about sightseeing, shopping, nightlife, hotels

mykonos-townMykonos is an island of the eastern Cyclades complex of islands. It is located 5 nautical miles southeast of Tinos Island whilst its port  has a distance of 94 nautical miles from Pireaus. The island covers a total area of 85 sq km and has a population of 9320 people. Most of the population is gathered to the capital of Mykonos or else Chora. Very close to the island of Mykonos is the Sacred Island of the ancient times, Delos. E-mail us if you would like to coordinate all your traveling to Mykonos hassle free. Let us take care of any of the following services you like, e.g transfers, tours, ferry or plane tickets or hotels.

Mykonos is one of the most famous tourist resorts of the world, the people of the island have taken advantage of the Post war touristic burst and the discovery of the beauties of Cyclades from foreign and Greek tourists in the sixties and they have made their island a favorite destination.

In this website information can be found about mykonos hotels (mykonos accommodation), a brief overview of most mykonos beaches . Information wil be provided also about mykonos archeological sites as well as information about mykonos museums. Also some information about various other mykonos sightseeing is provided. In addition you can find information about mykonos cafes, mykonos restaurants and mykonos nightlife

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It is an island of low elevation with its highest peak (Prophet Elias Vorniotis) at 372 meters in the northwest. The island has an infertile soil and it produces wine yards, barley, figs and it is a rich island in minerals and ores.
 

The shape of the island is irregular. The coastline is steep with bays in its biggest part. The coastline has a total length of 81 km. The island is famous for the numerous and beautiful beaches. The beaches of the south part really stand out, Kalamopodi (Paradise), Plindri (Super Paradise), Elias, Platys Gyalos, Agios Ioannis, Psarrou, apart from these popular beaches there are others quieter in the rest coastline of the island.

Mykonos brief history

According to mythology under the granite rocks of the island the giants are buried which were killed by Hercules. The body of Aiantas Lokros was washed upon the shores of the island and was buried there, he was a hero of the Trojan war.

Several written sources show that the island was inhabited since pre historic times from Kares, Phoenicians and Cretans. A settlement of Ions from Athens took place last. Relics of a Neolithic settlement of the 4th millennium BC in the position Ftelia comprise the oldest manifestation of human presence in the island. Some tombs that were found in the peninsula of Diakofti are dated in the Early Cycladic times. Relics of a settlement of Mid Hellenic period in Paleokastro, the vaulted tomb of Mycenaean period (1400-1200BC) and some chamber tombs in the area of Korfos are indications of intense human presence in the island since the Bronze Age. Very little is known for Mykonos of historic times. The west part of the island was the most populated during the archaic period. During the period of Persian war it was a part of the 1st Athenian Alliance giving as tax 1.5 talant (451 BC) and in 443 BC the tax was reduced to 1 talant that is a fact that shows the decline of the island at that period. After the development of the sanctuary in Delos, the island remained in the shadow of the neighboring island for centuries. Since the Macedonia dominance (2nd half of the 4th century BC) it followed the fate of the rest of the Cyclades until the Roman conquest. In the Byzantine years it belonged to the Aegean theme (6th century AD). In 1204 AD after the falling of Constantinople it was taken by the Venetians Andrew and Ieremia Gizi (1207 AD). In 1292 it was pillaged by the Catalans whilst in 1390 the last of the Gizi dynasty decided to grant it to Venice. IN 1537 the island was destructed by the pirate Barbarossa. During the Turk occupation most islanders were seamen whilst some were pirates. In 1700 the island had a fleet of 100 ships and 40 caiques and skilled seamen. In 1770 it fought in the Russian side against Turks. It was one of the first islands that joined the revolution.


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