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From the promenade to Kato Myli and Little Venice

The churches of Chora mostly date from the 17th and 18th centuries and although they have plain and undecorated walls, they are not without beauty. The variety of painted and carved wooden iconostases—such as in the double church of Aghios Blasios and of the Metamorphosis (Transfiguration), founded in 1668 (one block south of the centre of the promenade)—as well as a number of the icons in the churches are of note. Set back from the town’s west shore in a square which was once a boat-yard in mediaeval times, is a group of Chora’s most important churches: the highly decorated Orthodox Cathedral of the Panaghia Pigaditiotissa, dedicated to the Zoodochos Pigi, with its ornate wooden throne of 1769, whimsically carved with hidden faces; and the rather more chaste Roman Catholic church of the Panaghia Rodariou, standing to its west. A broad flight of steps leads from the southwest corner of this square up to Kato Myli and the low hill crowned by seven windmills, five of which have been restored and now form part of a well-displayed, open-air Museum of Agriculture, dedicated to various aspects of the rural heritage of Mykonos and to the exploiting of the island’s abundant winds to power mills for flour. There is evidence of wind mills at Mykonos from as early as the 15th century.
    Looking north from the hill of Kato Myli, the heterogeneous assemblage of façades of the ship-owners’ houses in Little Venice stretches attractively below. Protruding first-floor, wooden verandas, supported on beams above the spray of breaking waves, allowed the owners to watch for the arrival of their vessels as they rounded the tip of Rheneia.

Mykonos Island is part of the Cyclades Island Group, Greece.
Little Venice of Mykonos.

 

access

Mykonos Island, Greece.

By air: Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines both run three return flights daily between Athens and Mykonos, and one flight three times weekly to Thessaloniki. The craft are mostly 40-seater or smaller. The airport is 2.5km from Chora.
By boat: Mykonos is also amply served by connections from both Piraeus (on average three times daily in summer) and Rafina (between 5 and 9 times daily in summer), with frequency dropping markedly in winter. The fastest times are (an incredible) 2 hrs from Rafina and 4 hrs from Piraeus.
The town now has two separate ports and, on departure, it is important to be sure which port the ferry you need is leaving from.
There are typically an average of three connections daily to Syros and Paros, and two to Naxos , during the summer, with routes to Herakleion three times weekly. The daily caïques for Delos (except on Mondays) leave from the west mole of the old harbour.

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eating

Mykonos Island, Greece.

First, eating "Greek": the only Mykoniot fish-taverna left in Chora which has maintained its simplicity is Kounelas, where it is still possible to enjoy good seafood in a tiny walled garden. (Just off waterfront, two alleys east of the town hall).
Similarly traditional Greek fare and environment can be found at To Koutouki tou Limniou in Aghios Stephanos, north of Chora.
Some of the island"s best fresh fish is prepared by Markos" taverna at Livounia, on the east side of the Kalafáti peninsula in the east of the island.
International cuisine: for imaginative Japanese and Pacific "fusion cuisine", Nobu of Mykonos at the Belvedere Hotel in Rohari is highly prized. Casa di Giorgio (be hind the Catholic Cathedral) has a wide variety of genuine Italian dishes prepared in an Italian kitchen.
For a pleasing vantage point from which to watch the sun set, it is hard to do better than the balcony of the Veranda Bar in "Little Venice".

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further reading

Mykonos Island, Greece.

Theodore Bent’s description of the ‘μοιρολογίσται’ of Mykonos (the versifying professional mourners at funerals), as well as being an invaluable piece of anthropological documentation, is one of the best chapters of his work The Cyclades, or Life among the Insular Greeks (1885), reissued 2002 by

Archaeopress, Oxford.

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lodging

Mykonos Island, Greece.

Mykonos has a staggering quantity of hotels on offer, catering for every kind of taste—except perhaps for rustic simplicity. For those who want to be in the heart of Chora, Zorzis is a small ‘boutique hotel’, open year round (rare in Mykonos) with characterfully furnished rooms and friendly management (T. 22890 22167, fax 24169, www.zorzishotel.com).
Opposite, and similar in style, is the French-owned Chez Maria (T. 22890 27565, fax 27566), which incorporates a restaurant below.
Delightful and attentive, family management and unpretentiousness has always characterised the Rhenia Hotel in Tourlos: it is set back on the hill above the new port away from noise, and 2km from the town centre (T. 22890 22300, fax 23152, www.rhenia-bungalows.com).
Since the 1950s the Leto Hotel has provided spacious ness and full services, in its own gardens right beside the Chora and the museum: it is best patronised outside of high season during which it can become noisy at night (T. 22890 22207, fax 24365, www.letohotel.com).
Of the luxury hotels, Cavo Tagoo is the longest standing and has the most interesting architecture (T. 22890 23692, fax 24923, www.cavotagoo.gr).
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practical info

Mykonos Island, Greece.

846 00 Mykonos: area 86sq. km; perimeter 89km; resident population 9260; max. altitude 373m. Port Authority: 22890 22218.
Information: Sea and Sky Travel Agency, T. 22890 28240 & 27799, fax 28287; www.mykonos.gr

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