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Mykonos Town | Where Classic Architecture Meets The Chic White, Blue and Red Island Style

Updated: Mar 8


George Papadellis | SG Head

with some tips from AI

Mykonos Town, located on the Greek island of Mykonos, is a destination that should be on every traveler’s bucket list. Known for its picturesque white-washed buildings, narrow alleys, and stunning Aegean Sea views, Mykonos Town is a charming and unique town that is sure to captivate visitors. In this article, we explore the architecture and style of Mykonos Town, as well as the top attractions and things to do in the area. From strolling through the charming streets to enjoying delicious Greek cuisine and exploring the fascinating history of the island, Mykonos Town is a destination that should not be missed.

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Architecture and Style

Mykonos Town (also called Mykonos Chora or Mykonos Hora in Greek) is a Cycladic-type village with whitewashed houses (coloured with blue or red painted doors, window frames and stair railings), narrow marble streets, blooming trees, hidden churches and numerous cafes, restaurants, bars and stores. This style is a result of the island’s history, as the white-washed buildings were originally used to reflect the sun and keep the interior of the buildings cool during the hot summer months.

Traditional House of Mykonos Town  |  Shiny Greece

Traditional House of Mykonos Town | Photo by: Andreas Kakaris, Traditional Settlement of Mykonos, CC BY-SA 4.0

To Do in Mykonos Town

Also known as Mykonos Old Town, the village is a small labyrinth, but the sea breeze always guides visitors easily to the waterfront. And there, the visitors are astonished to meet the mascots of the island, the pelicans, that wander around, very familiar with the crowd, looking for food and photos! And of course, no one can ever forget the famous Peter the Pelican, the first pelican of the island, the grief for the loss of whose is responsible for his succesors. Mykonos Downtown is generally quiet during the day (all visitors are at the beaches and day parties, or wander the island). In the afternoon, this is a different world... Tourists invade to experience the romantic sunset from the windmills and Little Venice. And the fun with Mykonos Town nightlife starts...

Mykonos Town  |  Shiny Greece

Visiting Mykonos Town Greece means at least visiting the famous Matoyanni street with the luxury brand stores and the stylish restaurants and bars, the Little Venice, the Windmills, the Panagia Paraportiani church, the Archaeological Museum, the Aegean Maritime Museum, the Folklore Museum, the castle, the Town Hall and the Kazarma house where the soldiers of Manto Mavrogenous rested before their furious fights with the Ottoman invaders.

Food and Drink

No trip to Mykonos Town is complete without sampling some of the delicious local cuisine. The island is known for its fresh seafood, which can be found in many of the town’s restaurants and tavernas. Other local specialties include grilled meats, traditional Greek salads, and a variety of meze dishes. Visitors can also enjoy sampling the local wine and spirits, including ouzo, a traditional Greek anise-flavored liquor that is often enjoyed as an aperitif.

Old Port of Mykonos  |  Shiny Greece

Old Port of Mykonos | Photo by: Bernard Gagnon, Old Port of Mykonos 01, cropped by Shiny Greece, CC BY-SA 3.0

Strolling and Sampling

Mykonos Town is a destination that offers something for everyone. Whether you are interested in history, architecture, or simply relaxing and soaking up the island’s atmosphere, Mykonos Town is sure to captivate and enchant visitors. From strolling through the charming streets to sampling delicious local cuisine and exploring the island’s fascinating history, Mykonos Town is a destination that should not be missed.


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3 days ago

One of the top things to do in Mykonos is to walk along the beautiful straits of Chora and watch the sunset!


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