Mykonos (Chora)

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Mykonos (Chora)

Mykonos Town or Chora for the locals, is the charming capital of the cosmopolitan island of Mykonos. Once it was a quiet small fishing village, now a bustling place attracting people from all over the world. Despite the tourist development of the island, it has managed to retain its traditional Cycladic architecture. It is the heart of the island and a place for discovery, relaxation and enjoyment whilst without doubt being breathtakingly beautiful and incredibly interesting. Chora is located on the west coast and is surrounded by the natural bay of the old port.

It is made up of cubic whitewashed houses with colorful flowers in their courtyards and balconies that add yet more color in the bright light. Narrow winding streets, quaint churches and colorful boats rocking in the blue waters of the port, compose an incredibly beautiful scene. At the top of the hill, stand the iconic 16th century windmills, one of the most photographed spots of the island and probably the best place to enjoy a romantic sunset. In the so called "Little Venice", a line of old houses with colored shutters are built literally at the sea edge. In that area you can dine, right at the edge of the water, watching one of the most spectacular sunsets. Wander along the narrow maze-like streets and discover the Church of Panagia Paraportiani, the City Hall and the Three Wells.

In the whitewashed cobblestones alleys, small bars, restaurants and tavernas are flooded with thousands of tourists who visit the island every year to enjoy its unique atmosphere. In Mykonos you can enjoy shopping in Matogianni street, where you can find a variety of fascinating shops selling folk art items, souvenirs, branded clothes, casual fashion and jewelry. The town also houses. a remarkable archeological museum featuring discoveries from the local islands, a well worth folklore museum and the Aegean Maritime Museum.