Mykonos is situated in the center of the Cyclades Islands in the Aegean Sea. Mykonos is easily one of the most famous Greek islands known throughout the world for its bars, clubs, nightlife and its beautiful sandy beaches, thousands of visitors from all over the globe visit every summer.
Mykonos is the party capital of the world
Mykonos has a population of less than 10,000 people, but this figure is increased quite a lot during the summer months, the majority of the islanders live in the main town, Mykonos, sometimes known as Chora on the west side of the island.
At one time Mykonos was always associated with the jet set and celebrates, but nowadays the island is hot spot for the young coming for the amazing nightlife and couples on their honeymoon, easily on par with places like Ibiza. Mykonos attracts some of the top DJ’s in the world and has been recently voted one top destination in Europe.
With the exception of Mykonos town, Chora, all over Mykonos you will see the typical Cycladic cubist style of architecture. Small, often single storey white cubes sprinkled over the landscape like little iced cakes. Mykonos town however offers a different architectural style that is unique in the area. Here, flanking the narrow winding streets are buildings reminiscent of a medieval style.
Mykonos according to mythology, was the place where Heracles killed the giants. The rocks around the island are supposedly their corpses!!!
Mykonos was the first ruler on the island according to tradition, and the first known settlers we know of were the Ionians in the 9th century BC. The island was to fall under Athenian, Macedonian and Roman rule in the years to come, just like the surrounding islands. The Venetians conquered the island in 1207, and their Duchy later until the Turks invaded in the first half of the 16th century. All Greek school-children have read about the heroine Manto Mavrogenous who success-fully fought the Turks after they tried to land on the island in 1822, a year after the war of Independence had broken out. Her house can still be seen on Mykonos.
Mykonos was liberated in 1830. It was quite exhausted after the war, and it was not until tourism started pick up that the island got on its feet economically again.