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CHORA

The cosmopolitan flair and the vibrant pulse are the main characteristics of Mykonos Town [Chora], which is the centre of nightlife of this majestic island. Within 24 hours it can change many facets, catering to all tastes and all ages. It is a quaint, colourful town, “decorated” with fantastic small neighbourhoods, cobblestone streets and whitewashed houses, while the colours of bougainvillea and geraniums and the aroma of basil and spearmint fill the atmosphere.

Walking around the quaint areas, with the numerous blue-domed whitewashed small churches, the quaint windmills, the port with its colourful fishing boats that line side by side with mega yachts, tourists are filled with beautiful images of a settlement that has managed to keep its traditional features intact, while at the same time remains in the top list as one of the best tourist destinations worldwide.

Chora spreads along the west island coast, lying in the middle of a large gulf, formed by Tourlos and Agios Stefanos bay on the north and Korfos bay and Diakofti peninsula on the south. A tour of the town should include the commercial street Matogianni, with famous stores, galleries and jewelleries, the busy squares of Mando Mavrogenous, Tria Pigadia and Lakka, the Windmills in the small hill on the southeastern part of Chora and undoubtedly, one of the most scenic areas of Mykonos, Alefkandra or Little Venice, with the 18th- century mansions and their colourful balconies hanging above the waves.

In the early morning, try a walking tour in the quiet, still sleepy town. Then, continue for a swim and a picnic at one of the famous beaches such as Kalafati, Elia and Kalo Livadi, which are not far from Mykonos Town [Chora] and just a short distance from Hermes Mykonos Hotel. In the afternoon enjoy a Greek coffee along with local delicacies at Venetia and later on, in the evening, just party all night long, sipping cocktails at the fancy bars and night clubs for which Mykonos is so famous of.

Must - visit areas

  • Archaeological Museum: it hosts a large collection of vessels especially represented of Cycladic ceramics dating from the Geometric period until the 6th cent. B.C., wonderful black figure and red figure pottery and diverse finds, including Hellenistic period gravestones and other sculpture. Open 8:30 a.m to 3:00 p.m, daily except Monday and major public holidays. [tel.: +30 22890 – 22 325]
  • Mykonos Folklore Museum: It is located in the Kastro of Mykonos town, in an old, two-storey, captain’s house. Six main exhibition halls house collections of antique furniture, Byzantine icons, Folkloric ceramics, historical commemorative plates, decorative prints and gravures, embroidered and hard-woven fabrics, locks and keys, weights and measures, a lovely collection of model boats, historical artifacts, manuscripts and printed matter, photographs, maps and a significant library. Open from April to October 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. daily except Sundays. [tel.: +30 22890 – 22591]


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