Discover Chora, the picturesque Town of Mykonos
Chora is the name given by Greek islanders, for the capitals of their islands. So don’t be surprised if you hear someone refer to Mykonos Town as Chora or Hora. That being explained, we may now move on to say that the cosmopolitan Town of Mykonos is definitely one of the most beautiful choras in the Cyclades – this world-renowned island group that includes some of the most beautiful destinations you can ever visit.
From the first moment you set foot in the Town, it will surely enchant you with its traditional Cycladic architecture. The narrow cobbled streets, the whitewashed houses, the colorful doors and windows, and the balconies adorned with bougainvilleas, create a truly fairy-tale setting!
What are the landmarks that will amaze you the most, in this beautiful place? First of all, the trademark of the island, which is none other than the instantly recognizable Windmills, standing proudly overlooking the Aegean Sea.
Situated just a stone’s throw away from the windmills, the picturesque district of Little Venice or “Alefkandra” is definitely one of the most photographed spots on the island. Here, the colorful balconies seem to hang over the water, and this gives you the feeling that you are in Venice. Undoubtedly, this is one of the most beautiful places in Mykonos to enjoy your cocktail, especially at sunset.
Your stroll should definitely bring you also to the picturesque old harbor, where a fleet of colorful boats and caiques will have you taking photos before you know it!
For shopping and socializing, a walk along the most famous street of the island is necessary! Matogianni is full of life, especially during July and August. Boutiques featuring designer clothes, jewelry shops showcasing exclusive handmade pieces, cafes and bars are open all day and night long, while celebrities from all over the world may walk by you enjoying —just like you— every moment spent on the “Island of the Winds”.
If you want to learn something more while you are on vacation, don’t forget to visit the church of Panagia Paraportiani, as well as some very interesting museums: the Archaeological Museum, the Folklore Museum of Mykonos and the Aegean Maritime Museum.
And if by chance you come across one of the pelicans of the island, take a photo; after all, they are all stars, too!