We’re on the beautiful island of Mykonos today with Wilbur walking through the narrow whitewashed streets in 4K video as part of our Greece series. Turn on closed captions (CC) for fun facts and tourist advice on today’s walk.
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Highlights of today’s walking tour include (click on the time to jump to that location) –
00:10 – Mikri Venetia (Little Venice)
08:40 – Agia Kyriaki Church
09:30 – Chora Old Port
31:43 – Windmills
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=== Notes from today’s walk – turn on closed captions (CC) to read in realtime! ===
We’re in beautiful Mykonos (Μύκονος) Greece for today’s walk. One of the Cyclades Islands – an island group in the Aegean Sea with lots of mythology and history. They’re known for their blue and white stucco buildings, beautiful beaches, and clear blue water.
Mykonos is a smaller island with just 10,134 inhabitants – but many times that in tourists. The population can temporarily double during the day with the large cruise ships of visitors arriving.
We’ll be walking around Mykonos (same name) which is the largest town that lies on the west coast of the island. It’s also known as Chora (‘town’ in Greek) which you’ll find the same on other Greek Islands. The town is a maze of tiny streets all whitewashed. It’s still full of locals who you’ll see going about their daily business – but many houses are now converted to AirBnBs
Mykonos is also known as “The Island of the Winds” for obvious reasons – though today is a beautiful calm day. Over 150,000 tourists usually visit Mykonos each year – but this year it’s empty due to COVID … so we get the enjoy the small streets almost people free!
Usually, Mykonos tends to be extremely crowded with visitors in July and August so you planning your trip on either side of this is often a good idea. The sun shines for up to 300 days a year on Mykonos and the temperature is around 28 °C (82 °F) in summer due to cooling breezes.
As the island is so small the airport is only a short 15 minutes taxi ride away. But be aware that taxis in Mykonos are very expensive. Public buses regularly to the other towns and beaches so are often a better choice.
In Greek mythology, Mykonos was named after its first ruler, Mykonos (Μύκονος). He was the son of the god Apollo. Mykonos is said to be the location of a great battle between the god Zeus and giants. The large rocks all over the island are said to be the petrified corpses of the giants
Mykonos town is full of small cafes, top restaurants, bars and nightclubs. It’s also the most popular gay-friendly destination in Greece.
= Little Venice =
You might remember Little Venice where we started today’s walk which has rows of fishing houses line the waterfront with their little balconies hanging over the sea. These date back to the mid-18th century and rumor has it that they belonged to pirates who had secret storage below their houses to hide their treasures. Some of the houses have now been converted into bars and cafes and it’s a great place to watch the sunset
= Mykonos windmills =
You’ll see windmills across Mykonos but these are the famous Kato Mili. They were built by the Venetians in the 16th Century to mill flour. Although they don’t work today they were positioned here to capture the strong Aegan winds.
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