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Mykonos

Mykonos is one of the most fashionable islands in the Cyclades with its good beaches and pulsating nightlife, it is a magnet for the tourist who enjoys the hectic pace.

Mykonos Town is the main town and port on the island. The town is picturesque with its white painted houses and its narrow streets lined with shops selling everything from clothes, jewellery and everything the young modern tourist needs. The town’s mascot is Petros the Pelican. The original Petros who ruled the waterfront for 29 years met an untimely end, when a local taxi driver ran over him. The taxi driver was so distraught at killing the town’s mascot that he tried to stuff the pelican himself, the pelican now is on display in the Folk Museum . In the little Venice area of the town that is popular with artists, are many seafront cafes and bars along side small charming churches. During the summer months, the town is awash with tourists and can be a bit claustrophobic, but this does not deter form having a good time.

The Archaeological Museum has some artefacts from the sacred isle of Delos plus storage jars and a Trojan War scene in relief.

The Aegean Maritime Museum displays interesting items pertaining to the maritime history of the Aegean .

Lena ’s House next door to the maritime Museum is a 19th century Mykonian house which of a middle class lady. Everything is preserved, right down to the chamber pot (empty).

The Folklore Museum houses displays of local handicrafts and a working windmill from the 16th century, also on display is the stuffed, Pelos the pelican.

Panagia Paraportiani is the most important and most photographed church on the island. It consists of five small chapels united to make one church. Parts of the church date from the 15th century.

The beaches on Mykonos are good but can be crowded at the height of the summer season. The best are on the south coast, Platys Gialos, Agios Ioannis beaches are popular with families. The beaches of Paradise , Super Paradise, Agria and Elia are very popular a couple of them are for nudists and gays. The beaches on the north coast can be a bit windy, but it is possible to find a sheltered spot.

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