Mykonos Sightseeing & Attractions in Mykonos Archaeological Sites (Ancient Delos), Museums, Churches in Mykonos Greece
Mykonos Island possesses some very impressive historical monuments, churches, museums and attractions, despite the fact that it is not most famous for its sightseeing. If your truly want to get acquainted with the island, we recommend dedicating a day or two for a Mykonos sightseeing tour. Your first stop on your tour should be Mykonos Town, where you can visit:
The Church of Panagia Paraportiani
This church is probably the most recognizable attraction on the island and should be included in your Mykonos sightseeing tour.
It is situated in the Kastro region of Mykonos Town, built in the 16th and 17th centuries, in the traditional architectural style of the Cyclades Islands.
It is constructed in an asymmetrical shape, with two stories that house five chapels.
The Region of Alefkandra – the ‘Little Venice’ of Mykonos
Alefkandra is an area located in Mykonos Town, which is considered the most picturesque spot in Mykonos Island.
It has colourful houses with balconies that hang over the Aegean Sea, many of which have been transformed into cafés and tavernas, so that visitors can enjoy the magnificent sunset view and ambience.
Historically, Alefkandra used to be a pirate port, where ships would unload the spoils of their raids.
The most recognizable feature of Mykonos and some of the best preserved traditional windmills throughout Greece.
A must for your Mykonos sightseeing schedule.
The Archaeological Museum
The Mykonos Archaeological Museum displays a wonderful collection or ancient objects from the Rineia Settlement digs, such as statues, bronzes, amphorae, idols, pottery and grave stones.
The Maritime Museum
Another interesting museum is the Maritime Museum in Mykonos Town, where visitors can admire historical nautical instruments, maps, model ships, ancient coins and amphorae.
The Folklore Museum
The Folklore Museum provides visitors with the opportunity to see objects from the everyday life of the Mykonians, up close. The collection includes furniture, musical instruments, sculptures, photos, a library, and an archive of historical documents.
Next stop in you Mykonos sightseeing tour should be the settlement of Platis Gialos, where you can visit the archaeological sites of:
The Well of Giannaros
A large underground cistern made of granite stone, with a staircase that leads to its bottom. It dates back to ancient times.
The Three Hellenistic Towers
Situated in the area of ‘Portes’. The towers date back to the Hellenistic Era and are believed to have been used as defensive structures against invaders.
You Mykonos sightseeing tour should also include a visit to the village of Ano Mera to see:
The Monastery of Panagia Tourliani
Celebrated for its exquisite artwork and craftsmanship, as well as its impressive architectural style.
The monastery houses a beautiful wood-carved icon screen that was crafted in Florence Italy.
The monastery houses a museum that displays icons from the Byzantine and Renaissance Eras, ecclesiastical objects and liturgical vestments.
Discover Delos Island
A Mykonos sightseeing tour would never be complete without a trip to Delos Island, which is located opposite the western coast of Mykonos. In reality, Delos Island is an open-air museum and one of the finest archaeological sites in Greece. According to mythology, Delos was the birthplace of the Olympian gods Apollo and Artemis.
Ancient Delos was a very important religious center in the Aegean Sea region. On Delos, visitors have the unique opportunity to admire the breathtaking monuments that have been preserved through the ages. The whole island is heavily guarded, overnight stays are forbidden and only licensed tour boats are permitted to transport visitors to Delos.
Apart from the outdoor sites, you can visit the Archaeological Museum of Delos, which has a magnificent collection of pottery, friezes, statues, mosaics, figurines, jewellery and other small artefacts, which were found on the island, some of which date back to Prehistoric Times.