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Top Historical Sights in Mykonos

Top Historical Sights in Mykonos

One of the most popular of Greece’s Cyclades islands, Mykonos has a reputation as a luxury escape for those seeking beach-by-day, party-by-night vacations. But scratch the glitzy surface of this Greek isle and you’ll find a rich array of historical sights. See below for some of the must-see historical sights in Mykonos. 

Ancient Delos

Ancient Delos is not actually on the island of Mykonos, but rather on its uninhabited sister isle of Delos just a 30-minute boat ride away. In ancient times, it served as the religious center of the Aegean, and according to Greek mythology, was the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. Now an archaeological site, the island is scattered with ruins of temples, markets, amphitheaters, and other structures. 

Mykonos Town

Mykonos Town, known by locals as Chora, is a whitewashed tangle of pedestrian lanes lined with historical houses, tavernas, and churches. Among the standout sights is the oft-photographed church of Panagia Paraportiani, near the Old Port and the charming Little Venice neighborhood. The oldest parts of the church date back to the late 14th century. 

Ano Mera

This tiny inland village is Mykonos’ second-most populated town. In addition to traditional whitewashed buildings and a handful of tavernas, it’s also home to the 16th-century Panagia Tourliani monastery. The abbey features a vast baroque altar screen and a small museum exhibiting carvings and liturgical garments. 

Mykonos Windmills

This series of sun-bleached windmills, known as the Windmills of Kato Milli, stand just south of Mykonos Town’s Old Port, facing out to the Aegean Sea. They were built in the 16th century by the Venetians to harness the power of the strong sea winds and are topped with cone-shaped straw roofs.

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Half-Day Small-Group Guided Tour of Mykonos

Half-Day Small-Group Guided Tour of Mykonos

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Experience the best of Mykonos during this combination walking and driving trip. Along with a small group, enjoy the scenic drive to Mykonos hotspots like Kalafatis Beach and the charming village of Ano Mera. Then, take a walking tour to explore the white-washed buildings of Mykonos Town.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Tour: Mykonos Island in Half a Day

Private Tour: Mykonos Island in Half a Day

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Discover Mykonos in half a day with this private tour by foot and car. With your own private guide, you’ll enjoy an experience that’s tailored to your interests. If there’s something you really want to see, just let the guide know. Check out must-sees such as Little Venice on a walking tour, then relax in the comfort of a private car for a visit to Ano Mera and its monastery.
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  • 4 hours
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$132.90
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Best of Mykonos island, 4 hours private tour

Best of Mykonos island, 4 hours private tour

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Take a customized private tour of Mykonos. Visit the island's beaches, towns, villages, and other highlights in a private, air-conditioned vehicle with a dedicated guide. Hotel or port pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 4 hours
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$290.77
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Delos Day Trip from Mykonos

Delos Day Trip from Mykonos

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Ride the ferry from Mykonos to Delos with a local guide who shares expert knowledge about the UNESCO World Heritage–listed island. Unveil the drama of Delos during this half-day walking tour through the excavated ruins of its main archaeological site. See the Terrace of the Lions, House of Dionysus, Archaeological Museum of Delos and more as you learn about the sacred isle’s place in Ancient Greek history. Meet at the port or upgrade to include pickup from Mykonos hotels.
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  • 4 hours
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Discover Authentic Mykonos

Discover Authentic Mykonos

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Get a local perspective of Mykonos beyond the famous sunsets, nightlife and windmills on a 4-hour tour of the island’s rich history and authentic culture. Travel far off the beaten tourist path as you enjoy a light snack and visit a working organic farm, a monastery, a traditional village market, and the lovely port of St. Ioannis.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Tour: Delos Day Trip from Mykonos

Private Tour: Delos Day Trip from Mykonos

Walk along the Sacred Way, hear tales of Greek gods and pose by the Terrace of the Lions on this private, half-day tour from Mykonos to the island of Delos. Said to be the birthplace of the Greek gods Apollo and Artemis, Delos is arguably Greece’s most significant historical and mythological archaeological site. With your own personal guide, you’ll check off the UNESCO-listed ruins’ most impressive highlights, from the Sanctuary of Apollo to the houses of Dionysus and Cleopatra. Round-trip hotel transfers and the boat ride from and to Mykonos are included.
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  • 4 hours
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Hiking Adventure in Mykonos with Lunch Option

Hiking Adventure in Mykonos with Lunch Option

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Explore Mykonos on foot during this guided hiking tour. Choose from the ambitious 6-mile (10-km) option, suitable for advanced hikers, or the more manageable 3-mile (5-km) walk. Each option can be upgraded with a traditional Greek lunch at the Mykonian Spiti. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Private Tour: Mykonos Old Town Walking Tour

Private Tour: Mykonos Old Town Walking Tour

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Get acquainted with Mykonos’ tumbledown Old Town on this private, 2.5-hour walking tour. With your own personal guide, you’ll wander along narrow streets thronged with pretty sugar-cube houses. See the famous blue-and-white architecture that abounds in the Cyclades, and explore Little Venice, a shore-hugging neighborhood that affords stunning views of Mykonos’ famous windmills. You’ll also enjoy free time to sightsee independently or kick back at a terrace bar.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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