With undoubtedly the prettiest town in the Cyclades, Mykonos welcomes all visitors with a friendly smile, a strong handshake and our unique island hospitality. We have many sandy beaches for you to enjoy, whitewashed villages and, of course, a very cosmopolitan party scene. We add a touch of glamour and excitement to Greece and the Greek Islands.
The island is a villa owners paradise. So many beautiful designs, sizes and styles and many offering unforgettable views with unforgettable sunsets.
It is Greece’s designer island. Where else offers boutique hotels, stunning villas and fabulous shops?
We receive visitors from all over the world, film and television stars to those just happy to savor the beauty of this fabulous island.
Mykonos is also famous for its award winning beaches, its watersports and the lively cocktail bars at some of our beaches. Of course, for somewhere quieter we offer beautiful beaches at Agios Ioannis, Ornos, Elia, and Kalo Livadi.
But, there is much more to Mykonos than it’s beauty, visitors and entertainment. The island was named after the son of the mythical king of Delos who was the descendent of the nymph Rio and the god Apollo.
In Greek mythology it is claimed the island was named after a hero called Mykonos and we also find mention about Hercules. It is written that after fighting and killing the Giants he cast them into the sea where they petrified and formed the islands of Mykonos, Tinos and Andros.
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Discover the myth…
In ancient times much more was written about its neighbour, the small spiritual and wealthy island of Delos than about Mykonos.
We do know that the first inhabitants of Mykonos were the Carians, the ancient inhabitants of Caria in southwest Anatolia who were then succeeded by the Egyptians and then the Minoan Cretans. Small coins of that period depict the island’s God to be Dionyssos. After the Cretans came the Ionians, the Romans, Venetians and the Turks.
It is worth noting that three cities were built by the Ionians on Mykonos: one south of Hora, the next at Dimastos and the third at Panormos. All three were destroyed during the war between the Romans and Mithridates of Pontus. Mykonos Town was rebuilt during the Byzantine period and the Venetians surrounded it with a wall that no longer exists.