Mykonos is one of the most cosmopolitan islands in Europe, and has attained an iconic status among European holidaymakers; many international celebrities visit the island every year. The largest town lies on the west coast and is named Mykonos, also known as Chora (i.e. the Town in Greek, a common denomination in Greece when the name of the island itself is the same as the name of the principal town). Similar to the middle-east Cinderella-story of Dubai, Mykonos was once very poor. The people tried to survive on fishing and stock breeding. Ship construction was a major industry. Tourism has turned the economy over since it started in the 1950
The other major cities on the island are Ornos, Agios Stefanos and Ano Mera
Significant landmarks: Petros the Pelican, the 16th century windmills (most of them built by Venetians), Little Venice with the balconies overhanging the water
Mykonos hosts 4 museums right in Chora and 4 major archaeological sites. Archeological finds indicate that the Ionians settled on Mykonos in the early part of the 11th century BCE. Recent discoveries have uncovered remnants in Ftelia beach from the Neolithic Kares tribe dating back to as far as 3000 BC.
Mykonos beaches are some of the most beautiful and exotic in all of Europe. Travelers from all around the world come here to see and enjoy them. The fine sand and crystal clear water are sure to impress any experienced traveler. The most popular beaches are Psarou (the poshest one), Platys Gialos, Paradise and Super Paradise, Paraga, Agrari, Ftelia, Panormos
Mykonos has a very vibrant nightlife, filled with more venues than you can possibly imagine. The diverse style of bars and clubs will suit any traveler’s needs, from traditional Greek music to the hottest DJs or just a place to enjoy a few drinks and relax.
Popular activities include: fishing (especially in the Chora Harbor) and windsurfing (especially on Ftelia, Kalafatis and Agia Anna beaches)