Mykonos is famous as a cosmopolitan destination among the Greek islands and widely recognized as one of the great travel Meccas. According to classical mythology, the Giants killed by Hercules in a fierce battle, are buried on the island under imposing blocks of Mykonian granite. The name Mykonos means a mass of stones or a rocky place. A later tradition attributes the name of the island to a hero by the name of Mykonos, the son of the king of Delos, Anios, who was the son of Apollo and nymph Rhoio – a descendent of Dionysus.
Mykonos was one of the first Greek islands which was developed touristically. Since the 50’s, the island saw a massive growth of tourism. What makes Mykonos unique, is the particularly beautiful landscape with the intense Aegean profile and the characteristic traditional architecture. Today, the night life of Mykonos is considered as one of the most active and vibrant in Europe.
Mykonos Town (Chora) is a stunningly picturesque Cycladic town with a maze of tiny streets and whitewashed lanes, houses and churches, built around its harbor in the middle of a wide bay. It is one of the most cosmopolitan and crowded towns of the Aegean. Although the streets are lined with little shops, boutiques, art galleries, cafes, stylish bars and restaurants, Mykonos Town has not completely lost its identity. Despite the island’s rapid growth and development, its traditional Cycladic architectural style and character has remained firmly intact, thanks to the island’s strict building regulations.