a large ship in a body of water: Sky over Mykonos


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Sky over Mykonos

Far from the crowds

During the spring and summer months, the ancient isle of Mykonos (one of the most popular of the Greek islands), becomes the playground for the world’s glitterati. However, once late autumn approaches, this mystical spot returns to its everyday life, offering the visitor a unique opportunity to experience its beauty and history unencumbered by distractions.

Explore what it’s like on this virtual tour.



a man standing on top of a sandy beach: Mykonos windmills


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Mykonos windmills

Iconic windmills

Built by the Venetians in the 16th century, the famous “Kato Mili” in Chora is one of the island’s most famous icons. It’s a short, picturesque walk through the village to reach, and affords glorious views on the sea and coastline below.



a bird sitting on top of a building: Pigeon in window


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Pigeon in window

Picture-perfect pigeon

When you visit the Kato Mili historic windmills, you’ll also enjoy seeing these photogenic black and white pigeons that hang out in every window.



a flock of seagulls standing on a boat in the water: Mykonos Town, also known as Little Venice


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Mykonos Town, also known as Little Venice

Little Venice

Known as Little Venice, these rows of fishing houses that line the waterfront in Chora were constructed in the mid-18th century and remain one of the island’s most iconic images. Originally owned by sea captains of the time, many of the original houses have been converted into bars and restaurants.



Gold jewelry on Mykonos


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Gold jewelry on Mykonos

Grecian gold

Greece is known for its exquisite high-quality gold jewelry and you’ll find an amazing selection of boutiques offering local, handcrafted pieces in unique designs. In the off-season, you can definitely negotiate with the price, even in the most upscale of shops.



a boat is docked next to a body of water: Footpath along seafront in Chora


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Footpath along seafront in Chora

Leisurely stroll

In the high season, this lovely footpath along the shoreline in Chora would most likely be packed with visitors from around the world. But in late autumn, you can stroll leisurely to your heart’s content, soaking in the atmosphere of this wonderfully picturesque island.



a small boat in a body of water: Seafood boat on Mykonos


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Seafood boat on Mykonos

Maritime magic

As you may imagine, fishing is the lifeblood of the Greek islands, and Mykonos is no exception. You’ll see colorful fishing boats everywhere – and you’ll definitely enjoy the catch of the day at the local restaurants.



a plate of food: Mussels from Mykonos


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Mussels from Mykonos

Fruit of the sea

Needless to say, while Mykonos offers a wide variety of cuisine in its restaurants, from beef to vegan, seafood specialties are  at the top of the menu. And no wonder, plucked fresh from the pristine waters off the shore, there is nothing more delicious than the isle’s “fruit of the sea.”



a plant in front of a house: Bright red door and shutters on Mykonos


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Bright red door and shutters on Mykonos

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Local color

No matter where you turn along your stroll through the passageways in Chora, you’ll be amazed at the vivid colors used to paint windows and doors.



a large building: Small chapel on Mykonos


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Small chapel on Mykonos

Going to the chapel

There seems to be a church or chapel around every corner of the town of Chora, always a lovely site to come across. The colors of the cupola and doors are predominantly blue or red, which contrast beautifully with the stark white walls of the buildings.



a person standing in front of a building: Local woman doing laundry on Mykonos


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Local woman doing laundry on Mykonos

Local life

It’s hard to imagine people living today without clothes dryers. But on this island, you still find the old traditions in full force, such as drying clothes on a line in the sea breeze. 



a sign on the side of a building: Beautiful storefront on Mykonos


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Beautiful storefront on Mykonos

Artsy boutiques

Every shop on Chora seems to have its own unique storefront. This boutique’s exterior was definitely a work of art.



a living area with a building in the background: Changing weather on Mykonos


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Changing weather on Mykonos

Photographers’ dream

For both amateur and professional photographers, the ever-changing climatic conditions that late fall brings to Mykonos provide some creative photo opportunities. In this scene, the sun was shining brightly on this home as an ominous storm cloud loomed overhead, creating a stunning contrast.



a group of people walking on a sidewalk: Colorful alleyway on Mykonos


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Colorful alleyway on Mykonos

Off-season charm

Chances are you would never see this quaint view of locals conversing in the colorful alleyways during the crowded summer season.



a building with a mountain in the snow: Church of Panagia Paraportiani


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Church of Panagia Paraportiani

Ancient church

This church, located high on a hill above Chora, is known as the Church of Panagia Paraportiani, which literally means “Our Lady of the Side Gate.” The history of this church goes back to 1425 when construction was started, but it wasn’t completed until the 17th century. 



a group of people in a room: Shop on Mykonos


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Shop on Mykonos

Souvenirs to remember

A souvenir is a memento, keepsake or token of a past experience. You’ll find many shops on the island that will invite you to bring back a memory of your trip to this beautiful island.



a close up of a stone building: Mykonos windmill


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Mykonos windmill

Stay in a windmill

Consider renting one of these picturesque historic windmills, available on a variety of vacation rental sites. Not only will you be staying in a piece of history, you’ll also have the most amazing views of the Aegean Sea from this perch.



a cat sitting on top of a refrigerator: Black cat on Mykonos


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Black cat on Mykonos

Cats rule

You’ll see many free-roaming cats on this island, but there’s a good reason for this. Greeks love their cats, and they respect them for keeping the rat, snake, and mice population under control. 



a large stone building with a mountain in the background: Stormy weather on Mykonos


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Stormy weather on Mykonos

Capture the moment

Late fall, with its ever-changing weather, presents all sorts of dramatic photo opportunities. The purple clouds brewing behind this time-worn edifice are a good example.



a person standing in front of a building: Balcony in Mykonos


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Balcony in Mykonos

Remember to look up

While you’re strolling through this photogenic town, there’s no doubt you’ll have your camera or cell phone in hand. Remember a useful photo tip: Look UP! This colorful view of a lady enjoying her balcony was the result of doing just that!

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