Mykonos of the past (4hrs)

Mykonos of the past (4hrs)

 

Feel the gentle Aegean breeze touch, while experiencing the brightest of all, the pure white architectural phenomenon and its granite truth.  An island with a great cultural inheritance, situated right next to the largest archaeological park of Europe, with a continuous human presence in the last 5000 years and a direct connection with heroes like Hercules and Ajax.  An island of natural beauty, wonderful beaches and crystal clear waters. A cosmopolitan Cycladic gem, eager to reveal to you all its charms and values.
We start our island drive with a visit to the lighthouse situated at the northwestern point of the island and in a rugged landscape. Manufactured in 1891, this sleepless guard with the rather abandoned looks has interesting stories to narrate and even greater views to offer. Through the uknown side of the island on narrow unpaved country roads we drive now to the one of the two water reservoirs and further to the village of Ano Mera. Our focal point here is the monastery of Our Lady (15th cent) with its amazing architecture and decoration, religious centre of Mykonos. After this cultural visit we may have the option for a greek coffee at one of the traditional coffee shops located in the main sq of the village. On our way back to Mykonos town, we will make a stop over at Mykonos Farmers, the creamery of the island, to check the production line and have a taste of the local dairy products. Roads bring us now to the charming town of Mykonos, that we have the chance to explore on foot: Walking through the pedestrian shopping streets of the Chora, we will make a visit to a little mosaic workshop to learn about the techniques of its artistry. As we will move along, we will pass the Public Gardens – a secret gem in the heart of Mykonos town.  On the busiest street at the most central part of Mykonos town, next to cafés and restaurants you will also see Tria Pighadhia (Three Wells), the water supply for the entire Mykonos’ Chora in the 18th century. On our way to the famous Windmills, we will walk through the narrowest street you have ever seen to make a stop at 16th century traditional bakery, with its still operating wood burning oven. The Windmills towering over the sea southeast of the capital are the most well-known Mykonos landmarks, and their photograph has traveled around the world countless times. Once we finish taking pictures, we will head towards Little Venice, an utterly picturesque neighborhood in Mykonos, where the homes of the rich merchants of the island were located in the 18th century. Before finishing the tour we will visit the Paraportiani Church of Mykonos which, in essence, is a complex of five smaller temples – four at the base and one sitting atop the other four as dome. Our tour ends by the moment we reach the waterfront – the old harbour, with the numerous taverns and coffeeshops – the perfect place to enjoy a meal, to absorb perfectly all the great images of Mykonos of the past!

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