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Monday, February 8, 2010

Mykonos Island

Mykonos is a Greek island and a top tourist destination, renowned for its cosmopolitan character and its intense nightlife. The island is part of the Cyclades, lying between Tinos, Syros, Paros and Naxos. It spans an area of 105.183 km2 or 41 square miles and rises at an elevation of 341 m or 1,119 ft at its highest point. The island is composed primarily of granite. It has little natural fresh water and relies on the desalination of sea water in order to meet its needs. There are 9,320 inhabitants most of whom live in the largest town. Mykonos, also known as Chora which lies on the west coast.

MykonosMykonos is believed that the island was named after a local hero, who is considered an offspring of the god Apollo and was worshipped locally in antiquity. Archaeological finds indicate that the Ionians settled on Mykonos in the early part of the 11th century BC. More recent discoveries have uncovered remnants in Ftelia beach from the Neolithic Kares tribe dating back to as far as 3000 BC.

In Greek mythology Mykonos was the location of the battle between Zeus and the Titan, and the island was named in honor of Apollo's grandson Mykonos. During these ancient times, Mykonos, due to its proximity to the then highly populated island of Delos became very important as a supply island and possibly as a getaway location for Delian citizens.

Mykonos is one of the most cosmopolitan islands in Greece, having become increasingly popular with mass tourism. It is known for its diverse and intense nightlife as evidenced by a vast number of bars and nightclubs. Mykonos is also known for its sandy beaches. The nightlife of Mykonos is marketed as among the best in Europe. Mykonos also attracts famous DJs to its renowned clubs and beach bars. Mykonos nightlife focuses mainly on bars rather than clubs, yet a number of notable clubs can be found throughout the island.

Mykonos Pelican Mykonos WindmillsMykonos is famous for its rhythm of life: the party starts at midday on the beaches, then continues to the night until sunrise, when the club-goers then sleep until the afternoon. Mykonos attracts thousands of people each month of the summer, including many famous celebrities. The island is considered to be "a playground for adults".

Petros the Pelican is an old celebrity of the town's waterfront, "Petros" has been the official mascot of Mykonos for over 50 years. Mykonos windmills is From as early as the 16th century, they are one of the most recognized landmarks of Mykonos. Little Venice the buildings have been constructed right on the sea's edge with their balconies overhanging the water. Paraportiani is one of the most famous architectural structures in Greece. Its name means inner or secondary door which it was to the Medieval stone walls which encircled the area. Archaeological Museum Houses marble sculptures, ceramics and jewellery recovered from the islands of Delos, Renia and Mykonos.

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