A stunningly beautiful Aegean island
Mykonos is the most beautiful place I’ve seen. The island has blue skies, gorgeous water, pristine beaches. along with a nice breeze.
The island is full of traditional whitewashed houses and blue-domed churches. The island's trademark is the beautiful traditional windmills in front of Little Venice. The windmills were used for crushing agricultural yields. They are no longer operational, but they continue to be a symbol of Mykonos.
Mykonos is a Greek island, part of the Cyclades, lying between Tinos, Syros, Paros and Naxos. The island has an area of 85.5 square kilometers (33.0 sq mi) and rises to an elevation of 341 meters (1,119 feet) at its highest point. There are 10,134 inhabitants according to the 2011 census, most of whom live in the largest town, Mykonos, which lies on the west coast. The town is also known as Chora (i.e. 'Town' in Greek, following the common practice in Greece when the name of the island itself is the same as the name of the principal town).
Mykonos's nickname is "The Island of the Winds" due to the very strong winds that usually blow on the island.
Tourism is important to the local economy. The French School of Archaeology carried out important archeological excavations in neighboring Delos starting in 1873. Mykonos became popular with international "jet set" tourists in the 1960s. By the 2000s, Mykonos had become one of Greece's most expensive islands.
Mykonos has a hot semi-arid climate because of the low overall rainfall, although it has lots of Mediterranean characteristics and it is highly influenced by the Mediterranean Sea. The sun shines for up to 300 days a year.
Because of the seasonal cool "meltemi" wind (similar to the other Cyclades islands) and the moderating sea, summer days are relatively cool, dry, sunny and pleasant. The reason for the low overall rainfall is the rain shadow of the Pindus Mountains, which dry out the westerly winds.
The film The Greek Tycoon (1978) starring Anthony Quinnand Jaqueline Bisset was partly shot on Mykonos.
Anthony Quinn was born in Mexico — not Greece.