The contrast of the stark whitewashed buildings against a deep blue sky and turquoise sea caught my attention as we sailed into the port of Mykonos. We could see the famous windmills of Mykonos up on the hill, and from here everything appeared quiet and peaceful. However, like many of the Greek Islands, Mykonos harbour depends heavily on tourism, and our ship was one of several to dock here on this day. Ideal for business, but not so great for visitors.
Despite all the people, I found Mykonos to be a Mediterranean paradise, albeit too windy for the beach on the day we visited. Instead, we explored. The cobblestone streets lead us uphill into the village and to the famous windmills. The iconic whitewashed Greek houses and chapels have accents of blues, reds, or purples. Visually, Mykonos far exceeded my expectations. Take a look at the best of my Mykonos images and see if you agree:
Windmills of Mykonos
Whitewashed Greek Chapels
These small churches and chapels seemed to be around every corner. Here are a few of my favourites:
Other Whitewashed Buildings
Wall of Water
- Many of my images found on the page are available for purchase at Zazzle.
- Most of the windmills of Mykonos were built in the 16th century and they were primarily used to mill wheat.
- By law, any new houses (since 1974), or repainted houses, on the Cyclades Islands are to be white. As the white houses boosted tourism significantly, the law has been kept intact.
- Mykonos was a sharp contrast to our prior port, Greece’s capital city of Athens.
- This article is a continuation of my throwback series encouraged by moving 40,000 photos to Lightroom. We visited Mykonos as one of nine ports as we cruised the Mediterranean on the NCL Spirit in 2012. The ports included one port in France, four in Italy, two in Greece, and two in Turkey.
- Rick Steves’ Mediterranean Cruise Ports is the best book we have found whether you are doing your own shore trips, or ship excursions.
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