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Mykonos Town resort guide

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Photo: Shane Hayes

Over commercialised to some, Mykonos Town is the epitome of glamorous Greece and echoes of its past as a haunt of celebrities and the super rich are still in evidence.

Whitewashed streets are lined with typical Cycladic cube houses while jasmine and bougainvillea spill from every wall and terrace.

Fishermen's homes have long been converted into tourist shops, craft galleries and cafes overlooked by the trademark windmills on the hills above and reached along a steep, winding maze of narrow streets.

The line of 16th century hilltop windmills is the main tourist attraction. Although the views over the town and harbour are memorable, the windmills themselves may fail to live up to expectations. All but one are in a poor state of repair and none are working.

Most Mykonos visitors also head to Little Venice, where cafes and restaurants lean over the water. Meals are reasonably priced and the locals friendly despite this being the biggest tourist honeypot on the island.

Just behind is the main shopping street of Matoyianni, its narrow maze of alleyways packed with shops, cafes and bars. It's a great place to wander and get lost in the busy market streets, although it can be a nightmare in high summer when the cruise ship passengers pour in by the thousand.

Paraportiani Church is also a 'must see' sight that has photographers drooling. Like a giant marzipan wedding cake, several chapels have been built over each other to create a building that is more sculpture then architecture.

Unfortunately, it is rarely open and there is nothing to tell visitors about it's remarkable history. By night the streets around the church are a popular spot for gay cruising.

Strolling around the streets of Mykonos Town os a popular pastime. There is lots to see and the locals remain refreshingly welcoming and friendly despite the endless trail of tourists.

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