If you are dreaming of a picture-perfect destination with endless sparkling coastlines and sun-bleached ancient ruins, then you must be dreaming of Greece.
Cruise 1st Australia offers many different cruises which take in the delights of the Greek islands. Click here to see the latest deals, or read on to find out more about just one of the fantastic Greek islands – Mykonos.
In Ancient Greek mythology it is said that Mykonos was named after Mykons – it’s first ruler and the son or grandson of the Greek god Apollo. Legend has it that the island was the location of a great battle between Zeus and Titans where Hercules defeated the invincible giants, having lured them from Mount Olympus.
Today, Mykonos is known for its lively atmosphere as well as the picturesque scenery. It has been referred to as the “Ibiza of the Greek islands”, where the party starts early and ends late. However, while the energy of Mykonos is infectious, there is far more to this beautiful island than just a good party. The island boasts many prime examples of historical Greek monuments and architecture, as well as many museums, churches and countless fine restaurants.
If you only visit one church then make it the Panagia Paraportiani – Mykonos’ most famous church. This white-washed rock-like building comprises four small chapels with a fifth chapel located on the upper storey, accessed via an exterior staircase. The views up here alone make this church worth a visit!
Whilst exploring the island you won’t fail to miss the iconic windmills – truly a defining feature of the Mykonian landscape. They are dotted all around the island, but most are concentrated in the town of Chora. Topped with wood and straw, the windmills were built in the 16th century to mill flour and remained in use until the early 20th century. Today, many of the windmills have been restored and refurbished to serve as homes to locals and vaults storing ancient heritage documents. One of the windmills houses the Agricultural Museum (also known as Bonis Mill), which displays ancient tools and machinery as well as pottery and jewellery. The views from the top of this museum are spectacular.
The oldest house on the island is now home to the Folklore Museum, which boasts a collection of 19th-century furniture, marble sculptures, ceramics and embroideries and is well worth a visit.
As well as discovering the many museums and churches of Mykonos, spend some time exploring the beautiful Mykonos Town – a labyrinth of unique boutiques, small cafes and restaurants serving local and international dishes.
Mykonos offers a perfect sun-kissed taster of Greek culture and history and is sure to be a highlight of your Greek cruise.
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Istanbul to Rome – including Anzac tour
Sailing with Celebrity Cruises aboard Celebrity Equinox
17th June 2015 for 12 nights
Sailing from Istanbul you will cruise to Anzac Cove then on to Troy, Istanbul, Mykonos, Valletta, Catania (Sicily),Salerno before finishing in Rome (Civitavecchia). This cruise includes a hotel stay in Istanbul and a two day tour to Gallipoli
Images sourced via Flickr Creative Commons. Credit: Richard Martin