THE WINDMILLS OF MYKONOS

Aside from being known as Greece’s party island, Mykonos is also famous for its windmills which has become the iconic symbol of the island. When I visited Mykonos a few years ago, I hiked my way across town just so I can photograph these quintessential features of the island. The walk was a delightful experience passing through narrow alleys between whitewashed cubic stone homes with the wooden parts painted in playful colors. The windmills, which were once used to make flour out of wheat and barley are no longer operational today. Fortunately, the town has managed to preserve them by turning some into museums. Somebody told me that some of these windmills are actually private homes but I’m not sure if there’s some truth to it.

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KATO MILI

Mykonos

The island of Mykonos in the South Aegean Sea is dotted by these beautiful windmills locally referred to as “Kato Mili”. These windmills were built by the Venetians around the 16th century to mill flour and now serve as home to locals. My cruise around the Mediterranean stopped at Chora, Mykonos where these windmills are located. ¬†As soon as we docked I immediately jumped off the ship and found myself walking through a labyrinth of white stone houses towards the opposite end of the island. I took dozens of photos around town as well as of these windmills and this photo happens to be one of my favorite. I wish I was able to stay longer but cruises usually dock for 10-12 hours before heading off to the next destination. Hopefully, time will give me another chance to visit and when that happens I’d definitely stay for a few days to enjoy this beautiful island.

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