Mykonos Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia

Mykonos Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia

Mykonos  is a Greek island, part of the Cyclades, lying between Tinos, Syros, Paros and Naxos. The island spans an area of 85.5 square kilometres (33.0 sq mi) and rises to an elevation of 341 metres (1,119 feet) at its highest point. There are 10,134 inhabitants (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. the 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’ nickname is The island of the winds.   Tourism is a major industry.  Widely known for its nightlife, Mykonos is called “Ibiza of Greece” for its summer club scene which attracts very large numbers of tourists every year.

In Greek mythology, the Mykonos was named after its first ruler, Mykons, the son or grandson of the god Apollo and a local hero. The island is also said to have been the location of a great battle between Zeus and Titans and where Hercules killed the invincible giants having lured them from the protection of Mount Olympus. It is even said that the large rocks all over the island are the petrified testicles (or, in bowdlerized versions of the myth, the entire corpses) of the giants; this portion of the myth is the source of the slang term “stones” attested in most major European languages.

The sun shines for up to 300 days a year. It rains between February and March. This arid climate produces sparse vegetation. Vegetation grows around the beginning of winter and ends in mid-summer.

Although temperatures can rise as high as 40 °C (104 °F) in the summer months. Average temperatures are around 28 °C (82 °F). Winters average temperatures of 15 °C (59 °F).

There are two seasonal winds in Mykonos. The one in winter arrives from the south and is sometimes accompanied by electrical storms. The Sirocco, a famous southern wind, carries sands from the deserts that border the Mediterranean.  In the summer a cooling wind comes from the north, and the Meltemi, during July and August.

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