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Mykonos General Information

Mykonos is part of a cluster of islands including Delos, Rhenia and some rocky islets. Mykonos, already inhabited since the 5th millennium B.C. (prehistoric settlement of Ftelia), has shared with them a long and copious history with them. Its intense tourist and cosmopolitan activity, which has continiously kept Mykonos in the foreground, inevitably reminds us of the cosmopolitan ancient Delos during the period of its commercial peak (Hellenistic-roman period).
Since the fifties, Mykonos has always been one of the most popular tourist islands of the Mediterranean. 
Chora, as the town of Mykonos is commonly known, impresses and casts its spell on the visitor from the first moment, with its beautiful position, scale and architecture. Despite the great tourist development of the island, it manages to maintain its cycladic features and traditional look, like few other towns. 
Its cube-shaped, all white houses glow in the sunlight, scattered wisely and orderly in the countless labyrinthine alleys and streets with whitewashed cobbled pavements. A little further, on a low hill, the windmills, having stood for centuries, compose a picture of unparalleled beauty in combination with red domes and bell towers of the countless churches. In the harbour, a small colorful flotilla of caiques and fishing boats completes this unique picture with its vivid colors.
All in all, maintaining the form of the traditional architecture of the Cyclades on the modern buildings ensures a unique feeling of harmony to the town and interior of Mykonos. Nothing can be compared, though, to the emotion inspired by the enthralling space of ancient Delos. A real town with its streets and markets, public buildings and temples, luxurious houses and shops, cisterns, columns, mosaics…

Bathed in perennial sunlight sent by the god Apollo, they are all spread between the hill of Mt. Kynthos and the port with its crystal clear waters, giving the visitor the impression that they stopped functioning only yesterday.
The fame of the island and the large number of visitors, among whom one can recognize some of the most famous personalities all over the world, have resulted in the commercial activity that has made the market of Mykonos so famous. 
So, in the streets of Mykonos, most important of which is Matoyianni, one can buy clothes, jewellery and works of art designed by the most celebrated designers and artists. One wouldn’t exaggerate if one said that, quite often, this is where the trends in fashion and style to prevail worldwide are decided. 
One can enjoy one coffee, or ouzo with titbit and the traditional tastes at the cafes. Bars and restaurants scattered all around, and observe at the same time, a colorful crowd wandering in the narrow streets of the town. 
Chora is also the starting point if you want to discover the rest of the beauties of the island, its picturesque interior and spotless beaches, using a regular bus service or other means of transport. 

General Info
LONGITUDE: 25o 19' 43"
LATITUDE: 37o 26' 36"

Mykonos is located to the area of the central Aegean Sea and belongs to the prefecture of Cyclades. Its total surface is 26.370 acres, while the length of its shores reaches 81 kilometers.
It consists of the municipality of Mykonos. The resident population of the island adds up in 9.320 people according to the census of 2001 (E.S.Y.E.). The highest point of Myconos reaches approximately the 14 kilometers and its widest about 10.
The shores form gulfs that penetrate deeply into the land. The most important gulfs are the one of Panormou and of Ornou. The two interesting ecosystems are coastal water habitats in the bay of Panormou, of Ftelia and northern of Panormou that fill periodically, forming in that way little lagoons.
In the seaside of Panormou, as well as in other places around the island of Myconos seals have been found. In the area of Panormou Bay the refuge of the Moroergou quarry is located (1050 acres)


According classical mythology, the Giants killed by Hercules in a fierce battle, are buried on the island under imposing blocks of mykonian granite. The name “Mykonos”, somewhat pejoratively, means a mass of stones’ or a rocky place; a later tradition attributes the name of the island to a hero by the name of Mykonos, the son of the king of Delos, Anios, who was the son of Appolon and nymphe Rhoio- a descendent of Dionysus.
The Kares and Phoenicians may have been the first inhabitants of Mykonos, but Ionians from Athens were established colonists and in control of the island by around 1000 B.C, having expelled the previous occupants. Historical sources confirm the following: in ancient times there were two towns on the island; in 490B.C, the Persian generals Datis and Artaphernes made a brief stopover in Mykonos; It was a poor island with limited agricultural resources. In ancient, pantheistic times, Dionysos, Demetra, Zeus, Appolon, Poseidon and Heracles were the principle gods worshiped here. Later in history the island belonged to the Romans and subsequently to the Byzantines, who have fortified the island against the Arab raids of the 7th century, kept control of it until the 12th century.
After the fall of Constantinople, at the end of the 4th Crusade (1204), the island was occupied, as their seigneur (stronghold) by Andrea and Jeremia Ghisi – relatives of Dandolo, the Doge of Venice. In 1292 it was looted and pillage by the Catalans, and, subsequently, in 1390, given over to the Venetians, in 1390, by the last of the Ghizi overlord. In 1537, while still under Venetian domination, the island suffered a catastrophic attack by Barbarossa, the admiral of Souleiman the Magnificent. Later, under Kapudan Pasha, the head of the Ottoman fleet the island is practically self-governed, according to the system of the period, by a functionary called a “voivode” and a council (body of “syndics”) who always tried to maintain an equal distance from both Turks and Venetians (the last of whom withdrew definitively from the region, in 1718, after the fall of the castle of Tinos to the Ottomans).
The popular of the Mykonos (which during modern times has fluctuated, generally from 2000 to 5000 people) was increased by colonies of immigrants (from nearby island and as well as from Crete) during time of starvation and epidemics which often followed the periods of conflict, until the late 18th century. 
The Mykonos, who throughout the same period were known as excellent sailors, were successful in trade and shipping and, also, piracy was not unheard of… Many islanders were active in the “Orlof Insurrection” ( led by the Orloff brothers, 1770-74), which resulted favorably, for them as well as for Catherine the Great in, due to the very profitable treaties concerning trade between the Ottomans and the Russian Empire. 
Soon after the out break the Greek Revolution 1821, the Mykonians, roused and led by the lady Mando Mavrogenous (an- aristocrat educated with the most fervent ideas of the Enlightment- who become a popular nation heroine) successfully impeded a landing of a squadron of the Ottoman fleet in 1822. They participated actively in the war , with four armed ships (two of the totally outfitted and supplied at Lady Mando’s expenses ; before the war over she had spend almost all of her , considerable, family fortune).
After the establishment of the modern Greek State, the activity of the local upper- and lower- middle class revived the island economy through the consolidate of trade relations with south Russia, Moldavia and Walachia. Mykonian merchants were established in Constantinople, Smyrna, Alexandria, Syros, Livorno and Marseilles. The predominance of stream technology over the traditional commerce of the sailing ships, at the end of the 19th century, the subsequent opening of the Corinth Canal (1904) and the upheavals of World War I resulted in a depression of the local economy; many Myconians left to find work abroad (mainly in US) and in the going centers of mainland Greece (Piraeus, Athens). The development of tourism in the following decades has provided a means of the islands’ economy development. 
The prolonged excavations of the French School of Archeology, begun in Delas in 1873, focused attention on the region- at least that the happy few who, attracted by the charm of classical Greece, had the means and the opportunity to travel. In the early 30s already, many famous artists, politicians and wealthy people, mainly from Europe, began spending vacation on the island, attracted by its unique atmosphere. Mykonos has adapted well to the post-war situation and the gradual growth of the tourism industry in south Europe: the island has turned into a cosmopolitan locale and is one of the most successful growth – models, of its type and scale in Europe. 

Doctors & Farmacies
Mykonos Health Centre
Address: Αrgyraina
Tel: +30 22890 23994   Fax:+30 22890 22274

Mykonos Doctors
Stamatelou Maria  22890 27280

Mykonos Labs
Georgoulios Anastasios
Tel. 2289028353 
Fax. 2289028354 
E-mail: info@mykonoslab.com 

Gryparis Panagiotis 22890 22740
Iliopoulou Gianna  22890 24411
Katsirma Cristina  22890 26055
Κatsirmas George  22890 25183
Xidakis George  22890 23980

General Practionists
Asimomitis Zisis  22890 22633
Κontomitros Thrasivoulos 22890 24211

Specialist Practionists
Iakovou Markos 22890 23884, 694453797

Munir Nimer 22890 28677 , 6977687618
Sotiropoulou Mirto  6895160430

Kosmidis Christos  22890 22140

Papa Vithleem  22890 28170

Sikiniotis Manolis  22890 28435

Dr. Elena Nikolopoulou
tel. 2289078431, 6986608508
Web: http://www.mykonos-medicalcare.com/

Mr. George G. Tsekouras Phd
Tel:  22890 24211, 22890 27464, 22890 27407,6977654737
Fax: 22890 27407
E-mail: mykhealt@otenet.gr
Web: www.tsekouras-myk-orthopedics.com
και www.mykonos-health.com

Dr. LouKas Konstantinos
tel:  22890 78549 - 6975980313
E-mail: info@mykonos-orthopedics.com
Web: mykonos-orthopedics.com

Paediatricians  Kousathanas Thanasis  22890 23946
Gakas George   22890 27407

Vets   Triantafilou Nikolaos  22890 22725

Private Medical Centre – Polyclinic  " MYKONIAN HYGEIA Ltd "
address : Dexamenes area , Mykonos island Cyclades 84600 GREECE
web site : www.mykonos-health.com .
tel : +302289027464, 2289024211 and 2289027407
fax : +302289027407
e-mail : mykhealt@otenet.gr
The 9 specialists are :
Orthopedic Surgeon Traumatologist
General Practicioner
Ear Nose Throat Surgeon
Dermatologist Gynecologist
Gynecologist Obstetrician.

Physical Therapy
Maria Hatziioannou
Physical therapy clinic
Lakka sq - Mykonos town
tel/fax: 00302289023051
website: http://www.physiomykonos.gr/

 Mykonos Pharmacies

  Daktilidi Kaliopi   Αgiou Artemiou 57, Νιοchori
  Τel: (+30) 22890 24188
  Theoharis P. Ioannis  Μαthaiou Αndronikou 31, Μatogiani
  Τel: (+30) 22890 23770
  Κoukouzelis D. Κimon  Vougli
  Τel: (+30) 22890 23250
  Κousathanas G.Νikolaos  Μitropoleos 10,Agios Euthimios 
  Τel: (+30) 22890 23151
  Κoukouzeli K. Anna    Αrgyraina (Health Center)
  Τel: (+30) 22890 23800
  Rousi G. Alkistis   Ano Mera Square  
  Τel: (+30) 22890 71112
  Gazelopoulou K. Eutixia  Οrnos 
  Τel: (+30) 22890 25154-25163 
  Kontogiorgis A. Christos  Drafaki 
  Τel: (+30) 22890 23900
  Bardi Panagiota - Papanikolaou Nikos Drafaki 
   Τel: (+30) 22890 78707  Fax: (+30) 22890 78706  mail: mykonospharmacy@gmail.com
Why to visit Mykonos…..
It is an island made by Gods for people. 
Who hasn’t have something to say about Myconos, who hasn’t swim in its vast boundless blue wkters, who hasn’t have lived unforgettable moments… 
Myconos, the sea, the sky, the sun, the hospitality, the fun, the harmony, the charm. A never-ending real myth surrounding us, every part of it a reality, something special, challenging you to live it, taste it, relish it. 
An barren island, arid, burned by the sun but full of golden beaches and crystal waters. The white color, the stone and the scattered mountains are indelible memories in the mind. 
The natural elements are vivid and strong, filling you, guiding you in new sensations; the air, the sun, the moon are the eternal guides. 
The harmony of the Myconian architecture is really astonishing. The location and the way the town of Myconos is build -inside the Northern eye- the port, the particular colors, it is an exceptional masterpiece. No man and no plan would be able to create something so unique. The feeling of getting lost in the alleys is fascinating. The exit to the seashore is where we end our walk, with a glass of ouzo and the view of the boats. 
You walk and think that you know everybody…you wave and they wave back. As if you have grown up in this neighborhood. Everything is simple, familiar, hospitable. A warm and relaxing atmosphere. Hospitality and a hug are something you can take with you and carry it forever. 
And when the sun sets the mood changes. The rhythm becomes vibrant, fast, full of fantasy and intensity. 
You can experience everything you want, as much as you want it, as much as you can handle it. Everything is nearby, just beside you, you only make the choice…
You simply choose to come to Mykonos. 


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