Mykonos, Greece

Traditional Greek windmills on Mykonos 
Traditional Greek windmills on Mykonos 

Mykonos, a stunning island in the Cyclades archipelago, is not only famous for its beautiful beaches and vibrant nightlife but also for its unique architectural feature—its iconic windmills. These windmills, known as “Kato Mili,” are a symbol of the island and a nod to its history.

During the 16th century, Mykonos was an important trading and maritime hub. The island’s strong winds made it an ideal location for windmills, which were used to grind wheat and barley to produce flour. At its peak, Mykonos had up to 28 windmills, but today only a few of them remain, adding to the island’s picturesque charm.

Visitors to Mykonos can explore these historic windmills, which offer breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea and the island’s white-washed houses. The windmills serve as a reminder of the island’s agricultural past and stand as a beloved symbol of Mykonos’ cultural heritage.

Mykonos is also associated with the legendary figure of Hercules. According to Greek mythology, it is believed that the famous hero, Hercules, was involved in the island’s creation.

Legend has it that Hercules encountered and battled with giants known as Titans on the island of Mykonos. During the epic struggle, Hercules defeated the giants, and the massive rocks that were thrown during the fight became the characteristic granite boulders scattered across the island. These boulders, often referred to as “Hercules’ rocks,” are still visible today, reminding visitors of the mythical connection between Hercules and Mykonos.

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