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Hora (Mykonos)

Hora (also known as Mykonos), the island’s well-preserved port and capital, is a warren of narrow lanes and whitewashed buildings overlooked by the town’s famous windmills. In the heart of the medieval maze – which was intentionally designed to be confusing so as to baffle raiders – tiny flower-bedecked churches jostle with glossy boutiques, and there’s a cascade of bougainvillea around every corner.

This 'Greek-island village by central casting' scenario comes at a price: people. In the high season, multiple cruise ships disgorge slow-moving phalanxes of flag followers, joining the catwalk cast of wannabe Instagram influencers, celebrity spotters and gay party boys squeezing past the chic stores, cafes and bars.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Hora (Mykonos).