Self-Guided Tours

  • Start Agia Anna beach
  • End Waterfront
  • Length 1.4km, 30 minutes.

This short stroll takes in Hora's key sights while introducing you to the main routes through the maze of streets. Start at Agia Anna beach, a small arc of golden sand sitting between the Old Port and the main part of town. Its named after little St Anne's Church near its southern end. Despite its diminutive size, Hora has over 60 churches and votive chapels – most of which have red roofs rather than the usual blue.

Continue on to Plateia Manto Mavrogenous, a small square named after the local heroine of the Greek Revolution whose bust stands at its centre. Follow the busy waterfront lined with cafes and tavernas, and continue around past the pier where the boats leave for Delos. Eventually the path heads up to Panagia Paraportiani, Mykonos’ landmark whitewashed church, looking like its grown organically from the rock; sadly, it's hardly ever open.

Behind the church, a narrow lane leads through the tightly packed bars and shops of the area known as Little Venice, a picturesque row of houses with balconies jutting over the water. Squeeze past the drinkers towards Hora's famous row of seven windmills, constructed in the 16th century by the Venetians for the milling of wheat. Another relic of Venetian rule is tucked away on Plateia Alefkandra – Hora's only remaining Catholic church, 17th-century Our Lady of the Rosary.

Behind the church is Mitropoleos, one of the horseshoe of lanes that form the main route through the centre. Follow it to the right until it curves left into Enoplon Dynameon, the apex of the horseshoe. To the left of the lane is Tria Pigadia, a set of three 18th-century wells. Next up, facing each other across the lane is a pretty pair of churches, St George's and Sts Barbara & Phanourios; they're usually open, so peek inside. Matogianni, the main shopping street, completes the horseshoe and leads back to the waterfront past picturesque Holy Sunday Church, a cruciform structure set on its own little square.