Traditional settlements: the traditional settlements of the island are located in Chora and Ano Mera.
Traditional architecture
The settlement of Chora, the capital of Mykonos, is flat and differs from the amphitheatrically built hilltop capitals of the rest of the Cyclades. Although in recent years it has been burdened by intense building activity, it continues to maintain several traditional elements. The two-storey narrow-fronted and wide-fronted houses, with the separate stone-built staircase leading to the upper (first floor), wooden balconies and narrow cobbled streets constitute the main traditional architectural type. The houses are divided into two areas: that of the women's work (loom) and the bedroom. The spaces of the upper floor also communicate with the lower floor with a wooden staircase and a hatch.
Throughout the island there were scattered agricultural settlements, some of which in the 19th century formed Ano Mera, where the main residence is surrounded by auxiliary spaces (barn, storehouse, oven, cells-stables, buidokeli (stable for oxen) , a dovecote, a wine press, a threshing floor, and even a family church!..Finally, a special mention must be made of the church of Panagia Tourliani, founded in 1542 and featuring an impressive bell tower and a museum with a wood-carved iconostasis, epitaph, church relics, icons and works of folk Sculpture
Harvest Festival at the Agricultural Museum (2nd or 3rd Sunday of September) It is one of the oldest festivals on the island and is organized every second or third Sunday of September at the Agricultural Museum. Many people participate, there are various edibles and wine and traditional "onion pies" and "kouvarotis" (round village breads) are baked in the museum's oven. Some bring grapes which are pressed at that time in the winepress while the rest of the world feasts, sings and dances. Even storytellers come, enthralling the audience by telling traditional old tales of the island.
of Agia Paraskevi (26 July)
Fifteenth of August in Panagia Tourliani (15 August)
Nine days of the Virgin Mary (23 August)
Agios Nikolaos (6 December)
Agioi Apostolo - fishermen's festival (June 30)
The preservation of the traditional Cycladic architectural form in the newly built buildings ensures a unique sense of harmony for the visitor.
Among the most historic buildings of the island, is the Town Hall located in the port along with five museums with a large number and variety of exhibits.