Windmills of Mykonos
These iconic windmills stand proud above the port and were once used to grind wheat to turn in to flour to use in the bakeries and sell to sea merchants. Mostly now they are iconic symbols of Mykonos with one called Boni’s windmill which now gives the visitor an insight in seeing how a windmill works and is a tourist museum.
Because Mykonos is known as the island of winds, these windmills were in a good position for the sails to spin as they face North. These winds are called ‘Meltemi Winds’.Nowadays as you enter from the sea the windmills on the hill above the harbour, are one of the first things you will see and are a famous landmark when visiting. Most of them have blue painted windows or doors, whitewashed and have straw roofs. Below the windmills is Little Venice, another iconic landmark to visit and photograph. There are around 16 windmills in Mykonos. When we stayed in the Chora [ town] I counted at least 9 dotted around and the ones on the hill.
There is a car park located by the Windmills and they are free to see.
There is one windmill that you can volunteer a monetary gesture for the upkeep of the windmill, and you can go inside and have a look. We offered a couple of euros each. It was tiny inside, as were the windows and you have to be really careful you don’t hit your head on the beams [ as I did].