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See the beauty of the Greek Isles on Mykonos

August 26, 2010 - 2:23am
Mykonos is a grand site and sight
With its temperate climate, rich history and mouthwatering cuisine, Greece has long been a popular destination for senior travel. The country is home to numerous culturally and historically important structures that are well worth a visit, yet travelers looking to relax in one of the most beautiful spots on the globe should consider stopping in Mykonos for a leisurely stroll or shopping excursion.

A part of the Cyclades chain of islands, Mykonos is a relatively small place (only 41-square-miles) with a lively local culture. The island, and by proxy the city that bears its name, was named for a local hero who legends say was the son of the Greek god Apollo.

Travelers can visit Alefkanrda, or Little Venice, a section of Mykonos Town that features a number of shops, restaurants and cafes located along the western coast of the island. The area has long been celebrated for its classic medieval homes, whose colorful wooden balconies are the perfect vantage point for sunset viewing.

One should also take the time to check out the Panagia Parapotiani, a Byzantine church that dates all the way back to 1425. This beautiful structure features three ground-level chapels and one elevated to allow a better view of the city.