These famous white structures, perched high above the town, are testament to the island’s important role in historic global trading routes.
Standing on the cliff tops above Mykonos Town, these seven windmills are one of the most recognisable landmarks on the island. Dating back to the 16th century, they have now been carefully restored, returning their pristine-white exteriors to their former glory. Many visitors make the trip up the hill, both to learn about the windmills’ history and to admire the wonderful panoramic views across the island and the Aegean Sea.
Sixteen windmills used to stand on the island, built to mill grain brought in on the trading routes between Venice and Asia. Conditions were deemed to be perfect, given the strong winds from the North West and the ease of access to the port below. These windmills provided most of the islanders’ income for over 400 years until the mid-20th century.
The Boni windmill houses a small museum where you can discover in detail the history of the mills. Learn all about their construction and see period photos of when they were still in use. The exhibits also provide a wider picture of the role of Mykonos Island in the global trade routes and how this has shaped the contemporary culture and society. The museum is open every day and there is no charge for admission.
It only takes a few minutes to reach the windmills from the town harbour. Make your way through the southern streets, then it is just a short climb up the hill. You will be rewarded with stunning views from this elevated position, and the bright white windmills against the rich blue sky are the perfect focus for a photo opportunity. Join the crowds that gather here in the evening to see the glorious spectacle of the sun setting into the Aegean Sea.
Parking is available close the windmills and buses stop in the streets nearby. You can visit the windmills any day of the week and there is no charge to access the site.