, the “jewel of the Aegean Sea,” is part of the Cyclades and considered one of the most picturesque and cosmopolitan islands in the world. Picture a brilliant blue sky and deep blue bay with an all white town rising up the hillside – this is Mykonos. Here, whitewashed cube-like buildings fit closely together to form a maze of narrow alleyways and streets. There is very little vegetation on the island, so the earthen colors of the bare hills are in great contrast to the gleaming whiteness of the homes. Even the joints between the paving stones are whitewashed. Stroll through the labyrinthine of alleys that were originally designed to confuse the pirates who once plagued the Cyclades. It’s best to explore during the daylight, however, because come nightfall revelers take to the streets and Mykonos becomes a party playground. One of the most charming areas on the island is “Little Venice,” where the sea laps at the base of Venetian-style homes adorned with flower-filled balconies that jut out over the water. The capital, Hora, has a colorful harbor where small fishing boats sit side by side with luxury yachts. Other sights include the many well-preserved windmills, the Paraportiani, which is one of the most photographed churches in the world, and the Nautical Museum of the Aegean. Added to this are incredible golden beaches and friendly, open people who know how to have a good time, making Mykonos one of the most popular of the Greek Islands.