Archaeological finds indicate that the Ionians settled on Mykonos in the early part of the 11th century BC. More recent discoveries have uncovered remnants in Ftelia beach from the Neolithic Kares tribe dating back to as far as 3000 BC.
In Greek mythology Mykonos was the location of the battle between Zeus and the Titans, and the island was named in honour of Apollo's grandson. During the ancient times, Mykonos, due to its proximity to the then highly populated island of Delos (situated about 2 km away), became very important as a supply island and possibly as a getaway location for Delian citizens.
Delos is one of the most important mythological, historical and archaeological sites in Greece. The excavations in the island are among the most extensive in the Mediterranean;Mykonos was once very poor, and the people’s main income was from fishing and stock breeding on the barren land. A major industry was also ship construction. Tourism has turned the economy around since it started in the 1950’s. Now most residents work in the tourism industry and a lot of them own hotels, bars, restaurants or travel agencies.Greece in general has an open culture and this can be found also in Mykonos. The people are friendly, tolerant and enjoy having a good time with clubs and bars staying open until the morning hours. The island is very safe and crime is not considered a problem.There are many museums, churches and ancient historical sites around the island to visit and explore.
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