Even though you’re supposed to go on your summer vacation to rest and drink cocktails on the beach, The Island of the Winds offers so many beautiful attractions it would be a shame not to visit them. So, here is how to get to Armenistis Lighthouse in Mykonos easily from any point of the island, no matter where your luxury Mykonos villa rental is located.
The beautiful Greek word Faros means lighthouse in English, and Armenistis Faros is definitely one of the most beautiful ones in entire Greece. It was built in 1891, and even though it’s over a hundred years old, it’s fully functioning even to this day. Unfortunately, the origin story of this gorgeous faros isn’t that great – in 1887, a British steamship named Volta sank just off the northern coast of the island. It was a truly tragic incident, as eleven people lost their lives.
However, people took that incident as a sign, and the community noticed that a faros is required in order to avoid any future accidents. They began building, and four years later – a nineteen-meter tall, gorgeous lighthouse with an octagonal tower was built overlooking the Aegean Sea, helping ships arrive safely by using the best possible light mechanism that existed at the time.
It was an award-winning mechanism that was invented by a French company, and it remained in use up until 1983, when it was upgraded to electrical equipment. Most tourists see it as just another beautiful building with classical Greek island architecture, but it helped save thousands and thousands of lives and ships by providing light as guidance and hope. It’s a historical symbol, and even though it’s old and outdated, its essence is still very well preserved.
This gorgeous lighthouse is located in the Fanari area, on the north-western side of the island. Standing proudly on edge, it has a magnificent view of the Aegean Sea, and it overlooks the next-door neighbor – the beautiful Tinos.
If you’re searching for the best place to watch the iconic Mykonos sunset, then the lighthouse is where to be, as it has the most beautiful, scenic view of the island. It’s located 6.5 kilometers away from Mykonos town – Chora, right off the road.
If you’re looking to visit this gorgeous piece of Greek architecture, you’ll be happy to know that there are many well-organized tours that can take you to it. They are very popular with tourists, and you’ll have a tourist guide walking you through and explaining everything. You can find many kinds, from group ones to ones you can go on by yourself, and the price can vary drastically depending on the duration and type of tour. It can range anywhere from 20 to 200 euros.
Even though the organized tours are just fine, why wouldn’t you save some money and make it a fun day by going on an adventure by yourself? It would be not just fun but much easier as well. You would be able to organize your own day and how much time you want to spend exploring the beauty of the faros.
For starters, you will need to rent a car as it is a bit further away and it’s located right off the road, near Agios Stefanos village. Of course, a car is optional but much more efficient. If you rent one of the Greek villas in Mykonos nearby, you can even walk to it. But a thing to keep in mind is that you should watch out for the wind. They don’t call it The Island of the Winds for nothing.
It’s no shame admitting you need help, and it’s always better to be prepared. So, feel free to ask your Mykonos concierge for some advice, no matter if you’re going to visit the lighthouse on your own or with an organized group.
Plus, a local will always have some valuable insight you couldn’t find anywhere else, so always ask for help. Your concierge will always know the best and fastest way to any of the Mykonos attractions.
Even though Mykonos is known for being one of the wildest party islands in the world, there is much more to this beautiful place than meets the eye. Sure, the nightlife and the exclusive hot clubs are great, but it’s the culture, the best restaurants that serve amazing Greek food, and the classic Cycladic architecture that make this place a paradise right in the middle of the Aegean Sea.
The Island of the Winds is the perfect place to go on your summer holiday if you want the best of both worlds – to rest and drink cocktails on some of the best beaches. However, you can also have a bit of fun and explore all the hidden gems on the island and party at night.
If that sounds like the summer holiday of your dreams, all you need to do is contact The Ace VIP and book one of our Mykonos luxury villas. The lavish Mykonos villas for rental will make your stay on the island the best vacation of your life. However, if you want to go the extra mile and have a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, book a Mykonos yacht rental and get to experience Greece from a completely different angle – right from the water.