The breathtakingly beautiful Flour Mills of Mykonos are a mesmerizing symbol of the island’s traditional past. Located in the Ano Mera region of Mykonos, near the area’s most iconic monastery, the silhouetted building can be seen from nearly any part of the island, providing visitors a constant reminder of the traditional, rural life that generations of Mykonos’ inhabitants have known.
Aside from being a picturesque backdrop in many of photos taken at the island, the Flour Mills of Mykonos are a reminder of the Island’s long history of flour production. Constructed with the finest craftsmanship, the Flour Mills of Mykonos are comprised of two parallel buildings with a pitched roof. The stone walls of the building, which stretch into both of the sides of the structure, feature carved stone slabs and large wooden doors. Inside, two large wooden structures–one wide and one narrow in size–serve as the mill itself. A pair of grindstones, connected to an intricate network of cogs and gears, are used to grind the grain, while an external wheel enables the motion of the grinding mechanism.
Though no longer in active use, these majestic mills, along with a small number of other similar sites scattered around the island, are reminders of the cultural and industrial heritage of the the people of Mykonos.
In addition to the cultural perspective it offers, a vist to the Mills of Mykonos can be a very photogenic experience. The white-washed building, its unique focal pieces, and the stunning Adrines landscape in the background offer a beautiful, almost surreal view. The sheer size of the mills and their gradual fading into the background of deep blue, light blue, and green captures a feeling of tranquility, allowing visitors to relax in an environment full of serenity.
Although an admittedly understated tourist attraction, the Flour Mills of Mykonos are worth a visit. Peaceful, picturesque and proudly boasting centuries of history, the mills provide an experience of discovery and tranquility. Ensure your visit to Mykonos contains a visit to this wondrous and timeless symbol of the islands traditional past.