Mykonos was once a peaceful fishing village, but it has now become the most famous town in all the Greek islands that attracts not only tourists, but also film stars, artists and the jet-set celebrities. Starting from the Old Port, walk into the heart of town to discover the authentic spirit and atmosphere of the narrow alleyways. Whitewashed houses strike a sharp contrast against their brightly painted doors and shutters as well as with the vibrant colors of the bougainvillea and geraniums of the courtyards and balconies. If you feel lost in this labyrinth of little streets, there is a reason: the town was designed in this way to confuse invaders and prevent pirate attacks. Every corner of the town is worth photographing including the typical Cyclades’ cubic architecture, the numerous chapels and the whitewashed pavements, which make the town so truly unique and special. Lurking in some alleyway you may also meet Petros the Pelican, the island’s mascot. Do not miss a visit to Little Venice, a distinctive district in the town, where the houses are built right on the water's edge. It is said these buildings were used to quickly load and unload ships to avoid pirate attacks. Today, this area has numerous restaurants lining its seafront. The walk continues toward the promontory south-west of Little Venice to admire the famous windmills, a symbol of the island of Mykonos, once a major trading center between Venice and Asia. Dating back to the 16th C and situated near the old port in a strategic position to exploit the wind, the windmills were used to mill wheat. At the end of the guided tour, feel free to stay in town and return to Tourlos Port with the shuttle at your own expense.