Mykonos, Greece: Windmills
Framing the harbor off Mykonos‘ Little Italy neighborhood are six of the island’s iconic windmills. Once located along a major sea-trade route, the island’s year-round winds were utilized in milling grain in order to compact it for transport. Mostly built by the Venetians in the 16th century, the windmills played a key role in the island’s agricultural past. With the rise of industrialization, the necessity of the windmills diminished, with the last ceasing operation around the middle of the 20th century.
Today, the windmills remain one of Mykonos’ top sights for visitors. In addition to those lining the harbor, windmills can be seen dotting the hilltops throughout the island.