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Armenistis Lighthouse (Faros Armenistis)
Armenistis Lighthouse (Faros Armenistis)

Armenistis Lighthouse (Faros Armenistis)

Faros Armenistis, Mykonos

The basics

A striking reminder of Mykonos’ rich maritime heritage, the lighthouse dates back to 1891 and, despite standing at just 60 feet (19 meters) high, makes for a dramatic sight, looking out across the strait towards the island of Tinos. The lighthouse is closed to the public, but you can visit the exterior and take in the view as part of a Mykonos sightseeing tour or a more adventurous Jeep tour that features the island’s sights off the normal tourist track. The lighthouse is one of the best outposts for watching the sun dip below the Mediterranean, and figures on many sunset tours of Mykonos.

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Things to know before you go

  • The lighthouse’s original 19th-century lantern has been restored and is now on display in the Aegean Maritime Museum in Mykonos town.
  • Known for its spectacular sunset views, the Armenistis Lighthouse is a photographer’s paradise.
  • There is no shade at the lighthouse, so be sure to wear a hat and sunscreen when visiting.
  • Though the lighthouse can be approached by wheelchair, the interiors are closed to all visitors.
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How to get there

The Armenistis Lighthouse is located at the tip of Cape Armenistis, around four miles (seven km) north of Mykonos Town at the far end of a rather rough unpaved road. You can reach the museum by car or with a sightseeing tour of the island that includes transportation.

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When to get there

The lighthouse is closed to the public and no longer operational, so it is unlit at night. Visit by day for views across the Mediterranean or in the late afternoon to catch the famed sunset. There is no shade on Cape Armenistis, so avoid visiting during the scorching midday hours.

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The Aegean Maritime Museum

The Armenistis Lighthouse is part of the Aegean Maritime Museum, a small collection of model ships, nautical maps, and other naval artifacts located in the heart of Mykonos town. The restored 19th-century lantern is displayed in the museum garden, along with sailors’ gravestones and other larger items. The museum also manages two historic vessels moored at the Hellenic Navy’s museum wharf at the Paleo Phaliro Marina: a Perama-type sailing boat and a cable-laying steamship.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Armenistis Lighthouse (Faros Armenistis)?
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What else should I know about attractions in Mykonos?
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