The Cycladic island of Mykonos is a contrast of rocky hills and beautiful beaches. Landing is by tender to a small pier just outside Hora, the capital. From there a transfer bus or short walk takes you to the town. Framed by the famous white Paraportiani church, its distinctive thatched windmills and shimmering seas, it has a small beach and spreads around a colourful harbour in which fishing boats nestle side by side with luxury yachts. The brilliant white cubic houses with white-washed balconies built close together with little shops and tiny churches, make up the backstreets of the town. The harbour is overlooked by a variety of tavernas, and is a popular meeting place as the sun goes down, turning the brilliant whites to beautiful shades of pinks and reds. From here it is also possible to visit the island of Delos, the legendary birthplace of the sun god Apollo and of Artemis the huntress.