by Joanne DiBona for USA TODAY 10Best

Virtual tour of Mykonos, one of Greece's most mystical islands

Once late autumn approaches on Mykonos, this mystical spot offers visitors a unique opportunity to experience its beauty and history unencumbered by the distractions of summer crowds. Explore what it's like on this virtual tour.

Built by the Venetians in the 16th century, the famous "Kato Mili" in Chora is one of the island's most famous icons. It's a short, picturesque walk through the village to reach, and affords glorious views on the sea and coastline below.

Known as Little Venice, rows of fishing houses that line the waterfront in Chora were constructed in the mid-18th century and remain one of the island's most iconic images.

In late autumn, you can leisurely stroll this lovely footpath along the shoreline in Chora, soaking in the atmosphere of this wonderfully picturesque island.

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As you may imagine, fishing is the lifeblood of the Greek islands, and Mykonos is no exception. You’ll see colorful fishing boats everywhere – and you'll definitely enjoy the catch of the day at the local restaurants.

No matter where you turn along your stroll through the passageways in Chora, you'll be amazed at the vivid colors used to paint windows and doors.

It's hard to imagine people living today without clothes dryers. But on this island, you still find the old traditions in full force, such as drying clothes on a line in the sea breeze.

The ever-changing climatic conditions that late fall brings to Mykonos provide some creative photo opportunities. In this scene, the sun was shining brightly on this home as an ominous storm cloud loomed overhead, creating a stunning contrast.

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Located high on a hill above Chora is the Church of Panagia Paraportiani, which literally means "Our Lady of the Side Gate." The history of this church goes back to 1425 when construction was started, but it wasn't completed until the 17th century.

You'll see many free-roaming cats on this island, but there's a good reason for this. Greeks love their cats, and they respect them for keeping the rat, snake, and mice population under control.

If you can visit sometime in the future, consider renting one of these picturesque historic windmills. Not only will you be staying in a piece of history, you'll also have the most amazing views of the Aegean Sea from this perch.

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