The island of Mykonos is found in the Cyclades, a cluster of Greek islands that form a circular shape around the once lively island of Delos. Along with Mykonos, some of the other noteworthy and popular islands of the Cyclades include Santorini, Naxos and Paros. Although this Greek island has a reputation as being a party island, it is an excellent holiday destination for all ages and preferences. From its gorgeous beaches, to historic churches and museums, to thriving clubs and parties, it truly has it all. Mykonos can be reached either by flying directly to the island from Thessaloniki, Athens, or any international airport with direct flights, or by a ferry from Piraeus or Rafina (about a five hour ride).
Things to do
There are many things to do in Mykonos that cater to everyone’s taste. For the foodie lovers, indulge in personally cooking classes with the island’s best chiefs or treat yourself to a wine tasting tour. For history buffs, a boat ride to the archaeological treasure of Delos is a perfect day trip. According to ancient Greek mythology, Delos was the birthplace of the twin gods Apollo and Artemis. Other historical sites to visit include its many churches, especially the church of Panayia Paraportiani, the castle found above the harbor, as well as museums such as the Archaeological, Folklore and Maritime Museums. Other top activities to do in there include hiking through the island’s coarse mountains, exploring neighboring islands or secluded beaches by boat, or going on a walking tour through the city’s capital, Mykonos Old Town (Chora).
The Old Town
In contrast to other Cycladic capitals that are built amphitheatric, Mykonos Old Town is spread out over a large area. Filled with narrow white streets for wandering, bougainvillas for instagramable shots, and endless boutiques for shopping, the Old Town is a must-see. The most charismatic and chic district is Matoyanni Street, which is lined with brand name boutiques, picturesque cafes, gelato shops and glamorous restaurants. Whether you are on a high or low budget, just strolling through Mykonos Old Town to admire its blue painted doors and whitewashed houses and streets and enthralling stores is the ultimate Greek summer experience.
Windmills of Mykonos
The Windmills of Mykonos are another must-see during your trip in this lovely island. These iconic windmills were first built by the Venetians during the 16th century. Due to its strategic location and windy weather, Mykonos became a hub for grain production. Although only a few are still standing today, they are a distinctive characteristic of this Greek island. Be sure to beat the crowds by visiting the windmills early in the day.
Little Venice of Mykonos
Just a short walk from the famous windmills is the Little Venice of Mykonos. Just like the famous Italian city, Little Venice of Mykonos consists of homes built in the 18th century that have their foundations in the sea. According to legend, pirates used to store their stolen goods behind these doors above the waterline. Nowadays you can enjoy a nice drink or meal at one of the many bars and restaurants found there.
Like many beaches of Greece, the ones found in Mykonos do not disappoint. The light blue and turquoise waters here are some of the top beaches in Greece. The best beaches to visit are Agios Sostis, Kalafatis, Lia, Ornos, Paraga, Super Paradise, Ftelia and Psarou. Enjoy these dazzling waters of these beaches by boat, car or foot. From water sports, to popular beach clubs to secluded beaches, there is something for everyone here.
Like every destination in Greece, Mykonos has its own dishes that can only be found on the island. Some of these delicacies include kopanisti, a cheese rich in spicies, ksinotira, a local meze (appetizer), and louza, thin slices of spiced and cooked pork. Some of the islands famous desserts are Melopita, Lazarakia and Amygdalota.
Due to the island’s high popularity, we recommend visiting Mykonos during the spring or fall months. Always plan ahead by booking your tickets, accommodations and tours and activities to save you both time and money.