Along with the island of Santorini, Mykonos is the most known Greek island in the world, recognizable by anyone living almost in every corner of the earth. This iconic, famous Greek island is way ahead of the game of tourism, flooded with tourists every year for more than half a century. Join us on this trip to Mykonos, and find out why this small island is so dearly loved.
For those not familiar with the geography of Greece, Mykonos is located almost in the middle of the Aegean Sea. It belongs to the island complex of the Cyclades, close to the islands of Naxos and Tinos. Mykonos was the first Greek island that was touristically developed since the end of 1950’s, and nowadays stands as the flagship of Greek tourism, known for its luxury facilities, as a world-celebrity island retreat, and a party island, attracting people from every corner of the globe. Except for highly private resorts, luxury seaside apartments, and bustling nightlife, Mykonos has so much to offer by being one of the most beautiful and historical Greek islands with a history of thousands of years.
Choose a beach on Mykonos
Beach in Mykonos - credits: fokke baarssen/Shutterstock.com
With more than 89 km of coastline, Mykonos has an abundance of beaches for you to choose from. There is literally every option available on the island from long-stretched sandy beaches to small pebbled secluded coves that offer you the wild side of the island. Close to the Chora of Mykonos, most of the beaches accessible are fully organised with beach facilities and provide anything you can actually think of. Just decide how you want to relax and enjoy for instance delicious cocktails in classy beach bars, spa resorts right next to the sea, clubbing with the beach as your dancefloor or family-friendly establishments with sunbeds and a calm environment for you and your family. For those that seek a more adventurous option, Mykonos offers literally every known water sport and many more, such as snorkelling or scuba-diving. From the sandy, party beach of Super Paradise and popular Psarrou to the secluded beaches of Merchia and Fokos, Mykonos can easily please everyone.
What to see on Mykonos
The Windmills of Chora - credits: tvxs.gr
While on the island, you can choose one of the following options to get to know Mykonos and dig a little deeper to the island’s history and cultural heritage. First, you have to have a walk around the beautiful streets and alleys of Mykonos’ town, known as Chora. Do not miss the chance to wander around the old port of Mykonos and explore the area of Kastro. There you can see the ruins of the medieval castle’s walls, marvel at the beautiful church of Panagia Paraportiani and enjoy the sunset right next to the sea. Follow the small road following the shoreline and find yourselves on the terrace of the Windmills, one of the most iconic attractions of the island. Spend some time on the beach and take as many pictures as possible with “Little Venice”, a row of typical Mykonian houses built right next to the water with their balconies hanging over the port of the island. Visit the archaeological museum of Mykonos and check from up close a spectacular collection of antiquities coming from Mykonos and the nearby islands of Delos and Rhenia. Stroll among statues of gods and goddess, priceless ancient vases and many more, along with a stunning exhibition of ancient jewels. Do not forget to visit the Folklore Museum in Kastro district and have a taste of Cycladic tradition.
If you choose to explore the villages of the island, Ano Meria is a must-see destination. By being the largest village of Mykonos after Chora, Ano Meria offers you a different side of the island, less crowded with a more relaxed vibe. While there, do not miss the chance to visit the monastery of Panagia Tourliani, a medieval monastery of the 16th century that played an important role in Mykonos’ history. Check out the all-marble facade of the church of the monastery and admire the golden-gilded templon, the wall which separates the church from the holy altar.
Perhaps the best spot for you to catch the sunset though is the Lighthouse of Armenistis, located at the northern part of the island. It will take you about 20 minutes to get there by car, but the view of the Aegean Sea and the picturesque building of the lighthouse, guarantee a memorable experience.
Sail to Delos
Ruins in Delos - credits: Dimitris Panas/Shutterstock.com
If you are planning to spend some time on Mykonos, a must-do excursion is a day-trip to the sacred island of Delos. Few kilometres away from the shores of Mykonos, Delos is a small uninhabited island but with an enormous significance for ancient Greek history. According to the Greek mythology, this is the birthplace of the divine twins, Apollo and Artemis, the very place where Leto found refuge from the wrath of Hera, the Queen of the Gods. The visit on Delos is almost like a spiritual experience. The island, along with the neighbouring Rhenia, is almost totally uninhabited, operating as open museums. Both belonging to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites network, you will need at least three hours to explore the birthplace of Apollo properly. With ruins dating from the 16th century BC up until Roman times filling a huge area of the island, the level of preservation regarding the antiquities and the natural beauty of the island will definitely enchant you. Do not miss to see the ancient theatre, the temple of Isis, the terrace of the Lions, and the house of Cleopatra. Walk on actual ancient streets and discover a new surprise in literally every corner! Save some time to visit the Archaeological Museum of Delos, one of the most impressive museums of the Cyclades region.
From party-hard options to secluded beaches perfect for a calm retreat, medieval ruins to Aegean Pompeii, Mykonos rightly remains the most popular destination for those that want to experience Greek summer. Do not waste more time and plan your own trip to the island of the Winds or check out one of our Greece tours.