Known for its pristine beaches, breathtaking views, and epic party scene, the famous Greek island of Mykonos is among the most popular of all the Greek Islands. Located among the Cyclades in the Aegean Sea, the sun shines for up to 300 days a year here. A great destination for solo adventures, party trips with friends, LGBTQ-friendly traveling, romantic escapes, and family vacations, here are the 5 top things to do while visiting the incomparable Mykonos.
The windmills, found in the Chora (the main town) are among the most recognized landmarks of the island and one of the most famous attractions on Mykonos. The mills date back to the 16th century when they were used to refine grain with the help of the high winds that blow on the island. As technology progressed, the use of the mills declined, but the ones that survived (16 in total) are now used as private homes or museums. The most famous among these are the 7 Lower Windmills, AKA the Kato Myloi: they stand on a hill facing the sea. Walk up the hill and visit the windmill of Boni, now a museum. The view from the top is stunning, as it overlooks the main town’s Little Venice, the harbor in the distance, and also happens to be one of the best spots to take in a sunset.
Most people flock to Mykonos for two reasons: beaches and parties, of course. A trip to the southern coast and Mykonos’ original nudist beach, Paradise Beach, satisfies both of these quests. Soft sands, blue sea, and a fun-filled atmosphere make Paradise one of the most popular destinations on the island. Over the years, it has become more developed, and now features a nearby strip of resorts, restaurants, and social hotspots such as Cavo Paradiso Club. The beach, which is free and open 24/7, sits about 2 miles south of Chora and can be reached on foot, by bus, or by boat. A tad further east along the coast you’ll find Super Paradise Beach, which has fewer amenities, is more frequented by scantily clad swimmers, and also acts as an LGBT community hangout.
Mykonians will tell you that their island is home to 365 churches—one for each day of the year. Panagia Paraportiani, however, is by far the most famous. This white-washed church sits solemnly in central Chora and dates back to the Byzantine era. Featuring a range of religious ornamentation dating back to the Middle Ages, this is a fascinating stop regardless of your religious affiliations or lack thereof. Enjoy spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea from the church’s main entrance. Sunset is a wonderful time to go, right as the light is beginning to change. A visit to Paraportiani Church is free of charge. Just remember it is an active house of worship, so always be respectful when exploring.
Discover Mykonos town (Chora)
The meandering alleys of Mykonos town are the ideal place to lose yourself. Every visitor must at some point roam among the white houses, blue doors and windows, and brightly coloured bougainvilleas. Head to the Matogianni area, with its classy shops and hip bars. Little Venice is also well worth a gander: a truly scenic part of town that hangs over the sea, it is named after the popular Italian city with its countless canals. As the sun sets on Little Venice, the light glimmers magically onto the buildings and along the water, making it the perfect spot for a romantic evening. Another great way to explore the town and its highlights is a Mykonos walking tour.
Take a boat trip to Delos
If you have the time, a day trip to the nearby island of Delos is a must. This little island, now uninhabited, was once the religious and political hub of the Cyclades. Delos is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and considered one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece. Greek legend has it that Delos was the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. Schedule a visit by taking one of the many ferries that depart regularly from Mykonos old harbour starting around 10 am. The island is open to the public free of charge from Tuesday to Sunday, and hours vary depending on the season.
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