"The island of the winds", as Greeks call it due to its windy weather, is one of the most popular destinations of the Mediterranean Sea. Known for its cosmopolitan aura, it is the ideal choice for any type of visitor, offering them almost everything, from relaxed, family holidays to endless fun!
See below the things you should definitely do and see while in Mykonos.
1. Visit the holy island of Delos
Most know Mykonos for its famous parties, but Mykonos has a rich heritage too. In just half an hour by boat you will step foot on the sacred island of Delos, where, according to Greek mythology, gods Apollo and Artemis were born. As the only island in the world that hosts so many ancient monuments and is used exclusively as an archaeological site, Delos is awe inspiring even to this day. No doubt, Delos is an UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of many you can visit with Minoan Lines!
The tour of the Archaeological Site of Delos, will take you approximately four hours. Make sure you stop at the Archaeological Museum to admire one of the best sculpture collections in the world. This year, though, you are in for a treat! For the first time after thousands of years, the island of Delos is re-colonized with the anthropomorphic constructions of the well-known British artist, Antony Gormley. All 29 forms are placed in various locations on the island, waiting to be discovered: on the rocky shore, inside the Museum, in Koundos, in the Fellowship Market, at the entrance of Stadio, the Theater and elsewhere. The exhibition will be available until the end of October.
On the way back from Delos, you will not be able to imagine how your day could get any better! A stop at Rhenia, the deserted islet with paradise beaches, crystal clear waters and inviting sands waiting to be explored is the best way to end such an amazing day in Mykonos.
2. Take a stroll in Chora
The Chora of Mykonos (Mykonos Town) is known for its cosmopolitan aura and its picturesque Cycladic architecture, with the whitewashed box buildings and the stone alleys that will take you to places you will never forget. The route starts from the Palio Limani (Old Port) where luxury boats and yachts usually moor, continues to the Manto Mavrogenous Square and ends at the edge of Gyalos (the seafront). Walking towards the center you will find yourself in Matogianni street, also known as “Matogiannia”, one of the busiest streets in the town, where you can stroll, shop, eat or have a drink. After all, the heart of entertainment beats in the town of Mykonos!
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Other spots you wouldn't want to miss are the scenic Mikri Venetia (Little Venice), known to locals as “Alefkandra”, with its colorful balconies “hanging” above the sea -have your camera ready to capture the most colourful and romantic sunset- and the world-famous Mykonian windmills. Last but not least, a stop at the Panagia Paraportiani (Our Lady of the Side Gate) church complex, one of the most important monuments of the Aegean, is definitely a must before you leave the island's beautiful town.
3. Shop till you drop.
It is no secret that Mykonos is the island that never sleeps. This means that you can enjoy your shopping at the "Chora Mall" at almost any time, from the morning till late in the evening! And as you can imagine, the variety of merchandise is infinite. From luxury boutiques and high-end brands to local shops selling handmade leather sandals and accessories, Mykonos will satisfy any type of shopper regardless of their budget, although be prepared to stumble upon some unique and extremely expensive pieces.
4. Enjoy gourmet and local culinary experiences
The culinary scene is huge in Mykonos, as some of the world’s top restaurants operate on the island and offer exclusive fine dining experiences. But, what is great about Mykonos is that you can have the best of both worlds. One day you can find yourself enjoying the most bespoke sushi, made by the best sushi master in the world, and the next you can enjoy local delicacies, such as kopanisti (cheese), mostra (a rusk topped with kopanisti and tomato) and louza (dried meat).
5. Explore the island's numerous beaches!
Mykonos has over twenty beach paradises, ready to accommodate to your every need. You want five-star service? You can have it. You want to be isolated from the crowds? You can have that too. You want something in between? Be our guest! Panormos, Psarrou, Kalo Livadi, Super Paradise, Paraga, Platys Gialos, Ftelia and Kalafatis are among the island's most famous beaches, for their blue waters and sandy coasts, as well as for the amenities provided. On the other hand, the beaches of Fokosand Agios Sostis are ideal, if you prefer to enjoy your swim away from the intense rhythms of the island, as these beaches are not organised. It is no coincidence that they are preferred by locals.