Out of the Cyclades, the islands that encircle the sacred island of Delos, Mykonos is perhaps the most famous, renowned for its rolling hills, white beaches and the high-rolling international crowd that vacations there. Mykonos is the great glamour island of Greece and happily flaunts its sizzling St-Tropez-meets-Ibiza style and party-hard reputation. While visitors who travel to Mykonos are sure to admire the island’s cubist Cycladic architecture – white country chapels dot its hills, creating a scenic vista – Mykonos also provides a good jumping off point for archaeological day trips to nearby islands, most notably Delos.
What to see:
The charming Aegean Maritime Museum contains a collection of model ships, navigational instruments, old maps, prints, coins, and nautical memorabilia. The backyard garden displays some old anchors and ship wheels and a reconstructed 1890 lighthouse, once lighted by oil.
Agrari beach is a low-key beach with yellow pebble sand flanked by a low hill of small whitewashed buildings to the left and a rocky island hill to the right. Umbrellas and sun beds are available for rent.
Archaeological Museum of Mykonos
Before setting out on the mandatory boat excursion to the isle of Delos, check out the Archaeological Museum, set at the northern edge of town. It affords insight into the intriguing history of its ancient shrines.
Ayia Anna Beach
Somewhat hidden in the shadow of Kalafatis beach, Ayia Anna is a low-key beach, named after a little whitewashed chapel built nearby.
Ayios Ioannis Beach
One of the best places in Mykonos to catch the sunset is the pebble and sand beach of Ayios Ioannis.
Ayios Sostis Beach
All you’ll find at Ayios Sostis is turquoise waters lapping against the sand and small pebble coast. Without natural shade
Church of Paraportiani
Mykonians claim that exactly 365 churches and chapels dot their landscape, one for each day of the year. he most famous of these is the Church of Paraportiani. The sloping, whitewashed conglomeration of four chapels, mixing Byzantine and vernacular idioms, looks fantastic. Solid and ultimately sober, its position on a promontory facing the sea sets off the unique architecture; it’s said to be one of the most photographed churches in the world.
Long, tranquil, and beautiful, Elia is a popular option for those who seek beach relaxation.
Many of the early ship’s captains built distinguished houses directly on the sea here, with wooden balconies overlooking the water. Today this neighborhood, at the southwest end of the port, is called Little Venice. This area, architecturally unique and one of the most attractive in all the islands, is so called because its handsome houses, which once belonged to shipowners and aristocrats, rise from the edge of the sea, and their elaborate buttressed wooden balconies hang over the water—these are no Venetian marble palazzi reflected in still canals. Many of these fine old houses are now elegant bars specializing in sunset drinks, or cabarets, or shops, and crowds head to the cafés and clubs, many found a block inland from Little Venice. These are sometimes soundproofed. Little Venice is waiting to be discovered and presents countless photo ops, especially at sunset.
The windmills are the quintessential features of Mykonos landscape. There are plenty of them that have become a part and parcel of Mykonos. Visitors to Mykonos can see the windmills irrespective of the locale. From a distance one can easily figure out the windmills, courtesy of their silhouette. They are primarily concentrated in the neighborhood of Chora and some are also located in and around Alevkantra. These innovative wheels were primarily used for crushing agricultural yields. In all there were 16 such windmills in operation.
The small rocky islet of Delos is part of the Cyclades and is located a few miles south-west of Mykonos Greece. According to mythology, Delos is the birthplace of Apollo, god of music, of true and light, and his twin sister Artemis, goddess of hunting. Delos was considered as the most important Pan-Hellenic sanctuary during Ancient Times and that the ancient Greeks built a lot of amazing temples, sanctuaries and statues in this island called the Sacred Island. The island of Delos became part of the World’s Cultural Heritage and is protected by UNESCO. It is reachable by taxi-boat from the island of Mykonos (20 minutes).
Where to eat:
Agios Sostis, Mykonos
This local institution is simplicity itself. There’s no sign, just follow the bronzed bohemians trailing onto the tree-shaded terrace overlooking Agios Sostis beach, lured by the aroma of chargrilled pork chops (tenderised in a marinade).
A busy and efficient taverna which spills out into the square behind the town hall.
MATSUHISA MYKONOS-Belvedere Hotel, Mykonos Town
The Mykonos outpost of Nobuyuki Matsuhisa’s international sushi empire is just as popular and starry as the London restaurant.
For more traditional Greek food, this is the place to go – a beautiful garden restaurant with balconies and friendly young staff.
SEA SATIN MARKET-Mykonos Town
Located below the windmills, beyond the small beach adjacent to Little Venice, this is one of the quietest spots in town. Go at sunset and eat mezedes in the relaxed setting.
The beautiful people have been coming to Caprice in Little Venice for twenty-five years. It’s the oldest and hottest bar on the island.
Here you’ll find modernist Mykonos decor and some of Athens’s top DJs.
CAVO PARADISO -Paradise Beach
Set 300m above Paradise Beach, this late-night club kicks off at around 2am and hosts top international DJs.