Among the most Greek islands, Mykonos island is located almost in the centre of the Cyclades complex. It is particularly famous for the cosmopolitan atmosphere, the exciting nightlife, the picturesque Cycladic architecture and the magnificent beaches that makes holidays in Mykonos a magnificent experience.
There are many things to do in Mykonos Greece, an island perfect for people of all ages: walk along the narrow streets of Chora, see the sunset from Little Venice, stay in luxurious hotels and swim in exotic beaches. Super Paradise, Paradise and Kalo Livadi are fabulous places to swim and spend a day under the hot sun. In the evenings, head to Mykonos Town and enjoy a night out in the many bars and clubs.
How To Reach
- Athens To Mykonos – By Air or By Ferry
- Santorini To Mykonos – By Ferry
Best Time for Good Weather and Swimming:
The warmest weather in Mykonos is between June and September when it’s sunny, hot, and the water is perfect for swimming. Water temperature heats throughout the summer months and is warmest in August and early September
The Most Recommended Tourist Attractions in Mykonos
1. LITTLE VENICE
Little Venice is that part of Mykonos where the sea coast touches most of Mykonos town ship. It is believed that during the 16th and 17th century pirates would use this piece of landmass / island for loading and unloading their booty and vanish after celebrating their last kill. As a result of this activity a lot of habitation came up and double storey houses mushroomed in plenty. Soon these houses got converted into bars, restaurants and partying places. The view of the blue water of the sea and the steep hills in the back drop that rise to heights upto 300 meters attracted sea travelers and holiday crowds for relaxation and chilling out. The bars have thumping music handled by world class DJs that keeps the party going well past midnight and at times even beyond dawn. An excellent place for honeymooners and love birds to chill out in tranquil over the hill tops or shrill out at the roof top bars till you drop dead.
Given the fact that you get to see natural scenic beauty at its best many artists, poets and writers have settled here to stay. Some have created art museums where you get to see the art work of famous artists. A place you must visit while you tour Greece or Italy or the neighborhood.
2. PARADISE BEACH & SUPER PARADISE BEACH
True to its name these beaches are indeed a paradise of pleasure where majority of the crowd is youngsters with no inhibitions. Located at Mykonos Island this beach is reachable on foot, by bus or taxi boats. You can choose depending upon your place/hotel of stay. You may also choose to stay in camping area just behind the beach.
There are numerous bars and restaurants on the beach including a large night club like area which even has the largest salt water swimming pool of Europe. This area is on top of a hill just above the beach. The beach itself is flat and sandy.
At the beach there are a number of sports facilities also available including a diving centre. The dance clubs of these beaches attract world famous DJs during various festivals (look up the internet site “Mykonos parties and events 2017”) throughout the year. During these events you can party and dance all evening till beyond dawn next morning.
3. PSAROU BEACH
Similar to Paradise Beach this too is one of the most popular beaches frequented by tourists throughout the year and in the peak period i.e. July/August you even have a waiting list for hiring wooden beach beds and umbrellas.
The words whos-who among celebrities can be found here specially during the peak period when the “ Nammos” hosts a party with best of dining and wining champagnes, spectacular pyrotechnics (fireworks) that light up the sky. At the beach you have numerous other activities like Jet Ski, water surfing, snorkeling along the 150m white sand stretch. Another attraction here is diving schools where you can test your diving skills. From the beach you get a very scenic view of the well laid out beach, its beach beds & umbrellas with a terraced cluster of tavernas (Greek café) hotels of all classes and the marketing houses in the back drop topped off by a lush green low hill background. Very picturesque indeed.
4. THE WINDMILLS
Over looking Little Venice Chora island perched on the hill top are some 16 huge vintage windmills in a row dating back to the 16th Century. They add to the scenic background of Little Venice which is now termed as an artist’s paradise. These windmills use wind power to drive grinders for grinding grain. Close to these windmills are located the Agricultural and Mykonos folk museum which take you through the historical journey of this island. There are numerous bars and restaurants on the way leading to Little Venice from these windmills. At presents these windmills are non functional and maintained as monuments.
5. PARAPORTIANI CHURCH
This is one of the most popular churches of the world and is considered to be the most photographed. This beautiful church of Panagia (Virgin Mary) is part of 5 churches within this church complex which are constructed one on top of the other or to the side. The one on the top in the shape of a dome is that of Virgin Mary. The church of Agios Anargyros (the oldest 14th century church), Agios Sozon and Agios Anastasia surround the central church of Agios Efstathios. All other churches came up during 16th and 17th century one after the other.
The word Paraportiani came up as these churches were constructed at the entrance of kastro group of islands. Meaning of the word itself is “standing next to the entrance door”.
6. PLATIS GIALOS BEACH
About 3 miles to the southern part from the center of Mykonos island you will find the largest sandy beach of Mykonos that has a lot to offer, especially if the group or family is slightly large, say more then 12-15 members. You will never fall short of beach beds and umbrellas out here.
The variety of accommodation available around the beach ranges from studio apartments, three bedroom apartments for small and medium size groups and then you have the budget hotels to luxury hotels, restaurants, beach bars, pastry shops and what not.
The beach facilities offer almost everything that’s exciting including howling jet skis. The place also offers a perfect spot for artists and photographers where you have the rising lush green hills overlooking the terraced restaurants and hotels and further down the well laid out beach with thousands of beach beds and umbrellas before entering the crystal clear blue water. From this island you get numerous options further south where boats can take you to other popular island beaches like super paradise, paradise, Elia, Agrari and Paranga.
7. MYKONOS CATAMARAN SAILING TOUR
Small group of 10-12 people can hire a small Catamaran or you can opt for a larger one from Mykonos on a scheduled trip. Either will provide the same thrills and enjoyment that lasts 5-6 hours. The boat takes you to Rheine and Delos or to other islands where you can anchor and enjoy a good swim snorkel in the crystal clear blue waters and enjoy a great delicious Greek lunch on board the Catamaran plus enjoy bear & wine to your heart’s content. Some catamarans even offer barbeque.
You can opt for a day cruise or a sunset cruise. Both have their own charm and you can capture great pictures, to carry home sweet & lasting memories.
8. SCUBA DIVING ADVENTURE
From Mykonos you move by boat to the Paradise Beach around 9 A.M. for a 2 ½ hour amazing experience under the pristine blue waters and view the fabulous colors of marine life. Before you can get into the water you need to undergo a quick lesson of underwater diving in the special diving gear that is provided on the boat. The best arrangement would be one instructor for four divers. You will be made to see a short video film which explains all the actions & precautions in detail that you need to understand while diving under water. It is essential that you maintain your own safety without leaving any room for casualness as it could be harmful. Feel free to interact with your instructor and get clarification to all your doubts. There after you will carry out some basic drills in waist deep waters close to the shore with the help of the instructors. Avoid overconfidence and stay close to your instructor if you are attempting diving for the first time. Once you all are sure of the drills and skills then you will fin out in deep waters of the Aegean under the careful watch of your instructor. The marine life you get to witness under water varies from the corals on the reef to the variety of fish like starfish, sponges, octopus and other marine life.
Generally a pickup and drop from and to the hotel at Mykonos can be arranged if you place a request through the hotel staff. The timing are around 9 A.M., 12 P.M., 2:30 P.M. and 5:30 P.M.;
It is a sacred island of Greece just a few miles away from Mykonos Island. In fact it is a heritage site where the Greeks believe God Apollo (God of Light) and Goddess Artemis (Roman name Diana) the hunting goddess always shown with a bow and quiver of arrows were born. It is also called the ‘Cradle of Gods’ and hence as a sacred tradition no mortal is permitted to take birth or die on this island. Pregnant mothers and dying mortals are shifted to neighboring islands before the actual birth or death.
A tour of this island reveals the glorious Greek civilization through the well organized religious and economic centers created on this island.
It has the distinction of one of the largest archaeological sites in the world with a huge treasure of monumental antiquities from the Archaic, the classic and the Hellenistic periods depicting Greek Artwork. In short, the island offers only archaeological information of historical value. Regular boat service from Mykonos and other adjoining islands like Tinos & Naxos are available every day.
10. ANO MERA VILLAGE
Just above 5 miles from Mykonos lies this most populated village with scattered settlements. The houses here give an insight of the old Greek architecture. The most popular in this regard are the Cloister Church and the Panagia Touliani church as also the Paleokastro Monastery. You also get to see the shattered remains of an ancient fort, graveyards of the Geometric Period and also the remains of a Byzentine castle.
Over the years this village has developed and now offers fairly good cheap hotels for a overnight stay, few restaurants and pastry shops.