Mykonos is an island with many faces and many target groups of visitors: the party animals, the jet setters, the bohemians and those who just like the island!
What to see and do
There lot’s of things one can do in Mykonos and these activities can be tailored to one’s preference. Mykonos town is very picturesque and you can walk around, shop and dine. Walking up to the windmills and taking photos of little Venice is a must!
Beach lounging and swimming is a must during the summer so check out the following list of beaches you shouldn’t miss!
Mykonos is also known as a party island! Paradise and Super Paradise beaches have beach bars where the party starts early on (in the afternoon) and appeal to young crowds. Cavo Paradiso is the island’s most famous club and many internationally acclaimed DJs come here every summer! It’s not my cup of tea but the location of the club is breathtaking…especially during sunrise!
Mykonos caters for watersports fans as well (it isn’t called Island of the Winds for nothing). Ftelia beach is ideal for windsurfing (faces north) and there are also water sports clubs in Kalafatis and Ornos beaches as well.
Last but not least, the history lovers can visit Delos island which is next to Mykonos and is an archaeological site in its entirety. Delos according to Greek mythology is the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. It played a significant role in antiquity both sacred and territorial one! It is not inhabited (save for the people who work on the museum located on the island) and is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Centers.
Beaches you shouldn’t miss
My favorite ones are Kalo Livadi and Elia (and I’ve also included them in my 10 Greek Beaches you shouldn’t miss list). If you’re a jet setter and want to mingle with celebrities then head to Psarrou beach. Agrari is a smaller beach next to Elia, low-key and with pebbles (whereas most beaches have sand in Mykonos).
If you’re looking for a beach off the beaten path (but not for long because every other blog I suggests this beach as well) head to Agios Sostis in the north. You should keep in mind though that during the summer strong north winds blow in the Aegean and on those days any beach facing north is a no-no (unless you’re into windsurfing)!
When to visit
The season starts in May with group of students coming to the island for a 5-day “spring” break. Then in June during the long weekend of Pentecost many people especially homeowners and friends of homeowners flock to the island to see and be seen. July and August are of course high (and ultra high) season! If you ask me, I’d visit either in June or September!
What to shop
If you’re looking for local flavors, then I suggest you try marzipan cookies/candies which are very popular in the Cyclades. Mykonos is a cosmopolitan island, so you’ll come across fine boutiques and jewelry stores!
How to get there
Mykonos has an international airport so there are daily flights from Athens and many European cities. Option number two would be the ferry! There are daily trips from Piraeus and Rafina and there is connection with Heraklion, Crete as well! You can check out information about trips (and book tickets) via Open Seas.
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