Things to Do in Mykonos Greece
One of the most popular Greek Islands is Mykonos, (Μύκονος in Greek) famous for many things, including its nudist beaches, nightlife, and endless parties. Being part of the Cyclades, it is close to numerous other popular tourist destinations, including Naxos and Paros. Additionally, Mykonos is known for its windmills, which define the island’s landscape and date back to the 16th century. Although they aren’t functioning, they are a beautiful feature, and some are even home to museums or have become private residences!
Mykonos relies almost entirely on tourism for its economy, and has been a popular destination since the 1950s, yet has continued over the years, to maintain its traditional look and features, which has obviously fared well among tourists. It’s perfectly located for continuous great climate, and its architectural features appeal to all visitors, with small white-washed homes and cobblestone roads, as well as its countless alleys, and quaint shops. Matoyianni, a main street in Mykonos offers great shopping, from jewelry to clothing to art, in Chora or Mykonos Town.
Mykonos is an island that stretches about 14 km in length and 10 km in width. It’s mostly a hilly island, with most of it covered with granite.
Mykonos Island Attractions
When in Mykonos, a visit to the Archaeological Museum is well worth it. It is in fact one of the oldest museums in all of Greece, built in 1905. It houses numerous pieces, like Cycladic ceramic pottery from as early as the 8th century BC, and other works from other parts of the Aegean sea that date back to the 6th century BC.
The Windmills, symbolic of the island, are right in Mykonos Town. They were build by the Venetians, but none are functioning, although one is now a museum.
Little Venice Mykonos is another great island attraction. It’s a beautiful and romantic area that is not to be missed. Take in the beauty of the overhanging balconies and whitewashed homes, and it’s only minutes from the Mykonos waterfront.
13th Century Panagia Paraportiani Church
Panagia Paraportiani is a must-see church, which happens to be the most famous of the island, as it stands majestically in the town, with its whitewashed walls that contrast against the beautiful blue skies. It’s actually 5 churches fused into one, and was built in the late 1400s. The famous structure is situated in Kastro (Greek for Castle), as it was the location of a medieval castle, which was destroyed in the 1700s. However, the church still stands and is well maintained, and is one of the most photographed structures in all the world, thanks to its quirky design.
It’s a trek, but a well worth one because the view is everything. The cliff below opens up views of the old town of Mykonos, and the island of Tinos, as well as great views of the Aegean Sea, filled with boats. Unfortunately the Armenistis Lighthouse itself, although functional, is somewhat rundown and visitors cannot enter it, but the view by the lighthouse is enough. It’s located in Fanari, just 4 miles from Mykonos Town.
Map of Mykonos Greece
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Mykonos: Good to Know
Mykonos, while beautiful and really not to be missed by anyone traveling to Greece, is more expensive than other neighboring islands, mainly because of its popularity . However, even on a budget, you can still get the best of both worlds, if you travel smart. Instead of visiting during peak season, go in May, mid-September, or October. There’s still lots of action so you won’t be bored, the weather is still good, but the prices of accommodations and eating out are much more affordable. Plus, you don’t have to fight huge crowds all the time.
Mykonos is also a hot gay destination, and is gay friendly, featuring a great gay nightlife.
Agios Stefanos: known for some great hotels, restaurants, cafes, and tavernas.
Chora Mykonos or Mykonos Town is a labyrinth town that is truly picturesque. The small streets are lined with whitewashed homes, churches, shops, boutiques, galleries, trendy bars, cafes, and specialty shops. The island has strict building regulations, which has preserved the traditional Cycladic architectural style that appeals to thousands of tourists each year.
Ornos Village: Great little community with lots of places to stay, eat and drink.
Ano Mera: This is the only inland settlement of the island, situated 7 km east of Chora (Mykonos Town). It’s known for its platia or town square that is lined with great tavernas and is home to the Monastery of Panagia Tourliani, a popular attraction.
Platys Gialos: Popular tourist resort known for small fishing boats
Being rather small in size, it’s recommended to get around by scooter or car (which can be rented), taxi, or boat. Bus service is available, with two bus stations in Mykonos Town. Most southern beaches can be reached by bus, but for real island exploring, the scooter is the way to go, as its small in size, it is easily maneuverable and easily parked.