The island of Mykonos is definitely considered the paradise of Greece and is quite similar to the island of Ibiza in Spain, but more comfortable and perhaps a little more expensive. The charm of this island is like a magnet for tourists from all over the world, even for Hollywood celebrities who choose to come here every summer to relax for a few days.
Mykonos can be easily reached either by plane from Athens, or by boat. If you choose to travel in the middle or the end of the summer, you will find many excellent offers at reasonable prices, including great prices for flights and hotels. This is the best period to visit the island, as there are a lot of parties going on, the atmosphere is amazing and the weather is perfect for relaxing under the sun.
Mykonos one of those islands almost always present on all Greek postcards, with its small houses painted in white and blue and its traditional windmills. Tourism is the main source of income in the area, and everything is much more tranquil after the season is over.
As an island favored by many tourists, Mykonos has a lot of things to offer to its visitors, the most important of which are the following:
- Chora Windmills. These windmills are among the most distinctive features of the island and one of the most famous attractions in Mykonos, in addition to Little Venice. For centuries, these have been used to refine grains with the powerful winds that hit the island.
With the technological progress, the use of windmills has diminished, so they are nowadays some simple houses or museums. The most famous of them is Kato Myloi, located in Chora, on a hill facing the sea. The top view is incredible, and is one of the best places to watch the sunset.
- Little Venice. Little Venice is one of the most scenic areas of Mykonos. Here, the white-painted buildings are lying on the edge of the island, just above the sea, built right on the water. The sunsets there are breathtaking, but make sure you get here at least an hour before the sun goes down to catch a good spot at one of the taverns near the sea.
The neighborhood, built in the 16th century, is said to have been built by the population to defend themselves from pirates who, at the time, posed a real threat. So the residents built balconies next to the water in such a way that they could quickly load the goods from the ships, without the pirates having time to steal them.
- The City of Mykonos. Lose yourself on the cobbled alleys enclosed by white houses with blue doors and windows, and the colorful taverns in Mykonos. Here you will find some of the best stores all over Greece, including stores selling international designer clothes, jewelry stores and boutiques with leather goods or art objects. If you have money, the possibilities are endless! After shopping, head to the Matogiania area, which is in the city center, and enjoy the best seafood dishes in Greece!
- The fascinating island of Delos. Delos Island is a UNESCO World Heritage site, being considered one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece. According to Greek Mythology, it is the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. The island is now uninhabited, but you can visit it by taking one of the many ships that depart daily from the old port of Mykonos (except for months in which the archaeological site is closed).
The return ticket to Delos is about 20 euros and access to the archaeological site costs 12 euros.
- Incredible nightlife. Mykonos is the island of parties, having the best nightlife from all over Greece. You can start the evening with a cocktail in Little Venice while enjoying the sunset and as the night gets deeper, you can head to the legendary Scandinavian bar Jackie O in Cavo Paradiso, one of the most famous beach bars on the island.