What to visit and what to do in Mykonos? The island of Mykonos in the Cyclades in Greece is the most famous island in Greece. It’s Venice of Greece.
This is one of the favorite destinations of the celebrities around the world and all the couples on earth looking for the craziest entertainment. But if you visit Mykonos after high summer season (July and August), you discover an island with all its Greek authenticity. You will admire its natural beauty in the middle of the Aegean.
Where is Mykonos? Mykonos is a Cycladic island. The main town of Mykonos Island or Chora is on the west coast of the island. The island has about 10 000 inhabitants and 85 km2. Mykonos is the first island that the Greeks developed for tourism in the early 1960s. Today, Mykonos nightlife is one of the most active islands in Europe, but if you visit the island at the beginning of summer period (1st of May to10th of July) or after summer period (from the 1st of September to the 15th of October), you discover a new real face of the island that belongs to the Greek culture.
Accomodation in Mykonos? In general, life on the island is not cheap, given the number of personalities who arrive on the island and given the prestige of the island (the unique beauty of the island). On the island of Mykonos. I sometimes appreciate staying in beautiful hotels in order to enjoy the atmosphere of the island. The last time I went on the island with my husband, it was at the hotel the George in Platys Yialos south of the island (photos below). A new hotel with a great view of the sea and near the beach. Decor, dinner and unparalleled staff… It was marvelous.
1. Mykonos The Little Venice (photo on the top in the right) is one of the most romantic and beautiful places in Mykonos especially during the magical sunset moment. We can admire the old houses at the seaside. The image of the Little Venice magnetizes and disarms us completely. Just enjoy it before the high tourist season. Enjoy your coffee on the wooden stairs in a coffee shop in front of the waves. The little Venice is the favorite place of the more or less renowned artists who portray in a beautifully surreal way the magnetic beauty of the Little Venice in their works of art. In the past, many distinguished captains had built their houses on the picturesque shore but today these mansions have become chic bars … anyway, their charm is always here.
2. Mykonos windmills (photo below on the left) are the important feature of Mykonos landscape. They are located in Chora, but are also found in Ano Mera. There were previously about 15 mills that were processing the island’s agricultural products destined for trade in and out of Mykonos. They shine day and night dressed in their white tunic, in harmonic spherical form under a sharp wooden roof that looks solid. Today, the windmills are no longer working but they symbolize the rich past of Mykonos. A mill has been completely renovated and has become a museum, the Bonis mill.
3. The town of Mykonos called Chora is a typical Cycladic village built in amphitheatre. Go and see, early in the morning or in the beginning of the afternoon (more calm) its white painted cubic houses and its typical doors and windows and colorful balconies tirelessly embellishing the alleys garnished with bougainvillea all contrasting with the dominant scintillating white. It’s a profound feeling hard to forget. In the evenings after dinner, out of high season, go for a walk in the narrow streets where you can find many very elegant things (clothes, jewellery etc) you will never find in the big city you are living all year long.
4. The museums of Mykonos. The Archaeological Museum of Mykonos. It is located between the port and Chora and exhibits sculptures, vases and figurines from the neighboring islands of Delos and Renia. In the center of the city, you can visit the Nautical museum (2 pictures lower right) and the Museum of folklore of the island which exposes icons, antique furniture etc.
5. Mykonos churches. The most beautiful, in my opinion, the Church of Panayia Paraportiani. It is probably the most photographed church in Mykonos by the sea at the entrance of the district of Kastro. Its name means « The Virgin beside the door ». It consisted later of 5 smaller churches that were built nearby: the churches of Aghios Efstathios, Aghios Anaryiros, Aghios Sozon and Aghia Anastasia and the dominant church of the Virgin resembling a Dome. The oldest church is Agios Anaryiros from the 14th century.
6. Mykonos beaches. Aghios Ioannis beach (photo below, 1st on the left). One of my favorite beaches located on the west coast of Mykonos, opposite the archaeological island of Delos. This is the beach where is held the most famous celebration on the Island (in the Church of Agios Ioannis) end of September. Another one I liked was the Paraga beach (photo below). It is a beach located on the south coast of Mykonos, near the beach of Aghia Anna. And finally, I loved Lia beach, also south in the island. It was difficult to have access on it by car but arrived on it, seeing the crystalline waters and its superb rocks, I felt quickly compensated.
What can you say about this island you perhaps visited ?