Those traveling to Mykonos never find it hard to figure out just why ancient peoples believed the island deserved to take its name from a grandson of Apollo. Home of a sun god? Absolutely! With amazing weather, gorgeous beaches, and dazzling views, it is a fabulous place for anyone who loves the outdoors. Naturally, that is why number one of the amazing things to do during a visit is to hit the beaches.
Beaches of Mykonos
Though travelers receive a lot of recommendations about the best beaches on the island, and often get general advice to simply go to the beaches, the finest spots are on the southern shore. These are the places with the finest sands, the best views, and even have protection from the blustery winds and breezes that can make other places unpleasant. Our list of spots to see include Paradise Beach, Psarou Beach (where you are almost obliged to pay a visit to N’Ammos taverna to enjoy fresh lobster), South Paradise Beach, Platis Gialos and Ornos (the latter two are ideal for families seeking safe waters and much quieter surroundings). Panormos beach is also considered one of the finest.
A Day in Little Venice
Whether you want to snap some unforgettable photos or you wish to explore one of the most beautiful neighborhoods on the entire island, this is the place to go. Home to the Chora neighborhood, it is at the southwestern end of the harbor in that town and it is full of delightfully photogenic houses sitting right along the waters. It is also a spot where amazing cafes and shops.
While you are in Little Venice, it is the ideal time to visit the scenic windmills on the hills above. Built in the 1500s, they were once the only way islanders were able to grind grains in bulk quantities. There are still 6 of them standing, but none of them are operational. While you are visiting these “kato myli” be sure you take a look down at Chora and snap some images of the delightful scenery before you. Whether you are on your way to or from the windmills, if you are in Alefkandra, stop for a sip of ouzo, a little nibble at one of the cafes, and be sure you explore this charming neighborhood.
Museums, Museums…Oh the Museums
You may not think of Mykonos as a place famous for museums, but there are too many to mention. Some are in old homes and some are limited to one room. The best of them includes the Folk Art Museum, tucked inside a former sea captain’s home in the Chora area. If you are at the windmills, take a peek inside the Mykonos Agricultural Museum nearby.
The Other Town
There are only two actual towns on the island, Chora and Ano Mera. This is an inland town without sea views, and less likely to be nearly as crowded as the Chora area. It is the ideal place for those eager to visit the different monasteries and is home to Panagia Tourliani and Paleokastro.
Though this is actually not a Mykonos activity, it is a wonderful thing to experience when visiting the island. Take the ferry over and see for yourself the birthplace of Apollo as well as exploring the Archaeological Museum of Mykonos.
These are only a small sampling of the amazing things you can do on the island of Mykonos. While a stay at one of the many luxury villas may provide you with all that you would need for a completely relaxing, scenic and restorative holiday, these experiences will also add that extra special something that will make your trip unforgettable.