Things to do in Mykonos
One of the most alluring islands, Mykonos offers endless options for entertainment and relaxation. Here are some of the most popular things to do in Mykonos.
In town, also known as Chora, the particular architecture is characterized by narrow streets that form a veritable labyrinth of white houses; guests can admire the simplicity and functionality of the island's capital. Many landmarks are located right in town: the beautiful Alefkandra, Little Venice, where the waves of the Aegean literally touch the walls of houses, the windmills, perpetual trademark of Mykonos, the scenic Gialos, the old port of the island, which these days is alive day and night, with its magnificent Panagia Paraportiani church, recognized heritage monument, and of course the island's museums: the Archaeological Museum near the harbor and the Maritime Museum in the center of town.
Nobody should leave the island without viewing the sunset from the timeless bar Caprice, in Little Venice, overlooking the sea, Delos and the windmills, while enjoying a signature cocktail. A day trip to nearby Delos is the perfect break from the pace of Mykonos. The ancient center of the world, this island is a sacred archaeological site, a recognized UNESCO World Heritage, where the twin gods Apollo and Artemis were born, according to Greek mythology.
Back in Mykonos town, the Archaeological Museum is another interesting option for those interested in the history of the island. Built in 1902, the collection includes unique statues and art from 426-425 BC.
In Mykonos town the visitor can wander the streets, discovering many local attractions, from quaint cafes and stylish bars, to chic restaurants, ethnic restaurants and designer boutiques, and countless souvenir shops that meet every need for gifts and souvenirs to take home.
For those who want to enjoy top French cuisine, the restaurant La Maison de Catherine's will reward you with its romantic atmosphere and delicious flavors; for something more funky, the restaurant-bar Interni serves as an island hot spot, with its popular large bar. The renowned Japanese restaurant Nobu Matsuhisa is located in the premises of the luxurious Hotel Belvedere, featuring excellent views of the island, while providing an excellent selection of fresh fish dishes; the Sea Satin Market restaurant lies in the shadow of the windmills. For excellent pizza and pasta, Barkia Pasta Fresca offers the best menu selection, while in Ornos Kuzina is the perfect choice any time of day, right in front of the waves. Fine dining is just one of the many things to do in Mykonos.
Swimming in Mykonos is a real rite, as the beaches are famous for the cold waters of the Aegean; even during the summer, it is always a challenge for aspiring swimmers. A separate mention should be made for Super Paradise beach, one of the most beautiful on the island, but mostly famous for the parties organized there, from noon till night and often until the next morning, attracting perhaps the most colorful crowd. Right next door is the beach of Paradise, equally beautiful but a little quieter, at least during the day. Here lies the famous after-hours Club Cavo Paradiso, a key destination in the Mediterranean for the leading DJs and incurable clubbers.
For quieter places, the ideal beaches are: Elia, Makris Gialos, Ornos, Lia and Kalafatis, all organized to provide everything needed for the modern discerning traveler. In the famous beach of Psarou, you will be able to enjoy high quality services near crystal blue waters, with excellent options for dining and shopping; the Nammos Restaurant and Luisa Beach boutique is a top choice for a break from swimming.
While touring the island, you should also visit the village of Ano Mera, in the center of Mykonos island. It is the main settlement on the island, where most residents live during the winter. The main square enjoys many choices for coffee and dining; the Monastery of Palaiokastro, built in the 12th century, and the Monastery of Panagia Tourliani, built in the 18th century, are also well-worth visiting.
For the ultimate relaxation, the spa of Kivotos boutique hotel in Ornos and the spa in Saint John, are the ideal choice. Finally, you can rent a luxury yacht for a sailing tour of the surrounding islands, a great opportunity to discover hidden coves, where you and your friends will be alone under the hot sun.