Holidays in Mykonos island
Mykonos, the most cosmopolitan Cycladic Island, has two faces. On the one hand, the Mykonian crowded "corners" are every year photographed and published as lifestyle magazines’ covers, whilst the dynamic nightlife, the frantic after-hour parties with first-class DJs and the cosmopolitan beaches bring this island at the forefront of the tourist preferences. On the other hand, Mykonos hides another, more charming and unpretentious face. The hinterland of the island, the picturesque churches, the rocky and deserted coves give the place another, more primitive beauty and a unique aura. We should not forget that the wild, rocky terrain of the island was the reason to be connected with the myth of Hercules’ battle against Giants!
In Chora, island’s main town, cobbled, winding streets, whitewashed terraces, windmills and traditional Cycladic houses compose a dreamy scene. Between Castle and Scarpa villages, there is one of the most romantic "corners" of this island, built literally over the sea. Due to its structural peculiarity, it is known as "Little Venice" (the ground floor of the buildings is on the same level as the sea water). The colorful wooden balconies that seem to hang over the sea and the stunning views create an idyllic setting! Here, you will find stylish café/bars where you can enjoy your coffee or have a drink, looking at one of the most beautiful sunsets in Greece.
Kato Miloi (Lower Mills) are Mykonos landmark. These whitewashed cylindrical buildings, which are oriented towards the Aegean Sea, impress with their imposing volume. An important attraction of the island, and one of the most photographed churches in Greece, is Paraportianis’ Chapel. The church took its name from its location, next to a small medieval castle’s gate (paraporti). In essence, this is a complex of five smaller temples, four of which are on the ground floor and the fifth is raised forming Paraportiani’s Chapel. Equally impressive is Zoodochou Pigis’ Cathedral, with its beautiful Venetian carved temple.
On the main, busy road of Chora, next to cafés/bars and restaurants, you can see Pigadia (the Wells), which used to supply the town with water.
The heart of European fashion and nightlife beats at the famous Matogiannia village. Here, you will find numerous designer shops with clothes, accessories and jewelry.
Another interesting location is the island’s lighthouse which is located in Armenistis Cape, in a 19-meters- tower. Its old mechanism can be seen at the courtyard of the Aegean Maritime Museum.
During your stay on the island, do not forget to visit the picturesque Ano Mera, which is ideal for relaxing walks, drinking coffee or ouzo and tasting traditional snacks in the village’s square. In front of this square there is the Panagia Tourlianis’ Monastery. According to the tradition, the temple, the bishop's throne and the pulpit were made in Florence, Italy.
Scattered in the countryside, there are remnants of ancient towers which are thought to constitute a part of Mykonos defense strategy. The most characteristic one is the tower in Portes, which impresses due to the three imposing carved granite monoliths that once formed the tower’s gate.
In Mykonos there are several notable museums, including the Archaeological Museum, the Aegean Maritime Museum and the Folk Museum. Folklore Museum’s annexes are the Agricultural Museum, Boni’s Mill and Lena’s House.
Mykonos is an island that has its own mascot! The pelican, which was given the name Peter, first came to the winds’ island, as Mykonos is alternatively called, in the 1950s, and then became a permanent resident! When Peter died, it was immediately replaced, thus creating a tradition on the island. It is very easy to find Peter, as it wanders along with other pelicans on the shore and is usually surrounded by tourists who want to take photographs with it.
The island of winds, attracts more than one million visitors per year, as is a place which will pleasantly surprise you with its different faces and seduce you with its unique aura!
Mykonos is famous for its beautiful sandy beaches and crystal clear waters which may be either crowded or quiet and secluded. For those who wish to combine swimming with parties, Paradise and Super Paradise are the ideal beaches. This is where young people are gathered.
One of the most beautiful beaches of the island is the sandy and well organized Elia beach. Another beautiful beach is Panormos. The most, perhaps, cosmopolitan with many facilities beach on the island is Psarou beach, with clear blue waters and golden sand. Ornos beach is long and sandy, surrounded by hotels, apartments, bars and restaurants. Amongst the most popular Mykonian beaches is Platis Gialos. It offers a lot of amenities; hotels and restaurants can be found nearby. Agia Anna is quieter, but still beautiful. The appealing Kalafatis beach is also organized and has some of the most popular water sports schools of the island. Near Chora, there is Agios Ioannis beach with shallow waters and spectacular views over Delos Island. Agrari is another sandy beach with crystal clear waters, well protected from the winds. Here you will also find sunbeds and umbrellas, while water sports enthusiasts can indulge in water skiing, jet skiing and other activities.
Another popular beach of Mykonos is Paraga. It is well organized offering sunbeds and umbrellas. At the coast you will find restaurants and café/bars. Those who love windsurfing, will fell in love with Ftelia beach, which due to its location, is open to northerly winds. Kalo Livadi is also open to northerly winds.
For those who would like to swim somewhere not crowded Fokos, Capari, Pano and Kato Tigani and Mersini beaches are ideal. Quit quiet beaches are Lia beach which is another organized beach, surrounded by cliffs while it has crystal clear waters and fine sand, and Agios Stefanos beach, which is mostly preferred by families.
- The small St. Nicholas of Cadenas Church
- The neoclassic Hall building
- The Municipal Library
- Delos island
- Rhenia island
- Tragonisi island
Local products like kopanisti, louza, sour cheese (xinotyro) and tranditional recipes like Honey pies (melopites), Onion pies and Melitzanopilafo (rise with eggplants). You can also taste almond sweets and drink orgreat and wine.
How to get there
Travelling by plane
Mykonos can be reached by air from Athens International Airport - Eleftherios Venizelos with a direct flight or from Macedonia Airport in Thessaloniki.
For more information click here.
Travelling by boat
You can reach Mykonos by boat from the ports of Piraeus, Rafina and Heraklion with the ships of Blue Star Ferries, Hellenic Seaways and SeaJet.
For more information on the ferry routes to Mykonos visit the web sites of the companies:
Connection with other islands
The island is connected by boat with: Delos, Syros, Tinos, Andros, Milos, Folegandros, Santorini, Ios, Paros, Naxos, Amorgos, Folegandros, Schinousa, Koufonisia and Heraklion Crete.
Transfer within the Island
For your transportation on the island you can use the Intercity Buses (KTEL Bus of Mykonos) as well as taxies.
For more information of the bus routes, click here.
During your stay in Mykonos, you can be served for health issues:
Health Center of Mykonos which is located in the area of Argyraina, Tel: (+30) 22890 23998, 23994
First Aid Station of Mykonos, Tel: (+30) 22890 22274
First Aid Station of Ano Mera, Tel: (+30) 22890 71395
Useful phone numbers
Mykonos Port Authority: (+30) 22890 22218
Mykonos Airport: (+30) 22890 79000
Police Station of Mykonos: (+30) 22890 22716
Health Center of Mykonos: (+30) 22890 23998, 23994
First Aid Station of Mykonos: (+30) 22890 22274
First Aid Station of Ano Mera: (+30) 22890 71395
Intercity Bus of Mykonos: (+30) 22890 23360
TAXI: (+30) 22890 23700, 22400