10 things to see absolutely in Mykonos

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Mykonos today is one of the most popular destinations in the Cyclades and all of Greece. In the past an island with a poor economy and based mainly on agriculture, starting from the 50s it has known an ever-increasing success as a tourist destination, becoming today a destination really appreciated by every type of traveler.

Mykonos has something to offer to all those who choose it for their trip: whether you are looking for relaxation or adventure, a holiday full of unbridled fun or a quiet place for you and your family, this paradise island is the perfect choice. Culture, good Greek food, dream views and an incredibly crystal clear sea: Mykonos truly manages to never disappoint.

Here are the 10 things to see absolutely in Mykonos!



Index

  1. Paradise, Superparadise and other beaches
  2. Via Matoyianni and Chora district
  3. The Little Venice neighborhood
  4. The Paraportiani church
  5. Mills
  6. The town of Ano Mera
  7. The Armenistis Lighthouse
  8. archaeological Museum
  9. Lena's House and Maritime Museum
  10. Delos Island
  11. User questions and comments

1 - Paradise, Superparadise and other beaches

From Mykonos amazing beaches are expected and the island grants this desire, and exceeds the most optimistic expectations. The coasts of the island are many and varied and if the beaches in the north are wilder, those in the south are more famous and generally more crowded.

Among the most beautiful and full of excitement are Paradise and Super Paradise: full of discos and beach bars, they attract the most active and fun-seeking tourists. Perfect for those traveling with children they are Platys Gialos, Agios Ioannis and Ornos, but also Paranga. In Kalafatis the wind whipping the waves gives moments of jubilation to the surfers and kite surfers, while those who appreciate contact with nature should make a trip to Houlakia, or Meresini. Psarou is often frequented by VIPs and luxury lovers, while in beaches such as Elìa, Fokos, Kapari and Agios Sostis it is nudism allowed (as in other beaches). In short, Mykonos even in terms of beaches, he knows how not to upset anyone.



  • public transport on the island serves the beaches of Mykonos very efficiently; on the KTEL website you can find all the connections from the center of Mykonos to the main beaches
  • always open
  • free

2 - Via Matoyianni and Chora district

It is called Chora or Hora: it is the historical center of the island, hub of local life and main port which cruise ships visiting here dock. If you imagine a Greece made of white houses with blue doors and windows, characteristic alleys and blooming bougainvillea, the town of Mykonos will satisfy your every expectation.

Its lanes are full of typical taverns and shops of all kinds. Impossible not to take a photo at every step. There main shopping street is Matoyianni, an avenue that starts from the old port and arrives near the Little Venice neighborhood: it is a fascinating succession of trendy clubs, trendy shops, music bars and art galleries. A place with an eclectic and unmistakable style, devoted to nightlife and always absolutely lively. The Chora is beautiful, always. But it acquires an even greater charm in the low season when the crowd drops and its typically Greek personality emerges with all its charisma.

  • Mykonos town is located less than 5 km from the airport (JMK); to reach it you can rent a car or rely on local buses (about € 1,60); taxis especially in the summer are rare to find (around € 15,00 / € 20,00) - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

3 - The Little Venice neighborhood

Little Venice is a district of Mykonos which, although incorporated in the perimeter of the Chora, is characterized as an attraction in its own right, thanks to its decidedly particular architecture. A row of brightly colored houses built on the surface of the water, once owned by wealthy merchants and shipowners, which today show off all their typically Mediterranean character overlooking the blue waves of Mykonos.

This unmissable area is populated with cafes and restaurants that allow you to eat right next to the sea. The buildings seem to "float" on water and give Little Venice its name and fame. A suggestion is to sit at one of its tables at sunset, when the sun dips into the blue of the Greek sea and paints the bay with even brighter colors. Unforgettable.



  • from the Chora, reach the coast and walk west along Akti Kampani, to find yourself in front of the bright colors of the balconies of Little Venice - Get directions
  • always open
  • free

4 - The Paraportiani church

The particular church of Paraportiani is the most famous orthodox church in Mykonos and is located in the Kastro district, not far from Little Venice. It includes elements from five previous religious buildings which have been incorporated within it: in addition to Panagia Paraportiani, there are Agios Sozontas, Agioi Anargyroi, Agia Anastasia and Agios Efstathios.

Its construction stretches from the fifteenth century to the seventeenth century, and the singular outcome of this fusion of different architectures has created what today is the most photographed and known church in Mykonos. It is usually found closed, but it is worth admiring it from the outside, especially if its white lime is colored with soft hues during one of the evocative sunsets of the island.

  • the church is about 500 meters from the center of Mykonos town, and is easily accessible on foot - Get directions
  • always open to the outside
  • free

5 - The mills

Dating back to the 400th century, for over years the mills of Mykonos they ground the wheat grown on the island, which was both consumed locally and exported in the form of flour, representing one of the main voices in the economy of this area. At a time when tourism took over the activities related to agriculture, the mills of Mykonos were closed but renovated ad hoc and redeveloped as an attraction.

Mills arise in the locality of Kato Myli, and the scenario that opens up all around these silent witnesses of the most authentic life of the island is nothing short of extraordinary. One of the mills also houses a small museum which illustrates with photos and captions the importance that the grinding activity has had for this territory. In short, a perfect tour both to immerse yourself in the history of Mykonos, and to take photos that you want to frame and hang at home to look at them every day and dream a little.



  • Kato Myli is easily accessible on foot or by bus (around € 1,00), and near the mills there is also a parking space for those arriving by car or motorbike - Get directions
  • always open
  • free

6 - The town of Ano Mera

Ano Mera is a very small village about 8 km from Mykonos town, whose slow pace has kept intact the spirit of the past. It's a perfect stop for those who want to know the true soul of Mykonos, far from worldly life and too touristy contaminations.

Although in Ano Mera there are hotels, clubs and visitors in circulation, the country it keeps its character intact and life here takes place with pleasantly slowed down times. This cluster of very white houses and genuine taverns is ideal for falling in love with Mykonos once and for all. At the center of the village stands the Monastery of Panagia Tourliani, a mystical place surrounded by silence, really perfect for a bath of tranquility.

  • KTEL buses serve this town quite frequently, and from the old port of Mykonos they take you to Ano Mera in about 20 minutes - Get directions
  • Ano Mera can always be visited; the monastery is open every day from 09:00 to 13:00 and from 15:30 to 19:00
  • for the Monastery, offered at the entrance, about € 1,00

7 - The Armenistis Lighthouse

Armenitis Lighthouse is a symbolic place, located in the north of the island. It stands on a promontory with a breathtaking view of the sea below and the white houses that dot Mykonos.

The road to get there is not the most comfortable, and the structure of the lighthouse is not well preserved, but it does not matter: the view from here is priceless, the peace that is breathed up here too. Once here you can just let your gaze wander from the waves to the hills, and enjoy the decadent charm of this most genuine icon of Greece. Better still, if the sun disappears on the horizon to keep company.

  • it is located in a fairly remote area in the north of the island, and the best way to reach it is by car or scooter, paying attention to the dirt road - Get directions
  • always open, can be visited outside
  • free

8 - Archaeological Museum

Mykonos is not just heavenly beaches, sea and sunsets, but it offers a cultural panorama worthy of being explored. There are several museums on the island, dedicated to the life of the Cyclades and the past of Mykonos, among these the most important is certainly the Archaeological Museum.

Il Archaeological Museum houses many ceramic finds from the islands of Paros, Rhina and Delos.

  • the museums are all located in the town of Mykonos and are within easy walking distance of the town center in a few minutes - Get directions
  • the Archaeological Museum is open from April to October Monday, Wednesday and Sunday from 8:30 to 16:00, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9:00 to 21:00
  • about € 4,00

9 - Lena's House and Maritime Museum

Il The Aegean Maritime Museum, on the other hand, houses finds from the naval world such as rudders and navigation books as well as models of the pre-Mycenaean fleet. The Folklore Museum is also interesting.

For an insight into the ancient social stratification of the island, it is worth taking a look at Casa di Lena, a traditional house of the Mykonos bourgeoisie, testimony of the different social situations of the past. When the poor crowded the alleys of Chora, the rich took refuge in the beautiful housing structures of Little Venice and the middle class resided in pretty and large houses with internal courtyards and terraces overlooking the streets.

  • the museums are all located in the town of Mykonos and are within easy walking distance of the town center in a few minutes - Get directions
  • the Maritime Museum is open from April to October every day from 10:30 to 13:00 and from 18:30 to 21:00; Casa di Lena is open from 18pm to 30pm, Sundays from 21pm to 30pm
  • Maritime Museum € 4,00; Lena's house € 2,00

10 - Island of Delos

A great idea while residing in Mykonos is therefore to take a boat trip to explore its surroundings: the island is nestled between islands and islets that form the collier.

One of the most popular tours is the one to the archaeological site of Delos, located on the homonymous island and reachable by boat in a few minutes. The uninhabited island of Delos is the place where, according to legend, Apollo, god of the sun and the arts, and his sister Artemis, goddess of the moon, were born. The archaeological site of Delos allows you to admire ruins and temples dating back to ancient times, houses, mosaics and really interesting artifacts to explore. It's possible visit Delos on your own or join an organized tour with an expert guide who will make you discover every aspect of the mythical history of this islet.

  • from Mykonos it is possible to take a boat that takes about 40 minutes to the island of Delos; the cost of return transport from Mykonos is € 20,00 - Get directions
  • the Archaeological Site is open from 8:00 to 20:00
  • Delos archaeological site € 12,00

Plan your stay in Mykonos: flights, hotels and tours

Mykonos is very well connected and easy to reachThere are many flights arriving at Mykonos International Airport, especially in the summer season, and the airport is a few kilometers from the city center. By ferry, the island can be reached from the ports of Rafina and Piraeus and Mykonos is also well connected with islands such as Naxos, Paros, Syros and Tinos.

La most central area to stay is certainly Mykonos Town, equipped with all services and lively at all hours. If you are looking for quieter but well-served areas, opt for Ornos or Platys Gialos, while if you are looking for partying and fun choose the Paradise Beach area.

Over the years the island has become an extremely popular place among tourists, with consequent price increases of accommodation and restaurants. Stay anyway a destination not to give up, taking a look at the many offers in circulation and booking well in advance


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