Mykonos… Idyllic peaceful Greek landscape, picturesque white houses, and the tranquil Aegean Sea. This is how Mykonos used to be. Today, when someone says Mykonos, you think about crazy all-night-long parties, crowds of celebrities and paparazzi hunting for famous ones. Who would have thought that one visit of Jackie O. would forever change the island into Mecca for smaller and bigger stars? Sometimes it may be a little bit hard to find a Greek spirit here, which many seek while visiting the Cyclades (especially breathtaking Santorini) or Crete. It’s definitely easier to find Louis Vuitton or Hermes boutique! But what about the best things to do in Mykonos?
Mykonos is the second, next to Ios, perfect Greek island for all party-animals. The international crowd, many clubs, and luxury resorts are a perfect mix to tune in the atmosphere of fun. Do you know any other place where even at a supermarket there is a DJ playing his sets?! What are the best things to do in Mykonos to make your vacation truly memorable?
BEACH ALL DAY…
Mykonos is well-known for its beautiful beaches and everyone will find something matching perfectly their needs. Psarou Beach and the Nammos restaurant are popular among celebrities… and fans willing to take a selfie. If you dream of a party on the beach, visit Paradise Beach or located a bit further Super Paradise – party starts at 3 pm with dance shows, DJ sets and happy hour drinks 🙂 If you prefer spending your time actively, you should go to the Korfos Beach, a perfect spot for kiteboarding. Something more isolated? Ftelia and Frangias Beach are ideal for those seeking tranquility. Choose Elia Beach, if you are one of the guests of the nearby luxurious hotels. Ornos Beach is something for those into luxury, Instagram perfect drinks, and great food.
…PARTY ALL NIGHT!
Crowds partying at Paradise and Super Paradise Beach are mainly students from all over the globe. After midnight, they move to Cavo Paradiso, where the best DJs in the world play their music all summer long. The club is located on a rock next to the sea – sunrise from this place is amazing. The downside is that it’s a bit far away from Mykonos Town… So if you stay in the city instead, you will also find many great bars there. Go to the cult Skandinavian Bar – after midnight, girls dance on the bar 😉 Definitely one of the craziest things to do in Mykonos!
FEEL LIKE A STAR ON A CATAMARAN CRUISE
There is probably nothing more romantic you can do in Mykonos, than a catamaran cruise in the rays of the sunset. Viewing the island from the sea perspective gives a completely different impression. You can see tiny hidden shrines between rocks, secluded beaches and… great mansions of various celebrities. The cruise will take you to the extraordinary turquoise coves. You can jump straight from the boat into the crystal clear waters and admire the underwater life. During the cruise, you won’t miss, of course, excellent Greek wines and delicacies!
GET LOST IN MYKONOS TOWN
The largest city in Mykonos is a tangle of narrow streets, whitewashed houses, charming eateries and designers’ boutiques. Skip those streets filled with tourists – the prettiest ones are actually those in the backyard! You will quickly discover picturesque corners and real Greek restaurants. You must visit the traditional bakery Gioras Wood and try baklava – it is not from this earth, definitely, Zeus had to do something with the recipe…
By the way, why all these houses are white? This tradition dates back to the 30th century when buildings were whitewashed to prevent from cholera raging in Greece. In the 70s, dictator Papadopulous ordered to maintain white and blue colors of buildings as a tribute to the Greek flag. All subsequent governments upheld the decree when they noticed how many tourists go to Greece to admire an idyllic view of white and blue houses on the rocks surrounded by the sea.
But wait, Venice? Well, in Mykonos Town, on the waterfront, there is so-called Little Venice, a number of houses, which grow out of the sea… when it’s windy, balconies are lashed by the waves. It’s a perfect spot to sit at sunset in one of the restaurants and watch the sun slowly immersing in the Aegean Sea. Honestly, one of our most amazing things to do in Mykonos.
… AND WINDMILLS
It’s probably the most famous landmark of the island. Windmills have been built here starting in the sixteenth century, and there were up to 40 of them. Nowadays, there are only 5 well-maintained windmills in Kato Myli, situated on a hill near Mykonos Town. It’s also a great place to watch the Little Venice from a distance.
OR MAYBE A CRUISE TO DELOS?
There is a pearl of ancient Greece near Mykonos – the Delos island. It was here where, according to myths, Apollo and Artemis were born. There was also one of the most famous Greek oracles and the temple of Apollo, one of the wonders of the ancient world. This place is considered as the most important excavations in Greece – the port, numerous temples, a theater and well-preserved buildings were discovered here. As a result, it was possible to get a complete picture how life in the marine city looked like in ancient Greece. You must visit the Dolphin House with extraordinary mosaics, the temple of Dionysus Stoivadeion with an interesting sculpture and hike the hill Kynthos, which offers a remarkable panoramic view of the Aegean Sea and the Cycladic islands.
What are your favorite things to do in Mykonos?
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