The island of Mykonos is known for its emblematic windmills and narrow streets with whitewashed facades. This small island in the Aegean Sea, belonging to the Cyclades archipelago, is also one of the most popular destinations in the area, an ideal choice if you want to stay in good hotels and enjoy modern restaurants.
Take a walk in Mykonos through the streets of little Venice, walk along the beautiful Agias Paraskevis street, move among its many cats, photograph the town hall or relax on one of the many beaches in the area, for example in Platis Gialos, before heading to one of the lively nightclubs.
A visit to Mykonos offers a perfect opportunity to discover Byzantine architecture and to visit the nearby island of Delos, considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you get tired of the city, any of the small inland villages or the wild landscapes of the island are waiting for you.
- Top 5 reasons to visit Mykonos
- What to do in Mykonos
- When to visit Mykonos
- How to get to Mykonos
- Where to stay in Mykonos
- Getting around in Mykonos
- Cost of living in Mykonos
- Where to eat in Mykonos
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Top 5 reasons to visit Mykonos
The windmills are the most recognizable element of the whole island, as well as perfect places to watch the sunset and get an exceptional view of the sea or of little Venice.
The Petros Pelican
The Petros Pelican is much more than an attraction. For the locals it is a myth, a legend with an endearing history and, above all, the official mascot of the island for more than 5 decades. An amusing entertainment is to try to discover the history of this animal: the locals, if you ask them, will answer you everything. However, don’t be surprised to find Petros as the main character at any night-time party.
A multitude of museums
The museums on offer in Mykonos include the Maritime Museum, the Folklore Museum, the Lena House Museum and the Agriculture Museum. If you are interested in archaeology, be sure to visit the Archaeological Museum of Mykonos.
The Armenistis Lighthouse
The Armenistis lighthouse is located in the northwest of the island and offers unparalleled views of the island of Tinos and the Aegean Sea. As it is located 9 kilometres from Mykonos, it is best to travel by car, quad or motorbike.
Dance and fun nights
Mykonos is a fabulous destination if you like dance clubs, bars and taverns. Yacht Club and Paradise Club, on Paradise Beach, are the perfect places to party. Although the city of Mykonos offers other nightlife venues, such as Skandinavian Bar.
What to do in Mykonos
Touring the little Venice
The highlight of the Mykonos coast is the little Venice, so called because of its charming fishermen’s houses that fall into the blue water, evoking the prints of the Venetian channels. The Aegean Sea hits the bases of these white houses, in an environment where opportunities to take pictures abound. In the secondary streets you can see charming galleries and delicious cafés and bars with a typical atmosphere.
Going to the open-air cinema
The centrally located Cine Manto, set in a beautiful garden full of cactus, pine and palm trees, is a charming open-air cinema, where two films are shown daily in their original version with Greek subtitles. From June to September, at 9 and 11 p.m., you can watch a great movie while having a drink for 9 EUR.
See spectacular churches
There are 400 churches on the island of Mykonos. One of the best known is Panagia Paraportiani, in the Kastro district. It is one of the most unique temples in the world: white in colour and built from the 14th century, it combines a great diversity of architectural styles that seem to bring together, in one, five different churches.
Swimming in the beaches of Mykonos
The beaches on the south coast tend to attract most tourists, although there are also other good options, such as Lia (on the east coast) and Fokos (in the north), which are less crowded and equally well equipped. Mykonos’ most popular beach is Paradise, which provides golden sands and crystal-clear Aegean waters, excellent conditions for water sports, some of the best restaurants on the island and plenty of entertainment.
Greet the gods of Delos
A nice boat trip allows you to reach the island of Delos from Mykonos to discover one of the most impressive sites in all of Greece, a real archaeological paradise for experts and tourists. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it offers traces of the civilization that once worshipped this sacred land as the birthplace of the gods Apollo and Artemis. The Terrace of the Lions and the Sacred Way, with countless temples, statues and mosaics, are two of its most outstanding references.
When to visit Mykonos
Summers are typically warm and winters mild in Mykonos. There may be some rain between October and April, but the climate is pleasant all year round.
Avoid July and August: the island is usually crowded. If you want to get lower prices, travel between May and June or between September and October. The average temperature is between 9°C and 29°C.
How to get to Mykonos
The international airport on the island of Mykonos (JMK) is just over three kilometres from the city. Most hotels offer a free shuttle service, but you can also take a taxi for 1.60 EUR . In this case it is better to book in advance.
It is also possible to reach the island by ferry or catamaran from the port of Piraeus in Athens or from Rafina. The trip from Athens should cost between 32 EUR and 50 EUR, depending on the speed and type of boat. From Rafina the reference prices are between 23 EUR and 50 EUR. Hellenic Seaways, Blue Star Ferries and other companies offer ferry services to and from the other Cyclades islands in high season.
Airports near Mykonos
ATH Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos
JTR Fira Santorini
Where to stay in Mykonos
Interesting neighborhoods in Mykonos
The Centre is typically Greek, with narrow streets and whitewashed steps. It boasts numerous churches, boutiques, art galleries, cafes, bars and restaurants. It offers maximum charm although it is sometimes a bit crowded.
Little Venice, in the western part of the city, is a romantic area with many cafés and bars, colourful balconies and houses overlooking the sea. The Paraportiani church and the nearby old port are not to be missed.
Ano Mera is a smaller community located about 6.5 kilometers east of the city. Unlike other small and charming villages on the island, it includes the monastery of Panagia Tourliani.
Getting around in Mykonos
The bus is a good option to move around the island. You will find two stations on each side of the city of , with destinations to Platis Gialos, Ornos, Agios Ioannis and Paradise beach, among others. A single ticket costs 1,60 EUR or 1,70 EUR, while the night tickets are 2 EUR. The Platis Gialos boat service connects the town of with the beaches on the south coast of the island.
There are only about 30 taxis on the whole island, so finding one of them in high season is not easy, so book it in advance. There are fixed rates for each destination: from the town of to Agios Ioannis, the ride should cost you 6 EUR; and to Agios Stefanos, 4 EUR.
You will find car rental companies such as Action Mykonos Car Rental, Budget or OK Rent A Car at the airport and near the southern bus station. Since no vehicles are allowed to circulate within the city of , they will help you move around the rest of the island only. The price of a rental car varies between 30 EUR and 45 EUR per day, although you can save money by booking a motorcycle or a bicycle.
Cost of living in Mykonos
Matoyianni Street, in the central area of Mykonos, is the best place to buy souvenirs. You will also find art galleries and jewelry stores. On the other hand, there are no department stores anywhere on the island.
Groceries and others
You’ll find a mini-market and a Savvas in the city of Mykonos, as well as larger grocery stores east of the city, including the Flora Super Markets. The usual is to pay 4.50 EUR for a dozen eggs and 5.50 EUR for an imported 33 centilitre beer.
Where to eat in Mykonos
Eva’s Garden is an excellent choice for traditional Greek food, while at the Appaloosa Bar & Restaurant you will find an interesting mix of Mexican and European food. Bakalo is ideal for trying souvlakis and other traditional foods, while Marco Polo and Niko’s Taverna are good Greek taverns. A meal usually costs about 10 EUR in an affordable restaurant.
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