Standing as an island in the Aegean Sea, Mykonos attracts tourists not just because of Paradise and Super Paradise beaches, but for the astonishing quality of night life. Iconic landmarks never fails to surprise the visitors too. Indulging the following activities and places in your bucket list can help you to experience the best of Mykonos in your visit.
To The Iconic Landmarks – The 16th Century Windmills!
No longer running but still standing as mementos of development, the 16 windmills dates back to the 16th century. The power harnessed by these Venetian-built windmills were used to grind grains until the 20th century when the production was ceased. One of the 16 mills are today a museum and provides a breath-taking view of some part of the harbour and the whole village of Chora.
The Romantic Hotspot – Little Venice
A side covered with brightly whitewashed houses and the other carrying the blue waters of the Aegean Sea, Little Venice carries beauty and romance in it’s air. While the restaurants provide you with delectable food and best scenic dining, you can enjoy both natural essence of the town and some quality time with your partner. Many great artists not only painted on their canvases these ethereal views, but also made this town their home.
Pray in Panagia Paraportiani Church
The Church of Panagia Paraportiani is a well-known tourist attraction nowadays. Built in 1425, this church also blesses the eyes of many people with it’s simple yet fascinating whitewash. The name when translated from Greek, means “Our Lady of the Side Gate”, as the entrance of the church lies in side gate of Kastro region. The structure of the church is another fascinating fact about it. The Church of Panagia Paraportiani actually consists of five churches, out of which four churches creates a base below for the fifth church. When you go to Chora, remember to join hands here for a peace of mind.
A Dip In The Paradise
One of the most famous tourist attractions of the island is the Paradise Beach. Looking for partying and beaches? Paradise Beach have got your back! The Paradise Beach Club is a proud owner of the #14 position in the world for the best club. A long trail of restaurants, bars and hotels are available for your comfort. If you want to experience some peaceful time with just the sand and shore, remember to plan a morning visit as the party on the same starts from afternoon. And do remember since it's on the list of nearly every tourist, the crowd is going be heavy. Adjust your timings well. Also, the sister beach is no less - visit the Super Paradise Beach too and have a fun time.
Monastery of Paleokastro
Located in the second village of the island known as Ano Mera, stands this nunnery taking it’s name from the Gizi Castle (meaning old castle in Greek). This nunnery was built in 18th century and is an example of a typical Cycladic architecture. Also being second in the list of the most ancient towns on the island, it is today one of the greenest spots of Mykonos. After some metres from the monastery, a church praising Saint Vlasis can be seen. To add more to the beautiful history of this town, an undecoded prehistoric tomb with a giant granite rock can be found, which eventually rises three metres above the sea level. This town is truly a delight for the history lovers!
Visit The History At Mykonos Folklore Museum
The Folklore Museum, owning the main building - the Kastro House, provides roof over the antiquities of the 19th century. Although the building was originally owned by Nicholas Malouhos, it consists the contrivances of Professor Vasilios Kyriazopoulos, his grandson. Mr.Malouhos was a captain, and this house therefore, gives us an idea of the abodes of wealthy Mykonians. The museum have seven rooms, manifesting the remains of the history. Visitors never forget to thank the curator of the museum, as it plays an important role in conveying the history of the island.
Want a more peaceful and scenic view than the Paradise Beach? Psarou is your destination! Being a favourite spot of many celebrities and tourists, the Psarou beach is really a sight with it’s greenish-blue waters and powdery sand. The summers are too crowded so prioritise the use of public transport cause it’s going to be hard to find a parking spot. It also have a strip of expensive but worth-it restaurants. Look for nearby hotels if you want to spend romantic time with your partner as the scenes screams nothing but “love is in the air”.
The History Treat – Delos
Delos, being the most important historical, archaeological and mythological sites of Greece, displays the rich history of the land in it’s own impeccable way. Marked as the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Delos has become an important part of understanding history. It is mythologically important as it is the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis.
Remember when you visit Delos, just pay a visit to these places for sure :Sacred Lake, Minoan Fountain, Market Square, Temple of Delians, Terrace of the Lions
Oikos of the Naxians, House of Dionysos, Doric Temple, Temple of Hera, House of the Dolphins.
Archaeological Museum Of Mykonos
Established in 1902 to preserve artifacts excavated in Rhenia in 1898, the Archaeological Museum Of Mykonos is now home of artifacts, sculptures, jewellery and ceramics from neighborhood villages of Rhenia and Delos, dating back to 9th century. Dug out in 1961, dated 7th Century BC, the famous vase with a picture of Trojan horse is found in this museum too.
Before you visit, check the calendar if it is a Monday or not. If it is, postpone your visit as the museum is closed on Mondays throughout the year.
Visitors encounter the statues of Hercules and Aphrodite on the entry, and are then led to six different exhibition rooms and a courtyard. Their next stop is a room full of pottery, weapons and jewellery. Lastly, you’ll be able to see vases, tombstones and sculptures.
Shop at Matoyianni Street
“The heart of the island” Matoyianni Street is a heaven for shopaholics. The phrase “Shop til you drop” suits for this location. The street is full of souvenir shops and both, big and small designer stores. Visitors can purchase a range of products, from original designs of Byzantine jewelleries to the very famous hand-crafted sandals. Fun fact : In search of style with a mix of luxury? Choose your own unique designed sandals with crazy accessories like sparkling Swarovski diamonds.
You can access the market until midnight in summers. And yes, the nightlife is fabulous. The street comprises many nightclubs, bars, restaurants and cafes, which will definitely put you in a what-to-choose situation. Best of luck there!
Adventures at Kalafati
So many beaches but there is none like Kalafati. Thinking of adding some adventurous memories into your trip to Mykonos? Head to Kalafati!
Kalafati is village in Mykonos, giving it's name to it's beach too. It is not a common tourist place but it is surely a perfect place for water adventurers. The beach faces a bay and therefore, activities like sailing, windsurfing, and scuba diving are popular here. Try to book a hotel before your visit as there are not many. You'll get to eat in amazing restaurants, open air bars and pizzerias. The shipwrecks provides a perfect match for photography enthusiasts. Rocky coastal roads can take you to neighbour Agia Anna Beach, where the Santa Anna Church blesses the Aegean.
Horse riding in Mykonos!
What could be better than riding a horse on the shores of such a beautiful island? The thought is enough to make excitement flow throughout the body. But it is true!
A town known as Horseland is known for horse riding, even on the powdery sands of its beaches. Out of thousands, many couples who come here, leaves after becoming fiances. Yes, the scenic beauty, the romantic sunsets and you and your partner accompanied by a beautiful horse sounds perfect for the sight of a marriage proposal.
Many horse-riding providing agencies take you to and from the hotel free of cost. Also, visitors can travel from Ano Mera to Fokos Beach on the horses and not just pay for a petty small ride. Now that's definitely something no one will want to miss.
The Relax Hubs
After seeing the dazzling island, if you're tired and feel a massage won't hurt but help, there's a chance your hotel can provide you the best spa and massage treatments. Majority of the hotels in Mykonos offer spa and massage treatments to customers. Elia Beach, Ornos and Agios Ioannis Mykonos holds the top centres on the island for the same. Although most of them are in hotels, visitors can always find specialised centres for them, in nearly all towns of Mykonos. Many hotels provide these facilities on pool-sides, making your relaxing experience a memorable and beautiful one.
Wine Tasting Tours
Greece is one of the oldest wine producing regions in the world. Also, it is abode to the second oldest known grape vine remnants and the world’s earliest crushed grapes. When you visit Greece, your to-do list should have one thing in it for sure – wine tasting.
Viticulture had been a part of Mykonos since ancient times. In fact, every farmhouse in Mykonos has a wine press known as Lino. It’s better to call up a tour agency for wine tasting in Mykonos. Many of them offer a four hour wine tasting tour on the island, including free pick up and drop-off of customers. You can choose the experience of your wine tasting : an executive wine tasting course at a traditional Mykonian home, or a tasting at an authentic Mykonian farm with traditional house wines or the picks of sommeliers. And the list goes on depending upon the agency you choose.
Learning While Traveling - Workshops in Mykonos
Usually taking 6 hours, food workshops are the most popular in Mykonos. Cook and give your taste buds a splash of the traditional Greek food under the eyes of professionals. Savour it with chefs and your fellow mates in accordance with the traditional Greek wines to make the most of your dining. In these 6 hours, you will experience the traditional Greek way of life. Yes, just a little after 6 hours but the most in "during", as the process of cooking traditional Greek food is more factual then the results.
The fact is undeniable that Greece is not limited to just it’s history. Mykonos is a small island but the ways of enjoying your time on this Island are unlimited. From historical archives to modern-day shopping centres, Mykonos is a delight for any interest a person can truly have.