If you’re preparing for your trip to Mykonos but have not yet concluded on what parts you want to visit, here are the 7 things you must absolutely not miss during your planning and actual trip.
1. Visit the island of Delos
On the neighboring island of Delos, which also belongs politically to Mykonos, there is an impressive archaeological site, an ancient complex of temples. Since 1990, the entire island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a must-see for those of you who are interested in history and archaeology, but for those who have not yet aroused that curiosity, we also encourage you to visit it, you will not be disappointed! For us it was the best of the trip.
To get to Delos you must take a ferry from Chora. The journey takes about 30 minutes and costs €20/person round trip, but does not include the price of admission to the site. Another option is to hire an organized excursion and not worry about the organization, the food, etc.
The ideal plan is to organize yourself well to spend a large part of the day on Delos: well prepared with a backpack, sunscreen, water and something to eat. There is not a tree on the island where you can protect yourself from the sun but there is a small bar where you can buy food and drinks, if necessary.
2. Stroll through the ancient city of Chora
The day can be dedicated to a walk through the city of Chora to get lost in its narrow and charming alleys between whitewashed houses, with red and blue doors, windows and stairs. Matoyanni Street is the main street, the most well-kept, the most charming and the most crowded, since it is where all the shops are located.
During the walk we will come across the points of greatest interest, which we explain below; Little Venice, the famous windmills of Kato Mili, Orthodox churches, the archaeological museum, etc.
3. Little Venice
It is located in the capital of Mykonos, in Chora, and is one of the most photographed parts of the island. The small set of charming two-story houses built touching the sea, is called Alefkandra, but it is more commonly known as Little Venice (or Little Venice), because it reminds a bit of the Italian city.
These houses were built in the 18th century, when Mykonos prospered in maritime trade, due to its privileged location between Venice and the Asian countries. Rich merchants and ship captains lived there.
From Little Venice you can enjoy the privileged view of the Windmills (Windmills Kato Mili) and a beautiful sunset.
4. Windmills of Mykonos: Windmills of Kato Mili
These 6 windmills, built by the Venetians in the 16th century, are a symbol of the island. In Mykonos there are a total of 16 mills that were used, in the past, to grind wheat.
5. Mykonos Archaeological Museum
As one walks through the streets of Chora, one comes across several churches that attract attention. The most photographed:
Agios Nikolaos in the port, the ancient and special Orthodox church of Paraportiani, which is actually a set of 5 churches, the red-domed Agia Anna, the Metropolitan Church and the Church of Saint George. These last two, near Little Venice, in a square with a lot of life.
Paraportiani Orthodox Church Paraportiani Orthodox Church Agios Nikolaos, MykonosAgios Nikolaos Mykonos churchAnother beautiful church we don’t remember the name of.
6. Cool off on some of the best beaches in Mykonos
A day can be reserved to visit some of the most beautiful beaches of Mykonos, go for a swim, snorkel, and relax in the sun.
All the beaches in Mykonos are nice but each one offers different things, so you should get to know them before deciding on one. Finding out the direction in which the wind is blowing will also help us find the ideal beach that day: when there is a north wind, it is advisable to go to the southern beaches and vice versa, unless you are going to practice windsurfing or kitesurfing.
Mykonos became popular far beyond the borders of Greece, especially for its noisy beach parties. Who has not heard of them? If you are looking for atmosphere and music, accompanied by a party, you have the options of Psarou Beach and Paradise Beach.
Although there are still parties on the island today and Mykonos continues to attract crowds in the mood for fun with music and drinks, the stunning natural landscapes and relaxing beaches are becoming more and more interesting for visitors, such as Agios Sostis or Fokos Beach, more virgin and calm, ideal for snorkeling.
If you are traveling with children and are looking for comfort, the ideal beach may be Kalo Livadi or Paragas Beach. And, if you are looking for a gay friendly beach, Elia Beach is one of the s best regarded in the world. Reaching them can be a challenge with public means of transport but if you rent a car with kskrentacar.gr you will make getting there much easier.
7. Climb to the highest peak of the island to contemplate the panorama
On the same day you can climb to the highest peak of Mykonos (about 364 meters), where the Prophet Elias Church is located, to see the sunset and a 360º panoramic view of the entire island. The altitude is not very high and it is a fairly easy walk of about 30-40 minutes.
You can see that on this island one can go to have a lot of fun at night, but there are also more things we can see and do in Mykonos, so we encourage you to leave behind that idea that “Mykonos is only for the rich and for party” and consider including it in your travel plans.
Thank you for reading.