Mykonos Travel Guide: What to See and Do in the Island of Mykonos
General Information about Mykonos
The famous island of Mykonos is considered the most lively island of the Cyclades, where diverse cultures and languages coincide and recognize each other.
Traditionally, Mykonos has been the center of entertainment and celebration in the region. However, the island also offers culture, gastronomy, history, and dedication of its inhabitants to maintain Greek traditions. During the stay, visitors soon discover that each place has its own characteristics.
The best time to visit Mykonos is between the months of June and September, important aspects such as the climate and sea temperature are ideal in that season. However, it is necessary to take into account the greater influx of tourists and availability of accommodation, while between May and October it is a little calmer and the weather is pleasant. In any case, you can choose a season that suits your budget and expectations.
If you want to enjoy intense party nights in Mykonos, between July and August the island literally "does not sleep". There are several trendy clubs (some gay-friendly) where world-famous DJs perform, usually, the beach party starts in the afternoon until sunrise.
Location of Mykonos
Map of Mykonos on Google Maps
History of Mykonos
According to Greek mythology, Hercules fought a battle against giants on the island of Mykonos. Among traditional beliefs and myths, rock formations are said to be the immobile bodies of those giants.
The name of the cyclade is also said to be associated with the local hero Mykonos, who was the son of a king descended from the god Apollo (Anios). Furthermore, the island is considered the "gateway" to Delos Island, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. It has one of the most important archaeological sites in the country (The Temple of Hercules).
Among the museums that Mykonos has, the Archaeological Museum stands out, where you can see sculptures and objects from the 6th and 7th century B.C. At the Ethnographic Museum, you can meet the famous stuffed pelican of Mykonos, the symbol of the island.
Best Beaches of Mykonos
Mykonos is famous for its beaches, and the island offers around 25 that adapt to the different tastes and expectations of its visitors. From people who want tranquility and privacy in a small cove, to the natural appeal of a wide bay with white sand and crystal clear waters. Below, we describe the best beaches in Mykonos.
Agios Stefanos Beach
One of the busiest in high season, it is located west of the island and offers an extraordinary view of the Delos and Rhenia islands. Only 15 minutes by car from the city, Agios Stefanos beach has access to the ferry port, several trendy restaurants and bars. You'll also find elegant boutique-style accommodations just a few meters away, allowing you to fully enjoy the beach during your stay.
Agios Ioannis Kapari Beach
It is southwest of the city, and from the beach you will be able to contemplate the historical Delos island. Agios Ioannis is known for its popular Saint john fair that takes place in late September. In addition, it offers an opportunity for those who want a quiet space, just swim and enjoy the sun without so many people. Even if you like walks near the coast, you can get to know Kapari beach in just 15 minutes on foot.
Psarou is known for offering dynamism and fun, as it allows you to practice water sports such as Diving and Windsurfing. It is less than 5 km south of Mykonos town and a 5-minute drive from Branco Beach. Every year, it attracts thousands of tourists for its services, elegant shops, and nearby accommodations.
Super Paradise Beach
Its name can indicate only a part of what you can enjoy, the Super Paradise Beach is one of the most famous in Mykonos for its nightlife. It is a 14-minute drive away from the National Airport and less than 10 km from the capital, Mykonos. It is a place where you can enjoy the best parties on the island, full of eccentricities and unlimited fun. In addition, in its surroundings there are famous clubs where parties are held in season.
Where to Eat in Mykonos
You'll find the largest concentration of dining options in Chora (Mykonos capital), from fusion food to international food and authentic Greek dishes. There are also restaurants on the famous beaches, some offering local specialties like Kopanisti (spicy goat cheese).
Among the best-known restaurants in Mykonos, the Spilia stands out, facing the Agia Anna beach and offering varied dishes of Mediterranean cuisine.
Also, if you want to dine in a traditional restaurant, the Interni may be the most suitable option. The menu it offers features fusion-style dishesand, regional cuisine specialties that include international flavors.
What to Do in Mykonos
Night Life of Mykonos
Super Paradise Beach Parties in Super Paradise Mykonos can be an unforgettable experience for any visitor. The Paradise Beach Club is one of the most visited, and the best DJs in the world are presented. Most tourists start the day with a drink in "Little Venice" to enjoy the sunset, then visit beach bars like Scorpios and Jackie O to cheer up until dawn.
Tours from Mykonos
There are many tours in Mykonos and activities that we can do on the island. One of the main attractions of the island are the numerous and extraordinary beaches it has to offer. Even so, you should try to make a space to get to know and visit the island of Delos, the Archaeological Museum of Chora, the mills or prepare to get to know the atmosphere and party of Mykonos.
Visit the City of Chora
One of the activities that you can enjoy on the island of Mykonos is walking through the city of Chora. It has narrow streets, elegant shops and a typical Cycladic architecture. Despite being a small city, touring the historic center can take a few minutes on foot, it will allow you to get to know the residents and their culture.
Mykonos also has a mountain area, offering rural roads, villages, and several lonely beaches in the north of the island. You will find guided bike tours for you to enjoy the tour.
Mykonos Little Venice
Little Venice is one of the most romantic places in all of Mykonos. This neighborhood is full of elegant and beautiful old houses that are located precariously on the edge of the sea. Many discerning travelers in the past have fallen in love with this charming neighborhood for its magnetic appeal.
The sunset views from Little Venice are breathtaking. Its whitewashed buildings with the blue Aegean Sea in the background are simply wonderful. The air of carefreeness that prevails in Little Venice disarms the most demanding travelers.
Delos Island Tours
The tours to Delos Island is one of the most popular activities, in which you will be able to know the most important archaeological sites of the island, places with a history of 5,000 years like the Ancient Theater. The ferry tour from Mykonos port takes 30 minutes, while the guided tour takes an average of 90 minutes.
Activities on Mykonos Island
Among the activities you can do in Mykonos, beaches and water sports are a fundamental element. Windsurfing, Diving, Flyboard and Wakeboard are just some of those that can be practiced.
How to Get Around in Mykonos?
It is one of the smallest islands that make up the Cyclades, this allows easy access to different places of interest. The historic center of Chora has narrow streets, and there is also legislation that only allows small delivery vehicles. So, you can explore the surroundings on foot while enjoying the climate, architecture and culture of Mykonos.
You also have 2 bus stations to get to know the remote sites: they offer routes to the beaches, some important, towns and the ferry port. As an additional alternative, you can take a taxi, or even rent a car or motorcycle to discover the island at your own pace. In addition, some beaches have river transport between them, allowing you to enjoy the view of the sea on the route.
How to Get to Mykonos
Ferry from Athens to Mykonos
The transfer by ferry is made from the ports of Piraeus and Rafina. Piraeus Port is only an 18-minute drive from the city of Athens, while Rafina is a 43-minute drive. Ferry hours may vary, however, the Blue Star departs daily around 07:30 am.
It should be noted, according to the season of the year, additional services come into operation to cover demand (between the months of June to September there are 4 or more ferries in operation). In addition, tickets can be purchased in advance online for convenience. The time of the tour can vary from 3 to 5 hours depending on the type of ferry and speed. In summer there are also routes to Mykonos from Heraklion Island.
A faster option is air travel (the flight from Athens is only 30 minutes), however, it is necessary to make an advance reservation. Athens International Airport (Eleftherios Venizelos) offers daily flights throughout the year to the island of Mykonos, in high season they can depart up to 12 flights per day.
At least 4 airlines offer flights from Athens to Mykonos, however, tickets sell out quickly in high season. As an additional option are private (charter) flights and some direct flights from abroad. British airline has routes from London to Mykonos (direct flight).
Santorini or Mykonos?
They are 2 of the most popular and visited Cycladic Islands in the Greek archipelago, each offering historical, natural, and tourist attractions. Deciding to visit a particular one may be more oriented to the expectations of the traveler, for example, if you want to enjoy the best beaches, Mykonos is a wise choice. In the case of enjoying a romantic experience, full of beautiful landscapes and elegant restaurants, the answer is Santorini.
The island of Santorini offers a diverse experience, it has museums, a wine industry with more than 16 wineries, historical places, and an impressive geography. Mykonos is an island that offers more than 20 sandy beaches with crystal clear waters, arranged for the occasion or the type of traveler (family, with nightlife, solitary and gay friendly). In case you don't have to choose, visit the 2 islands and experience the trip of a lifetime!
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