Mykonos – a holiday to the tourist stronghold of the Greek islands
This Cyclades island in the Aegean Sea has been a popular destination for a sun-filled break for decades. If you’re planning a holiday to Mykonos, you should be aware of one thing: it is the most touristy island of all the Greek islands. Sun, beaches and partying are what a holiday to Mykonos is all about. In the high season at least. For a relaxing break, there’s always the rest of the year. Find out all the other information you’ll need for your holiday to Mykonos here. What’s more, I’ll tell you all about the most beautiful beaches and the most important sights on the Greek island.
- Useful information to know for your trip
- Mykonos Town – the centre of the Greek island
- Delos – Mykonos’ neighbour
- Sightseeing in Mykonos – ancient ruins, windmills and churches
- Beaches in Mykonos – for as far as the eye can see
- Hotels in Mykonos – the perfect accommodation for everyone
- Flights to Mykonos
- Greek islands – alternatives to Mykonos
Useful information to know for your trip
Greece is known for its mythology. Mykonos also has a few stories to tell. According to mythology, the origins of this tourist island go back to Hercules. He apparently threw the giants he fought against into the Aegean sea. They turned to stone and the island was born. The island is named after the grandson of Apollos, Mykonos. The island is part of the Cyclades, about 105 km² and home to around 10,000 people. Mykonos is especially popular for its warm, summer temperatures. In the summer, it gets rather hot and the sun shines all day long. During the off-season, the temperatures are a lot lower but still ideal for a break as it gets colder here in Ireland. You’ll have to take a plane to get there. Mykonos airport is just 4 km from the capital. From there, you can easily get to many other places on the island. Although Mykonos is the tourist hub of all the Greek islands, those looking for relaxation will also fall in love with this place. Other than party beaches and the hub for party-goers, Mykonos Town, there are lots of other quieter and smaller places. Those in need of some rest and relaxation will feel right at home here.
The Cycladic architecture is characteristic of Mykonos. There are little white houses with flat roofs dotted all over the island. The door and window frames are brightly coloured, normally blue, and flowers decorate the window sills. Wherever you look, the typical houses dominate the picture. There is one exception. Check out the section about Mykonos Town!
This Greek island is known for its cosmopolitan flair. Tourists from many different countries flock here. There are also lots of people who have migrated to Mykonos and now call this island home. If you like to party and live life to the full, come to Mykonos. You’ll meet plenty of like-minded people here.
Mykonos Town – the centre of the Greek island
Chora, as Mykonos Town is also known, is one of the two major cities and the capital of the island. Around 6,500 people live here. Just like the rest of the island, Mykonos Town also impresses with the typical Cycladic architecture. But one place doesn’t fit the image: the “Little Venice” district. The construction of this area was based on the romantic port city in Italy. This is why Mykonos is also referred to as the Venice of Greece. There’s lots to do in Chora. Experience the Greek hospitality in one of the many cafes and indulge in the Greek delicacies in the taverns. Once you’ve stopped to refuel, head to the shopping street, Matogianni Street. There are lots of little boutiques and shops for you to browse around. In no other place are there as many clubs and discos as in Mykonos Town. No wonder, as party people from all over the world are predominantly drawn here. If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Chora for a while, you can head back to the main square in the city. Palm trees line the square and give you that real holiday feeling. If you’re in Chora, don’t miss out on another special place: Delos.
Delos – Mykonos’ neighbour
Delos is another one of the Cyclade islands. While on holiday in Mykonos, you just have to set aside time to visit Mykonos’ neighbouring island. There are ferries that run regularly from Ornos, a place not too far from Chora, to Delos. So why not take a day trip to Delos by boat? It takes just half an hour to get there. Since 1990, Delos has been on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There’s a narrow granite ridge, where you can take in views of the ruins of the former city. Other highlights are the ruins of Apollo’s temples. People interested in culture and history should not miss out on visiting the island. Wander in the footsteps of Greek mythology. Keep reading to find out what other sights there are in Mykonos.
Sightseeing in Mykonos – ancient ruins, windmills and churches
Mykonos impresses with many sights. If you’ve already visited the “Little Venice” district and the shopping streets in Chora, the sightseeing tour isn’t over yet. The archaeological museum is situated near to the city harbour. There, you can see the Trojan horse on an ancient Relief Pithos. The Aegean Maritime Museum is relatively new. It opened in 1985 and exhibits all kinds of items from the shipping industry. The Folklore Museum is another place where you can dive into the history of this island.
Architecture lovers can feast their eyes on the around 400 churches and monasteries. Just like the houses, they radiate the typical Cycladic architecture. They are pure white and generally have a blue or white dome. The Paraportiani Church is rather special. Years and years ago it consisted of five independent chapels. Over time, it has developed to be much more complex.
If you want to see a historic monastery, then I recommend the Monastery of Panayia Tourliani. Originally named after the Presentation of the Virgin Mary, it was founded in 1542. Today, there is even a museum in the monastery.
If you can’t get enough of all the monasteries, then I also recommend Ano Mera. It is the second largest town in Mykonos. Everything is traditional here. There’s a monastery and many other old buildings. History and architecture lovers will be in heaven here.
Other buildings will also catch your eye on your trip to Mykonos: Windmills. The Greek island is known for its many windmills. On Ano Myli, the so-called mill hill, there is the oldest windmill in Mykonos.
Other attractions on Mykonos are the Hellenistic tower in Lino and the medieval castle in Palaiokastro.
As you can see: there is so much culture and history to be discovered here alongside the crazy parties.
Beaches in Mykonos – for as far as the eye can see
The reason why so many are attracted to Mykonos for a holiday is simple: the numerous beautiful beaches! The island boasts plenty of bathing spots with fine sand and turquoise water. I’m going to tell you which beaches you simply can’t miss out on visiting!
Beaches in the south
You can look forward to the pure beach feeling in the south of Mykonos. However, you’ll have to put up with lots of other tourists on the beaches. Psarou Beach and Kalifati Beach are perfect for families as the beaches run flat into the sea. With a little bit of luck, you’ll bump into a celebrity on the first one. In the southern part of the island, near to Mykonos Town, there is Platis Gialos Beach, which is the longest beach on the island. Lots of tourists come here due to its close proximity to the capital. If you’re looking for something a little more quiet, Anna Agia Beach is perfect for that. If you rent a car and drive to the south east of the island, you’ll come to Agrari Beach. Its nice and quiet here as there is no bus connection to the beach. Elia Beach is one of the prettiest beaches in Mykonos. It seems to stretch for miles and the golden sand glimmers in the sun. You can kick back and relax on all of these beaches and simply enjoy your Mykonos holiday. There are also the party beaches in Mykonos. Paradise Beach and Super Paradise Beach are where it’s at! They are some of the best party beaches in the world. Another beach on the list worth visiting is Paranga Beach. Relax in the picturesque bay and soak up some rays.
My tip: The beaches in the south are perfect for water sports. As lots of tourists are drawn here, you’ll find plenty of offers for water sports activities.
Beaches in the west
In comparison to the south, there are much fewer beaches in the west of the island. Agios Stefanos is particularly worth mentioning. It’s often less windier in the bay than on other beaches in Mykonos. After sunbathing, you can enjoy the sunset here. You should visit Houlakia Bay for a snorkel tour. Lots of holiday makers are drawn to Agio Annis Beach for bathing. In the west, you’ve got the choice of the beaches!
Beaches in the north
It’s best to hire a car to discover the beaches on the north coast. Buses only run to a few of the bays and beaches. Agios Sostis Beach is popular with both the tourists and the locals. Panormas is one of the beaches only reachable by car. Another beach that should be on your list for the north is Fokos Beach. Here you can enjoy some peace and quiet away from the masses of tourists.
Beaches in the east
Lia Beach is situated on the most easterly point of the island. Unfortunately, you can’t reach it by bus but that should not stop you from visiting it. You should definitely rent a car. Once you’ve topped up your tan, you could then head along the north coast to discover lots more beautiful stretches of coast.
Hotels in Mykonos – the perfect accommodation for everyone
It’s not often you’ll find such a great selection of hotels as you do in here. The offers extend from cheap hotels right to luxurious resorts. And you’ll find tons of club hotels and all inclusive accommodation too. Apparently, Mykonos has the most hotels and places to stay after Santorini.
Flights to Mykonos
Aer Lingus and British Airways fly you to Mykonos but you always have to fly via Athens. Another way to get to Mykonos, however, is taking a ferry or fast boat to the island. After you’ve arrived in Athens you travel to the port of Piraeus. From there the ferry takes about 4 hours to get to Mykonos. You might also stop at Siros, but it does not add much to the trip.
Greek islands – alternatives to Mykonos
The Greek islands attract tourists year after year for their warm climate, good food and beautiful beaches. If you’ve already visited Mykonos or are not looking for a party holiday, why not consider another one of the stunning Greek islands? Each of them are different from one another and are special in their own way. Santorini is a charming volcanic island. Zante is the gem of the Mediterranean. A beach paradise unlike no other awaits you in Skiathos. Rhodes boasts an incredible 3000 hours of sun a year. Kos is the most popular party island. Crete is the largest of all the Greek islands and is enchanting with beautiful nature.
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