Situated in the heart of the Cyclades group of islands in the Aegean, Mykonos is a very popular Greek island with beautiful beaches, azure waters, and fun nightlife. The perfect months to visit Mykonos are April-October, but it does get really popular in July/August. Mykonos is just 15 kilometres long and ten kilometres wide. If you are not someone who likes lazing on the beach, there is plenty to see and this can successfully be done with a mixture of walking and catching the bus.
1. Admire the windmills!
The island is famous for its seven distinctive windmills that stand on the hills above the main harbour. The windmills were built by the Venetians in the 16thcentury and used to mill flour. There are a total of 16 windmills on the island.
2. Find the perfect beach.
Mykonos has great beaches for relaxing and swimming in crystal clear waters. There are buses from Chora to all the main beaches.
- Kalo Livadi in the southeast is a large sandy beach that gently slopes into the sea making it ideal for children.
- Kalafatis lies close to Kalo Livadi and is another huge fine sandy bay with turquoise waters there are often luxury yachts moored there. Good choice for water sports including diving, waterskiing, and windsurfing.
- Elia Beach on the south coast is the largest beach on the island and is popular with naturists. It is possible to hire jet skis from the jetty on the beach.
- Ornos Beach is by the fishing village of the same name and perfect for families.
3. Discover the northern beaches.
If you are looking for some lovely quieter beaches, head to the north of the island!
- Ftelia is a windsurfers’ paradise because there is always a strong breeze.
- Fokos is a large sandy beach that has a part reserved especially for naturists.
- Ayios Sostis is an absolute gem with golden sand, beautiful sea, and nothing more.
4. Enjoy Chora (Mykonas Town)
The main town of Chora is a delightful labyrinth of winding streets and white-washed buildings and perfect as it is traffic-free. Matoyianni Street is the main street for shopping and this includes several high-end boutiques with international labels. There are numerous tavernas and restaurants serving delicious local dishes – the best are the smaller family-run tavernas hidden in the back streets. At night, there are several bars and clubs for those who want to enjoy the island’s cosmopolitan nightlife.
5. Explore Delos
Grab a boat in the harbour and take the short trip to Delos where there is the beautiful UNESCO listed archaeological site. This is where the twin gods, Artemis and Apollo are said to have been born. There is much to see at the site including the famous Terrace of the Lions (7thcentury BC), the Doric Temple, and the Minoan fountain. The island’s Archaeological Museum is well worth seeing too.
6. Discover Ano Mera
Situated in the centre of the island, Ano Mera, is the largest village. Ano Mera is a traditional Cycladic village with white-washed houses with blue painted front doors and window frames and cascades of colourful bougainvillea everywhere. The 16th-century monastery of Panayia Tourliani is situated on the main square – if you plan to visit the monastery, dress modestly with covered shoulders and knees.
7. Spot Tinos from theArmenistis Lighthouse.
It is a fun walk along the island’s north-western coast to the lighthouse. Built to warn ships of the offshore rocks in 1891. Today the lighthouse is a great place for selfies with the island of Tinos just across the water.
8. Discover Shirley Valentine’s peninsula.
Beautiful Ayios Ioannis on the island’s west coast is the peninsula where the 1989 movie Shirley Valentine was filmed. While you are there enjoy Greek-style sushi at the Hippie Fish!
9. Rub shoulders with the rich and famous!
Psarou on the south coast has long been popular with the rich and famous and there are usually several superyachts in the bay as their owners relax in the pricey and exclusive Mykonos Beach Club.
10. Admire the sunset.
The sunsets in Mykonos are stunning and the best place to watch the sunset with a glass of wine is Ayios Ioannis on the island’s west coast.