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What to do in Mykonos

Exploring the Enchanting Island of Mykonos

Praised by artists, architects and socialites alike, Mykonos Town is the go-to for everyone who’s anyone. From Hollywood stars to A-list athletes, celebrity singers and royalty. With good reason. Fringed by the Aegean’s big blue, this post-card perfect medieval settlement sports maze-like, bougainvillaea-clad alleyways strewn with sugar-cube houses and quaint little churches built next and atop each other. Besides being impossibly photogenic, It is also home to the world’s finest fashion houses, designer brands and avant-garde galleries – shopping here is as pleasurable as just strolling around and capturing the moment for posterity. But perhaps above all, the island’s whitewashed capital is famous for its signature nightlife with a choice of top-tier restaurants, elite bars, and delightfully decadent clubs. Get lost in the labyrinth streets, shop till you drop, engage in celebrity spotting or dance your worries away – however you decide to spend your time here, you’re in for an experience you’ll remember forever.

Little Venice, in the western part of the main town, is the island’s main hub of entertainment and socialisation. Colourful houses with balconies hanging over the water, once owned by wealthy sea merchants, nowadays host trendy cafes, bars and restaurants. Day and night, this photogenic neighbourhood attracts a lively crowd sipping cocktails, and dancing away worries. With an intriguing history rumoured to be a pirate den during the 16th and 17th centuries, the energy here is undeniable.

Mykonos is brimming with Instagramable nooks and crannies – but Paraportiani Church stands out as the most photographed among the island’s hundreds of scenic churches. Its uniqueness lies in its asymmetrical design, merging four churches from various periods and styles into a singular structure. Dating back to the mid-15th century, Paraportiani gets its name from the combination of “Porta” (door) and “Para” (secondary), as it was constructed adjacent to the entrance of the former Medieval castle in Mykonos town. This architectural gem seamlessly blends Byzantine, vernacular, traditional, and Western influences, creating a captivating and diverse assemblage. Make sure to arrive early in the morning to beat the crowds.

Situated just under 2 km away from Megali Ammos Beach on the southwestern coast of the island, Korfos is a tranquil expanse of sand nestled along a deeply cut bay. With stable onshore wind, soft sands and shallow waters, it is a kitesurfer’s paradise, catering to beginners and seasoned pros alike. The area features a kite school offering essential equipment and know-how along with a small surf spot and sun loungers for those simply looking to soak in the scenic views.

Escape the hustle and bustle of the frenzied Mykonian days and nights on the sacred island of antiquity. Stretching across 3.4 sq. km, a short boat ride away from Mykonos’ shores, Delos holds great mythological significance as the birthplace of twins Artemis and Apollo. With a population of 30. 000, Delos, in its prime was the ancient world’s paramount religious and commercial centre — a golden city adorned with columns, mosaics, statues, a theatre, palestrae, and affluent neighbourhoods. Massive historical shifts, however, cast Delos into oblivion – until it was rediscovered in the late 19th century by the French Archaeological School of Athens. Designated a UNESCO heritage site, Delos, with its impeccably preserved archaeological wonders, is now open for the world to marvel at. Private and organised tours and excursions are aplenty – and to level up your experience, make sure that your itinerary also includes a visit to the neighbouring islet of Rhenia – lapped by crystal-clear waters, this tiny virgin paradise is where you can admire ancient monuments on their original, unchanged habitat.

Just 8 km away from the bustling Mykonos Town, the energy and vibes change completely at the picturesque village of Ano Mera. Here, the non-stopping hustle and bustle gives way to the quiet and peaceful rhythms of life in a traditional Cycladic settlement. Built around the 16th-century monastery of Panagia Tourliani, Ano Mera has quaint, narrow streets with little traditional restaurants. Take in the scenery and soak up the old-fashioned charm, admire the intricate marble carvings and the massive Italian baroque altar screen at the historic church and sample homemade delicacies prepared with the freshest, locally sourced ingredients in one of the tavernas. This is a side of Mykonos you probably never thought it existed!

Super Paradise Beach:
A classic destination for party animals, this beach boasts golden sands, turquoise waters, and global acclaim, thanks to its homonymous, ultra-vibrant beach bar.

Paradise Beach:
A favoured party spot complete with a nudists’ section and water sports facilities, offering a lively atmosphere for beachgoers.

Elia Beach:
A large, well-organized sandy stretch with sunbeds, popular beach bars, and a diverse array of water sports. Also embraced by the gay and nudist communities.

Agrari Beach:
A serene haven, quieter and sheltered, this long sandy stretch is a favourite among nature lovers. While smaller in scale, it offers umbrellas, sunbeds, and water sports facilities.

Kalafati:
The go-to for water sports enthusiasts, it sports soft sands and gin-clear waters. You’ll find sunbeds, a windsurfing and a water sports school as well as a great choice of tavernas and restaurants.

Kalo Livadi:
With a choice of glamorous beach bars, it is a celebrity destination with crystalline waters and world-class service.

Paraga:
With white sands and lovely views over Paros, Naxos and Delos, this paradisical beach is well-organised with water sports facilities and some of the island’s hottest beach bars.

Agia Anna:
A quite peaceful and relaxing beach with small-scale, organised facilities – but also an unspoiled section and a delightful, old-school taverna.

Psarrou:
A prime choice for celebrities and tycoons, it features one of the most glamorous beach bars in the world. Several luxury yachts are anchored in the bay complementing the blue and gold scenery.

Platis Gialos:
With crystalline, shallow waters, pale sands and a great choice of organised water sports and dining facilities, this is a crowd-pleaser attracting families, adrenaline seekers and young couples.

Lia:
Organised but rather peaceful by Mykonos’ standards, this is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island with pristine surroundings and azure-blue waters.

Ftelia:
A windsurfers’ paradise with unspoiled scenery, it attracts the adrenaline-seeking crowd as well as peace and quiet seekers. It is also home to one of the most popular beach bars on the island.