The cosmopolitan island of Mykonos, with its stunning beaches and distinctive whitewashed buildings is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Greece. From fascinating museums and art galleries to delicious food and vibrant nightlife, there is something for everyone on a Mykonos holiday.
Things to do in Mykonos, Greece
When choosing a Greek Island vacation, you can't do much better than the enchanting Mykonos Town on the island of the same name. The winding cobblestone streets making their way through a maze of whitewashed houses, blue-domed churches, cafes and boutiques, are a picture of Greek perfection and make for unrivalled photo opportunities.
The romantic neighbourhood of Little Venice is a must-see on any tour of Mykonos. Gorgeous 16th and 17th century homes hug the coast of the Aegean Sea and their colourful balconies make a stunning backdrop to a Greek Island sunset. This is the ideal place to take some time out from your Mikonos sightseeing and soak up the local atmosphere with a refreshing evening drink.
Not far from Little Venice are some of the most visited Mykonos attractions, the iconic Windmills of Mykonos. Built by the Venetians during the 16th century, the windmills were used to grind grain and were scattered all over the island. Now they serve mainly as tourist attractions, with the most famous Bonis windmill housing a museum.
Many people who visit Mykonos flock to photograph the Byzantine Church of Panagia Paraportiani, located in the oldest section of the town. This stunning architectural gem is the most photographed church on Mykonos, which is big praise considering there are 400 churches across the island.
You can discover the long and rich history of Mykonos at the Archaeological Museum of Mykonos near the centre of town. Exhibitions of vases from prehistoric times to the Hellenistic period alongside statues and funerary relics all provide a fascinating insight into Greek customs and traditions throughout the ages. Another Mykonos museum worth a visit is the Aegean Maritime Museum for its explanation of such an integral part of ancient Greek life, sea travel.
A Mykonos holiday just wouldn't be complete without partaking in one of the island’s most popular pastimes, lazing on the beach. Crystal blue waters and pristine white sand makes Mykonos beaches some of the finest in the Greek Islands. Platis Gialos Beach is a bustling family oriented beach with access to straw umbrellas, sun beds and water sports, while beaches further from the capital such as Lia on the east coast, offer a more tranquil spot. Whichever beach you choose, basking in the Mediterranean sun and bathing in the azure waters of the Aegean is sure to be a highlight of any trip to Mykonos.